Top 23 Unusual Wedding Venues in the United Kingdom

August 20, 2020


It’s not every day you marry the love of your life, so why not make the day truly unique? Traditional wedding venues are all well and good but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, this is the post for you. We’ve pulled together our top 23 unusual wedding venues across the UK to inspire you! Then easily book a wedding photographer to ensure you capture every memory at your venue!

When you’re planning your wedding, remember that it’s important for your wedding photographer to see your venue before your big day. We recently consulted a Bidvine pro, Edwin Louis, to find out why you should visit your wedding venue with your photographer before you walk down the aisle.

Read on to find out our top 23 unusual wedding venues in the UK. 


9 Unique Wedding Venues in England


1. Roman Baths


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To kick off our list of unusual wedding venues, we’re heading to the ancient Roman Baths in Bath. Whether you’d like a morning or evening wedding, the Roman Baths can accommodate your tastes. Reserve the Great Bath, the Pump Room, or both, to make your wedding picture perfect. Your wedding photographer is sure to love the architecture of the Baths, which will only add to the photos of your special day.

Location: Bath

Capacity: up to 80 guests


2. National Space Centre


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We’re sure that your guests will be impressed if you invite them to your wedding at the National Space Centre in Leicester! During your reception, you’ll be surrounded by stars and the museum’s exhibits.

Head to the planetarium for your ceremony and then dine in the reception room with your friends and family. They offer different tiers of wedding packages, so there is an option for every budget. Your wedding planner will be able to help you choose what’s best for you.

Location: Leicester

Capacity: up to 190 guests


3. Pines Calyx


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For the couple looking for a sustainable and eco-friendly venue, the Pines Calyx is the ideal wedding venue. The building’s chalk walls echo the symbolic chalk cliffs of Dover.

To make your day as special as possible, the Pines Calyx hosts only one wedding per day. That means that your wedding will be in complete privacy and the staff’s attention will be entirely dedicated to you. If you’re looking to host only your reception at the Pines Calyx, they can accommodate that, as well!

Location: Dover

Capacity: up to 80 guests


4. Preston Court


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The Kent Barn at Preston Court is a quirky venue that can be customised to almost any theme you can think of. It is a 17th-century barn perfect for wedding ceremonies, receptions, vow renewals, and more! Kent Barn originally stored farm equipment, but now it’s ready to host the wedding of your dreams. Complete with a dance floor, stage area, and table service, what more could you want in a wedding venue?

Location: Kent

Capacity: up to 120 for a ceremony, up to 250 guests for a reception


5. Victoria Baths


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This venue is a Grade II* listed building and has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Victoria Baths offers many different spaces for ceremonies and suggests that receptions take place in the former Males Second Class pool. This is a unique venue that your guests are sure to remember!

Location: Manchester

Capacity: enquire for details



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6. National Marine Aquarium


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Imagine saying “I do” while you’re surrounded by aquatic life and water. How beautiful would that be? The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the UK and is home to exotic and domestic marine animals alike.

If you haven’t popped the question yet, consider doing so here. You can reserve part of the aquarium to make your proposal (and your engagement photos) one of a kind!

Location: Plymouth

Capacity: enquire for details


7. Wookey Hole Caves


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Whether your wedding will be small and intimate or a grander affair, the Wookey Hole Caves have the perfect spot for you. Couples can say their vows inside the caves and host their reception at the on-site restaurant, making this a unique venue for any couple. If you’re interested in having a themed wedding, this is the perfect wedding venue for you!

Location: Somerset

Capacity: up to 110 guests in the caves, up to 200 guests in the restaurant


8. Borough Market, London


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Borough Market is London’s greatest food and drink market. Located in Southwark in Central London, it is easily accessible from every direction, making it the perfect place if you have guests coming from out of town or even out of the country.

There are many options available when you’re booking Borough Market, so every wedding held at the venue is unique. Borough Market is perfect for couples looking for something a little different without being too exuberant. If you’d like to get married in London but aren’t interested in Borough Market, check out this list of beautiful London wedding venues.

Location: London

Capacity: enquire for details


9. Spitbank Fort


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Talk about an unusual wedding venue! This former sea fort is now a luxury hotel that can host weddings, stag or hen weekends, and more. When you reserve Spitbank Fort for your wedding, you will have exclusive use to the venue and their in-house wedding planners.

Your guests will arrive at the Fort via helicopter or speedboat, so getting married at Spitbank Fort is truly a luxurious experience.

Location: Portsmouth

Capacity: up to 200 guests, depending on your room selection


4 Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland


1. Edinburgh Zoo


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The Mansion House at the Edinburgh Zoo is a more traditional choice, but it’s quite beautiful! There are so many spots on the grounds of the house for beautiful wedding photos, so you’re sure to have a great wedding album.

Location: Edinburgh

Capacity: 50 guests, enquire for details


2. Roulotte Retreat


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Roulotte Retreat is a meadow surrounded by French Roulottes (or caravans). It’s an understated venue for the couple that wants an off-the-beaten-path wedding. The venue offers different options for different styles, so work with your wedding planner to find an option that suits your tastes.

