The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd (79)

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 wedding venues situated deep in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Their huge arches, that support Edinburgh’s South Bridge, form a multitude of unique and diverse rooms. All three venues can accomodate the full day weddding experience from your ceremony right through to the evening reception and they are licensed for Civil, Humanist and Religious wedding ceremonies.

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. Please note Friday and Saturday weddings require a miniumum of 40 adults attending for the day.

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 an e-brochure for Marlin's Wynd. Please note Friday and Saturday weddings require a miniumum of 30 adults attending for the day.

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 70 - 130 day guests and up to 450 evening guests, please contact us to send you an e-brochure for The Caves. Please note Friday and Saturday weddings require a miniumum of 80 adults attending for the day.

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.

All venues only offer exclusive use, thus making your Big Day even more special.

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...



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Reviews for The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd (79)

Venue Service 'Perfect staff and delicious food'

By Mr and Mrs Brown, on 12 Nov 2015

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 Rowantree. 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 Rowantree still. What a gem of a place. Thank you again.

Venue Service 'Wonderful day in a wonderful setting'

By Carys and Ben, on 12 Nov 2015

We had such a fabulous day and can't thank you and the rest of the staff at Marlins Wynd enough for looking after us all so well. It truly was a wonderful day in such a wonderful setting. So many of our guests said it to us how fantastic a setting it was. Everything went to plan and we enjoyed every minute until we got too tired to stand and to speak so we left everyone else to it about 10.30pm! Thanks from both of us to you for all your hard work and for your kind words of support along the way. Warmest wishes to you all for the future.

Venue Service 'wow Marlins Wynd'

By Emma and Andy, on 12 Nov 2015

I would just like to thank all of your team, especially those involved in our evening celebration, for such an amazing event put on for our wedding reception held in Marlins Wynd. We have all been impressed from initial set up to the final event and your professionalism and courtesy is astounding. We would especially like to mention Pierre (forgive me if I have his name wrong!) who appeared to go over and above his duty in ensuring that our evening was everything we wanted it to be. He personally made sure that we were happy with the venue set up and ensured that all of our guests were catered for and comfortable. He did not appear to rest at all and was always courteous and pleasant and an absolute joy to have around. The food was also of a very high standard and was delicious. Overall we were extremely happy with your venue and service and our wedding day went without a hitch and will be memorable for a long time to come.

Venue Service 'Booked without seeing the venue'

By Elayne and Natalie, on 12 Nov 2015

We would both just like to the take the opportunity to say a massive thank you for your support and in making our day the best it could be. We loved the venue and the meal was amazing. Everyone was very complimentary of the food and the standard of service we all received. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the service we received was brilliant. Chris and the team made sure our wishes were honoured throughout the day and was on hand to answer any queries we had. You did a great job of making sure myself and Nat didn't see each other before the walk or in my case canter down the aisle which we really appreciated. The facilities were fantastic and very romantic and accomodating. Everyone thought the venue was brilliant and were really impressed with it. We had a brilliant day and the venue and staff helped to make it what it was. We took a gamble on booking without even visiting beforehand and we have to say it definitely paid off.

Venue Service 'Perfect Scottish wedding in Marlins Wynd'

By Ben and Lynn, on 12 Nov 2015

Everything about the venue exceeded our expectations in terms of setting, food, facilities etc. Lynn and I loved it, we had a blast and as you might imagine all of the foreign contingent loved the Scottish side of it all and even those used to Scottish weddings absolutely loved everything about it. If you could also extend a huge thank you to all the staff involved, it was all very professionally run. Hopefully the place wasn't too much of a mess the next day!

Venue Service 'Amazing wedding in Marlins Wynd'

By Karen and Bryan, on 12 Nov 2015

When I first viewed Marlin's Wynd I knew it was the venue for us. Absolutely stunning and atmospheric! Everyone I spoke to during the planning and run up to our big day was friendly and helpful but big thanks to Marta who answered my almost daily questions with unendless patience! On the big day itself the venue looked spectacular. Food was gorgeous and table setting looked gorgeous. The staff were brilliant especially Pierre who looked after us right up to the very end of the evening when our taxi failed to show up, phoning and stopping taxis on the street for us! We honestly had the best day, and all our guests enjoyed themselves also. Wish we could do it all again!

