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Nash Point Lighthouse, South Wales

South Wales

Church Nearby
Exclusive Use
Small weddings
Car Parking
25 capacity

The feel

Wedding and Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Nash Point Lighthouse holds a licence under the Marriage Act 1949. It is an ideal venue for small, intimate ceremonies with up to 25 guests arranged over two floors. Please note that the maximum numbers include the wedding couple, Registrar and Photographer.

History of Nash Point Lighthouse

Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

Nash Point Lighthouse was designed and built by Joseph Nelson being completed in 1832 to mark the hazardous sandbanks off Nash Point, overlooking the Bristol Channel. This followed the wrecking of the passenger steamer Frolic on these sands in 1831, with a heavy loss of life.

Two circular towers were built, each with stone walls and a stone gallery. The eastern, or high lighthouse being 37 meters high and the western or low lighthouse 25 meters high. Placed 302 meters apart the provided leading lights to indicate safe passage past the sandbanks. The high light was painted with black and white stripes and the low light east white. In those days both towers showed a fixed light which was either red or white depending on the direction from which a vessel approached. The red sector marked he sands.

The low Lighthouse was abandoned circa 1925 and the high light was modernised and painted white, In place of the fixed light a new first order catadioptric lens was installed which gave a white and red group flashing, this was removed in the automation of the station and replaced with a rotating optic. Nash Point Lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in Wales. It was automated in 1998 with the keepers leaving for the last time on 5 August. The lighthouse is now monitored and controlled from the Planning Centre at Trinity House, in Harwich, Essex.

Location

Nash Point Lighthouse is located in South Wales on the magnificent Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coastline and Wales Coast Path, which runs the entire length of the Welsh coast, passes through the grounds of the Lighthouse. It is approximately one mile from the small village of Marcross, three miles west of Llantwit Major.

The lighthouse is sited within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is notable for its variety of plant and birdlife including the rare tuberous thistle (cirsium tuberous).

The stretch of coastline is rugged and directly below the lighthouse though clean sandy beaches are close by. There are breathtaking coastal views of the Bristol Channel, North Somerset and Devon and as far as the southernmost point of the Gower Peninsula.

Accommodation at the Lighthouse

Why not treat yourselves or your guests to stay at the former lighthouse keepers cottage as part of the wedding celebrations.

In association with Trinity House, Rural Retreats is pleased to present two refurbished former lighthouse keepers’ cottages. Nash Point Lighthouse is situated within the Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coast. This spectacular coastline in 28 miles long and covers and area from Penarth to Porthcawl and is ideal for both walking and cycling. There are wonderful safe beaches, many of which have been awarded the coveted blue flag. The beaches, in particular at 0gmore-by-sea (just over four miles away), Barry Island, Southerndown and Porthcawl are particularly good for windsurfing. For children, the area is particularly well served with Barry Island Pleasure Park within a 20 minute drive. Accomodation can be booked via Rural Retreats – 01386 701177

This historic fog signal is occasionally sounded (weather permitting) for the benefit of visitors and not as an aid to navigation, usually on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month, and on other special occasions such as when a wedding takes place at the lighthouse.

Booking Information

Trinity House charges from £995 in low season to £1095 in high season for the use of Nash Point as a wedding venue. The cost includes the services of the local Lighthouse Attendant as the responsible person for the ceremony. The wedding floors are available for decoration by the wedding party prior to the special day. Decorations are available however you are more than welcome to decorate the venue to your own taste.

A £200 non-refundable deposit is payable on booking. Registrar’s fees are not determined by, nor payable to, Trinity House. These fees and arrangements with the registrar are the responsibility of the wedding couple.

Features

Venue type: Historic, LGBTQ+, Unusual, Waterside
Ceremony capacity: 25
Service capacity: 25
Civil Licence: No
Church Nearby: Yes
Exclusive Use: Yes
Accommodation: No
Small weddings: Yes
Car Parking: Yes

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Nash Point Lighthouse
Marcross
Llantwit Major
CF61 1ZH

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