50 Unusual Wedding Venues in the UK
Published date: 30th July 2020
If a traditional wedding venue is not your thing, we’ve searched the country to bring you 50 of the most unusual and unique wedding venues in the UK, from castles and historic buildings, to glass encased rooms and boho tipi villages and more. We hope our picks of unusual wedding venues will inspire you; there really is something for everyone!
What makes it unique: 320 acres of world renowned botanical gardens & the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse.
Located within easy reach of central London is the beautiful Kew Gardens. From enchanting gardens to iconic buildings, weddings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are designed to create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Kew Gardens hosts the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse which houses 10,000 different species of plants from around the world, allowing you to celebrate your special day in a venue that is literally alive!
What makes it unique: This was the site for one of Hugh Jackman’s scenes in Les Miserables, also gardens based on the canal side of Little Venice. Located on the grounds of one of the finest neo-Gothic churches in the country.
Grand Junction is a Grade I listed building nestled on the grounds of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Paddington. This venue is versatile and offers flexible event space providing the perfect canvas for your big day. St Mary Magdalene Church is one of the finest neo-Gothic churches in the country and was built in the 1860s and 70s by the great Victorian architect G E Street, who orchestrated the very best artists and craftsmen of the day to produce a masterwork combining architecture, sculpture, stained glass, and arguably the most remarkable painted ceiling in an English parish church.
What makes it unique: Located across London’s oldest working bridge Eltham Palace boasts award winning gardens, a picturesque moat & sunken rose garden and a luxurious art deco interior.
Eltham Palace really is one of London’s best kept secrets, and one of the most unusual venues you will come across in London. Outside, the venue boasts award winning gardens, a picturesque moat and a gorgeous sunken rose garden, which would provide an amazing backdrop for photos. Inside, the venue’s sleek design is the epitome of Art Deco luxury.
What makes it unique: Red brick Tudor courtyard situated in a beautiful riverside location. Private chapel and picturesque church.
Fulham Palace is a historic country house with a red brick Tudor courtyard in a riverside location. Not only is it steeped in history, but offers a private chapel and civil licensed rooms as well as a picturesque church within walking distance.
What makes it unique: 18th century Gothic castle, once home to Horace Walpole, the venue boasts landscaped gardens and a grand gallery.
Named London’s Romantic Wedding venue of the year in 2016, Strawberry Hill House is a venue like no other. Built by Horace Walpole in the 18th Century, it combines gothic style with understated elegance and luxury. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the Gallery, a spacious room with fan vaulted ceilings and golden canopies.
What makes it unique: Grade II listed Georgian house, with original features and charm, set within 300 acres of grounds and parklands.
Nonsuch Mansion is one of the most sought after wedding venues, with its beautifully decorated rooms with original features, all set in 300 acres of grounds and parklands. It dates back to the late 18th century although the greater parts were built in 1802-1806 commissioned in a Tudor Gothic style.
What makes it unique: A beautiful listed Georgian mansion set in eleven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
Pembroke Lodge is the only wedding venue within a London Royal Park Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park with 650 deer who roam freely. It boasts exterior and a neutral space that lends itself to any colour scheme or style.
What makes it unique: A high-end, exclusive venue famed for the beauty of its décor and the quality of the food.
Walk in the footsteps of royalty and Hollywood icons at this glorious Georgian townhouse set in the heart of Knightsbridge. 30 Pavillion Road is one of the most sophisticated private homes available to hire exclusively in Knightsbridge and is famed for both the beauty of its décor and sheer quality of the food.
Essex has such a wide range of wedding venues for you to choose from, and being the heart of glitz and glamour, there’s no shortage of striking, unusual venues for you to choose from.
What makes it unique: A beautiful Elizabethan manor steeped in history and bursting with character with nine acres of gardens and walled gardens.
Woodhall Manor is a beautiful Elizabethan manor located near to the Suffolk heritage coast. Steeped in history and nestled within nine acres of gardens, it is one of the most romantic venues in Essex. Say ‘I Do’ in style.
What makes it unique: Fairytale castle that will take your breath away.
Layer Marney Tower is England’s tallest and Tudor Gatehouse and one of the most romantic and beautiful venues in the UK. Set within the Essex landscape, it has views over the River Blackwater and beyond.
What makes it unique: Air conditioned orangery and a lovingly tendered Rose Garden making it the perfect venue for a true English country garden wedding.
A magnificent listed Manor House with a glorious air-conditioned Orangery set within stunning landscaped gardens. Can accommodate up to 130 seated guests and is available on an exclusive use basis.
What makes it unique: A 900 year old Norman castle full of character and charm and with the ramparts and grand imposing walls, Hedingham Castle is a truly unique venue.
Hedingham Castle is one of the most romantic wedding venues in the UK. A 900-year-old Norman Castle, a Georgian Mansion House, and 160 acres of wild and formal gardens, lakes and woodland provide a fairy tale setting for your special day. Recreate a medieval banquet in the restored tapestry room within the keep, or opt for a more traditional style celebration in the private grounds and Great Hall.
There’s so many beautiful wedding venues in South Wales, and with its friendly sophisticated capital, it makes it the perfect place to say ‘I Do’. The venue choices range from historic castles, to modern buildings.
What makes it unique: Contemporary glass panelled space with panoramic views of their heritage grounds, woodlands and lakes.
Fairyhill is a Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse located within 24 acres of breath-taking gardens, woodlands and lakes. It combines traditional elegance, with 21st Century chic with their addition of a contemporary glass panelled K Room, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and woodlands.
What makes it unique: Fonman Castle is a traditional castle steeped in history, with walled gardens and an Orchard Tipi and Weddings village which offers a relaxed boho wedding vibe.
Located in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales stands Fonmon Castle, a venue steeped in history with 340 acres of breath-taking scenery. Their contemporary Wedding Village features three top hat Tipis, allowing you to create a boho themed wedding of your dreams! It even comes with a chill out space, a fire pit and a Gypsy caravan which is available to use too.
What makes it unique: A breath-taking estate including a 15 acre serpentine lake and a venue steeped in history including turrets, gothic towers and original architecture.
Situated within a breath-taking estate, accompanied by a fifteen acre serpentine lake, Hensol Castle is the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. This stunning venue, with its majestic turrets and sweeping staircases, surrounded by Welsh countryside, provides the perfect backdrop for your photographs
What makes it unique: Situated in the Welsh mountains Craig-Y-Nos has some of the most impressive views in Wales. Say ‘I Do’ in their Grade I listed theatre.
Nestled in the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounded by mountains, Craig Y Nos Castle is one of the most romantic wedding venues in Wales. Craig Y Nos Castle is renowned for its famous Adelina Patti Theatre – an ideal setting for. Accommodating up to 130 guests and in summer months guests have access to the outdoor patio space with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain scenery.
From intimate to wide open and everything in between, wedding venues in Kent offer a variety of options for tying the knot.
What makes it unique: The Hop Farm is an iconic and historic landmark, featuring the world’s largest collection of Victorian oast houses.
Set deep in the heart of the Kent Countryside, The Hop Farm is a unique and beautiful venue for your wedding. It’s Kent’s iconic and historic landmark and features the world’s largest collection of Victorian oast houses. Their Garden Gazebo is licenced for ceremonies giving you the option to get married outside.
What makes it unique: The Barn is a charming boutique venue full of oak beams, character and atmosphere, re-built from a centuries old Elizabethan barn.
If you’re looking for an intimate, charming venue then The Barn is the venue for you. With no duty managers or wedding coordinators, the venue has been run by the General Manager for 25 years. It is a unique venue that has been rebuilt from a centuries old Elizabethan barn.
What makes it unique: Famous topiary and romantic rose gardens.
Hall Place & Gardens is a stunning Tudor house set within award-winning landscaped gardens and has capacity for up to 100 guests seated. This venue is known for its famous topiary and romantic rose garden, providing a very unique backdrop for your photos.
What makes it unique: Elegant sweeping staircase leading to the main hall.
Mount Ephraim is a privately owned, classically romantic wedding venue offering spectacular views overlooking the gardens and estate, and an elegant sweeping staircase leading to the main hall. Located only an hour from London, this is a fantastic venue for anyone wanting a country house venue, close to the capital.
The Lake District isn’t just for outdoors activities, although it’s fantastic for this; it’s also a fantastic place to get married, with some of the region’s most stunning venues alongside woodlands, lakes and nature.
What makes it unique: Interesting antiques and artefacts adorn this historic castle and every corner has a story to tell.
Augill Castle is an intimate, privately owned castle in the heart of the Lake District. Each wedding is unique and there are no set packages, meaning you have the freedom to make the venue your own for the day!
What makes it unique: Set in 400 acres of secluded woodland and deer park, on the shores of the breath-taking Bassenthwaite Lake. You can even say ‘I Do’ in a stunning woodland gazebo.
Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa is a magnificent venue, hidden in 400 acres of beautiful woodlands and deer park, bordered by Bassenthwaite Lake and framed by Skiddaw Mountain and Lake District Fells. If you’re looking for a stunning venue, surrounded by nature then this is the venue for you. It has four ceremony locations for you to choose from including a stunning outside Woodland gazebo.
Urbanites will love planning a wedding here, as Greater Manchester wedding venues are ingrained with a great sense of history, and many are pretty quirky. It’s true that the city can cater for every taste.
What makes it unique: A Grade II listed building with spectacular architecture including the Great Nave and Archangel Gardens.
The Monastry is a romantic and peaceful venue located in the heart of Manchester and can accommodate up to 400 guests in the Great Nave. It’s visually stunning architecture will ensure that your guests will be talking about your day for years to come!
What makes it unique: Manchester’s most iconic and prestigious concert venue.
The Bridgewater Hall offers an exciting and unique venue for your special day. It’s an iconic building in Manchester City Centre offering the best possible space for live music and events; it can be yours for your big day. There’s no venue like it!
There are so many fantastic wedding venues choose from in Cornwall, including ancient castles, enigmatic fortresses, country clubs and beach houses, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
What makes it unique: The perfect venue for a boho, nature inspired wedding. This venue is perfect if you’ve always dreamt of a tipi wedding surrounded by woodlands and lakes.
Cornish Tipi is a quirky wedding venue located in beautiful Cornwall, surrounded by woodlands, lakes and nature; this is the perfect venue to re-create a festival or boho theme. You can even get married by the water’s edge on the lakeside, imagine floating candles and flowers released at dusk.
What makes it unique: What could be more memorable than getting married in historic barn, set in four acres of vineyards surrounded by historic Cornish hedging.
If you love wine then Knightor Winery is the venue for you! There are so many choices of where to hold your ceremony and reception with this venue, from the winery, the barn, the courtyard, the vineyard or even having a full marquee wedding, the options are endless.
What makes it unique: Beautiful barn wedding venue. Choose to get married in the romantic barn, or in the beautiful handmade oak and slate Arbour.
Trevenna is a beautiful barn wedding venue surrounded by beautiful Cornish countryside views and set within 142 acres of countryside. This venue encourages biodiversity within Cornwall’s fields and gardens and can accommodate 120 guests.
What makes it unique: Set within a 2000 acre private estate on the Cornish bank of the River Tamar.
Pentillie Castle is a truly romantic venue, set within 2000 acres of private estate and woodlands. From stately grandeur to secluded hideaways, it offers an abundance of fabulous backdrops for your special day.
What makes it unique: Located in a wonderfully secluded spot, where lush hills tumble into the idyllic river valley below and a picture-perfect patchwork of orchards and meadows cloaks the horizon, is The Green.
The Green is a ready-made wedding village and a beautiful place to get married. Whether you fancy a DIY festival themed wedding or a traditional affair, this venue is flexible and has a range of adaptable function spaces.
Bristol is a firm favourite when it comes to choosing a wedding location, due to its vibrant and quirky vibe. You’ll find a huge selection of venues here from waterside venues to traditional hotels.
What makes it unique: Victorian-era manor house, with its romantic lake and hidden footpaths, this venue really is a hidden gem! Sweeping staircases, ornate wooden carved panels, stained glass windows and grand marble fireplaces ensure true elegance.
Award winning Manor by the Lake is a hidden gem, set in seven acres of magnificent grounds, including a romantic lake and hidden footpaths. This Victorian-era manor house is one of the leading wedding venues in Cheltenham. Elegant architecture including ornate wooden carved panels, stained glass windows and sweeping staircases provide an elegant backdrop to your wedding photos.
What makes it unique: The Mansion House integrates the romance and grandeur of the Victorian era with the luxury, style and exclusivity you would expect, making it the perfect setting for your special day. A picturesque Gazebo set within a beautiful rose garden offers an elegant outdoors ceremony space.
