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Edinburgh Castle to host Wedding Open Weekend

1 February 2012

                             Edinburgh Castle Wedding Fair

Are you searching for the ultimate romantic venue to hold your wedding?  Then look no further, as Edinburgh Castle is hosting a wedding open weekend on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February from 11:00 to 4:00 pm.

Couples are asked to register in advance on hs.weddings@scotland.gsi.gov.uk, indicating which day they would like to attend.

There will be discount booking offers and incentives on the day and our on-site event managers will be on hand to answer any questions.  

When couples arrive they will register in the Gatehouse Suite and will be given a map to follow with the suggested route around the various venues.  The Gatehouse Suite will be the first stop on the tour and its main room will be set for a ceremony.   All the areas where ceremonies and receptions take place will be set up so people can see exactly what the different venues would look like on the day.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said:

“With its fascinating history, unique setting and panoramic views across the city, Edinburgh Castle is the ultimate romantic and memorable setting for your special day.

“If you are looking for the perfect place to propose, our Proposal Package offers you exclusive access to the historic Argyle Tower, the upper part of the Portcullis Gate within Edinburgh Castle, with its beautiful window alcoves and views over the city and beyond.”

St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest venue, dating back to the 12th century. It is the oldest building in Edinburgh and is available for small, intimate, religious wedding ceremonies. It has a capacity for 25 guests.

The 19th century Gatehouse Suite, offers an ideal venue for small wedding ceremonies, whilst the adjoining Ante Room is perfect for drinks and canapés. Access is also available to a private terrace. It has a capacity for 40 guests.

The recently refurbished Queen Anne Room is set in the heart of Edinburgh Castle in Crown Square. It has a capacity for 120 guests (seated) and up to 170 guests for dancing. There will also be a photographer and florist here to advise you. A private viewing of Scotland's Crown Jewels can also be included.

If you are interested in the Proposal Package you can either purchase your entry tickets on-line in advance from the Edinburgh Castle website, or in person on the day from the ticket office.

We will then work closely with you in the run up to the day itself to formulate the all important plan, and confirm the exact timings etc for the use of the Tower during your visit.  You can also order champagne and flowers from our menu to be waiting for you there.  The historic Argyle Tower, the upper part of the Portcullis Gate will be closed for your private use for a period of 30 minutes.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.



For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk