Iconic Northwood House is set in beautiful Northwood Park in the heart of Cowes.

The Estate has a rich history of hosting events and celebrations of all kinds. Today this Grade II* listed Georgian manor house, is looked after by Northwood House Charitable Trust Co. Ltd.

It continues to provide a stunning location for any event, no matter how large or small and is available to hire for every special occasion or celebration imaginable.

Purchased in 1793 by George Ward, a successful London merchant, the House was rebuilt and extensively decorated by his son, George Henry Ward. Many lavish parties were thrown by the Wards throughout the Victorian era when the Island was a popular destination for the Royal family. Queen Victoria’s own children often came over from Osborne House along with the rich and famous from all over Great Britain, to enjoy the high society soirées hosted at the House.

The Northwood House team prides itself in making sure your event or celebration is one to remember, with top class service that’s second to none on the Island.


Open for weddings, events and group visits.

Find Us
Find us

Situated just outside the town centre of Cowes on Ward Avenue.

Bus: Take the No. 1 bus from Newport to Cowes, alight at the Northwood Park Car Park in Park Road and follow the signs.

Red jet: Head out of the terminal and turn left into the High Street; take the first right up Terminus Road for a brief 5 minute walk to find the park on your right. Or take a taxi from the rank outside the Red Funnel entrance


Car park on site

  • Various charges.

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome, please contact us:

phone: 01983 293642 

email: administrator@northwoodhouse.org

Fun Facts

Northwood House was built, owned and inhabited by five generations of the Ward family between 1797 and 1929, when it was gifted to Cowes Urban District Council along with the 26-acre ‘pleasure park’ surrounding it. The terms of the gift were that the House was to be used as municipal offices and the park ‘as pleasure gardens for the people of Cowes'



Iconic Northwood House is fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. We are one of the Island’s most popular wedding venues; nearly 40 weddings take place at Northwood House throughout the year.

Couples can hold their ceremony and reception within the House and grounds. With six glorious reception rooms and ample space for marquees on the lawns we can easily accommodate small intimate groups and large celebrations.

As a result Northwood House is great for couples who want the freedom to create a very personal celebration for their friends and family. Because our rooms can be hired individually or in combination, you can plan a unique day for your guests.

Our licenced caterers offer a wide range of options and budgets. If you want something out of the ordinary for your wedding, we will be delighted to help you make it happen.


  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Northwood House provides the ideal setting for large conferences, training days and meetings for businesses and institutions.

We also have a range of small office suites available to hire by the hour, day, week or longer term for clients who need the convenience of a temporary meeting space in the heart of Cowes.

We are only minutes away from the Red Funnel Car Ferry in East Cowes and 5 minutes from the Red Jet High Speed foot passenger service from Southampton.

If you are travelling by car we have two car parks with 29 parking spaces in the Rotunda car park situated near to the main entrance to the House, and 156 parking spaces in our main car park situated on Park Road. Our Coach Park has 14 spaces.


  • Wifi
  • Refreshments
  • Projector and screen
  • Plentiful parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible