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Swap medieval battlements for Victorian spires and towers, and have a lavish do at Highclere Castle aka Downton Abbey.


Make like the Crawley family and exchange vows in the dramatic Saloon before retiring to the library for your wedding breakfast rustled up from 'below stairs'.

Ceremony capacity: 180; Plate cost per head: £75;

LAST UPDATED: 10 June 2013 at 4:40pm

Make like Matthew and Lady Mary at the real life Downton Abbey: the gloriously romantic Highclere Castle.

The grounds are in Berkshire rather than Yorkshire, and home to the Carnarvon family rather than the fictional Crawleys, but little else is different. Exchange vows in the Saloon - Downton fans will recognise it from the Servant's Ball.

Dinner for 140 is served under the ornate ceiling of the Library (bigger parties can opt for a marquee) or in the State Dining Room for up to 50 guests, before you enjoy your very own Downton ball.

Ceremony capacity: 180; Packages per person: £73

Highclere Castle; 01635 253210;

LAST UPDATED: 8 June 2012 at 4:30pm

You may recognise it as the setting for the period drama series Downton Abbey.

Sweep up the mile-long drive and marvel at its Gothic-inspired turrets and sandstone façade before exchanging vows in the dramatic Saloon, with its soaring, vaulted ceiling.

The castle's chef oversees the wedding banquet, which can be held in a number of rooms, from the grand, book-lined Victorian Library to the intimate Dining Room.

Ceremony capacity: 180; Food cost per head: £62; House wine: £22; Corkage: £14; Marquee available; Countryside setting

Highclere Castle; 01635 253210;

LAST UPDATED: 15 April 2011 at 1:30pm

You can't beat Cliveden's roster of famous visitors; every British monarch since George I, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill have all been guests. Drawing up to the mansion house in rolling parkland feels like you've stepped into an Austen novel. There are a myriad of rooms suitable for your ceremony and reception. You could have an intimate do or exclusive use of the house - the ultimate experience, whether you are marrying a high-profile footballer or not.

GUEST LIST 12 in the Spring Cottage; over 120 requires exclusive use THE BILL Bespoke packages only LICENCE? Yes CONTACT 01628 668561;