Dorchester Wedding Venues

Side By Side Comparison


Finding the right venue for your wedding can be difficult and time consuming.

To help you with this, we have compiled this “side-by-side” comparison of wedding venues in Dorchester (see below). We hope you find this useful.

We believe Minterne can accommodate all the needs of your special day and if you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please note: All data is taken from the dorsetforyou website and is correct as of 30.12.2016. For any alterations or corrections please contact


Indoor Ceremony Rooms and number of seated guests Outdoor Ceremony Rooms Garden available Additional special features Indoor reception facilities Marquee reception facilities In-house ceremony advisor Accommodation facilities List of special access facilities On site parking Additional Notes
Minterne House The Trafalgar Hall (160) Lady Digby’s Garden Room (60) The Churchill Tapestry Dining Room (60) The Drawing Room (60) Wedding ceremonies available in the following: The Scented Garden Eleanor’s Bridge Wild flower meadow near Pooh Sticks Bridge Lady Abingdon’s Well Over a mile of woodland gardens Famous for its rhododendrons Series of lakes Waterfalls. Bridges. Open lawns. Member of the Royal Horticultural Society Featured on Gardener’s World and BBC Radio Solent. Grade II listed building. Exclusive private use of Grand House and function rooms Use of the gardens for wedding reception and photography A choice of three high quality caterers Up to three hundred guests in the house Up to four hundred guests with a marquee on the lawns Overlooking 1600 acres of Dorset countryside Known as a “corner of paradise” Barrel vaulted ceilings Mullioned windows Stunning architecture Yes Yes Yes 4 luxury ensuite bedrooms. Group booking discount available at nearby George Albert hotel Ramps for wheelchair users are available 30 spaces on front drive and free car park opposite church 100 free parking spaces at nearby Church car park Limite availability as the Grand House is a private residence for the rest of the year.

