Although there’s no denying the beauty of a rustic barn wedding venue or the grandeur of a stately home, for some couples only unusual wedding venues will do.
Finding the right place to tie the knot can be difficult if you’re looking for a unique wedding venue that fits with your personality as a couple. Luckily, we’ve managed to find the best forts, treehouses, museums, wildlife parks, crypts, landmarks, forests and moated castles that you’ll fall in love with.
We’ve split our pick of the most unusual wedding venues into regions across the UK. Sift through these stunning unique wedding locations and find the perfect one near you.
We guarantee you’ll love at least one – no matter how fussy you are!
Unusual Wedding Venues in Yorkshire
Yorkshire and the Humber is an incredibly beautiful region of the country. We absolutely love Yorkshire for its rustic barn venues, but it should be your go-to if you’re looking for an unusual wedding venue too.
1. Carlton Towers – North Yorkshire
What makes it unique: The gorgeous gothic architecture
You can still have a glamorous wedding venue with an alternative feel. Carlton Towers is fabulously gothic in style with a luxurious interior that is guaranteed to impress your guests. The imposing exterior will provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding pictures, and your guests will be arguing over who gets to stay in one of the 16 stunning bedrooms.
2. Sheffield Theatres – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
What makes it unique: A centre stage ceremony at Sheffield’s most famous theatre
If you love a night at the theatre, combine this with your wedding theme. You can marry on the stage at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield under the beautiful twinkling ceiling and host your wedding breakfast in the foyer or studio theatre. If you’re having a big wedding, the theatre can hold up to 980 guests, all with an excellent view of your vows. There’s also space at the smaller floor-to-ceiling windowed Adelphi Room that looks out over Sheffield’s Tudor Square.
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3. Holmfirth Vineyard – Holmfirth, West Yorkshire
What makes it unique: Sip on Yorkshire’s finest wines where they’re made
Yorkshire might not immediately spring to mind when you think of vineyards, but this seven acre wine estate produces sensational bottles. Holmfirth Vineyard is truly versatile: you can marry indoors or outdoors, with our favourite choice being a magical twilight blessing among the vines. The photo opportunities are incredible, and it comes with that famously friendly Yorkshire welcome.
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4. Camp Katur – Kirklington, North Yorkshire
What makes it unique: Beautiful wild tipis, yurts and glamping
A truly unique and rustic wedding venue is something that many couples desire, and our recommendations for you would be Camp Katur. The 250 acre manor estate has the capacity to host weddings in marquees, tipis, yurts and even their very own rustic barn. With a woodland of tall pine trees as your backdrop, what more could you possibly ask for?
5. The Deep – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
What makes it unique: Marry alongside sharks, turtles, penguins and more
Right in the heart of Hull is this fantastic aquarium which is the perfect choice for any ocean lover. You’ll have exclusive use after hours of The Deep where you can tie the knot next to majestic sharks in the Endless Oceans exhibit, jellyfish in Cool Seas, the playful penguins in Kingdom of Ice or in their observatory overlooking the city and River Humber. It’s a quirky spot for celebrations of every size.
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6. Waterton Park Hotel – Wakefield, West Yorkshire
What makes it unique: The stunning moat that surrounds it
Couples looking for individuality as well as grandeur will definitely appreciate Waterton Park. The venue itself is a Georgian mansion surrounded by a 26-acre lake – for us, that’s what gives it the wow-factor. It’s a truly magical setting that will transform your wedding day into the vision you’ve always dreamt of.
7. The Highfield House – Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire
What makes it unique: A bold, design-led house which is entirely yours for the weekend
Owned by an interior designer husband and wife, The Highfield House is striking from the outside, vibrant on the inside. You’ll hardly need any decorations as the house itself bursts with character and jewel colours, and comes with fun additions like lawn games, picnic and dressing-up boxes, and play tents. The selection of spaces you’ll have access to is abundant, including the Grand Hall, Library Bar, outdoor terraces and an opulent bridal suite.
Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland
Scotland is bursting with unique venues – whether that’s castles, distilleries, beaches and historic homes. These are just a few of our favourite unusual Scottish wedding venues; don’t miss our ultimate pick of the best wedding venues in Scotland too.
