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Dream makers

Let our Events Manager Taylah share why Riddle’s Court is a perfect venue for your big day and what makes the building so special

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Can you give us a bit of back-ground to your unusual venue?

Riddle’s Court is at the top of the Royal Mile, close to Edinburgh Castle and can trace its history back to 1590. It recently underwent an extensive two-year multi-million-pound restoration project, which was carried our by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.

It re-opened in 2017 it was stunningly modernised, yet still reflecting the past. It’s a remarkable space for a couple to marry – and become part of four centuries of history. The wedding team here, look after about 30-40 weddings a year, but our popularity is growing. We can host 60-70 daytime guests with scope for more to attend in the evening.

What makes Riddle’s Court such a great place to be married?

It is a romantic, historic jewel, hidden away in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. It feels personable, intimate and charming and is full of period drama – beautiful 16th-century painted ceilings, for example, in the elegant rooms.

One of the most special things about us is that when you book your wedding here, all the profit goes back into our charitable mission of restoring and renovating historically significant buildings across the country, saving them for future generations. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

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What is your favourite thing about the building?

It’s hard to choose. Possibly the breathtaking views from the Geddes Room out to the Edinburgh skyline and beyond to the Pentland Hills. But I also love the 16th-century bread oven which we believe was used to cook a banquet for King James VI here in 1598. It was uncovered during the restoration project when an accessible bathroom was being created and has to be seen to be believed.

If you were to get married at Riddle’s Court, how would you go about it?

I would plan a romantic, tight-knit celebration so that I would be able to interact with everyone who had been invited, and I would stay the night. We’ve recently created two new elopement packages, one of which includes a two-night stay in the King’s Chamber, our beautiful on-site apartment. It has a large bedroom, where you can sleep under a spectacular 16th-century painted ceiling, plus an open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge area with a double sofa bed and a contemporary shower room.

Tell us about the function rooms

You could have an intimate elopement ceremony in the Seton Room, which boasts splendid plasterwork and photogenic bay-window booths. Prefer a grand celebration? Our Library is a spacious, airy and south facing and is suitable for an elegant wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests. It works well for a ceilidh or dancing in the evening.

The stunning painted ceiling of the Geddes Room depicts messages of ecology, philosophy and education and has stylish panelled walls.

Whichever rooms you choose, we will be working behind the scenes to ensure all runs smoothly. We will follow a detailed timetable, but are prepared for anything.

Get in touch

We would love to help you on your planning journey, whatever that looks like, and are always happy to offer tips and advice – get in touch with our team today for more information.

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