The top ten locations in County Durham and Darlington to stage a wedding have been revealed after the historic city has been unveiled at one of the most sought-after places to tie the knot – with an abundance of picturesque venues to choose from.

With an estimated 350,000 weddings set to take place across the UK in 2022 – Forbes Advisor has delved into which regions have the greatest number of potential weddings in the next six months by analysing over 7,500 listings from the UK wedding directory data.

Within the list, The South Causey Inn is the most sought-after venue for weddings in Durham with 7200 combined yearly searches across the UK.

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The inn boasts four event spaces - The Farmhouse, Old Barn, Beamish Barn, and Durham Suite, that allow between 40-200 guests.

With 4200 annual searches, Durham Castle is the second most popular venue.

Standing in the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes Durham’s world-leading university, the castle doubles as a wedding venue for up to 200 guests.

The Northern Echo: Durham Castle. Picture: NORTHERN ECHODurham Castle. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO

Further listings for Black Horse Beamish (3rd), Ramside Hall (4th) and Hardwick Hall Hotel (5th) make up the next rankings in the poll.

Next up is Runa Farm in sixth and the stunning grounds of The Bowes Museum in seventh, before the five-star Blackwell Grange Hotel sits in eighth as a popular destination for a wedding.

The Northern Echo: South Causey Inn. Picture: NORTHERN ECHOSouth Causey Inn. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO

The grade II listed Victorian building, Dalton Old Pump House, is in Seaham and stands in ninth place with just 240 annual searches across the UK.

Jacobean stately home, Redworth Hall Hotel completes the top ten with 120 yearly searches for the venue.

The Northern Echo: Ramside Hall Hotel. Picture: NORTHERN ECHORamside Hall Hotel. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO

Alongside the revelation about the wedding venue rankings, residents in the North East will be happy to know that with an overall cost score of just 27 out of 100, and the cheapest region in Great Britain to get married.

It may come as no surprise that as the most affordable region, the North East has the lowest average pricing for car hire (£201), cake price (£98), florist hire (£57), and music hire (£450).

However, the region scores highest for the average wedding venue cost at £3,094.

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