8. Harvest Moon – East Lothian, Lothian & Borders
What makes it unique: Marry on their sandy beach or in their super cool treehouse
Harvest Moon is one of those venues that really pushes the boundaries of a ‘typical’ wedding ceremony. Couples have the choice of saying their vows on the stunning sandy beach in a luxury safari tent, or alternatively you could commit to your partner in their treehouse site which has the most incredible views! They also don’t like to limit couples to one day of celebrations, offering full weekends of wedding fun.
9. The Witchery – Edinburgh
What makes it unique: Interiors unlike any you’ll have eaten among before
Right on the Royal Mile, close to Edinburgh Castle, this gothic restaurant has not just a prime location but delicious local Scottish food and the most atmospheric surroundings. The oak-pannelled Witchery or the candle-lit Secret Garden can both be hired on an exclusive-use basis to host your wedding breakfast for up to 60 guests. It’s luxurious, romantic and truly unique: picture baroque red leather chairs, oak panels, stone walls draped with tapestries, heraldic painted ceilings and dozens of antique candlesticks.
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10. Crear – Tarbet, Argyll
What makes it unique: Miles and miles of your own sandy beach
Set among the wild and magical landscape of the west coast of Scotland, Crear is an exclusive-use house that can host up to 100 guests. From the floor-to-ceiling glass wall of the main studio where you will host your wedding breakfast you can see across to the Isles of Islay, Jura and Gigha, and the lighthouses of Rathlin Island. The rugged beach is licensed for weddings so you can choose anywhere to have your ceremony. With lots of neighbouring cottages, you and your guests can have a completely private break for up to three days and nights – you’ll want that just to try all the fresh seafood and home-baked scones they provide you with!
11. Arta – Glasgow
What makes it unique: Transport yourself to a grand Spanish townhouse in the heart of Glasgow
With a choice of seven rooms set across three floors, this Mediterranean gem in Glasgow’s Merchant City is truly unique. With a Spanish Hacienda theme, each room is sumptuously decorated and the whole venue is packed with oil paintings, flickering candles and antique furniture for a vibrant atmosphere. As a day-to-day restaurant, Arta offers a variety of Spanish-inspired menu options for all tastes and budgets from intimate meals to large banquets.
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12. Go Ape Aberfoyle – Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
What makes it unique: You can say your vows 22 metres up at the top of a zip wire!
If you’re after a wedding like no other, head to Go Ape! Their Aberfoyle lodge is set among the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, close to the famous Loch Lomond. This fun and unforgettable venue is perfect for unique photos – put on a harness and take a ride on their zip wires for a once-in-a-lifetime trip down the aisle. It’s home to one of the UK’s longest zip wires so you can start your new life 22 metres above the ground.
13. Cherrytrees – Kelso, Lothian and Borders
What makes it unique: Stunning Scottish seasonal flowers as your backdrop
Cherrytrees is a Victorian walled garden just a stone’s throw from the Scottish-English border. This romantic wedding venue hosts just 50 guests so is ideal for intimate weddings with a relaxed feel – whether that’s with a picnic on the lawn, afternoon tea, or four-course feast. You can use seasonal flowers from their cutting garden for your bouquets and centrepieces so everything feels inspired by nature. There’s also a loch-side marquee if you want more guests but we think the garden is incredible special.
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Unusual Wedding Venues in the North West
The North West covers a huge area that includes key cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Chester. Cumbria also comes within it so if you’re looking for unusual wedding venues in the Lake District, you’re in the right place. Although there’s so many quirky venues to pick from, we’ve tried our best to narrow down the top picks.
14. The Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel – Liverpool
What makes it unique: A blank canvas that you can truly make your own
If you love industrial style, you’ll adore The Rum Warehouse at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool. The huge windows, raw metal framework and exposed brick walls all make for a perfect blank canvas that is achingly stylish.
15. Sefton Park Palm House – Liverpool
What makes it unique: A botanical jungle in the centre of Liverpool
Sefton Park Palm House won best city wedding venue in our 2018 National Wedding Awards for obvious reasons. You’ll marry and dine among palms, orchids and rare plants from Liverpool’s historic botanical collection in this light and airy Grade II-listed Victorian palm house. It can fit up to 220 for a sit-down dinner or 400 for a drinks reception.
