The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd (67)

The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd, 12 Niddry Street South (head office), Edinburgh, Lothian & Borders, EH1 1NS
The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd
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The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd

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World Heritage Site We have our own in house chefs Three exclusive use venues accomodating for large or small weddings Civil Marriage Licence Magical, Unique, atmospheric, very Scottish venue in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town Close to the Royal Mile

The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd

The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd are exciting truly unique and atmospheric venues situated deep in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Its huge arches, that support Edinburgh’s South Bridge, form a multitude of unique and diverse rooms. Both venues can accomodate the full day weddding experience from your ceremony right through to the evening reception and they are licensed fro Civil, Humanist and Religious wedding ceremonies.

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The Rowantree was originally called Lucky Middlesmass’s Tavern and is mentioned is poems by Robert Ferguson. It was the watering hole for the all the key figures in the Scottish Enlightenment, where they met as part of the Oyster Club, Rabbie Burns, David Hume, Adam smith, Deacon Brodie, with visits from James Watt and Benjamin Franklin. For weddings of between 30-60 day guests and up to 110 evening guests, please contact us to send you an e-brochure for The Rowantree.

Marlin's Wynd is on the site of the original Marlin's Wynd which was constructed in the 1540's. The wynd was believed to be named after John Marlouin, the French stonemason who paved the Royal Mile around 1550. With the Reception area being part of a typical Edinburgh Georgian tenement built in 1787 and it's vaults constructed in the 1540's, Marlin's Wynd spans centuries of Scottish history. For weddings of between 25-68 day guests and up to 100 evening guests, please contact us to send you more information Marlin's Wynd

The Caves is our larger venue. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or more Scottish either if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as “Whisky Row”. Every room has a story to tell and a special place in Scottish history -from vaults that served as the stables to the French Cavalry who were at one time body guards to the Royal Family, to remains of the houses that pre-date the Bridge itself – with the original terracotta floor tiles still intact! For weddings of between 65 - 130 day guests and up to 450 evening guests, please contact us to send you an e-brochure for The Caves.

The huge vaults which make up the venues are the sub-structure of the South Bridge built in 1788 where used as storage space and workshops for the South Bridge business's. By the turn of the century the area had became a renowned red light district with countless brothels and pubs operating within the abandoned complex. Burke and Hare the infamous serial killers who sold corpses to medical schools, are rumoured to have hunted for victims in the Edinburgh Vaults. Eventually the vaults were filled in with rubble and lay forgotten in Edinburgh History until the venues were discovered and excavated in the mid 90's.

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Make your day a truly magical one by choosing  our award winning venues The Caves, The Rowantree or Marlin's Wynd, enchanting and beautiful wedding venues...

Winner of SBC Company of the year 2013

Winner of SBC Small Medium Enterprise Tackling Poverty Impact 2012

Nominated for Vows Awards BEST WEDDING VENUE 2011

Nominated for UK Event awards BEST UNUSUAL VENUE 2010

Winner of Scottish Event Awards BEST SMALL VENUE 2009



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Reviews for The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd (67)


By Mr & Mrs Neillings, on 26 Nov 2013

Hi Marcelle I hope you are keeping well. I just wanted to thank you and your team at the caves for the amazing day we had at our wedding. It was everything we hoped it would be and more! Wild from the start!! I hope we didn't traumatize the waiting staff with all the dancing! The venue was totally magical and we had the best time, and from the feedback so did our guests! I hope we have inspired a few of our friends to have their special day at the caves...mainly because we are dying to come back! Thanks again and hope you enjoy the rest of your pregnancy! Don't work too hard. Kind regards Mr & Mrs Neillings

The Rowantree 03.05.2013

By Mr and Mrs Reilly, on 22 Nov 2013

ear Marcelle, I just wanted to say a massive (very belated) thank you to you and the whole team at the Caves! Chris and I got married in the Rowantree on 3rd May 2013 and we had a truly fantastic time. Everything was perfect for us, especially the amazing food, friendly staff and beautiful atmosphere. There was a very laid back vibe which is exactly what we wanted. Our guests have been raving about how it was the best wedding that they have been to and many of them have never seen a venue anything like it. We would also like to thank you for accommodating our request for Bombskare to play, they really got the party started! It was definitely the best day of our lives and we will recommend The Rowantree/Caves to anyone getting married! Kind Regards, Mr and Mrs Reilly

A Fabulous Day

By Mr and Mrs Bruce, on 21 Nov 2013

Hi Marcelle Thank you for all your help in organising a fabulous day for Nicole and Martin. The day went like clockwork with all the arrangements exactly as planned. Everyone commented on the excellence of the meal and of course the fantastic venue itself. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful. All in all a memorable day. Kindest regards Mr and Mrs Bruce


