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 coastal 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 21 of the best wedding 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 coastal wedding venues.
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1. Tunnels Beaches – Ilfracombe, Devon
Tunnels Beaches is a hidden gem of a coastal wedding 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. There are built in (indoor and outdoor) light, sound and PA systems meaning less stress and much less money!
2. Lusty Glaze Private Beach Weddings – 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. Or, there's even beachside glamping available, with 12 yurts that sleep two adults and extra room for children.
3. Fairyhill – Langland, 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 for up to 150 people. With glass walls, state-of-the-art facilities and panoramic views, it will seriously wow your guests.
4. The Venue at Sandy Cove – Ilfracombe, Devon
The Venue at Sandy Cove is a stunning and contemporary coastal wedding venue with unforgettable views, delicious food and a breathtaking clifftop gazebo for your outdoor wedding ceremony.
Set in its own cove at the top of a cliff, this venue is surrounded Broadsands, Watermouth Cove and Hele, so you'll be spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches.
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 coastal wedding venue with a difference, then consider the Turner Contemporary in Margate.
The iconic art gallery was designed by the award-winning David Chipperfield Architects making for an impressive setting, and the state of the art facilities will ensure your day unfolds without a glitch.
The on-site caterers will provide locally-sourced food and drink for 120-180 guests and 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 Martin's – 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 the coast of Cornwall, and is the island's only hotel. It offers panoramic coastal views and is just moments from the beach, where you'll find powder white sands and crystal clear seas for the perfect wedding photo backdrop.
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 coastal wedding venue based in one of the country’s trendiest towns.
Take advantage of the magnificent ballroom 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 canapés 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 coastal wedding venue that you usually only conjure up in your dreams. Styled to feel like a New England beach house, The Gallivant takes full advantage of its coastal location and tailors its packages to suit.
Mingle with your guests among the sand dunes while 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.
11. 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.
12. 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 breathtaking 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.
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13. Newton Hall – Alnwick, Northumberland
No matter what kind of day you're 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's beautiful inside and out, Newton Hall was made for outdoor weddings thanks to its large garden suite and wedding terrace.
If you're looking to incorporate something a little different into your day, why not 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.
14. Itchenor Sailing Club – Itchenor, West Sussex
Based on the south coast of England near 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's 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!
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.
15. The Quay Hotel & Spa – Conwy, Wales
The Quay Hotel and Spa in Conwy is the epitome of sophistication for your wedding day.
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.
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16. Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa – Salcombe, 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 stunning view before enjoying reception drinks on the terrace.
Enjoy your wedding breakfast with up to 80 guests before partying the night away. 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.
17. Bamburgh Castle – Bamburgh, Northumberland
As on of the largest inhabited castles in the country, Bamburgh Castle is a wedding venue that is steeped in history and now opens its doors to host your wedding day.
Rebuilt in the 19th century by Lord Armstrong, the King's Hall is one of this venue's star features. With high ceilings, stained-glass windows and wood panelled walls you'll be hard pressed to find a more grand space to say 'I do'.
Surrounded by private beaches and overlooking the Farne and Holy Islands, no matter where you are in this wedding venue you'll have spectacular coastal views.
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18. The Orangery – Torpoint, Cornwall
Fancy arriving at your wedding venue via boat? Well, you can if you get hitched at The Orangery, a stunning reception venue on the South East corner of Cornwall surrounded by beautiful pebble beaches and coastline.
Built in 1775, we have no doubt you'll be impressed by this spectacular building which boasts 100ft floor to ceiling windows that look out onto Italian gardens and a tranquil water fountain.
The gorgeous garden is all yours for the duration of the day, so you and your guests can sip drinks and tuck into canapés under the stars.
Plus, as The Orangery comes with a dance floor and band area it'll make an ideal space to rest your feet after all that partying!
19. Pennsylvania Castle – Portland, Dorset
Another fabulous castle wedding venue in a truly specular coastal setting is the Pennsylvania Castle in Dorset.
You'll be able to have the entire place to yourself, so whether you and your guests are mingling in the beautiful gardens overlooking the ocean, or you're in the castle's dining room enjoying a delicious wedding breakfast, you can guarantee tranquillity and privacy.
We love the idea of an outside ceremony to make full use of the gorgeous views before heading down to the secluded beach for one-of-a-kind wedding photographs.
20. Carbis Bay Hotel – St. Ives, Cornwall
If you're after a quintessentially laid-back Cornish-style wedding, Carbis Bay Hotel could be the wedding venue of your dreams.
Set against a private Blue Flag beach, there are an impressive 12 areas on the estate to host your ceremony, including the Beach and Ocean Club on the heavenly sands, an outdoor pavilion and a whole host of indoor suites.
Just because Carbis Bay Hotel has a relaxed feel to the property that certainly doesn't mean it's any less luxurious.
As the celebrations draw in, you and your guests can watch a beachside firework finale before heading to bed in the venue's coastal chic Ocean Lodges. With an on-site spa and some of the rooms boasting hot tubs and plunge pools, you won't want to leave!
21. The BoatHouse at Dougarie – Isle of Arran, Ayrshire
We couldn't conclude our coastal wedding venue roundup without including The BoatHouse at Dougarie on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.
Not only does this stunning beach-side property have unbeatable coastal views, it has a lovely quaint feel to it which will make you feel right at home on your special day.
The boathouse can accommodate weddings of up to 80 guests, but you can also make use of a marquee should you wish for a larger celebrations. Alternatively, why not marry on the beach itself?
This wedding venue might have a peaceful setting but that doesn't mean you'll be stuck for activities to do if you are having a long wedding weekend. With water sports, wild walks, sea fishing, lobster potting, golf days and archery available you'll be spoilt for choice.
If you’re set on having your wedding on the beach itself, don’t forget to take a look at our outdoor wedding ideas.