The Kings Hotel

The Kings Hotel, Kings Priory Wedding Venue, 18 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DT
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Reviews & Ratings (from 7 reviews)


The Kings Hotel Highlights

The Kings Pavilion - exclusive "New England" style venue Special Seasonal packages from just £29.95 per person Walking distance to the Christchurch Priory Your Wedding your way - Bespoke wedding packages created just for you Stunning photo opportunities around The Norman Hall, Castle ruins, the riverside and The Priory Gardens
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About The Kings Hotel

Boutique décor, intimate setting and fairy-tale romance – The Kings Hotel and its exclusive Pavilion and Kings Priory wedding venues are the perfect choice for your wedding.

With a picturesque view overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle and the King Arms Bowling Green, combined with hotel bedrooms bursting with contemporary luxury and delicious fresh locally sourced food, The Kings Hotel has it all.

Christchurch quay is just a short stroll from the hotel, offering wonderful panoramic views amongst the many yachts visiting or moored at this beautiful natural Harbour. A romantic boating trip or a peaceful river cruise with your wedding guests; there are an abundance of ideas for your photographic memories amongst this perfect backdrop.

Local chef Alex Aitken who for many years as won culinary awards and Michelin Stars in the New Forest will create a personal menu for your day. Chef Alex has created and cooked for many great weddings including Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullen. Whether quirky funky unusual food or gastronomic dinners, we at Kings can create your wedding your way. 


The Kings Pavilion is licensed to host ceremonies for up to 80 guests and is one of the most unique wedding venues on the South Coast. Take photos on the Bowling Green, enjoy canapés by the water’s edge and then head over to the Kings Priory for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. 


From an enchanted November wedding, a candlelit Christmas ceremony to a floral spring fling in the Pavilion, we have put together a number of unique proposals to inspire your big day - please visit our website for more details. 

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Reviews for The Kings Hotel (7)

Lovely wedding venue

By Carolyn Furber, on 08 Oct 2014

Our daughter and son-in-law held their wedding at the King's Arms in April. The wedding could not have gone more smoothly: the ceremony took place in the pavilion, which was very pretty and romantic. The food and service were excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful. The venue was fabulous, too. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It rained at the time of the wedding ceremony and a member of staff walked the bride and her father over the road to the pavilion with a large umbrella, which was a lovely touch and shows that no detail was overlooked. Thoroughly recommended. We stayed in a King Room for the night and it was one of the best rooms we have stayed in. Breakfast was great. Thanks again for making the day so memorable

Perfect setting

By Leanne and Andy, on 28 Jul 2014

A fantastic venue with a picturesque setting, equals great photo opportunities. Bright and airy rooms, delicious food and a good selection of wines. Special thanks to Seb for giving us a great wine tasting session and helping us choose the right wine to match our menu. Karen was wonderfully patient during the accommodation bookings (and various room changes). Gemma gave great attention to detail in helping us plan every aspect of the day, even staying late to finish our meeting and working tirelessly to resolve any changes we wanted. John and Chris showed great flexibility on the day - we didn't hear the words 'no' or can't.' Nothing was too much trouble, which made for a relaxed atmosphere from our point of view. Every single member of staff, without exception, looked after us and collectively made us feel confident that things would run smoothly (which they of course did). All of our guests were equally impressed with both the venue and excellent service from all staff. It has been a year of many weddings amongst friends, but ours stands out thanks to the efforts of the Kings team. If you pay a visit, the venue will speak for itself.

Perfect Wedding Day

By Simon & Sarah Matthews-O'Toole, on 12 May 2014

Thanks to the hard work of Cyan & Lukasz and the reassuring presence of John, we had the perfect wedding day at The King's. The ceremony in the Pavillion was beautiful, with spring flowers and bunting from Maria that co-ordinated so well with everything. The Priory Suite was so simple yet effective for a wedding, having 2 floors for guests to utilise so can either be in the mix of it or escape for a bit of peace and quiet. The afternoon casino went down well with guests and Cyan liased with everyone taking the hassle out of checking timings etc. Excellent location and we had the wedding of our dreams


By Roxsan, on 09 May 2014

Such a beautiful venue, delicious food and the most helpful staff you will ever meet. The guys at the Kings made sure our day ran as smoothly as possible and went far beyond all expectations we had! Last minute guests, table plan changes & all kinds of requests all taken in their stride. All our guests were very complimentary of the food & staff. I honestly cannot put into words how grateful I am for everything the team did for us. Gemma & Chris were particularly amazing, I can't thank them enough. We really had a beautiful day.

