• <a href='#'>Bleak House<br>Home to author Charles Dickens</a>
  • <a href='weddings.html'>Available for Weddings</a>
  • <a href='wedding-packages.html'>Overlooking Viking Bay</a>
  • <a href='accommodation.html'>Luxury Accommodation</a>
  • <a href='#'>Rolls Royce and Bentley Wedding Cars</a>


Our historic Grade II listed building is exclusively available for your civil ceremony or civil partnership. Situated on the Isle of Thanet in Kent, we are able to accommodate smaller ceremonies and celebrations of 60 people to more lavish events for up to 200 people. We offer:

  • Range of wedding packages and prices
  • Dedicated wedding co-ordinator
  • Exclusive use of the building and it's rooms
  • Beautiful location licensed for civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies
  • Bespoke menu creation available from our in-house Chef
  • Easy to use online room booking services
  • Rolls Royce & Bentley wedding cars available

Wedding on the Kent coast


Bleak House was originally called Fort House and was the residence of the captain of one of two coastal forts guarding Broadstairs. Author Charles Dickens spent many summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was here in that "airy nest" overlooking Viking Bay that he wrote perhaps his most famous work, David Copperfield.
Fort House was dubbed Bleak House in the early part of the 20th Century. An unknown guest once asserted that it was the Bleak House referred to in Dickens' 1853 novel and the name stuck. There has been much dispute over the truth of the testimony. Some people believe that the house from which Dickens' took his inspiration is far distant from Broadstairs.
What can be certain is that the house held a special attraction for Dickens and was the residence he "most desired" in his most favourite of watering places, Broadstairs.
For much of the 20th century Bleak House was in two quite distinct parts, serving as a private residence, Thanet smuggling museum and Dickens memorial museum.
In 2012 we opened the house as a wedding venue with luxury bed and breakfast style accommodation.

Bleak House and Viking Bay