24 of the Best Quirky Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland

February 25, 2021

Congratulations, you’re getting married! Now it’s time to plan your wedding and find your perfect venue. If you’re looking for a venue that’s a little out of the ordinary, you’ll love this list. We’ve found 24 of our favourite unusual wedding venues in Northern Ireland and collected them for you!

These wedding venues in Northern Ireland are perfect for wedding photos and will be memorable for years to come. Are you looking for a professional photographer for your big day? 

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Whether you live in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or anywhere in the world, we’re sure you’ll love these venues. We’ve found some in Co Antrim, Co Down, Co Fermanagh, Co Londonderry, Co Tyrone, and in Belfast. You can use the links below to jump between counties and find your ideal wedding venue!

Without further ado, let’s get into the 24 best quirky wedding venues in Northern Ireland!

Wedding Venues in Co Antrim

3 Unusual Wedding Venues in County Antrim

Riverdale Barn

1. Riverdale Barn

If you’re looking for a beautiful rustic venue, Riverdale Barn is perfect for you. This location is a fully restored family barn that can host weddings of up to 140 guests for a sit-down meal. Riverdale Barn’s management encourages you to see the venue as a blank slate for your wedding, so you can transform it into anything your heart desires.

Location: Aghagollon, Co Antrim

Capacity: up to 140 guests

Galgorm Resort

2. Galgorm Resort & Spa

Are you looking for a truly bespoke and luxurious wedding venue? Then Galgorm Resort & Spa might be the perfect spot for your wedding! Your guests will surely be impressed by the grandeur of your wedding if you host it at Galgorm, and your wedding photos will be perfect memories for years to come. If you live in the area, we recommend visiting your wedding venue with your photographer before your big day. That way, they’ll be able to get a feel for the venue and you can even take some test photos.

Location: Ballymena, Co Antrim

Capacity: up to 120 guests

Dunadry Hotel

3. Dunadry Hotel

How unique is the architecture of the Dunadry Hotel? If you think it looks a bit unusual for a hotel, that’s because it used to be a military fort! The hotel used to be one of the three forts on the road between Tara and Dunseverick. In the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology, the fort was frequented by the Red Branch Knights of Ulster.

The Dunadry Hotel is now a large venue for weddings and events of all kind. There is even a location in the garden where two trees have joined together. This would be the perfect spot for your ideal wedding photos!

Location: Dunadry, Co Antrim

Capacity: enquire for details

Wedding Venues in Co Down

8 Quirky Wedding Venues in County Down

The Carriage Rooms at Motalto

1. The Carriage Rooms at Montalto

When you host your wedding at the Carriage Rooms at Montalto, you can be sure that you will receive personal service. The venue only hosts one wedding at a time, so you will have full reign of the venue. You can say your vows indoors or outdoors, so your wedding will be truly bespoke.

Location: Ballynahinch, Co Down

Capacity: up to 180 guests

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Rowallane Garden

2. Rowallane Garden

Would you like to get married in a barn? What about on a gazebo? Or maybe you want to say your vows in a walled garden? Whatever type of venue you’re looking for, you can find it at Rowallane Garden! This venue is operated by the National Trust and ensures exclusive hire of the barn for three days when you book your wedding.

Location: Ballynahinch, Co Down

Capacity: between 40 and 100 guests

Narrow Water Castle

3. Narrow Water Castle

Have you always dreamt of saying “I do” at a beautiful castle? Well, if you choose Narrow Water Castle in Warrenpoint, you can make your wedding dreams a reality. You can even stay in the castle before or after your wedding, as it hosts a self-catering apartment.

Location: Warrenpoint, Co Down

Capacity: up to 80 guests for an indoor wedding, between 100 and 300 guests for a marquee wedding

The Retreat at Field of Dreams

4. The Retreat at Field of Dreams

No, this is not a wedding venue based on the 1989 film. Field of Dreams in Bangor hosts multiple wedding venues, but our favourite is the Retreat. The Retreat is a Scandinavian chalet on the lakeside, and it can host up to 100 guests. Your guests will have a beautiful view of the lake and grounds of Field of Dreams.

If you’re inviting more than 100 guests to your wedding, worry not! Field of Dreams is happy to set up marquee tents to extend the reach of your wedding. All you have to do is ask!

Location: Bangor, Co Down

Capacity: up to 100 guests

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5. Clandeboye Courtyard

There are many rooms and areas available to you at Clandeboye Courtyard, so you can transform the venue into your dream location. The courtyard itself makes for the perfect spot for wedding photos, especially when it is lit up at night.

Location: Bangor, Co Down

Capacity: enquire for details

Orange Tree House

6. Orange Tree House

This venue is a restored 19th-century church that now serves as a wedding and events venue. Orange Tree House can be transformed into a traditional venue or an alternative venue depending on your tastes. What makes it even better is the breathtaking view over Strangford Lough and Whiterock Bay.

Location: Greyabbey, Co Down

Capacity: between 120 and 150 guests

The Mill at Ballydugan

7. The Mill at Ballydugan

This rustic venue is a restored flour mill that can host weddings of up to 130 guests. It’s full of vintage charm and hosts only one wedding per day. That way, your wedding party is sure to be private on your big day. The Mill has two different rooms for weddings, depending on the size of your guest list. If you’re inviting more than 130 guests, you can arrange for a marquee to be set up.

Location: Downpatrick, Co Down

Capacity: up to 130 guests

Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

8. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

For a truly luxurious wedding, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is the way to go. Not only is it a beautiful hotel, but its location is something to behold. The resort sits on the coast in Newcastle, looking out towards the Irish Sea. Your wedding photos could include the beautiful coastline of Northern Ireland or the idyllic architecture of the resort.

Location: Newcastle, Co Down

Capacity: Minimum 80 guests

Wedding Venues in Co Fermanagh

5 Unique Wedding Venues in County Fermanagh

Crom Castle

1. Crom Castle

If you’d like to get married in the peace and tranquillity of a nature reserve, then Crom Castle might be perfect for you. Crom Castle is owned and lived in by the Erne Family. When you get married at Crom Castle, you can have the ruins of a 17th-century castle in your wedding photos. Your photos can also have the beautiful views of Lough Erne, an idyllic pair of lakes, in the background. How perfect is that?

Location: Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh

Capacity: between 60 and 120 guests, depending on the arrangement

Belle Isle

2. Belle Isle

Would you like to get married on a private island in Northern Ireland? We bet you would, which is why we’ve included Belle Isle on this list. When you get married on Belle Isle, you can say “I do” in a 17th-century castle with picture-perfect views. You and your guests can even stay in the castle before and after your wedding, as there are beautiful guest rooms and suites in the castle.

Location: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Capacity: Enquire for details

Inishcruiser at Share Village

3. Inishcruiser at Share Village

You came here for unique wedding venues in Northern Ireland, didn’t you? Well, what’s better than getting married on a boat? This small boat can hold between 20 and 50 guests, but Share Village can host up to 300 guests in different venues if you’re hosting more guests. After you say your vows on the Inishcruiser, you’ll go on a tour of Lough Erne with your guests.

Location: Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh

Capacity: between 20 and 50 guests

Rossahilly House

4. Rossahilly House

Whether you’d like to get married in a barn or under a marquee, Rossahilly House can work for you! This rustic venue features picturesque views of Lower Lough Erne and the Fermanagh Lakelands, so you’re sure to have beautiful wedding photos.

Location: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Capacity: up to 60 guests

Tempo Manor

5. Tempo Manor

For a picture-perfect marquee wedding with a beautiful estate in the background, Tempo Manor is perfect for you. When you reserve Tempo Manor for your wedding, you can be sure that you will have exclusive use of the venue on your big day.