Location: Scottish Borders

Capacity: enquire for details


3. Harvest Moon Holidays


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When you host your wedding at Harvest Moon Holidays, you can also stay in a fabulous treehouse or a luxury safari tent. Whether you want your ceremony to be on the beach in the forest, or in the meadow, this venue has a spot for you! It’s a beautiful location for a wedding.

Location: East Lothian

Capacity: enquire for details


4. Jupiter Artland


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How beautiful are those lines in the grass and water? Jupiter Artlands is a really special wedding venue just outside of Edinburgh. The sculpture park offers weddings of different sizes and at varying price points, so there’s something for everyone at this venue!

When you get married at Jupiter Artland, you’ll have a dedicated wedding coordinator in addition to your own wedding planner. Your wedding at Jupiter Artland also includes a family membership to the park so that you can come back whenever you like and relive your big day.

Location: Edinburgh

Capacity: enquire for details, depends on location selection


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4 Special Wedding Venues in Wales


1. Portmeirion Village


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This tourist village in North Wales is styled after an Italian village, making it the perfect spot if you’re looking for something a bit exotic. They offer many different wedding packages, so your wedding planner will be able to customise your wedding to your liking.

Location: North Wales

Capacity: enquire for details


2. The Boiler House Graffiti Gallery


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Though you cannot sign your wedding papers at this venue, it is perfect for couples looking for something different for their ceremony or reception. The Boiler House team suggests that you approach a wedding in the space like an outdoor marquee wedding, meaning that you’ll need to hire toilets and a wedding catering team.

Location: Cardiff

Capacity: enquire for details


3. The National Showcaves Centre for Wales


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Have you always dreamt of getting married in a cave? Well, if you book one of the caves of The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, that dream can become a reality! Be aware that the caves cannot host large weddings, so you’ll have to keep your guest list short. But your wedding will not soon be forgotten! Plus, getting married in a cave is pretty epic.

Location: Swansea

Capacity: 38 guests in Cathedral Cave, 20 in Dan-yr-Ogof Cave


4. Llangollen Railway


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For an intimate wedding in Wales, the Henry Robertson Suite at Llangollen Railway is perfect. It holds 64 guests (including the happy couple) and offers catering aboard a steam train.

Following your ceremony, your wedding guests will board a steam train and enjoy a catered meal or tea. How charming is that?

Location: Llangollen

Capacity: 64 guests


6 Quirky Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland


1. The Belfast Empire


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If you’ve always imagined having your wedding in a music hall, The Belfast Empire is the perfect venue for you! It’s a beautiful spot for intimate receptions and has plenty of space for your chosen entertainment.

Location: Belfast

Capacity: up to 100 dining, up to 400 for an evening reception


2. Titanic Belfast


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The Titanic Belfast provides a number of options for different sizes of weddings, ranging from 50 to 500 guests. If you want to live like Jack and Rose for a day, there is a room that resembles the Titanic’s interiors. There are also options available for more contemporary weddings.

Location: Belfast

Capacity: up to 500 for a ceremony, up to 650 for an evening reception


3. Brookhall Weddings & Cottages


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This venue is a former wedding church from the 12th century, and it’s been restored for the 21st century. Couples can wed in the former church and host their reception in the barn, which provides additional space for dining and dancing.

Location: Lisburn

Capacity: up to 90 guests


4. Ulster Museum


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For a perfectly picturesque wedding, why not choose the Ulster Museum as your venue? It sits in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, so there will be no shortage of wedding photo locations.

Couples can host a ceremony in the Belfast room (seen above), or a banquet in either the Belfast room or the Atrium. We love the Belfast room because it’s understated and surrounded by beautiful art!

Location: Belfast

Capacity: up to 60 for a banquet and up to 100 for a ceremony in the Belfast room, up to 150 for a banquet in the Atrium


5. The Four Winds


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The Four Winds is a beautiful building that overlooks the city of Belfast with panoramic windows. They host one wedding per day in order to provide couples with top-notch service.

When you get married at the Four Winds, you’ll receive a red carpet entrance and a personal wedding coordinator in addition to your own wedding planner. Your guests will also have plenty of space for parking, which will help lessen your stress on your big day.

Location: Belfast

Capacity: varies based on restaurant selection


6. Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum


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Cultra Manor hosts one wedding per day, making it a truly intimate venue for couples in Northern Ireland. The building is one of the last homes in Northern Ireland built by the landed gentry, so it’s a unique spot. The team offers a red carpet service and personal management throughout the day.

As a bonus, couples who wed at Cultra Manor receive one years’ membership to National Museums Northern Ireland.

Location: Holywood

Capacity: up to 90 for a ceremony, up to 200 for a reception


Have we inspired you to plan an unusual wedding? We love these venues and think they’re perfect if you want to do something a little different for your big day. Choosing one of these unusual wedding venues is a great way to make sure your wedding day is memorable and your wedding photos are perfect.

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