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.
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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...