Civil partnerships

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Since December 2005 same sex couples in permanent relationships have had the opportunity to have their relationship recognised in law.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 created a new legal relationship of civil partners. This provides couples with parity of treatment in a wide range of legal matters with opposite sex couples who enter into marriage.

The Government intends that registered civil partnership should be long term stable relationships.

Opposite sex couples are not eligible for civil partnership registration as they can obtain the same rights and responsibilities by marriage.

There is a formal court based process for dissolution of a partnership.

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Ceremonies are conducted Saturdays at 11am, 2pm & 5pm. Other days and times can be booked, please contact us for further details. The Great Hall and Medieval Gatehouse are unheated. The fee covers a two-hour period which includes the ceremony. We have our own Ceremonies Coordinator available for every wedding, with whom you are invited to attend a ceremony rehearsal. A £100 non-refundable deposit will secure your booking, the final balance is due six weeks before your ceremony date. Registrar's fees are separate to the fees for your Tonbridge Castle ceremony.

The Chamber Room

The Chamber can accommodate up to 80 guests, including children, seated.

Fee:

  • £840 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
  • £900 from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

The Medieval Gatehouse

The Medieval Gatehouse can accommodate up to 25 guests, including children, standing only.

Fee:

  • £1250 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
  • £1300 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019

The Great Hall

The Great Hall can accommodate up to 30 guests, including children, standing only.

Fee:

  • £1250 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
  • £1300 from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2019

A viewing of the wedding rooms can be made by appointment. If you wish to get married at Tonbridge Castle, please contact our Ceremonies Coordinator, who will be happy to discuss your arrangements.

E-mail: tonbridge.castle@tmbc.gov.uk

*Please Note: We are unable to host wedding receptions. Tonbridge Castle is licensed for Civil Ceremonies only. Tonbridge Castle is also licensed as a venue for Baby Welcoming and Renewal of Vows, the ceremony can be conducted at 11am, 2pm or 5pm, with a choice of three rooms.