Forthcoming Open Days

Monday 1st May - Appointments for new bookings only

Sunday 7th May - 10am - 5pm. Traditional Afternoon tea available at the Castle.

£9 per person, must be pre booked.

Saturday 13th May  - 10am 5pm. Open Day

Sunday 21st May - 10am - 5pm. Traditional Afternoon tea available at the Castle.

£9 per person, must be pre booked.


Your Day, Your Castle, Exclusively Yours

Here at Lympne Castle we offer you the opportunity to be transported back to a medieval fairytale dream. This beautiful Grade I building dating back to the 13th century will provide the most perfect setting for your wedding, civil partnership, retaking marriage vows, private functions or corporate events. We believe you shouldn't have to share your Big Day with anyone but family and friends. Enjoy the freedom to make the day truly your own with exclusive use of the Castle and grounds.

Inside the Castle, within the Great Hall with its panelling, roof beams and medieval windows, you can have the beauty and romance of times past but with modern comfortable facilities. Lympne Castle offers magic, fairytale, and romance, the chance to be kings and queens for the day and to follow in the footsteps of real monarchs who may once have walked these halls. Follow the tabs to find out more about the wonderful experiences on offer and be prepared to be amazed!

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The West Wing

The West Drawing Room, whilst echoing the majesty of the mediaeval castle, belongs to a different era. It was added in Edwardian times when the famous architect Sir Robert Lorimer was commissioned to restore the castle, which was then near to ruin. As you enter the room your attention is immediately drawn to the view from the huge bow window overlooking the south east coast. Wood panelling and a stone fireplace lend the room an imposing yet welcoming atmosphere. This room is ideal for a civil wedding ceremony seating up to 85 guests.

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The Great Hall

In the Great Hall with its part panelled walls, wooden roof beams and gothic arched windows you can imagine hearing the lively talk, clank of goblets and music of bygone feasts.  This room is ideal for a larger civil wedding ceremony seating up to 120 guests and a wedding breakfast for up to 100.


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Corporate Hire

When seeking a conference destination you need look no further than Lympne Castle. We can provide can provide a wonderful facility for your company guests. For prices or further information, please contact Rod Aspinall on: 01303 261666.





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If you have been looking for a venue to host a conference, presentation or product launch then look no further than Lympne Castle. Our main function room can accommodate up to 85 and with our local infrastructure links we can easily host visitors from London, France or even somewhere more local. Our own self-catering historic cottages are available and there is further accommodation available only two miles away in Hythe. For somewhere wonderfully different, and with far more character than standard hotel conference facilities, Lympne Castle will make your event stand out and stay memorable.


The Food & Wine Club

This 13th Century Historical Gem opens its doors to our exclusive food & wine club once or twice a month set in the stunning surroundings of the castle.

This enables us to showcase the castle to you and your family and friends giving you a beautiful dining experience.

On arrival you will be greeted with canapes followed by a sumptuous three course meal with coffee.

Our bespoke menus change monthly.

Forthcoming dates

Thursday 23rd March 2017

Friday 28th April 2017



Lympne Castle Dining Club
Dining Club Starter
Dining Club Main
Dining Club Dessert

To organise your own Private Food & Wine Club with a bespoke menu and wines to match or to book for our next event call us on 01303 261666 or email

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Accommodation Options

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Pineapple Cottage
1 day: £280
2 days: £370
3 days: £460
7 days: £800

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Lambourne Cottage
1 day: £420
2 days: £540
3 days: £660
7 days: £1100

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Pinkie Hill Cottage
1 day: £420
2 days: £540
3 days: £660
7 days: £1100

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Gatehouse Cottage
1 day: £250
2 days: £340
3 days: £430
7 days: £750

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Lympne Castle is only a few miles from junction 11 of the M20 and is easily reached by car. The journey time from central London is approximately an hour and a half. The Castle can also be reached from London by train - services depart from Charing Cross and Waterloo East to Ashford International.

The nearest local station is two miles away at Sandling which is 10 minutes from Ashford International.

For international connections Gatwick airport is just over an hour’s drive and Ashford International Station is less than half an hour away (M20, junction 10). Directions: Exit the M20 at junction 11 and take the A20 to Hythe and Ashford. Take the road signposted Lympne (just past the A261 for Hythe) after 1/2 a mile the T junction turn left, then next right, signpost to Lympne Castle, follow lane and park in car parking area adjacent to church. 

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About Us

Lympne Castle has been providing hospitality to visiting nobles since the 13th century, and in itself has a fascinating history stretching back to Roman times; beneath the foundations of the Castle are the remains of Portus Lemanis (the sea came right up to the door 2,000 years ago!) and much of the stone used to construct the original castle and next door church came from here. Nowadays we still pride ourselves in making our guests welcome and, with comfortable modern additions, they can now enjoy an unforgettable medieval experience but with 21st century improvements, although some people do claim to have seen the odd ghost still happily going about their business after many centuries.


