Top 10 Unusual Wedding Venues in the UK
Published date: 6th April 2020
Looking for a unique, quirky and one-of-a-kind wedding venue to wow your guests? From windmills and vineyards to fairy-tale tower and underwater tunnels, here are 10 of the most unusual wedding venues in the UK.
Every engaged couple wants their wedding to stand out and be remembered by their guests, and the easiest way to make sure your wedding wows from the start is by choosing an unusual wedding venue. While classic country houses, romantic castles, stylish outdoor venues and beautiful barns are always a chic and wonderful choice for a big day, if you really want a one-of-a-kind setting that reflects you as a couple, you’ll need to think outside the wedding venue box. Thankfully, the UK is peppered with incredibly unique venues that you’ll fall in love with and that will ensure your wedding is an unforgettable event for you and your guests.
To help you find the most unique and unusual places to get married, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 wedding venues around the UK that have plenty of quirky touches. Whatever your style, and wherever you want to get married, you’ll find the perfect unusual venue to suit.
If you’re looking for unusual wedding venues in the Cotswolds then look no further than Matara Centre in Tetbury. This unique venue is set in an idyllic 28 acres of countryside, where you’ll find an enchanting fusion of English and Asian architecture. Your guests certainly won’t be expecting to be transported to another continent in the middle of the Cotswolds on your wedding day!
There are many eye-catching Eastern touches here, including a Japanese-inspired cloistered courtyard, plus a banquet and dance hall with a stunning glass dome. This unique venue is licensed for both indoor and outdoor weddings and you can make an entire wedding weekend of it, with accommodation for up to 28 people in a Regency house, converted haylofts and a honeymoon lodge.
Looking for an unusual wedding venue in Derbyshire where you can hold your wedding breakfast with tables placed in the original pig sties and get married in the aptly named Hitching Room. This venue was one of the first barn venues in the UK and has been hosting weddings since 1984, after having been built in the 1720s as a model farm. With all the original farm features intact, but with plenty of modern comforts, unrivalled countryside views and on-site accommodation, this unusual venue is rustic romance at its very best.
The West Country has its fair share of unique wedding venues including the fairy-tale Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) so if you’re looking for unusual wedding venues in Devon you’re in luck. This picture-perfect castle looks like something straight out of a Disney film, so you’ll feel like royalty if you choose this quirky venue. Be sure to take the spiral staircase up to the crenellated root-top turret to pose for wedding pictures with miles of Devon countryside behind you, for photos that’ll be out of this world.
This historical tower is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a unique venue for an intimate wedding of up to 50 guests. Every floor of this beautiful venue can be used on the day, with the gothic-style Ball Room being the perfect setting for your ceremony and The Lawrence Room, a one-of-a-kind space for a memorable drinks reception.
East Anglia is famous for its windmills, so if you’re searching for unusual wedding venues in Norfolk it makes sense to consider one of these iconic buildings that lines the landscape. Cley Windmill is a romantic and unique option for a big day thanks to its stunning coastal setting overlooking the picturesque salt marshes and swaying rushes.
For small weddings, it doesn’t get much more unique than saying “I do” in the circular Sitting Room, before enjoying champagne and canapés or afternoon tea in the Reception Room or outside if the sun is shining. Just imagine those unusual and romantic wedding photographs with an historic windmill as the backdrop!
Want to bring a bit of La Dolce Vita to your big day without having an actual destination wedding in Italy? Look no further than The Italian Villa one of the most unusual wedding venues in Dorset. This ornate villa that looks like it belongs in the Tuscan hills, is actually located in the heart of Compton Acres in stunning Dorset, and is one of the most romantic and quirky places to say “I do” in the country.
The exclusive-use venue has three floors of elegant spaces to use as you wish, 10 acres of splendid gardens with an ornamental lake, plus a romantic Romeo and Juliet-style balcony. With space for up to 180 wedding guests in the elegant Medici and Verona Suites, you can have the best of both worlds with a destination-style wedding at home.
Wanting an unusual wedding venue in Wales? Well, this one is located in the heart of Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Your wedding photos and the backdrop to your big day will be exquisite at this unique venue that is made up of 50 acres of rolling green hills, several lakes and magical woodland and is only minutes away from the dramatic Gower coastline.
You can say your “I dos” in the light-flooded Oakroom before celebrating in style in the modern and chic marquee, which has glass-panelled sides with views over the grounds, which are home to three llamas. At the end of the day your guests will love the chance to spend the night in the boho glamping village, while you make the most of the honeymoon suite, complete with hot tub.
This wedding venue is one of the most unusual wedding venues in Yorkshire, so if you’re really looking for a celebration space with the wow-factor this is the place for you. As the names suggests, at this exclusive-use aquarium you can get married in the deep, the magical underwater tunnels with marine life swimming all around you.
You can even say “I do” in the Endless Oceans gallery, with some rather unusual wedding guests – rays and sharks swimming by – or host an intimate ceremony in front of the Gentoo penguin exhibit. There’s also the glass observatory with panoramic views over the Humber for those special first newlywed pictures.
You’ll not run out of wine and bubbly to celebrate your newlywed status at this unusual wedding venue in Berkshire. Stanlake Park & Vineyard is a stunning and stylish option for a big day with its long sweeping driveway leading to the Grade-II listed coach house, where you can hold your rustic-chic ceremony. During the sunnier months you can even get married in unique al fresco style amongst the estate’s pretty vines. Then there’s the enchanting courtyard to host your pre-reception drinks, making the most of the delicious award-winning wines. There’s also a Vineyard Barn that is the perfect setting for an unforgettable party.
Hold court and give your guests a banquet to remember at this beautiful and unusual barn venue in Essex. Crondon Park’s main celebration space, The Baronial Hall, dates back to 1606 and is one of the finest examples of a Tudor/Jacobean barn, so your big day will be become part of this award-winning venue’s incredible history.
It’s not just the character of the building, with its cathedral-like roof and beautiful beams that you’ll fall in love with here. The venue is set in the stunning Crondon Valley with sublime views across the rolling countryside and there’s a romantic Granary Bridal Suite – a truly special place to spend your first night as newlyweds.
One of England’s largest vineyard and is also an unusual wedding venue in Surrey, so if you really want your big day to be unique, this is a smart choice. The setting of this vineyard venue is second to none, with 265 acres of vines in the heart of the Surrey Hills and views over Box Hill and the North Downs.
So, build in lots of time for those couple shots – the photo opportunities here are endless! There’s plenty of choice when it comes to spaces to celebrate too, with three beautiful suites and the Cloisters Courtyard licensed for civil ceremonies. For your reception and wedding breakfast, with free-flowing wine from the estate, The Conservatory Atrium is a wow-factor and light-flooded setting for larger affairs, while more intimate parties will be unforgettable if held in the utterly charming vaulted wine cellar.
Hollie is a consumer magazine journalist with over seven years of experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine. Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Holly has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques.