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Wakefield And The 5 Towns Wedding Venue Guide

Wakefield and its district’s Pontefract, Castleford, Knottingley, Featherstone and Normanton have some of the nicest wedding venues in West Yorkshire and I have been lucky enough to have photographed weddings at many of these venues over the last 5 years 

In this Wakefield And The 5 Towns Wedding Venue Guide I will discuss which venues are my favourite and why I like them.

I feel that  Wakefield has wedding venues that can cater to all wedding sizes and budgets, from nice halls to lovely hotels Wakefield has a venue that will suit any wedding size and budget

So here is a list of some of my favourite venues in the Wakefield area, in no particular order. 

I will be talking about the venues from a photography aspect as well as guest numbers the venues can handle.

The kings croft Hotel, Pontefract

The Kings Croft Hotel is one of my favourite wedding locations in the Wakefield area to photograph weddings at. The King’s Croft can handle very small intimate weddings of 10 guests all the way to a wedding with up to 300 guests. It has 4 functions rooms to host wedding receptions in with two of the rooms being very large.


The Kings Croft jewel has to be its wedding Pavilion which is located on the grounds, it’s a lovely hexagonal glass building that can seat 80 people inside, and on nice days the doors can be opened and guests can sit on benches around the Pavilion.


As a wedding photographer, I enjoy photographing weddings in the Pavilion. The light inside the Pavilion is always good and I love the near 360° views of the countryside and the gardens you get inside, I feel that the Pavilion gives you some of the benefits of an outdoor ceremony but with the safety of having a roof over your head just in case, the English weather does not play ball.


Overall, Kings Croft has beautiful all year round landscaped gardens that make getting lovely images a breeze, it has good size function rooms and good staff. I also love that it’s a family-run venue.

The Kings Croft Hotel, Pontefract
Wedding Guest Numbers: 10 – 300

Waterton Park Hotel, Walton

Waterton Park Hotel is a venue I don’t get photographs at as much as I would like. I would say that when I am on my travels photographing weddings around the county, and if I get asked where I am from (Wakefield), the one wedding venue they will associate with Wakefield most is Waterton Park Hotel, the Walton Hall to be exact.


It’s easy to see why it’s so memorable: Walton Hall is set on an island within a lake. I have been there many times and it still amazes me.
To access the Hall you take a short walk across an iron bridge. The island the Hall is on is large with nice areas for photographs, and stunning views to the other side of the lake and surrounding woodland.


Again, I always like photographing weddings here, and I would say out of all the venues in the Wakefield area, Waterton Park Hotel has the wow factor for its location, history and coolness.

Waterton Park Hotel, Walton
Wedding Guest Numbers: 6 – 145

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, Badsworth, Pontefract

Rogerthorpe Manor is a favourite location, like Kings Croft, its star selling point for me is its amazing gardens and lawns that look beautiful in wedding pictures.

At Rodgerthorpe Manor, you can also get married outside, although I have not photographed an outside wedding there yet.

Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel
Wedding Guest Numbers: 102 maximum daytime guests

Dimplewell Lodge Hotel, Ossett

Dimplewell Lodge is the perfect venue for smaller weddings, and as a photographer, I love the gardens here too. The gardens are located just in front of the lodge and there is always nice foliage all year round.


The interior of the hotel is decorated really nicely and it makes some of the larger venues feel lacking in this department.


I think this venue is really good if you have a guest that can not walk too far.

Dimplewell Lodge Hotel
Wedding Guest Numbers: 100 maximum daytime guests