Location: Tempo, Co Fermanagh

Capacity: up to 150 guests

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Wedding Venues in Co Londerry

3 Quirky Wedding Venues in County Londonderry

Downhilll Demesne

1. Downhill Demesne

Downhill House and the Mussenden Temple (pictured) make for the perfect wedding venue. They are both parts of the Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House National Trust property and look out towards the Atlantic Ocean. So, if you’d like to get married on the coast of Northern Ireland with unparalleled views of the ocean, Downhill Demesne is for you.

Location: Downhill, Co Londonderry

Capacity: up to 100 guests

Ballyscullion Park

2. Ballyscullion Park

Would you like to get married at a filming location for Game of Thrones? If you would, or even if you’re just looking for a beautiful venue with a walled garden, refurbished stables, and a beautiful room that seats up to 100 guests. The venue also features self-catering cottages where you and your guests can stay before or after the wedding.

Location: Bellaghy, Co Londonderry

Capacity: between 90 and 150 guests

The Shepherd's Rest

3. The Shepherd’s Rest

Would you like to get married at a classic pub? Well, then the Shepherd’s Rest is perfect for your big day! The pub can host up to 180 guests, so you don’t have to worry about paring down your guest list too much. For the more outdoorsy couple, the Shepherd’s Rest features a campsite and caravan park for accommodation.

Location: Draperstown, Co Londonderry

Capacity: between 25 and 180 guests

Wedding Venues in Co Tyrone

2 Unusual Wedding Venues in County Tyrone

Ulster American Folk Park

1. Ulster American Folk Park

Take advantage of one of Norther Ireland’s most unique wedding venues by getting married by a replica of an emigrant ship. The Ulster American Folk Park is the perfect wedding venue for couples who are interested in history or who are just looking for something truly unique.

Pictured above is Ulster Street, which is made up of restored storefronts from five of Ulster’s original counties. It’s a great spot for wedding photos or for mingling before the wedding.

Location: Omagh, Co Tyrone

Capacity: up to 80 guests for a banquet, between 100 and 150 guests for a ceremony

Parkanaur Manor House

2. Parkanaur Manor House

This venue is a Grade A listed building, meaning that it fits into the Tudor Revival style. It was built in the 19th century and has evolved over the years to become the beautiful venue it is today. Parkanaur Manor House sits in a beautiful forest in Co Tyrone which is home to rare white fallow deer. It almost feels as if it is in a fantasy world like Narnia, making it the perfect wedding venue for any couple.

Location: Dungannon, Co Tyrone

Capacity: Between 75 and 120 guests

Wedding Venues in Belfast

3 Unique Wedding Venues in Belfast

AMPM Bohemian Restaurant

1. AMPM Bohemian Restaurant

Are you looking for an eclectic venue for an intimate wedding? If you are, AMPM Bohemian Restaurant is for you! As you can see from the photo above, AMPM is decadently decorated with vintage furnishings, making it the perfect spot for an eclectic or vintage wedding.

Capacity: enquire for details

Merchant Hotel Belfast

2. Merchant Hotel Belfast

This iconic hotel is situated in an old bank and combines Victorian and art deco architecture to make a truly unique wedding venue. There are many locations within the hotel where you can get married, so you can be sure that you’ll find the spot perfect for you.

Capacity: minimum 50 guests, packages based on 120 guests

Malmaison Belfast

3. Malmaison Belfast

Like many locations on this list, Malmaison Belfast wasn’t always a hotel. In fact, it used to be a seed warehouse and is now one of the most luxurious hotels in Belfast. The bridal suites, Samson and Goliath, were inspired by the proportions of the Titanic, which was built in Belfast.

Malmaison’s event space, also inspired by the Titanic, is an intimate space that hosts up to 45 guests. It’s quite a beautiful venue that is truly one of a kind.

Capacity: up to 45 guests

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