The Kings Hotel (8)

The Kings Hotel, Kings Pavilion & Priory Wedding Venue, 18 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DT
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The Kings Hotel

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The Kings Pavilion - Unique and Exclusive "New England" Rustic Vintage Style Venue Special Seasonal Packages from just £29.95 Per Person Walking Distance to the Christchurch Priory Church Your Wedding your Way - We would be delighted to create a bespoke wedding just for you! Stunning photo opportunities around The Norman Hall, Castle ruins, the Riverside and The Priory Gardens Ceremonies for up to 100 guests

The Kings Hotel

The Kings is a unique and boutique Dorset wedding venue, set in a magical location with beautiful decor. Sitting in the heart of Christchurch, the venue's intimate setting exudes fairy-tale romance and our exclusive Kings Pavilion and Priory venues are the perfect choice for your wedding. With picturesque views overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle and the King Arms Bowling Green, combined with hotel bedrooms bursting with contemporary luxury and a kitchen with delicious fresh locally sourced food, The Kings Hotel has it all.

Local and well renowned chef Alex Aitken, who for many years, as won culinary awards and Michelin Stars in the New Forest has designed a slection of wedding menus for your day. Chef Alex has created and cooked for some truely incredible weddings including Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullen. So 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 100 guests and is one of the most unique wedding venues on the South Coast. Take photos on the Bowling Green, enjoy canapés on the lawn and then head over to the exclusive use Kings Priory for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. 

An exciting array of photographic opportunities are within walking distance including the two ancient ruins dating back more than 800 years either side of the Kings Pavilion, the River Stour offers romantic walks along its riverside and Christchurch Quay and its quirky bandstand is also just a short stroll from The Pavilion, offering panoramic views of the many yachts moored at this beautiful natural harbour


From the wonderful Woodland Package to an Enchanted Day to a floral Spring Blossoms Package, we have designed 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 (8)

Venue Service 'Perfect Wedding Venue!'

By Lauren, on 05 Aug 2015

I got married at the Kings Arms in July and can not fault the venue, the staff, the food or the hotel. Everything was managed beautifully and somehow the team kept me calm and reassured from the moment I arrived. The surrounding area is full of picture postcard scenery and everyone adored the pavillion and the green that was perfect for the children to let of some steam before our wedding breakfast. Would highly recommend!

Venue Service '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

Venue Service '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.

Venue Service '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

Venue Service 'Perfect'

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.

Venue Service '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.

Venue Service '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.

Venue Service '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 Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Small Hotel
Coastal Weddings
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
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
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

Special Offers for The Kings Hotel

Special Woodland Package - January, February & March 2016 & 2017

The scene is set for your wonderful woodland wedding at The

Kings, available throughout January, February and March!

• Your Wedding Ceremony held in the Kings Pavilion complete with a Hessian Runner Down the Aisle with decorative log risers and rustic candles to line the aisle

• Two Willow Trees either side of the Registrar Table to be used later at either end of the Top Table for wedding breakfast

• Log Risers and rustic candles as centre piece décor for your Wedding Breakfast

• Giant LOVE letters on The Kings Bowling Green

• A glass of Prosecco for your Reception Drink

• Choice of four canapés during your Reception Drinks at waitress service

• Three Course Wedding Breakfast with tea / coffee

• Half a bottle of our recommended house wine per guest

• Glass of Prosecco for your toast

• Evening Snack of Bacon Butties for Day Guests

• Room Hire for the ceremony & wedding breakfast

• Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator to help plan your day

• Services of our Banqueting Manager to guide you through the day

• Complimentary bedroom for the night of your wedding

2016: £69 per adult guest / 2017: £75 per adult guest

Minimum number of adult guests will apply.

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