Highbury Hall is little known. But as far as wedding venues go it’s one of my favourites. It’s a private, Grade II listed mansion house in a country setting and only 3 miles from Birmingham City Centre. So perfect if you have guests travelling to your wedding from outside the area. And it’s heaped in history.
This Victorian Gothic mansion is the family home of Joseph Chamberlain. His son Neville Chamberlain was the Prime Minister at the outbreak of the Second World War. Just a small part of the house is open to use, but the contrast in grandeur between the rooms leaves you in awe. With it’s balcony, portraits, high ceilings and dark wood you can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed as you walk up and around the twisting and entwined staircase to the pretty, bright and airy prep room. This room itself belonged to Joseph’s wife, Mary. With its opulent four poster bed (often adorned with beautiful wedding dresses), you can’t help feel optimistic about the day. Especially as the huge bay window floods the room with plenty of warm, soft, natural light.
Highbury Hall initially has a masculine atmosphere to it. But that’s its history. However, Chamberlain was also famous for his orchid houses that were one adjacent to the house. So similarly there’s a very feminine undertone to it. Highbury Hall has had many faces throughout its history. Having once been a family home, hospital and home for disabled soldiers in World War I and now bought back to glory as a wedding venue.
If you want an exclusive and accessible venue, with good transport links, beautiful grounds, staff that can’t do enough for you, amazing photographs of your day that have buckets of character and all at a price that won’t break the bank; Highbury Hall is a must see.