Palace Wedding Venue History

Addington Palace has a rich history dating way back to the 16th Century. This blog post gives you the history of this now beautiful wedding venue – but it hasn’t always been a wedding venue!


Originally built in the 16th Century as ‘Addington Place’ and owned by Sir John Leigh and family until the early 18th Century. King Henry VIII supposedly courted Anne Boleyn and had a hunting lodge here before the palace became a residence for six Archbishops of Canterbury throughout the 19th Century. The building also became residence for the Royal School of Church Music housing generations of musicians from all around Britain during their training. They even sang at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953!

And that is not the only regal associations with Addington Palace. The venue welcomed the Queen Mother for a royal visit in 1982, and more recently a luxurious, auspicious banquet for HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002. It really is a venue fit for royalty!


Now fast forward to the present day where Addington Palace is one of the most grand, impressive and magnificent wedding venues in Surrey. Our rich and fascinating history spanning centuries is in the past – our focus is now on the present and most importantly making your wedding the best day of your life!


Addington Palace is remarkable wedding venue inside and out. Full of large, spacious rooms with high ceilings that can be exclusively yours for the day. The Great Hall has a capacity for up to 150 guests for wedding receptions who will sure to be impressed with the amazing French chandelier and spectacular marble fireplace . If you need a greater capacity venue for your wedding we can accommodate up to 900 guests in the Royal Marquee – a permanent structure in our grounds.

Our wedding venue will impress your guests before they even enter the palace. Addington Palace is surrounded by acres of beautiful Surrey countryside – you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but with the convenience of the South London location. There is really no Surrey wedding venue like this.


So now you have read you must want to experience the rich history of the stunning Grade II listed wedding venue for yourself! We will be more than happy to show you around our wedding venue – including the grounds, the civil ceremony room and where your wedding reception will be taking place. It couldn’t be easier to contact us! Either give us a call on 020 8662 5000 or fill out the form below. 

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