This is one of the most beautiful places to get married. All of our wedding guests commented on the stunning views out to sea and the gorgeous castle and grounds. Not only is it visually stunning but the staff that work here are incredible. Our wedding ran so smoothly because of the hard work of Sue, our wedding coordinator. She is extremely profession and helpful and guides you through the day, keeping you calm and relaxed. The chefs that made our canapés, wedding breakfast and buffet were amazing. All guests with allergies or intolerances we very well catered for and every guest loved the food. We stayed at the cottages the night before our wedding and they are lovely. We stayed in Lambourne, which has beautiful views out to the coast and of the castle. It's a large cottage, idea for the bridal party! We had the most perfect wedding day here. I couldn't recommend the venue highly enough. Thank you Sue and the team and Lympne Castle.

Mr & Mrs Nicholls

Our wedding on 3rd December 2016 at St Stephens church (next door) and reception at the castle was absolutely perfect. Gareth simply could not have done more to help us both leading up to the wedding and on the day. He is an absolute asset to this establishment and my husband and I could never thank him enough for helping us to achieve our special day. The castle exudes medieval charm and romance, creating the perfect wintery wedding. The open fireplaces and decor provided a wonderful backdrop which I'm sure would fit in with most wedding themes. The food was delicious, home cooked and via silver service. The drink selection was more varied to what is usually on offer- a great selection of wine and reception drinks which our guests commented on. Compared to other local castles Lympne offers so much more for such a reasonable price. The exclusivity was a selling point and you really do feel like it's yours, even if it is just for the day. Gareth and staff thank you so, so much. We would recommend you without hesitation! Mr & Mrs Davenport

Mr & Mrs Davenport

We had the most amazing wedding at Lympne Castle on Saturday. Sue and the whole brilliant team at Lympne went above and beyond at every step of the process and worked so hard to ensure our big day was everything we hoped it would be and much more. As a couple we are slightly last minute but Sue took each and every one of our somewhat unconventional requests for music or food in her stride and worked so hard to give us the day of our dreams. Thank you so much Sue and everyone at Lympne, you were amazing. It's the most beautiful venue, looking out over the sea with amazing big fireplaces and the fact that we had the castle to ourselves made the day feel magical. Highly recommended! Huge thanks again, Mr and Mrs Schreiber xxx �

Fenella & Dan

Dear Sue
We wanted to write you a quick note to show you our massive appreciation for everything you did in the lead up to our wedding and on the day itself.
Not only did you answer hundreds of our questions in the months before but on the day everything ran so smoothly, we knew we were in great hands and didn't have to think about anything on the day as you were working hard away behind the scenes. Even our guests noted how amazing the staff & especially you Sue were on the day.
Our wedding day was everything & more that we could have dreamed of at Lympne Castle so thank you so much.

Louise & James Murphy

Dear Sue

The very last remaining member of my family has just departed home and have had so many pictures and photos and much feedback on my son's wedding. It has been so momentous for us all. It has been made especially more so, with your guidance and advice throughout the weekend that my family and I spent at Lympne Castle.

The atmosphere was charming. The food was amazing. Your attentiveness to detail was noticed and much appreciated. And most of all, your staff must be commended for all their patient and helpful manners towards our guests.

Thank you all.

With kindest regards


Mark & Lily Sept 2016

Lympne Castle. What can I say!!!! Gareth you were awesome, you made our lives so easy and managed to understand my interesting drawings. You dealt with every query, complication with ease. You are fantastic and were a huge contributor to making our day awesome.
All the staff you were fantastic, brilliant at your jobs, and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything each and everyone of you did!!!
The chefs, wow wow wow the food was out of this world!!
The whole day blew our dreams out of the water, blew any expectation away.
Every guest said how amazing the venue was, how professional the staff were and how awesome the food was.
The whole package blew everyone of us away and I can't thank you enough!!!! Love Mr and Mrs

Mr & Mrs Thowney

We found this venue and ignored it because we mistook it for Lympne Zoo! We went for a viewing and fell in love. We had a tiny wedding of just 23 guests and the venue catered to this perfectly. We had a giant banquet table with the bride and groom at the head and guests down either side. This looked stunning and made it feel like a proper castle should. Gareth was first class, nothing was too much trouble and every request was dealt with quickly. We live abroad, so planning was challenging at times, but Gareth made it easy, which took away a lot of stress from us. The staff at the castle were so professional throughout the day. Everything was handled so efficiently, we didn't even see the dining hall become a dance floor! Thanks to everyone at the castle

Lisa Sampson

We had the most amazing wedding reception here, I cannot recommend it enough you will not be disappointed!!
Sue our wedding planner was totally amazing she helped us create the most special day. Sue and her team answered all my questions and were contactable through out the build up to our big day.
All of our guests said how much they loved the venue, views, food and how professional the staff were.
I was a little poorly on my wedding day and Sue recognised this and acted quickly and didn't panic and helped me through the day and night. I was so grateful for this I cannot thank her enough. Thankfully this did not ruin my day I still wouldn't change a thing thank you to everyone at Lympne castle. Xx

Alex & Mark

My wedding on 6th August 2015 was perfect in every way. Everyone had the most amazing day and I can't thank you all enough

Sarah Moran

We cannot thank Gareth our event organiser enough for the outstanding job he and his team did at our daughter's wedding last week. From the moment we met him, he gave us excellent help and advice so the wedding day was absolutely perfect. 5 stars really isn't enough!

