If you think you need to jet away to an exotic destination to feel the sand between your toes on your wedding day, then you’re mistaken.
The UK has plenty of fabulous seaside wedding venues that provide everything you need for a romantic wedding by the sea, from venues in Cornwall to venues in Dorset – and the best part is that you and your guests won’t have to trek for miles across the globe!
We’ve rounded up 17 of the best venues that we think are worth staying put in the UK for. Whether you’re after a picture perfect location where you can wear your dream beach wedding dress or a cliff top setting that offers front row seats for the most gorgeous sunsets, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with all these amazing venues.
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1. Tunnels Beaches – Ilfracombe, Devon
Tunnels Beaches is a hidden gem of a venue nestled within the cliffs of Devon, giving wedding parties access to its private beaches as well as totally unspoilt coastal views.
The venue offers a range of options for couples, including a wedding in the thatched gazebo that overlooks the sea or even in the tunnels themselves. There are plenty of spots to soak up the gorgeous sea views too, such as the garden and terrace or the balcony and roof terrace in the main building.
We love that the stylish interior design means not much additional wedding décor is required here. Less stress and much less money!
2. Lusty Glaze – Newquay, Cornwall
Delivering swoon-worthy seaside ceremonies, soul-stirring views and spellbinding sunsets, Lusty Glaze is the ultimate wedding destination for beach lovers.
This Cornish cove offers total exclusivity, meaning Lusty Glaze Beach could be solely for the use of you and your guests, from the very top step right down to the water’s edge.
There are a range of package options for every beach-loving couple plus plenty of delightful accommodation choices nearby.
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3. Fairyhill – Swansea
Award winning beaches are just a stone’s throw away, and you’ll be offered exclusive use of the venue and grounds as standard.
The K Room itself is a modern extension designed especially to host ceremonies and your wedding breakfast. With glass walls, state-of-the-art facilities and panoramic views, it will seriously wow your guests.
4. The Venue at Sandy Cove – Devon
If you’re a food-loving couple, you’ll be glad to hear that The Venue is rightly very proud of their exceptional food offering. With a 2 AA Rosette and a commitment to only the best, locally-sourced produce, their talented chefs can whip up a carefully-designed menu that suits you.
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5. Turner Contemporary – Margate, Kent
If you’re looking for a seaside wedding venue with a difference, then consider the Turner Contemporary in Margate. The art gallery setting will seriously impress your guests and the state of the art facilities will ensure your day unfolds without a glitch.
The venue is licensed for civil and same sex wedding ceremonies, which means that you can hold you entire day under one roof for a stress-free experience.
Don’t miss the balcony and terrace which overlook the North Sea and offer views of the ‘Turner skies’. Your wedding will be a work of art!
6. Karma St Martins – Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
Do you want a venue where you can escape from the bustle of the mainland without leaving the country completely? Karma St Martin’s is located on the Isles of Scilly, just off of the coast of Cornwall and is the island’s only hotel.
It offers incredible panoramic coastal views and is just moments from the beach, which provides dreamy powder white sand and crystal clear seas where you can get some perfect wedding photos. The hotel is decked out with modern, elegant décor, plus some of the bedrooms have amazing sea views.
7. Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel – Brighton, East Sussex
With fantastic views out to sea, the majestic Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel is a classic British seaside wedding venue based in one of the country’s trendiest towns. Take advantage of the magnificent ballroom, the luxurious bridal suite and your very own personal wedding consultant who has years of planning experience.
Celebrate your marriage with a romantic stroll along Brighton’s famous promenade and soak up the incredible views. In the spirit of this exciting seaside town, fill your day with lots of beach wedding ideas such as canapes served in buckets with spades for spoons. Or how about giving your guests sticks of rock as wedding favours?
8. Polhawn Fort – Torpoint, Cornwall
Tucked away on the Cornish coast, Polhawn Fort seems totally secluded and miles from anywhere – yet it’s only four hours away from London!
The venue is situated on the Rame Peninsula, an area renowned for its natural beauty and wonderful landscape consisting of countryside and coastline.
Polhawn Fort is hired on an exclusive basis for weddings over a two, three or four night stay, which makes it the perfect retreat for a cool, laidback wedding away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The fort even has its very own beach. Follow the path from the fort garden down to Polhawn Cove and enjoy some stolen moments with your partner or grab your guests for uninterrupted photo opportunities.
9. The Royal Hotel – Ventnor, The Isle of Wight
Built in 1832, The Royal Hotel is an enchanting Isle of Wight wedding venue that is bursting with charm and character.
The hotel boasts a guest list of royal visitors who have stayed here over the years and now you too can follow in their footsteps. Elegance oozes from every part of the classic décor and you can even hire the venue exclusively for the big day, adding that extra special touch.
