Looking for a Salisbury wedding venue without driving too far from town? Look no further! As a Salisbury gal who has planned a local wedding I know scouring google can be overwhelming. Or maybe you’re just finding the same old tired hotels? So, I’ve made this handy list of gorgeous wedding venues in Wiltshire and Hampshire which are all about 30 minutes from town. There’s quite a range here so they should suit a variety of budgets and taste. And I’ve only included venues on this list which I’ve worked at before so that I can give you all the inside info.
I hope you’ll find this list of wedding venues in Wiltshire and Hampshire helpful when planning your Salisbury wedding. And fingers crossed it throws up a few options you haven’t yet come across while looking for a Salisbury wedding venue. If you want to chat or ask me more about one of these venues then do feel free to slide into my DMs or drop me an email here. I’m always happy to chat about all things wedding. Happy Planning!
Antrobus House is in Amesbury town centre, though you might not believe it from the look of the exterior of the building. It is set not far from the main road which may be off putting to some but this lovely little venue is a bit of a gem. Mostly because it comes with Cat Dunning who is one of the most relaxed, unflappable event managers I’ve worked with. She brings a lot of value added to this venue as she has years of experience in the wedding industry. The space has two rooms available for your ceremony and wedding breakfast as well as a large lawn for the drinks reception.
If you visit you’ll notice there’s not loads of picturesque outdoor space for different locations for photos. But for a creative photographer there are enough good options available. Antrobus allows you to choose your own caterers which is a huge plus if you don’t want to be restricted to the venues recommended list. It’s also budget friendly and just 15 minutes from Salisbury city centre. Win!
Ashley Wood Farm
Ashley Wood Farm is a great Wiltshire wedding venue that’s the perfect blank canvas for you to decorate just as you wish. You can style this venue & choose your own suppliers to create a unique wedding to suit your style and budget. Just 35 mins from Salisbury near Tisbury the farm includes two barn areas. This means you can have one space pre set for your wedding meal and another which can be used for your dance floor and reception so there’s no need for a room turn around which takes valuable time and staff! There’s also an arbor in the garden behind the barn for your outdoor ceremony. And for prep space there’s a charming on site lodge too.
Ashely Wood is also a stones throw from the Beckford Arms which is an excellent pub. It would be perfect for guest accommodation and a meal with your gang the night before. The gardens also have an incredible view down to the Lake on the Fonthill Estate so there’s plenty of beautiful spots to get away from your guests for your photos. Trust me, a little privacy makes all the difference! The chickens wandering the farm add to it’s charm and I’m obsessed with those big beautiful curtains!
Barford Park Barn
Barford Park Barn is another good blank canvas barn space in Wiltshire. It’s just outside Downton, so just twenty minutes from Salisbury. It is a tad on the dark side as there’s very limited natural light so I’d highly recommend working with a good events hire team to bring in extra lighting. Fairy lights (as shown in this photo) or festoons suit it perfectly. One wedding I shot therealso dressed the space with curtains at the end of the barn to create a separate dance floor. This worked really well to break up the large space and add some luxe! Check out a Barford Park Wedding here.
Bowerchalke Barn is 25 minutes outside of Salisbury towards Shaftesbury. When I visited Bowerchalke Barn they were brand new and only just opened. Over the years they have done a lot of work adding landscaping as well as adding large windows. This was a good move to let in natural light which as any photographer will tell you is essential for good results. There are lots of gorgeous backdrops for photos as well as adjacent fields for glamping for your guests. See a glamping wedding I shot at Bowerchalke Barn here. Bowerchalke Barn also allow you access for set up the day before which is great.
At Chalk is a new eco friendly venue on an organic farm in Rushall about forty minutes from Salisbury. It’s set on a hill in the Wiltshire countryside and one whole side of the barn is glass providing spectacular views. The decor is modern and stylish and it doesn’t need much in the way of styling as those incredible views speak for themselves! They have an arbor for outdoor ceremonies or are licensed for ceremonies indoors too.