This historic hidden gem is one of Bristol’s most elegant and exclusive venues available for hire and offers a variety of ceremony spaces including two spacious gardens, the smaller of which is a beautiful rose garden with a picturesque Gazebo.
Norfolk has so much to offer and is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches so you can rest assured that you will find a venue full of history, charm and beauty.
What makes it unique: Imagine saying ‘I Do’ within a stunning converted windmill, set on the beautiful Norfolk coast! Perfect for a unique and intimate wedding.
Cley Windmill is a beautiful venue on the Norfolk coast that dates back to 1713 and was converted to a house in the 1920’s. This venue is perfect if you are looking for a unique and intimate wedding venue, as due to the size of the venue, the maximum capacity is 28 people in the ceremony room.
What makes it unique: Georgian building with a rich contemporary style with hardwood and natural tones.
The Dukes Head Hotel is full of character and history and ideal for both larger and smaller weddings. This venue overlooks the market place in the heart of Kings Lynn and features 77 bedrooms with a rich contemporary style with hardwood and natural tones.
What makes it unique: Tree-lined driveway, leading to a beautiful and versatile venue with not one, but two golf courses!
Set within 300 acres of stunning Norfolk countryside, Barnham Broom is a truly romantic setting with a tree-lined driveway and two golf courses. The venue offers a selection of spaces for your special day that can be adapted to suit your personal style.
What makes it unique: High beamed ceilings and beautifully light and airy conservatory, all set in 200 acres of idyllic Norfolk countryside
Park Farm is located just a few miles from Norwich city centre, in 200 acres of idyllic Norfolk countryside and is a blissful retreat and ideal wedding venue. There are a range of rooms for you to choose from for your ceremony including their light and airy conservatory.
Choosing a venue in the West-Midlands ensures that your venue will be easily accessible, with excellent transport links. Its Victorian and modern architecture provides an array of beautiful venues and photo opportunities.
What makes it unique: Stunning countryside venue with a range of quirky and unique structures including marquees and tipis for you to choose from to host your special day.
Alcott Farm is an exclusive use venue in an idyllic location with a range of quirky structures for you to choose from including marquees and tipis. Set opposite picturesque lakes this venue can accommodate up to 499 people.
What makes it unique: Grade II listed Edwardian Manor House set in 72 acres of manicured grounds, including a lake, rose gardens, terraces, secret garden gateways and lime tree avenues. The Great Hall combines high ceilings, chandeliers and stunning views to provide a truly elegant and magical venue.
Dunchurch Park is an idyllic and romantic Grade II listed Manor House Estate, located in the village of Dunchurch. Its landscaped gardens and grounds were designed by the famous landscape architect, Thomas Mawson. It has a variety of spaces available for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, including the Great Hall which combines the elegance of high ceilings, stunning views and chandeliers. Their Mawsons Marquee is a fully equipped venue with starlit canopy and its own service kitchen.
What makes it unique: Large gravel drive, leading to a luxury 16th century hotel, once a former abbey with decadent touches.
Stanbrook Abbey is a luxury 16th century hotel, once a former abbey, set within the beautiful Malvern Hills. The estate offers couples the flexibility to choose between a small intimate affair or a bigger celebration within the exclusive contemporary setting of St Anne’s, or the Callow Great Hall’s grand backdrop.
What makes it unique: Cross the drawbridge to a venue soaked in Medieval architecture and it’d own moat! Built by the Earl of Warwick as a hunting lodge in the 13th century, it’s now one of England’s oldest inhabited moated house.
New Hall Hotel & Spa is over 800 years old and steeped in history and medieval architecture. It was built by the Earl of Warwick as a hunting lodge in the 13th century and now boasts the title of England’s oldest inhabited moated house. Its ceremony rooms include ornate ceilings and fine oak panelling, providing a magnificent backdrop for your photos.
West Sussex is the perfect location if you are looking to get married beside the sea, or within a secluded venue nestled in nature.
What makes it unique: With its historic gardens and ruins, Slaugham Place was once a moated Elizabethan manor house dating back to the 1500’s.
Slaugham Place is a historic garden venue that used to be a moated Elizabethan manor house, dating back to the 1500’s. Its walled gardens are surrounded by woodlands creating a magical, fairytale wedding venue. The venue does have an outdoor licence allowing you to get married underneath the historic stone arches of the old manor house.
What makes it unique: Grade II listed building just 50 metres from the beachfront; this unique venue offers panoramic sea views.
Worthing Dome is one of the most stunning seafront venues in the UK. Built in 1911 this Grade II listed building is just 50 metres from the beachfront, providing stunning panoramic sea views. This venue is ideal for vintage, classic and traditional weddings.
What makes it unique: Goodwood House is the epitome of British style.
The Goodwood Estate is a spectacular 12,000 acre estate, located in the heart of West Sussex and home to the world famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Glorious Goodwood. There are three venues within the estate to hold your day all offering something different, from grand extravagance to a quintessentially English wedding.
What makes it unique: A versatile and stylish venue, full of character that overlooks a wonderful and unique racecourse.
Fontwell Park is an elegant and sophisticated wedding venue set in the breath-taking surroundings of West Sussex. It has three unique venues for you to choose from for your big day. The untouched gardens offer a stunning backdrop for your photos providing magical memories that last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for glamour, Cheshire is the perfect location with an array of luxurious venues to choose from.
What makes it unique: A magical and romantic, rustic, oak framed barn, surrounded by countryside views with lots of natural light.
The Oak Tree of Peover is a contemporary venue, set in 165 acre estate, surrounded by stunning countryside views. It’s a very versatile building that can be dressed in a variety of themes, from vintage to shabby chic. There is plenty of natural light and oak beams which gives this venue a fresh feel.
What makes it unique: Heaton House Farm boasts magic, wonder and charm from the moment you first set eyes on it with stunning, rustic sandstone barns – tastefully converted, integrated with beautiful modern features and oozing charm and sophistication.
Heaton House Farm is a rustic farm, nestled within the beautiful scenery of Cheshire and Staffordshire, on a hillside within a working farm. Their barn features beautiful oak beams, allowing you to create either a traditional or rustic themed wedding. Set within 165 acres, beautiful outside features include their iconic oak tree, and a mesmerising private water garden, and can be reserved for just you and your partner to enjoy.
What makes it unique: Tree-lined driveway, beautiful architecture and picture perfect views; Rookery Hall is one of the most stunning venues in Cheshire.
Rookery Hall was originally built in 1816 for the wealthy William Hilton Cooke. The style of the new facilities blends harmoniously with the original Georgian mansion and its French chateau appearance. The timeless elegance of the house and grounds remain ideal as a stunning backdrop for your wedding day, combining the best of the old with the new.
What makes it unique: Beautiful high beamed ceilings and picturesque lake.
Merrydale Manor is a purpose built venue, surrounded by acres of rolling parkland and manicured gardens, located in Over Peover, Cheshire. The ceremony room features high beam ceilings and limestone flooring and overlooks the estates grounds.
What makes it unique: An elegant venue with oak beams and marble flooring. The jewel in the crown of this private country estate is the Grade II Tudor Style Manor House, nestled in 300 acres of magnificent grounds.
Colshaw Hall is an exclusive use venue located in the peaceful Cheshire countryside. You can hold your ceremony within the elegant ‘Stables’, with its oak beams and marble flooring that add to the sense of occasion. Colshaw Hall has two gardens, both licensed for wedding ceremonies: the Magnolia Garden and the Walled Garden and can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Lincolnshire remains something of a national secret and is an idyllic location to get married with its beautiful coastlines and vast array of venues from historic mansions to cosy inns.
What makes it unique: The Dower House Hotel is full of character with gorgeous exposed brick walls, cosy wood burners and beautiful landscaped gardens.
The Dower House Hotel is a stunning venue full of Edwardian character and charm. Situated within stunning landscaped gardens, it offers an idyllic backdrop for your wedding photos. It has an outdoor licence too so you can hold your ceremony under the Garden Pagoda positioned under a beautiful Weeping Willow tree.
What makes it unique: Doddington Hall is a beautiful, privately owned Elizabethan house built in 1595 featuring a magical walled secret garden.
Doddington Hall is renowned for being one of the most perfect wedding venues in Lincolnshire; offering a truly romantic, beautiful and extremely flexible range of event spaces. Their magical, secret garden is situated behind their Coach House and is home to beautiful purple wisteria and a truly romantic choice to say ‘I Do’.