By Mr and Mrs Johnson, on 06 Nov 2013

Dear Caroline, Ewan and the team We had the most amazing time on Friday and there is absolutely nothing we would of changed about it. Everyone said what a perfect venue it was and how it truly reflected us. I loved in particular that nothing much, if at all, needs done to decorate the venue as it screams character and provides a romantic setting without even trying. I can't thank you, Caroline, enough for all of the support over the last year and you truly made the process a lot easier for me. I don't even want to count the amount of emails I have sent you, especially the ones the night before the wedding. I loved how I could ask you any question and you always gave me a practical answer. You were the best wedding planner I could have asked for. Ewan, your service and attentiveness was incredible on Friday, all of the family have commented on how great you were and I'm sorry for being so late... You covered this up so smoothly as we began to run late. Everything ran perfectly, even with the builders and the cement thing, but it only added a unique anecdote for us in the future. You were definitely more worried than we were. I cried, when I came to collect our things on Tuesday, not sad tears but tears because I was reminded of what an incredible day we had. I hope we will be back in the future. To be honest, I'm already planning an anniversary party here, in my head. Take care everyone and I hope business continues to boom. This is only a great reflection on the amazing service you provide and the magical setting that is The Caves. Best wishes Mr and Mrs Johnson 01/11/2013

Highlly recommend

By Mr and Mrs Brown 26.10.2013, on 05 Nov 2013

I would highly recommend this wedding venue - the staff are all extremely professional, understanding and kind and really take the stress out of your big day. They go out of their way to make sure you have the perfect day. The venue is simply stunning and needs very little decoration as it's own features are beautiful enough. The prices are very reasonable, including bar prices, and the food was outstanding. One (very hard to please) vegetarian guest described it as "the best meal she had ever had". We have had nothing but positive feedback from our guests and both had an amazing, stress free day. Mr & Mrs Brown

A credit to Edinburgh

By Lucy and Liam, on 09 Sep 2013

Liam and I Married in the Rowantree on the 7th of June and have finally got round to saying a big thank you. We had such a wonderful day. Your venue is stunning and such a credit to Edinburgh. You made the planning run smoothly, as I arranged the whole day myself your staff were a god send and helped me put it all together, from advice on suppliers to what works best. On the day of our Wedding you put me at ease on arrival and even made me laugh, I was petrified! I have heard many compliments from our guests regarding the Dinning following our wedding. The food was quite simply amazing. I have heard nothing but praise on portion sizes and produce, this is something that can be an issue at Weddings, but not at the Caves. Everyone was full up, my family love big portions so the pork with black pudding went down a treat and the children's menu was fresh and home made. Other venues should pay heid!! Your staff lovely, just mingled in nicely and were very friendly. Relaxed and lovely venue, all guests raving about the Caves still. What a gem of a place. Thank you again.


By Pamela, on 08 Aug 2013

the Caves is a fantastic wedding venue. Please pass on my thanks to Marcelle who has been amazing over the planning stages, her quick and helpful replies were much appreciated. The food was incredible, everyone commented on it. All of the staff were brilliant, so helpful and lovely. When I asked about the cake being cut , it was done immediately. We could not have asked for a better venue and staff to help us throughout the day.

remember with warmth and happiness

By Mr and Mrs Stott, on 18 Feb 2013

Hello to all the people who worked hard making our daughter's civil partnership last Saturday a most beautiful event. Everything went smoothly, no hiccups in any part of the proceedings. The ceremony was lovely, the turnaround from that to the Wedding Breakfast was done quickly and quietly, even when I requested that the linen was ironed (a horrid job, but thank you so much.) The food was wonderful, - thanks chef(s). All staff were happy to help and worked very well as a team to ensure that our daughter and daughter in law could have a day that they will remember with warmth and happiness. I will thoroughly recommend your quirky venue to all my friends. Thank you once again for a lovely day. Mr and Mrs Stott


By Simon and Lindsay, on 06 Feb 2013

Dear Marcelle (and also to everyone at The Caves), we wanted to express our many thanks to you and your team for being so fantastic on our wedding day, and for helping us to organise such a perfect event. We enjoyed absolutely every moment of the day, the food and choreography of the day's events were simply perfect, and we also had great fun liaising with you all in the build up to the day. Thank you once again for making the day so relaxed and beautifully organised. Simon and Lindsey, The Caves Nov 2012

BEST wedding venue

By Mr and Mrs Cox, on 23 Jan 2013

We would like to say thank you for The Rowantree being the BEST wedding venue we could have asked for (we were the october wedding with the crepes!). Absolutly every staff member was friendly and smiling and the wedding girls sorted things I hadn't even considered! Thanks for making our big day the BEST it possibly could have been. Mr and Mrs Cox

Thank you

By Karens Mum, on 19 Dec 2012

Thank you, We had a fabulous time on Saturday every guest was impressed with the venue, the helpfulness of the staff, the catering etc. Harry & I would like to thank you for all the help, support and advice you have given Karen and Paul which made their day a success. They had a great day and everyone agrees that we do not think we could have improved on anything that could have made it better than it was. Please convey our thanks to all the staff.

HUGE thank you

By Jayne & Graham Thain, on 01 Oct 2012

Graham and I want to say a HUGE thank you for everything you and the team did for us on the 14th of September! And especially to you Marcelle for your invaluable help in the run up to the big day. I know that without you our wedding would have not have gone as smoothly or been anywhere near as beautiful and magical as it was. Everyone was sooo impressed with the venue and commented that it suited us as a couple being very different and not at all traditional. The food and service we received on the day has also been commented on and our guests are still talking about every aspect of our event 2 weeks later!! I know no one can recreate our special day but I would not hesitate in recommending The Caves and you for anyone that asks for wedding venue advice! Next time we’re in Edinburgh, we will be sure to come and say hi!! Loads a love

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The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd Facilities

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment License
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol License
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
250 to 400 guests
More than 400 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities

Real Weddings at The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd