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2020 Availability for Swansea Wedding Venue Craig y Nos Castle

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Wedding Availability 2020

It is with regret that due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, Boris Johnson on 20.03.20 at 17:03 hrs advised that Pubs Clubs Restaurants Cafes and Bars are to close at midnight on 20/03/2020. Until further notice we are unable to service any weddings, events or accommodation. Please read our Coronavirus Page (below) for full details of our postponement policy and procedure.

We will re-open for wedding receptions as soon as the Government allows us to trade again and when it is viable to do so. We and our Couples will prefer the ability to hold a full event type wedding where everyone can relax and feel at ease, and where Couples know they and their guests of all ages are safe. A wedding should be a great party - a Special Day and a celebration of two families joining together, a day that our Couples dream to have and will remember for all the right reasons. As of July/ August 2020, this dream wedding day does not look to be possible until social distancing rules are removed. We remain hopeful about a longer term solution being devised, within a few months, be it testing & tracing, a vaccine, or improved treatment. We will forward plan for re-opening then - with some great deals to look out for.

We continue to accept Last Minute 'weekend' weddings into 1st Qtr 2021 and we are accepting new wedding package bookings for 2021 and 2022. 'Viewings' by appointment only (as castle is closed otherwise) resume from 2nd August.

For any Couple who wants to get married in 2020, we may be able to offer Ceremony Only weddings from 01/09/2020. You can only have a few 'socially distanced' guests in the opera house, possibly with welcome drinks served in the courtyard afterwards, but no actual event or reception party. You would then hold your wedding reception and main party in 2021, with a Celebrant conducting a full wedding Ceremony - read more here on your 2021 wedding day.

We may find we can accept Last Minute weddings into late 2020 - maybe Nov and Dec 2020 - contingent on restrictions being eased by then. We will offer free transfer if any coronavirus lockdown resumes. Sadly we suggest for 2020 dates that you wait until Government says venues can re-open. Anyone wanting a 2020 Last Minute wedding please watch this page and contact us when we can re-open.

24/03/20: Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23/03/20 the Castle is now closed other than for security, key management personnel and live-in maintenance staff. The majority of reception, front of house, wedding planning staff are now furloughed and required to stay at home. Please can everyone email us rather than phone us. Or use the Chat Service on the website. Wedding Planners working still from home can still take incoming emails and answer queries on our chat service but cannot take phone calls.

Check your wedding date is available, then Book Your Viewing Appointment.  

  • Bank Holidays, New Year's Eve, Christmas Eve, Valentine's Day etc only qualify for the Saturday Wedding Package (as above)


















Colour shaded dates are booked - see colour table for type of wedding. Any unshaded date is still available to book (provided we can re-open in that month).

Coronavirus has resulted in 2nd (and now 3rd) Quarter 2020 weddings shifting dates, either skipping into 2021 or 'crowding' into later 2020 months, in accordance with our Coronavirus Policy here.

Dates changes are now taking place for August. September 2020 onwards remain on 'wait and see'. To keep track of this and to enable existing clients to pick dates that are available, this page and 2021 wedding availability are updated regularly.

Some new colours show the changes:

1. Yellow shaded dates with black font are 'new weddings' that have reserved but not yet booked. Most of these still need to view the venue but have reserved dates before a viewing.

2. Yellow dates with red font are 'pencilled in' transfer dates for existing 2020 wedding clients who have reserved a later date but not yet moved their original 2020 date.

3. Unshaded dates with purple font show dates vacated by weddings that were booked but have moved forward to a later date.

4. Shaded dates in various wedding package colours with a red font are weddings that have shifted into a new date, moving from an earlier date.

All 'moved dates', once confirmed, revert to their normal 'confirmed' colours according to the type of wedding package booked, see wedding colour codes here.

This lovely letter is from the very last wedding we were able to hold in mid Feb 2020 before the closure of all wedding venues due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Dear Martin,

Can I send you a huge thank you to you and your wonderful team. From the first time you opened the door to your beautiful castle, you are greeted with such warmth and a beautiful smile, this smile continues throughout your amazing castle of Craig-Y-Nos.

It is so, so important to have good people in your team Martin, but you have amazing people, people who care not only about Craig-Y-Nos but for every guest who walks through its doors. I have been to many many hotels, guest houses, even other castles but I have never come across such warmth, your team are amazing Martin and you should be immensely proud of them.

You, your amazing team and your stunning historic castle made my Madison, and my new son-in-law Zak's special day even more special and memorable, I know Craig-Y-Nos will hold a very special place not only in their hearts, but in 70 other hearts too!

It was the most amazing day Martin and your team played such a monumental part of the day. Can I especially mention Jack who set the stage, Kelly who went beyond being helpful, young smiling Patricia, and of course Molly and Adrianne in Wedding Coordination.

Can you relay on to every member of your team from the wonderful ladies on the reception, to the bar team, to the dining hall team and the rest of the team you see but also all the team behind the scenes your amazing chefs, cleaning team, maintenance team to all of you a massive thank you!!

We have attached a few images which we are happy for you to use in marketing materials

With heartfelt thanks.


Michael Ludwig (Business Mgr) replies:

Dear Mark

Thank you for your comments which have brought a tear to my eye this evening. It is great to get such good feedback from our customers but also from their family.

Martin, our MD, has asked me to respond to you also as I deal with all the feedback and personnel side of things at the Castle and one of the things that  truly believe is that it is the staff “in whatever capacity” that in the main make our events as good as they are.

The fact that you have named many, goes to show that clearly our staff have done something to get noticed and I would like to thank you personally for your kind words – your feedback goes to all the staff and I am sure that they will be please to read your comments – certainly I am always proud of the team but when heard from a customer, it is that much more special.

Your images are spectacular and clearly you are proud of the lovely couple – these images, will appear online on our website, and on Facebook too, in due course.

All the best Michael


Craig Y Nos Castle's Wedding Fayre on Sunday 19th April has been cancelled

Remote viewings via Skype etc are now enabled on our viewing request forms but not available during lockdown


Only unshaded dates are available to book.


All weddings up to end Aug 2020 that wish to have now moved or are moving their wedding date in accordance with the Coronavirus Advisory page to later dates. You can identify dates released in this way by the colour of the font for the date, which is this colour.

* If you are looking for a Last Minute Wedding (say because your overseas wedding OR your CHURCH wedding has been cancelled), until the full lockdown it would have made sense to simply book at a civil wedding venue in the UK. Now you cannot as we are not allowed to trade due to Coronavirus. But keep a look out for all our newly released dates in 2020 as when clarity returns and we re-open, these may open up for Last Minute weddings.

Remember you need to give a minimum of a month's notice to the Registrar. Call the registrar on 01597 827468. Email is registrar@powys.gov.uk. Due to Coronavirus, for the period up to Sept 2020 at least, we are probably closed. By August things may become clearer to allow more people to plan ahead.

While 'social distancing' restrictions remain, larger 2020 weddings should move forward to 2021. Only smaller weddings and last minute weddings (which are smaller) may be practical for 2020.

Please refer to our Coronavirus Advisory page on all this.

Before the 20/03/2020 Lockdown, we anticipated the permissible size of weddings would reduce. Before lockdown, some churches were already refusing weddings altogether. When Quarantine is lifted, we may find you are able to hold a Ceremony Only wedding with less than ten people, or 5 people, or none at all (apart from yourselves). This would be a Ceremony Only arrangement. If no or very few guests are allowed, we will remain closed until Coronavirus is sufficiently under control for the Government to allow venues to re-open in an economically viable manner - e.g. with a minimum of 50 guests being allowed. Postponement is a better option if you cannot invite many guests, or they cannot join you on the dance floor!

If you already have a wedding booked with us, all dates up to end August 2020 are now transferring to a later date at no charge. Later weddings may transfer now or pencil in a future date while retaining their existing date. Late summer and Autumn 2020 weddings can have two wedding dates - their original 2020 date and a pencilled in reserve date ready if needed.

We will not hold any wedding bookings to any 'normal' postponement terms when and if you need to move the date due to Coronavirus. This is all entirely out of your hands. We will make it as easy as possible for clients to follow Gov't guidelines. This situation is bad for everyone, not least all of our Couples who have worked so hard to plan their perfect day. However do not despair. All your plans (aside from the date) can still go ahead ultimately - just at a later date. Hopefully not too far in the future!

