10 UK coastal wedding venues
01 Feb 2017
Dreaming of a wedding beside the seaside? Here are 10 places in the UK that you can do it
1. Thorpeness Country Club, Suffolk
Dating back to 1912, the Thorpeness Country Club is a magical wedding venue near Aldeburgh - just a pebble's throw from the beach with amazing views over Suffolk's heritage coast. Bridal couples can tailor the vaulted banqueting suite to their own theme and style or install a marquee in the grounds for larger receptions, while the sea and beach form a fantastic backdrop for wonderful photographs.
2. Pennsylvania Castle, Isle of Portland - Dorset
With stunning sea views, idyllic gardens and luxurious suites, Pennsylvania Castle is the perfect venue for the fairytale wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re planning a relaxed and intimate gathering or a more glamorous and grandiose affair, The Penn - which was built by the grandson of the founder of the US state of Pennsylvania - offers a variety of luxurious indoor and outdoor ceremony spots.
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3. Seaham Hall, Durham
Dating back to 1791, Seaham Hall is an immaculately restored Georgian country house with interiors that fuse a modern eclecticism with a classical sensibility. Offering a mix of unique and traditional function spaces, all of which are decorated to a five-star standard, Seaham Hall is situated amid 37 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. A striking cliff-top location with evocative views out over Durham's heritage coastline and the crisp and clean white building of Seaham Hall against a woodland backdrop, makes the venue a photographer’s paradise.
4. Osborne, Isle of Wight
The favoured retreat of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children, Osborne features a host of characterful rooms which include the Indian-inspired Durbar Room – containing treasures gifted to Queen Victoria, the elegant Victoria Hall and adjoining Orangery. From the garden terraces bursting with flora to the expansive lawns and private beach, Osborne provides a splendid setting for a coastal wedding.
5. The Imperial Hotel, Blackpool
With 150 years of wedding venue experience, The Imperial Hotel has hosted every kind of wedding - from lavish affairs to small intimate gatherings. Whether you have 20 or 200 guests, The Imperial Hotel will value your custom and make your day as exceptional as it should be.
6. Sands Hotel, Margate
This graceful boutique hotel offers a luxurious, stylish and contemporary venue for your wedding on one of the UK’s most beautiful stretches of coastline in Kent. No matter what time of year you would like to hold your wedding, the Sands Hotel offers a chic venue that combines the wild beauty of the seaside with refined, modern elegance and Victorian charm.
7. Ackergill Tower, Scotland
Standing above its own beach and with a history reaching back more than 500 years, Ackergill Tower is set in 3,000 acres of majestic gardens and offers an inspirational stage for the biggest day of your life. Choose from a selection of beautiful and historic event spaces, each with their own style and character to create an occasion that’s as special and unique as your love.
8. The Gallivant, East Sussex
Set behind the sand dunes of Camber Sands, weddings at the Gallivant are both relaxed and beautiful. The venue is available on an exclusive-use basis, offering a setting of rustic charm and locally sourced food which can be entirely yours for the most memorable day of your life.
9. Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
Embrace a fairytale wedding with this iconic Cornish landmark, built by King Henry VIII in the 16th century. Couples are afforded a choice of contemporary rooms in the recently refurbished Edwardian Royal Artillery Barracks and historical rooms in the castle - including the octagonal Lower Gun Room. For couples looking to celebrate outside, the lawn offers space for marquee events. The castle can even be illuminated in the evening for captivating photography opportunities.
10. Château Rhianfa, North Wales
Sitting on the bank of the Menai Strait and overlooking the peaks of Snowdonia, Château Rhianfa is a breath-taking venue just waiting to deliver a wedding day beyond your wildest dreams. Beautifully combining fairytale charm, French inspired architecture and modern luxury, this glorious hotel is just waiting to create a spectacular wedding day with more than a touch of wonder.
See 10 coastal wedding venues in the South West here.