Romantic attractions are perfect place to start married life in Leeds

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They are historic attractions that are already regarded with a great deal of affection by the people of Leeds.

But now Temple Newsam House, Lotherton Hall and Thwaite Mills are taking on new roles in the romantic life of the city.

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City council chiefs say the three local landmarks are proving increasingly popular as wedding venues and will all be hosting ceremonies this year.

Coun Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said: “Each of these historic sites has its own very special atmosphere and is set in beautiful, historic surroundings, making them the perfect venue for a unique and memorable wedding.

“Our museums and galleries sites already have a special place in the hearts of many people in Leeds and we welcome the chance for them to also be part of such a landmark occasion for any couple.”

Jen Boyle, 31, and her husband Patrick, 30, chose Thwaite Mills for their big day last year and travelled to the ceremony by canal boat.

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Jen said: “We had a magical, relaxed wedding reception at Thwaite Mills. From travelling there on a canal boat to exploring the museum, 1940s house and beautiful grounds, with the mill wheel working, we couldn’t have asked for a more atmospheric location.

“The staff were wonderful, allowing us a great deal of scope to customise our day on a limited budget.”

Temple Newsam has three rooms for holding ceremonies, including a spectacular Great Hall that has been used for feasting and celebrations for 500 years.

Lotherton’s Edwardian country house was once home to prominent Leeds families such as the Gascoignes and Nevilles.

Today, the house’s drawing room, which comes complete with two historic pianos and a harp made in the 1840s, can hold civil ceremonies while the servants’ hall is able to host drinks receptions.

Stourton’s Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples of a working water mill anywhere in Britain and is nestled on an island in between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.

The museum has a number of spaces licensed for ceremonies, including a wheel room, warehouse and orchard mini pavilion, with options for receptions including hire of grounds, buildings and marquees.

For more details about weddings at the venues, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsamweddings, www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonweddings or www.leeds.gov.uk/thwaiteweddings.

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