Farnham Castle

Our historic treasure combines both old and new, providing a distinctive setting for an elegant and contemporary wedding day

2012

With Farnham Castle fully renovated and brought back to life it is finally licensed for civil ceremonies - having hosted many special occasions and wedding celebrations in the years prior to this.

2005

Farnham Castle opened its doors to its first wedding celebration

1989 onwards

The Great Hall is repaired and redecorated, followed by the restoration and renovation of Bishop’s Palace in 2006 and The Keep in 2010.

1956

The Bishops of Guildford vacate the Castle and the buildings are left unoccupied for several years until 1962, when the Bishop’s Palace is leased.

1940s

The War Office sets up a Camouflage Development and Training Centre at the Castle.

1930s

During the World Wars, the 13th Century Arches were exposed and in 1933 the Keep was placed in the guardianship of the State.

1895

Around this time, the Castle was brought into the modern age as Bishop David installed electricity at the Castle.

1884

Stained glass windows were installed at the Castle.

1849

The windows, which still remain intact, were ‘signed’ by cleaners! Three decades later, the motto was inscribed on the fireplace.

1620

Bishop Andrewes entertained King James I at Farnham Castle spending more than £2,000 over the three days 'to the extraordinary contentment of his Majesty, and the admiration of all his followers.'

1600s

Parliament garrisons the Castle in 1642 and by 1648 Farnham Castle was sold and neglected. Fourteen years later, in 1662, the Castle is restored.

1520s

With the move into Tudor times, Bishop Fox makes major alterations to the Castle, including extensive modifications to the tower and south side of the buildings. He also builds steps up from the town.

1500s

Elizabeth I visited Farnham Castle at least six times; the last time was in 1602, eighteen months before her death.

1470

Bishop Waynflete begins building a grand entrance tower in brick.

1378

Renovations in The Great Hall occur at this time and include an increase in height and new windows to make clerestory.

1223

When Bishop John de Pontoise visited he often entertained on a lavish scale. On this particular visit brine tubs stored 311 pigs in two larders to serve up pork for the special occasion.

1216

Prince Louis of France takes the English throne and occupies both Guildford and Farnham Castles. A year later, the Earl of Pembroke takes the Castle back.

1200s

King John was a frequent visitor to the castle during this period.

1180

Around this time, The Great Hall and Norman Chapel were built. Work also began on the Shell Keep and outer curtain wall, and continued into the next century.

1138

Bishop Henry begins building, or possibly rebuilding at Farnham Castle.