Venue Service 'Perfect day in The Caves'

By Beth and Blair, on 12 Nov 2015

Thank you so, so much for all the hard work and effort you put into arranging our wedding on May 2nd. The entire day was perfect, and we are so thankful for everything you did for us. Lisa – thank you for remaining so patient with all our silly questions in the run up, and for all your help and suggestions for decorating the venue, we absolutely loved it. Chris (and the entire on-the-day team) – thank you so much for keeping us so well informed in what was a blur of a day, and for the friendly and professional running of the day. It all went perfectly and was entirely due to the wonderful staff at The Caves. Thank you for giving us a perfect wedding day!

Venue Service 'The Rowantree was just perfect'

By Sara and Ally, on 12 Nov 2015

It's a been ten weeks since our wedding day in The Rowantree. The day was over so quickly. I didn't want it to end. Even the night drew to a close and ask the guests were leaving I felt so sad to have to go too. The venue is so beautiful and steeped in history, the whole day was magical. Everyone raved about the venue so I guess our guests lived it as much as we did. When Ally and I were collecting our things the next day we had lumps in our throats as it was then we realised it was all over. We both agreed that if we won the lottery we wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to get married. Even though things ran a little later than planned nothing was too much trouble for you and your staff. You made me feel like everything was in safe hands. I had complete faith in you. It was a pleasure to get to know you.

Venue Service 'Did not want the day to end'

By Orla and John, on 12 Nov 2015

I would like to thank all the staff at the Caves for a wonderful day on Sunday, my daughter's wedding. Everything worked like clockwork, the venue was very romantic and atmospheric, the food was delicious and presented perfectly and the staff were all very friendly and welcoming. The only negative thing about the day was that it had to end! Thank you all so much for giving, not only the bride and groom a wonderful day, but also for giving all the guests a day to remember.

Venue Service 'Wonderful venue, amazing food and staff'

By Elizabeth and Barry, on 12 Nov 2015

I just wanted to email to say thank you for everything on Friday - and all the days leading up to it. We've been impressed with your organisation and efficiency all the way along and I'm so glad it all paid off. It must be a complete nightmare making sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can and trying to herd everyone to be in the right place at the right time. I suspect we were pretty frustrating so thank you for your patience! Thanks too for such a wonderful meal and for making such an effort with the tables and candles. The whole place looked beautiful. If we need to do anything at all, please let us know. Thanks again. We're aware of how lucky we are to have had such a lovely day.

Venue Service 'Blown away by the venue!'

By Sean and Laura, on 12 Nov 2015

Hello everyone, Sorry it has taken us a while to get around to messaging you, we had an extra few days in Edinburgh and then it took us a while to come down from cloud 9, plus we have a Halloween themed wedding to attend this Saturday too! We both wanted to express our thanks for such a wonderful day and night. Everybody was simply blown away with the venue, the friendliness of the staff and of course the food, we honestly did not hear a bad word about anything, and both of us had the best day ever, so thank you so much! I'm afraid we can't remember all of the individual names but a few staff in particular really stood out, so thanks very much again. We are now looking forward to planning and saving for our honeymoon, and our 1 year anniversary is already planned in Edinburgh again and we cannot wait.

Venue Service 'Best wedding venue!'

By Nicky and Lindsay, on 12 Nov 2015

My husband and I held our wedding reception and evening celebration at The Caves. I can honestly say, it was one of the best choices we made for the entire wedding. Food: The price per head, compared to many other places we looked at, was very reasonable so we weren't expecting this to be a highlight. However, almost every guest commented on the quality of the meal. It was fantastic! From the sit down meal right through to the evening full hog roast. Perfect, Atmosphere: We really like the feel of the place when we visited, however we had a slight concern that the venue would be a little too dark and gothic feeling for us. On the day, we were so pleasantly surprised. We dressed the walls with some additional lighting and it made the place look amazing. The venue itself creates its own atmosphere by being so quirky and intimate. I was amazed when I walked in and saw it buzzing with friends and family. Everyone I asked absolutely loved it. Entertainment: The venue lends itself so well to live music, at times it felt like we were at a gig with all our pals, rather than a wedding reception. It was exactly what we were looking for. Staff: Last but not least, the staff. We dealt with Marta in doing all the planning and setup. She was superb. She helped us feel confident that they had everything under control, and made sure the rooms looked a amazing on the day. We were greeted at the door on arrival with champagne and he responded to every small request we had quickly and efficiently. Dealing with the caves from start to finish was an absolute pleasure. Thank you to everyone for making our day so special.

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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
Pets Welcome

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