Wedding Facilities

Our Castle’s exceptional range of facilities and services will ensure every detail of your big day is made perfect.

The Penn has much more to it than its beautiful bedrooms and luxury ceremony spaces. With our luscious sprawling gardens, fully licensed bar, parking space for 20 vehicles and even a helipad, our Castle is sure to have everything you need.

Wedding Licence

Both the Castle and the Grounds are licensed for civil weddings and partnerships. Whether you choose to hold your ceremony inside or out, you’ll be guaranteed the most stunning sea views along the south coast.

Ceremony only – Should you wish to have your ceremony at the Castle, but host your reception elsewhere this may also be arranged and can take place Monday to Friday.

Licensed Bar

The Penn has its own licensed bar, but if you would prefer to provide your own drinks for your wedding day this can also be arranged.

Grounds and Gardens

Each series of individually landscaped pathways and terraces that surrounds The Penn offer an abundant choice of stunning spots, ideal for canapés and after-ceremony drinks in the sunshine.

Our gardens are a photographer’s dream, offering something to suit every mood, season and style with plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day.

We allow natural dried rose petal confetti to be used outside in the Castle grounds.

Things to do

Whether you are here for one day or for three, you’ll find plenty to do around the island.

Begin your wedding day with beauty treatments for the bridal party, while the groomsmen take a sail on the Olympic waters. Make your way just below the Castle to the sheltered pebble bay of Church Ope Cove – a charming and secluded beach perfect for a pre-wedding dip.

Once married, take a short journey with your photographer to the famous Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill for jaw dropping clifftop photos set against the beautiful lighthouse and English Channel.

During your stay

Choose one of the many walks around the Island, or take the bikes out and explore the coastline.

Why not get together for supper the night before the wedding at one of the local pubs or restaurants?

If you require a nanny service while staying at the Castle, or at any point over the course of your wedding day, we can arrange suitable childcare through Tinies

Additional accommodation

Just a few minutes walk from the Castle, the newly renovated Cove Lodge can be booked exclusively through The Penn, sleeping up to six people.

Portland has a variety of hotels and B&Bs on offer for guests travelling to the area for the wedding.


Ample parking is available on site for your guests.

Please note that only guests staying at the Castle may leave their cars in the grounds overnight.

Should additional wedding guests wish to leave their cars overnight, a free 72hr car park is available opposite the Castle’s entrance.


For an unforgettable entrance or exit, The Penn’s very own private helipad is available to use before or after your wedding. Be whisked away in style and start your honeymoon celebrations with a short ride to the nearest international airport. Other guests are also welcome to use the helipad with prior arrangement.