As someone once said to me of a bad period, this too will pass. A year from now we will hopefully be fully back to normal though with a very memorable year behind us. A vaccine or a cure will be found eventually - or just good testing and contact tracing. The 'new normal' of 'social distancing' cannot continue forever and is not practical for a wedding celebration when everyone wants to get together. A wedding is the most important day of your life and should be remembered for all the right reasons. We know it will all be sorted out eventually. Once it is, you, your guests, and all of us here at Craig y Nos, will all have to P A R T Y - when we are allowed to again....

2 night breaks deal

A Friday wedding offers great value and means your guests can stay overnight on the Thursday on our midweek discount tariff, a great value two day break for your guests.

Provided there is low B&B use by a Last Minute / Winter Wedding on a Friday there'll be accommodation available for a Saturday wedding's guests to stay over on the Friday too, subject to availability. Last Minute weddings (showing in pink) are often smaller weddings, so two night breaks can be booked by guests of most winter weddings.


Viewing Request
To book a viewing of Craig y Nos Castle please use the quick-form below

Should you not be able to visit the castle in person, we are now offering 'remote viewing' via Skype or What's App. You can mark this preference on the form below. We cannot offer this service, or any viewings, during weddings. Please check viewing times availability on the link above first to avoid wedding times and other viewings.

 I intend to visit the castle in person
 I wish to remote view via Skype/ What's App

On 08/07/2019, 15:22, C wrote:

To Emily, the entire wedding team, and every single staff member at Craig y Nos Castle,
Words fail me to truly get across what an amazing day we had on Saturday!

You were utterly outstanding in every way. From the night before, the lovely lady working reception took care of so much for us; ordering us food and putting the boys up last minute into the nursing block!

You turned around the wedding the day before so fast and made sure I had plenty of time to get in and start decorating what I needed to. You were so helpful from the get go.
The day of the wedding was the most incredible day of my life and I can’t thank you enough for making it the dream day I had hoped and more! I cannot fault a single staff member. You all worked tirelessly during the day to make sure everything was running smooth. It literally went without a hitch. Emily you were an amazing coordinator, and the event staff all of them amazing. I am sorry I didn’t get names now as I would love to mention a few in particular but I know they know who they are! Everyone commented on how amazing you all were and how you all looked like you wanted to be there!
The food was delicious, the service was next to none and moving on into the night for our evening reception, the bar staff were friendly and attentive. The buffet was plentiful! Even the morning after, staff were still so helpful, returning items we had left, making sure we had everything we needed before departing and serving an amazing breakfast for us all.
Emily, thank you for your card and the little touches. We are ever so grateful to have had you coordinate our wedding day, especially during a time of such difficult circumstances for yourself! We are forever grateful to you and all the team for making the 6th July 2019 the most special day of our entire lives.
We will be back as much as we can to enjoy the beautiful castle, grounds, food, rooms and our new found friends in all of you!, All our love and thanks, C & B, and our whole wedding party!

Event Type
Public Rooms
NoneNo event bookedAvailableDate unbooked and available
ReserveVIP / Reserved
'Reservation fee' paid
SWPSpecial WeddingExclusiveEnsuites only for wedding guests
Weekend Excusive DealExclusive
UWPUltimate WeddingExclusive As fewer rooms are reserved for wedding guests on these wedding packages, some B&B may remain available for non-wedding guests. However evening meals & bar may not be available for non-wedding guests (depends on which rooms in use by wedding)
LMWPLast Minute Weddings Cons/ Nici
AFESWPArmed Forces WeddingExclusive
Midweek WeddingsCons/ Nici
IWPIntimate Wedding PackageCons/ Nici
GWExternal Site OffersExclusive
BRTBespoke WeddingsPart Booked
COWCeremony Only WeddingAvailableOne room for ceremony only
SWEEPEvening EntertainmentFunction Rm
B&B available; no access to bar/ restaurant for non event guests
PROMStudents PromFunction Rm
G.H.O.S.TCastle run Ghost TourAvailable
B&B open to non event guests & Eve Meals served
Wed FairWed Fair / Open DayAvailable
EventsConferences, Luncheons Group Ghost Tours, teasPartly Booked

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