The 14 strong team of award winning chefs will prepare you anything you want for your wedding breakfast. We do, however, recommend the lobster or crab which is locally sourced from Ventnor Bay.
10. The Gallivant – Rye, East Sussex
The Gallivant is the kind of seaside wedding venue that you usually only conjure up in your dreams. Styled to feel like a New England beach house, The Gallivant take full advantage of its coastal location and tailors its packages to suit this.
Mingle with your guests amongst the sand dunes whilst you enjoy drinks and canapés, then take your seat in the gorgeously decorated Beach Hut Marquee for a culinary feast with ingredients that are sourced from within a 20 mile radius.
The décor of the hotel is a treat for the eyes and is really suited to the coastal surroundings – from the comfortable and clean bedrooms to the driftwood tables and beach bunting in the marquee.
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11. Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel – St. Helier, Jersey
If stunning views are an important factor in your search for the ideal venue then the stylish Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Jersey has things well and truly covered. The hotel has views across the Elizabeth Marina and St. Aubin’s Bay, which can also be viewed from most of the 195 luxuriously decorated bedrooms.
Fashion-forward brides may notice that each bedroom is decorated with one of the hotel’s three themes – Chic, Fashion or At Home. Intimate weddings can be held on the top floor of the hotel for a really special experience.
The hotel also has loads of top notch facilities for some pampering before or after the wedding, including a health club, a spa and an on-site beauty salon.
12. The Atlantic Hotel – Newquay, Cornwall
If your idea of perfection is marrying your true love in a breathtaking coastal setting, then put The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on your shortlist. This impressive Victorian hotel offers sea views from every one of its luxurious bedrooms, plus it has an outdoor swimming pool where you can have some pre-wedding relaxation time.
Cornwall’s famous Fistral Beach is just five minutes away from the hotel, providing the perfect chance for some romantic photo opportunities – you and your partner could even grab some surfboards and ride the waves for some post wedding fun.
Enjoy a delicious BBQ or hog roast outdoors on the Sea View Terrace, which can accommodate up to 200 guests for a reception.
13. The Midland – Morecambe, Lancashire
Although it has a rich history, you could easily be fooled into thinking that The Midland is a 21st Century creation judging by its modern exteriors. Located along the UK’s North West coast, The Midland is an internationally renowned Art-Deco hotel that has had a beautiful makeover to bring it up to date.
Grand staircases, marble features, amazing suites and breath taking views across Morecambe Bay are what await you at The Midland, providing a wonderful backdrop both inside and outside.
The happy couple will get to stay in a luxury suite with their own private balcony and outdoor hot tub on the night of the wedding.
14. Newton Hall – Alnwick, Northumberland
No matter what kind of day you are after, whether it’s a classy and elegant affair or an off-the-wall and wacky reception, the folks at Newton Hall will ensure that it happens. Although it is beautiful inside and out, it seems like Newton Hall was made for outdoor weddings as it boasts five star facilities and a large Garden Suite and Wedding Terrace.
Try something new and experience some of the varied activities that Newton hall offer.
They have everything from racing car simulators to fairground attractions and donkey rides on the beach. This is a venue that definitely has something for all ages if you have any little ones attending your day.
15. Itchenor Sailing Club – Itchenor, West Sussex
Based on the South coast of England near the lovely city of Chichester, the Itchenor Sailing Club is a warm and welcoming waterside venue with stunning views over the harbour. The great thing about the club is that it is ideal for weddings at any time of year, so if you don’t think that a venue by the sea would be suitable for your winter wedding then think again!
In the colder months the club can host a winter celebrations complete with a roaring log fire, and in the summer they’ll lay out a BBQ on the lawn against the backdrop of the harbour.
The cordon-blue trained chef will whip you up a menu that will delight your taste buds, including mouth-watering canapés that can be enjoyed out on the waterfront-facing lawn.
16. The Quay Hotel & Spa – Conwy, Wales
The modern exterior of the hotel and its cool lighting makes it look enchanting when the sun sets, which you can witness for yourself from one of the hotel’s many stylish rooms. The whole area surrounding the hotel is made up of castles, coastline and mountains, providing the most incredible backdrop to your special day.
Expect the best night’s sleep at The Quay Hotel – the hotel’s 74 bedrooms are super luxurious and are made of up suites and penthouses, all of which have lovely views.
17. Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa – Devon
Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa is one of the most magnificent waterside hotels in the UK. You can exchange your vows against a backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook the magnificent view before enjoying reception drinks on the terrace.
While your wedding breakfast is set – your first as a married couple – up to 80 guests can seat comfortably. Equipped with dance floor and a private bar, you’re welcome to invite additional guests for your evening celebrations of up to 150 total guests.
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