Chris Sadler

A massive thank you to Gareth and the rest of the team for all their hard work making our day special - especially with the last minute changes! We had a perfect day and it couldn't have gone any better. The castle is absolutely beautiful and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone. Thank you so much!

Nikki Essex

Thank you very much for helping us putting together a great celebration. We had an amazing time and all our guests all full of praises for the staff, the food and of course the venue! It was a great day which I will always remember!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Best Wishes


To Gareth & the team at Lympne Castle,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our fantastic wedding day.

Gareth you were amazing and easy to talk to. Thank you so much for being so accommodating for our decorations. You were there to help me set up so early and you didn’t leave until late. Thank you so much for your time and fabulous organisation.
To all of you we got so many compliments from all of our guests on how beautiful and well kept the venue was. We really had the best wedding location in Kent.
We couldn’t have asked for more. I’d advise anybody looking to get married to book you up without hesitation. Thank you again.

Sally & Martin Holt

To the manager & all the staff,

We would like to thank you & your team for making our daughter’s wedding day so special. Lympne Castle is a truly memorable venue and was loved by all our guests from the moment they arrived.
We were impressed by how smoothly the day ran, thanks to the care and professionalism shown by all your staff. Please thank the chef for the lovely food, especially the Beef Wellington which was enjoyed by everyone.
We would also like to add how much we liked staying in the cottages and how perfect the arrangement was, especially breakfast for 20 in the Bistro the following morning.
We are very aware how busy you are on a daily basis with so many weddings and events but are happy you made this one unique and unforgettable for us.

Best wishes

Mr K.A & Mrs S.Y Sadler

Hi Sue,

Will and I just wanted to say a massive Thank you to you and all your staff for helping our special day run so smoothly. You were so calm and relaxed that I think it helped keep me grounded on the day. Everyone that came could not believe how beautiful the venue was with the views etc. and the pictures have come out beautifully.

Will and I would thoroughly recommend Lympne Castle to anyone looking for a wedding venue. You provide the whole package which I think is quite rare these days and you looked after us so well.

Thanks once again.

Lisa & Will

Dear Gareth,
Rob and I can't thank you enough for all the time and effort you put in during the planning of Kate's wedding and on the day.
Your enthusiasm, help and encouragement was such a blessing to us and the day was just perfect. All your team were a great too - please pass on our grateful thanks. Our guests were delighted with your lovely venue and commented on the high quality of the catering and the relaxed atmosphere your staff created - all your organisation was exemplary. The cottages we stayed in were excellent too!
I'm sure Kate and Chris will be in touch when they are back from honeymoon and will send over some photos.
We have so many happy memories of Kate's wedding day, it was just as she had dreamed it would be - THANK YOU.
Very best wishes


Just wanted to say a massive thank you from both Nigel and Myself, your professionalism from the start to finish of our wedding experience has been amazing! Nothing has been too much trouble, yourself and all your staff are a great credit to you. Will you please pass on our gratitude’s to all members of staff at the castle, including your amazing chef. All our guests have commented on how well the day was ran, food, service and presentation were all excellent, along with the immaculate gardens, which although we didn’t get to use, I know a lot of hard work goes into maintaining them.

The castle is a beautiful venue and everyone commented what a truly special place it is. I real gem!

Thank you again for everything was truly the most amazing day and you helped it to be this way.

Kerry & Nigel

Many thanks for our wonderful day at Lympne Castle! Everyone was really impressed with how smoothly it all went and that the food was exquisite. We had an amazing time so please pass on our thanks to the staff and chefs. We have plenty of lovely Lympne Castle photography so let me know if you'd like me to pass it along for your Facebook page etc :)

Mr & Mrs Ghost

My wife & I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Michael & Kimberly Lunn at your venue on Sunday 16th August 2015.

We would like to thank you & your professional staff for the enjoyable way the whole ceremony & reception afterwards was carried out.

We believe that no stone was left unturned & nobody wanted for anything, all the food was cooked & served superbly & the service impeccable.

I would like you to give yourself a very large pat on the back & likewise to all your staff.

At any opportunity we will certainly recommend your first class venue.

Lana & Alan Slaughter


You can contact us here at Lympne Castle in a number of ways. We welcome enquiries by phone, email or postal communication. Our phone number is 01303 261666 and we can be contacted during office hours of 9am-5pm. Monday through Friday with the exception of National and Bank Holidays. If you would like to email us, please do so using our online enquiry form. We aim to answer all received email within 24 hours, but please accept there may delays to this during peak business times. Finally, you may also write to us directly at the following address; Lympne Castle, The Street. Lympne, Kent, CT21 4LQ. 

Rod Aspinall - Estate Manager 
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General Enquiries
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Gareth Houston - Operations Manager 
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Sue Piddock - Operations Manager 
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