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Dorchester Muicipal Buildings The Corn Exchange (300) The Town Hall (120) The Council Chamber (50) No No Grade II listed building Yes No Yes No Hearing loops Stair Lift Lift installation in 2010 Limited
Summer Lodge Hotel The Drawing Room (40) The Dorchester (24) No Yes, landscaped gardens Yes Yes on request Yes 24 guest rooms Suites Private cottages Yes Yes (30 plus spaces) Spa facility (gym & beauty treatments) Indoor heated pool Tennis court Croquet lawn
Kingston Maurwood House The Whatmoor Room (54) The Old Library (54) The Pengelly Room (100) The Conference Hall (200) The Red Garden (with disabled access) The Grecian Temple (both seat 200+ guests) A beautiful scenic lake Extensive lawns Formal gardens Flower arrangement for Ceremony table in a choice of colours Use of the gardens for photographs up to 1 1/2 hours after the Ceremony Portable music system for Ceremony music Civil ceremonies any time and day of the year (depending on availability). Exclusive use of all function rooms during your Wedding Reception. You can choose how to use our rooms to create your perfect layout. 5 rooms including the Grand Entrance Hall, Old Library, Pengelly Room, Whatmoor Room & Conference Hall. We offer a Marquee inner lining with pelmet colour of your choice in the Conference Hall. Yes Local Hotels & B&B’s Kingston Maurwood is one mile from the nearest town of Dorchester. List of local accommodation available. Disabled lift to access the front of the house Ramp to the back of the house which can be accessed by car. Disabled toilet facility available. Up to 1000 free car parking spaces located around the Main House 2 annual Wedding Fairs at Kingston Maurward Meet a whole range of local suppliers and meet the Hospitality Team. See website for details. Able to host Same Sex Marriages from next summer.
Athelhampton House The Great Hall (82) The Great Chamber (40) The Long Hall (120) The Conservatory (120) The Front Porch Yes The Grade 1 listed gardens Winner of HHA ‘Garden of the Year Award’ Elizabethan style ham stone courts 30 feet high yew pyramids dominate the great court 15th century Dovecote is still home to a colony of beautiful white fantail doves Water forms a recurring theme with pools, fountains and the River Piddle. Athelhampton is closed to the public on both a Friday and Saturday throughout the year This allows exclusive use of both the House and the Gardens for your wedding ceremony and reception. Every wedding is individually tailored to meet the clients’ specific requirements for their wedding day. Refurbished and modernised, the old coach house, stables, saw mill and kennels form reception facilities. The use of local stone and glass provides a tranquil Conservatory in contrast to the 16thC Long Hall With its wooden panelling, minstrels’ gallery and views over the front lawns. Following photographs, drinks and canapés in the house and gardens The Coach House provides the ideal venue for a reception meal and evening party. No minimum number of guests Menu suggestions using locally sourced, fresh ingredients Flexible with our approach to catering and try to tailor make the menu to your specific requirements. Not required as you have use of the Coach House Yes There is a self-catering cottage onsite as well as numerous recommendations within the vicinity. Up-to-date accommodation list available upon request The Great Hall and Great Chamber can be both accessed by disabled visitors. The Coach House has disabled toilets and wheelchair access throughout. A large free car parking area is located on site Easy access to the Coach House and grounds.
Plush Manor The Sitting Room (60) The Drawing Room (60) The Folly Yes Yes
Dorchester Registry Office The Register Office (8) No No No No No No Wheelchair access, disabled toilet, baby changing No, pay and display car parks nearby Available from 14th January 2013. Monday to Friday only.
Charlton Down Village Hall Herrison Ballroom (300) No There is an outside space (not grassed) which can be used for BBQ or Hog Roasts. Herrison Ballroom has clear sight lines over an area of 23 x 13m plus stage, giving wide scope for varied layouts. The Ballroom has full audio visual facilities and a large 4 x 3 m screen for projecting pictures etc.. Self-catering or outside catering facilities, maximum approximately 250 persons Self-catering with your own bar arrangements and no corkage charge. The Hall is licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Outside catering for food and drink for approximately 250 people can be arranged. No Yes. Advice on details, layouts, caterers etc. is available. No, but accommodation is available at hotels, B & B in the area. Wheelchair accessible to all areas. Fully equipped disabled toilet. Hearing aid loop. Limited on-site parking, but cars can be parked in adjacent roads There is an 8 x 8 m stage for evening entertainment, plus a full size audio visual screen and stage lighting and microphones for speeches etc.
George Albert Hotel George Albert Suite Queen Elizabeth Suite Elizabethan Room Queens Room No Yes Yes Yes
Kings Arms Hotel The Casterbridge Room The Conservatory No Built in 1720
Ashton Barn and Farmyard The Barn (150) Courage Cottage (25) The Walled Garden (100) Yes Close to Dorchester and Maiden castle Georgian Farm yard for Gazebo and other outdoor facilities/entertainment Hog roast Kitchen with essentials provided, Good Toilets within Barns Underfloor heating. Beautiful Oak floor Yes No Two self catering cottages opposite the Barn. In nearby field
Sunninghill Preparatory School The School Hall (150) The Garden Room (100) The Old Music Room (50) The Morning Room (50) The Drawing Room (40) The Head’s Study (12) The Veranda The Outdoor Classroom Ample onsite parking, free to use Easy access for your guests The house is a short walk from Dorchester South train station, bus routes and local taxi firms The grounds include two childrens play areas Terrace ideal for a drinks reception or outdoor catering such as BBQ or Hog Roast. A variety of wedding packages are available from a stand-alone ceremony to full day hire.
Dorchester Trinity Club Green Room (60) Lounge (80) Ballroom (350) Upstairs Function Room (50) No No The club has a very large function room Seats 200 if required with a kitchen and separate bar. Receptions can be held upstairs or in the downstairs function room. The club also has an in-house catering service which can cater for up to 200 people. No Yes. No Wheelchair access and disabled WC. Nearby pay and display and on-street parking
The Wessex Royal Hotel William Barnes Room (82) Regency Room (40) No Yes Yes Nearby pay and display and on-street parking