Couples are invited to create their own historic moments at unique locations as Medway reveals its hidden gems – a collection of locations available for a range of ceremonies, celebrations and events.
With the country’s finest Norman keep as a backdrop, the grandeur of England’s second oldest cathedral and a packed program of festivals, it’s easy to see why Rochester is such a beautiful tourist destination steeped in history and culture. many things to see and do. .
This charming, bustling town has been turning heads since Charles Dickens was a boy and 152 years after England’s most famous author breathed his last in nearby Higham, it continues to impress. Listen carefully and you might just hear the sound of bridal shoes and repeated speeches along the cobbled High Street.
And it is this stunning architectural factor that the team in charge of some of the most iconic and historic buildings in the region seeks to exploit as a mission begins to welcome more people looking for unique places with a difference for weddings, seated meals, parties and events.
Here it’s possible to be king and queen for a day with a fairytale wedding at Upnor Castle, a 16e century fortress in a beautiful setting overlooking the River Medway, followed by celebrations at the Rochester Corn Exchange under magnificent high ceilings and chandeliers – a perfect, romantic spot for a first dance together.
Built in 1706 by the splendid Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel, the newly renovated Rochester Corn Exchange has a capacity of up to 300 people, bespoke dining options and Instagram-friendly luxe decor. It can be seamlessly transformed from wedding venue to banquet space and dance floor.
For people looking for that unique and different venue, it’s hard to top, but each of the historic buildings available for rental has its own charm, providing plenty of options for couples planning their wedding day.
At Upnor Castle, built to protect the nearby Royal Dockyard from enemy attack, weddings take place in the former munitions store with drinks and photos afterwards in the grounds or the castle itself. It’s a wonderful place with yet another cobbled street and scenic views.
Built in 1590, Eastgate House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan townhouse nestled in the heart of historic Rochester. England’s greatest author, Charles Dickens, mentioned it in two of his most famous works, Pickwick Papers and his latest novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and provides the most perfect setting for more intimate celebrations.
Located in the heart of Rochester, The Guildhall is brimming with character and charm, creating a truly captivating setting for weddings. Built in 1687, it has been a town hall, auditorium, court and council chamber. Now turned into a museum, it showcases more than 250,000 years of Medway history.
Wedding packages for all budgets and requirements
Dee O’Rourke, Deputy Director of Culture and Community at Medway Council, said: “Weddings have taken place at the Corn Exchange since the 1920s. The building has always had this sense of grandeur with its beautiful facade, grand staircase, high ceilings and chandeliers. The same goes for Upnor Castle, Eastgate House and the Guildhall, each with their own charm and fascinating history. Thanks to this variety, we are able to create wedding packages to suit all budgets and requirements.
“We want to raise the profile of our unique collection of historic buildings with couples looking for a different venue and a fabulous experience and encourage them to book their wedding or event with us.
“Many people may not realize that these architectural gems from Medway are available to rent, and we want people to know that if they want to get married in a castle or dance the night away under dazzling chandeliers, everything is here at their doorstep. Close to London, Rochester is just 30 minutes from Stratford by train, our venues in Rochester and Upnor offer an all-inclusive package for the perfect modern wedding in beautiful, historic surroundings.
Couples looking to book their wedding can find out more about Medway’s historic wedding venues at The Wedding Experience, Kent’s biggest wedding event of the year, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Sunday (September 4) at the Kent Event Centre, County Showground, Detling.
The Kent Wedding Fair will also take place at the Rochester Corn Exchange from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Sunday September 18, organized by wedding events company, White Sky Events.
Both events will bring together local wedding vendors and specialists to inspire couples with ideas to make their dream wedding a reality, whatever their budget.
Find out more, including booking a tour, on our Visit Medway website or The Corn Exchange website