Acklam Hall courtesy of Michael Cartwright Photography
Acklam Hall courtesy of Michael Cartwright Photography

A historic 300-year-old Grade 1 listed building has been hailed as the most romantic wedding venue in the north-east after scooping a prestigious national award.

Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough beat off stiff competition to pick up the accolade at The English Wedding Awards.

The awards voted for by the public, recognise and reward those within the wedding industry who aim to make a wedding day perfect.

Michael Jones, Managing Director of Acklam Hall, said “We are thrilled to be given this recognition. Following an extensive restoration three years ago we have quickly developed a strong reputation as a magical wedding venue”.


Acklam Hall is one of the north east’s most notable establishments. Steeped in history, it was originally built by William Hustler between 1680–83 and once opened was visited by King Charles II. It was home to the Hustler family for over 200 years before going on to be Kings Manor School and latterly Middlesbrough College before it closed in 2008

Extensive restoration and renovation of the Hall followed, and it finally opened its doors again as a magnificent wedding venue, restaurant and business space in 2016.

Following the re-opening, the venue is celebrating three years of success and is fast becoming renowned for being the perfect place to host many occasions and events.

Michael added: “Acklam Hall is a truly unique venue that effortlessly blends historical charm and sophistication.

“Being recognised as the north-east’s most romantic wedding venue is an accolade that we are exceptionally proud of, there are many aspects to making a wedding perfect, it requires a whole team approach, and the fact it was voted for by the public makes it extra special”.

With over 300 years of character and charm, Acklam Hall exudes glamour, style and luxury. Its impressive driveway, manicured grounds and view overlooking the historic Avenue of Trees enhance its majestic setting. The restoration retained the many stunning architectural features of this grand home from when it was first built in the late seventeenth century which included the magnificent staircase, ornate and painted ceiling decorations, domed skylight and marble fireplaces.

The venue can cater for those looking for an intimate wedding ceremony of up to 40 guests in The Parlour while the spacious Drawing Room can provide for weddings for up to 120. Acklam Hall is licensed to carry out civil ceremonies, and for those looking for a religious service, St Mary’s Church is ideally located next to the grounds. The Queen’s Room bridal suite is also available and is ideal for pre-wedding preparations and an overnight stay.

Michael added “When people come to Acklam Hall they step into a captivating grand home that is intimate, warm and welcoming.

“We have a variety of wedding packages available, but each one can be amended to suit a bride and groom’s bespoke requirements, ensuring their day is everything they wish for and steeped in romance”.

Acklam Hall will be holding a wedding showcase from 5pm-8pm on Thursday 21st March 2019. For more telephone 01642 822000.