Clock Barn is something of a home from home for me. I’ve been on their recommended list for almost twelve years and never get bored shooting there. I love it for relaxed vibes, stunning backdrops everywhere and amazing food. Trust me, having to use the in house caterers here is nothing but a solid win for you! Forty minutes from Salisbury in Hampshire it also boasts a newly renovated farmhouse right next door. It’s been beautifully done with beautiful bedrooms and a honeymoon suite to host your nearest and dearest. You can’t go wrong with Clock Barn.
The Cosy Club
Think The Cosy Club is only a spot for two for one cocktails? Think again! This lovely couple had their ceremony at the Salisbury Registry Office and then mooched through the city centre to The Cosy Club. Their reception was in the beautiful light bar area before heading upstairs for dinner. It was ace, and the best part – no venue fee, just a minimum food and drink spend! The decor at Cosy Club is also really quirky so they got some fab, unusual portraits like the one below. LOVE IT.
Salisbury Guildhall used to have a rep for being a bit naff, but personally I’m a big fan. It boasts high ceilings, big windows and stately home vibes all right in Salisbury city centre. Which means your guests can stumble home or to the plentiful accommodation in town after. It’s a flexible option for either just a ceremony, or have it for both the ceremony and your party. There are three lovely rooms to choose from for your ceremony, including a proper old school court room! And two rooms suitable for your reception depending on size. It’s also fairly budget friendly.
The Fonthill Estate
I have to admit the Fonthill Estate is probably up there as one of my new venues in Wiltshire. Well, technically, it’s not one venue it’s a several as there are a few different locations to choose from around the estate. I shot a wedding at the very lovely Bake Barn years ago and fell in love with the contemporary design and huge open fire. And last year I shot a gorgeous wedding at Quarry Wood which is a clearing in the woodland overlooking the lake where you can pitch a marquee or tipi. If you want to design your own wedding from scratch this space is for you as you can choose every element and truly make it your own. Also the journey across the countryside and through woodland to arrive there is a pretty unique and magical experience. You can also wander down to the pontoons on the lake side for some spectacular photographs. You can check out my recent Quarry Wood wedding here.
Hale Park is a Hampshire wedding venue not far from Breamore twenty five minutes from Salisbury. It’s a beautiful stately home venue surrounded by stunning grounds and gardens with it’s own church just metres away. And it’s pink! The place is still a residence but the owners have beautifully restored a large room at the back of the house for weddings and you could pitch a marquee or tipi on site to make the most of the stunning backdrops it has to offer. Pro Tip: Book this place in April/May when the incredible displays of wisteria are at their finest. To see more of the venue including the wisteria check out this styled shoot I shot there which was featured on Love My Dress.
Hatch House is another beautiful home in the Wiltshire countryside which is perfect for pitching a marquee or tipi. There are a couple of different spaces to choose for your marquee. Either choose the sunken garden and have the sides off the marquee to make the flowers and greenery your backdrop, or choose to have your ceremony and drinks in the gardens and your marquee elsewhere. You can’t really go wrong and there are incredible views and backdrops all around this house. It’s a photographer’s dream!
Kimbridge Barn near Romsey in Hampshire is about thirty five minutes from town. It’s a restaurant with a beautiful barn events space. If exclusivity is a priority for you this venue isn’t for you. The restaurant will be open during the day, but you do have access to a private courtyard for your drinks reception. At first glance it also looks like there aren’t many options for photographs but there are plenty of locations that are either a short walk down the lane or around the corner in the car. The best selling point for Kimbridge is the food. As it’s primarily a restaurant the food is fabulous. And this may sound silly, but they have good chairs! A lot of venues have corporate horrible chairs which really need chair covers. The decor through out is lovely. Head over there for brunch and check it out!
Kingsettle is a great blank canvas barn space. It’s different to other rustic barns as the interior is painted white giving it a more modern feel. It has a variety of spaces around a central courtyard which is handy so if it rains your reception can still be hosted under cover. It also has loads of photo options and a walled garden which you can use for your ceremony. Kingsettle Stud is located on The Cholderton Estate around thirty mins from Salisbury. It has lots of lovely accommodation on offer too including some fab Shepherd’s Huts.
Larmer Tree Gardens
What to say about Larmer Tree. Probably one of Salisbury’s most popular venues, and it’s not hard to see why. Larmer Tree Gardens is a Victorian pleasure gardens about thirty nine minutes out of town. It is truly spectacular with a variety of beautiful spaces all surrounding a central lawn including a stunning Roman Temple and this singing stage shown below. It’s a dream venue and on top of the incredible gardens which are the most spectacular backdrop to any day they have a light and modern space to host your wedding breakfast too. It’s one of my all time favourite venues and would be high on my wish list if I could do it all again!
The Manor Estate
The Manor Estate (previously known as The Manor Barn) is comprised of the barn which you can see on the left and the main house which has plenty of guest accommodation. Your reception takes place in the space in front of the barn and house but the home’s real jewel is it’s private gardens behind the house which couples can use for photographs. Beautiful! It is right on the A303 at Winterbourne Stoke (about twenty minutes from Salisbury) so this may put off some, but this means it’s easily reached by travelling guests.
Michael Herbert Hall
You can’t really go wrong with a village hall wedding. And this is a beautiful hall. Michael Herbert Hall is situated in Wilton just ten minutes out of town and has a very handy adjacent car park. The large windows means it lets in plenty of natural light which is great for good photos. It also is decorated in my favourite colour – turquoise! It is truly a gem of a hall. Being a hall makes it very budget friendly, and means you can splurge the cash in other areas. Personally I think I’d splash out on some festoon lights or lanterns which would be perfect in the space. And of course it means you can choose your own caterer too (or even ask Nole to deliver their amazing pizza as they’re only down the road!)
Pythouse Kitchen Garden
Pythouse Kitchen Garden is primarily a restaurant with a difference. Producing spectacular seasonal food, the restaurant is set in a beautiful walled garden which features pick your own wild flower meadows, a kitchen garden and bell tents to accommodate your guests. If you’re looking for a unusual and relaxed venue then this could be the one. Just outside Tisbury around half an hour from Salisbury this place is fabulous. Check out a recent wedding at Pythouse here.
Salisbury Registry Office
If you’re looking for a city centre spot for your legal ceremony only then I’m sure you’ll have considered the registry office. And who would have thought the photo below was taken there? It’s giving me London or New York vibes! The back has gorgeous glass and modern pillars as well as green space to capture some fab couple shots after before you head elsewhere to celebrate.
St John’s Place
St. John’s Place, located just outside town in Lower Bemerton is a beautiful converted church. It’s budget friendly and is a really beautiful modern conversion with on site kitchen facilities. Your wedding hire includes access the evening before the wedding to allow time for you to set up. This is the only venue of it’s kind where you can still have a legal church ceremony and your party all in one venue.
Stourhead must be one of the most beautiful national trust properties in the country. It’s also easily one of my favourite places I’ve ever shot a wedding. Forty minutes from Salisbury you can get married at the iconic Temple of Apollo as seen in Pride and Prejudice. You can also have access to the onsite cottages for accommodation, the pub and village mem hall for your wedding breakfast. All set within in the most picturesque scenery. Wedding couples are allowed access to the gardens after closing for photographs at sunset, which as you can see is pretty perfect!
Last but not least it’s the stunning Syrencot. I felt incredibly honoured to have been chosen as one of Syrencot’s recommended photographers when this incredible venue opened. It’s only been open a few years and quickly made a name for itself as one of the best venues in the area. It’s not hard to see why. Syrencot, near Figheldean is around twenty five minutes from Salisbury. It’s comprised of the original Syrencot House with gorgeous accommodation, and the most incredible light filled bridal prep room I’ve ever worked in. The old house makes the perfect backdrop for photos and is more secluded as the drinks reception takes place next door in the beautiful walled gardens. Within the walled garden the venue also boasts a glass house for your ceremony and the fabulous Farm Shed below. The food is absolutely excellent too!