A dream

By Andy & Nigel, on 25 Apr 2014

The Kings is a superb venue for a wedding, such as we held for our daughter and son-in-law. The Pavilion and the lawn made a great setting for the ceremony and drinks reception and the Priory is a flexible space for the dinner and party that followed. The events manager, Gemma, who coordinated the day with scrupulous attention to detail and was with us all the way through, the care shown by chef Ian and his team in the kitchen dealing with our very particular requirements and the smooth operators in the front of house led by John during the day all gave real personal attention to us and all our guests. Lukasz, the hotel’s general manager, displayed good humour throughout, even taking on the task of ensuring the weather was kind! This is a good place to have a great party – it’s hard to praise it too much.

Beautiful hotel and great central location

By Emma Trundle, on 02 May 2011

We were the first couple to have our wedding reception at the hotel's priory suite. The self contained suite is decorated neutrally and to a high standard and the service at the hotel was excellent. The food was perfect, and the hotel accomodation has a lovely boutique feel. The hotel is in arguably the best part of Christchurch with viewd of the Priory Church and the Constable House ruins and the river. We had around 90 guests and it was a little snug so it would probably better suite a wedding of around 85 guests. The priory suite is split into two levels and largely seperate from the main hotel. The benefit of this is that you have the two levels for the wedding party alone without interuption from other hotel guests. We would certainly recommend the Kings Hotel to other couples.

Beautifully Romantic!

By Guests of the happy couple, on 20 Jun 2010

We had the best day celebrating oru friends wedding at this hotel. It is has fantastic location opposite the Priory, next to the river and it even has a bowling green where we have our reception drinks and canapes before being shown through to the private dining room for the wedding breakfast. The room was set beautifully and the staff are very friendly and offer attentive service. There is a good bar in the hotel and the food was absolutely delicious. We celebrated all night and had the best time ever. We even managed to book at room in the hotel for the night. The rooms are very modern and well equiped with gorgeous bathrooms. We will definitley be back!

The Kings Hotel Facilities

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony License
Exclusive Use
In the City
Small Hotel
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment License
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol License
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Special Offers for The Kings Hotel

Kings Wedding Special Offers

May 2015 Wedding Package

Available exclusively in May 2015, we have created a perfect May wedding special offer package for new bookings with everything you need for your special day.

The stunning New England style Kings Pavilion will feature your choice of bunting and spring flowers to line the aisle. Enjoy a glass of Pimms with canapés on the lawn following your ceremony plus your delicious wedding breakfast in the exclusive use Kings Priory Suite as you party the night away!

This package is just £79.00 per person, throughout May 2015 inclusively and includes the following:

Beautiful ceremony in the Pavilion

Your choice of bunting with flowers to line the aisle

Summer Pimms for your Reception Drinks

A selection of delicious canapés

Three course wedding breakfast with coffee

A glass of Prosecco for your Speeches

Half a bottle of wine per person

Use of silver cake knife and stand

Evening buffet of a selection of sandwiches plus four additional items

Room hire for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception

Event Manager for the day

Complimentary bedroom for your wedding night


2015 - £79 per person - Minimum numbers of 60 adult guests apply.

Available on selected dates only: 3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 31st May inclusively.


An Enchanted November Wedding at the Kings Arms Hotel

A romantic candle lit ceremony in the new Kings Pavilion and enchanted lawn, adorned with twinkling lights, will set the mood for your magical day. With the backdrop of castle ruins, enjoy winter cocktails and canapés, a three course wedding breakfast, evening party, along with all of the below for the special all inclusive price of £65 per person, throughout November - please visit our website for more details!

Christmas Wedding at The Kings Arms

We are offering a special Christmas winter wonderland package throughout December, to include a candle lit ceremony, winter cocktails and canapés, a three course wedding breakfast, Christmas decorations and novelties and a seven foot Christmas tree! This and more for the special all inclusive price of £69.95 per person, throughout December 2014 - please visit our website for more detals

Love Blossoms, Spring Wedding Package

Let your love blossom with our exclusive spring wedding package. Available throughout spring 2015, we have created a perfect sunshine celebration with everything you need for your special day. The stunning New England style Kings Pavilion will feature your choice of bunting and spring flowers to line the aisle. Enjoy al fresco cocktails and canapés on the lawn, a three course wedding package and much more for the special all inclusive cost of just £75.00 per person, throughout April 2015 - please visit our website for more details!


Please call us on 01202 588933 or visit our website to find out more about these great offers.

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