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16. fivefourstudios – Manchester
What makes it unique: A stark, urban studio with relaxed rules
This boutique, photographic studio is the epitome of clean, white, minimalist. If you’re after a contemporary warehouse venue that can be transformed into your theme, you’ll love fivefourstudios. You have use of their three urban, stylish studios and luxe bar so guests can make use of different areas, whether that’s for dancing, chilling out or chatting. It can host up to 120 for a civil ceremony or 240 or an evening party.
17. The Wellbeing Farn – Lancashire
What makes it unique: Bow-tie wearing llamas, alpacas and donkeys!
This friendly farm wedding venue is an amazing barn and outdoor wedding venue. The main barn at Wellbeing Farm has a huge parachute ceiling strung with 4,000 fairy lights for the ultimate ‘wow’ factor. Their heated licensed pavilion is perfect for an outdoor wedding with stunning countryside views, plus there’s a tipi chill out tent and a whole bar barn. You get so much included with your exclusive hire – not only are there llamas and donkeys on the grounds for photos, but you get LOVE letters, access to their prop store, the Bar ‘O’ Llama gin and cocktail bar, and a shepherds hut.
18. Victoria Baths – Manchester
Image: Steve Bridgwood Photography
What makes it unique: Book it now before it’s turned back into a swimming pool
These former Victorian baths opened in 1906 and still maintain their original period features, like stained glass, terracotta tiles and mosaic floors. The long-term aim is to reopen them as a swimming pool and Turkish baths but, until that time, you can host a wedding with a difference there. It’s a dramatic space with five different areas licensed for ceremonies, including the pools and the Turkish Rest Room with its Angel Of Purity window.
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19. The Everyman Theatre – Liverpool
What makes it unique: You can marry on the theatre stage
Set between two iconic cathedrals, The Everyman Theatre is on Hope Street in the middle of the Georgian quarter. it has three venues under one roof: you can stage your ceremony in the theatre itself, have your wedding breakfast in the bistro restaurant, and party in the theatre bar. If you like, you can have an on-stage banquet under the theatre lights.
20. Upper House Hayfield – Cheshire
What makes this unique: Exclusive A-list treatment for two days
This hunting lodge turned wedding venue is available to hire for the whole weekend. Upper House Hayfield only hosts a few celebrations a year so it’s special to you as well as being unique. Marry in unparalleled luxury, from their medieval great hall to stunning courtyard. You get your own fully-stocked bar at their Wayside Inn, wine cellar with 75 wines, dedicated staff on hand, catering from the moment you arrive, plus two large bespoke tipis.
21. Hidden River Cabins – Carlisle, Cumbria
What makes it unique: Luxury escape with hot tubs under the stars
Fancy marrying among ancient Cumbrian woodlands before a night in a luxury log cabin with a hot tub? Hidden Rivers Cabins can accommodate up to 62 guests, plus a 17th century house that can be rented for 20 people. Marry in a terraced cabin at this romantic hideaway or in their new barn.
22. Lindeth Howe – Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
What makes it unique: Gorgeous views and bags of literary history
The former home of Beatrix Potter, Lindeth Howe overlooks the gorgeous Lake District hills and Lake Windermere. The interior is bold, chic and luxurious, with an exquisitely-designed wedding suite. Their award-winning chefs will make a bespoke menu of local Lake District produce that’s equally as memorable.
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23. Albert Hall – Manchester
What makes it unique: Atmospheric period features and those windows
Undoubtedly one of Manchester’s greatest cultural sites, Albert Hall is a beautifully-restored baroque Wesleyan Chapel that now hosts weddings and concerts. You can have your whole day in the impressive venue. Say ‘I do’ under their arched ceiling and stained-glass windows, before turning the hall into a reception venues for up to 280 guests. It’s centrally located so very accessible, has a dedicated team on hand to help you plan, and even its own bakery to provide your sweet treats.
Unusual Wedding Venues in the North East
The North East covers Northumberland, County Durham, and Tyne and Wear and has loads of beautiful places for guests to explore if they want to make a trip of your wedding – whether that’s the Northumberland coast, the World Heritage Sites of Durham Cathedral and Castle or the buzzing city of Newcastle. There’s also an abundance of unusual wedding venues in the North East to start discovering.
24. The Alnwick Garden Treehouse – Northumberland
What makes it unique: You can say your vows in your very own tree house
This is a truly magical setting for a wedding. You can take your guests into The Alnwick Garden, an enchanted land inspired by fairytales, before celebrating with a party in the Alnwick Garden Treehouse. Your guests will never want to leave!
25. Centre for Life – Newcastle, Tyne & Wear
What make it unique: You can get married (almost) in outer space
You can have a planetarium wedding at this brilliant science museum! Tie the knot under their romantic starlit sky, with 360 degree visuals offering an immersive out-of-this-world experience. You can actually project any image from their gallery onto the space so you can pretend you’re just about anywhere in this world and beyond. There’s lots of unique photo opportunities in front of the exhibitions and fun for your guests on the 4D motion ride, so no need to worry about lulls. There’s some more traditional rooms too, but the planetarium is where it’s at.
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26. Mediterranean Chateau – Northumberland
What makes it unique: The modern decor paired with the authentic chateau design
If you want a fairytale wedding that doesn’t feel too twee, take a closer look at Mediterranean Chateau in Northumberland. This beautifully whimsical wedding venue looks like it’s straight from a sophisticated fairy story, making it the perfect setting for a happy ever after with an edge.
27. Newton Hall – Alnwick, Northumberland
What makes it unique: Innovative, inviting and truly impressive setting
This cool and quirky luxury hotel venue offers a one-of-a-kind wedding experience. There’s four places you can say ‘I do’: the garden suite, the hall, the glass house and the outdoor ‘wedding hill’. You can even marry on the golden sands of the North East coast, with champagne and strawberries on the beach afterwards. Newton Hall sells itself as “distinctively different” and we couldn’t agree more. Just check out their listing, because words can’t do justice to this bold and romantic venue.
28. The Biscuit Factory – Newcastle, Tyne & Wear
What makes it unique: Your own art gallery to explore
There are two function suites in this former Victorian warehouse: The Biscuit Room, one of the largest venues in the city; and Artisan, a smaller, design-led space. This quirky venue is characterised by exposed brick and wooden beams, but enough of a blank canvas to dress up as you wish. With the coolest art all around you, your guests will be in awe of this urban venue.
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29. Bamburgh Castle – Bamburgh, Northumberland
What makes it unique: An awe-inspiring castle wedding venue right on the beach
The fairytale Bamburgh Castle is perched on nine acres of rocky plateaus on the Northumberland coast for a location like no other. One of the largest inhabited castles in the country, Bamburgh Castle has a rich and colourful history and panoramic views across to the Farne Islands and Holy Island. The romantic and ornate King’s Hall is the centrepiece of the castle, but there’s also a gorgeous Castle Green you can put a marquee on.
Unusual Wedding Venues in the East Midlands
The East Midlands encompasses Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. With easy transport links, it’s a popular region for couples to marry in – here are some of the more unique venues in the area.
30. The Pumping House – Newark, Nottinghamshire
What makes it unique: The distinctive features and light, airy space
This Grade II-listed former Pumping House maintains the original and distinctive chimney, stark red bricks and arch windows. Set in six acres of Sherwood Forest, it’s a unique and tranquil setting. Inside, it’s flooded with natural night, and bold with white-tiled walls and retro parquet flooring. It has two licensed ceremony rooms – The Ollerton Room and the Engine Room – both of which are perfect to dance the night away in. There’s a separate cinema room for kids and 10 apartments on-site for guests.
31. The Riding School at Calke Abbey – Ticknall, Derbyshire
What makes it unique: An elevated barn venue for elegant couples
This no corkage wedding venue is set among 600 acres of Derbyshire parkland, which includes nearby Calke Abbey. Outside deer roam free, while inside, you can dance the night away in an 18th century former riding school, full of exposed brickwork, draped ceilings, oak beams and even an old rowing boat strung from the rafters. It’s full of character, charm and is ideal for those who want a glamorous take on a barn wedding venue.
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32. Scrivelsby Walled Garden – Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire
What makes it unique: It’s the ultimate festival-feel venue
Four tipis are linked together in this wildflower orchard, set overlooking a formal garden. It’s secluded, beautiful and tranquil, with plenty of space nearby to camp or glamp. It’s a cool, rustic venue with plenty of charm and versatility. We love it for a festival wedding or a shabby chic theme – there’s so many spots for your photos.
33. Aswarby Rectory – Aswarby, Lincolnshire
What makes it unique: Refined, contemporary and completely private country hosue
Aswarby Rectory is a stunning Georgian house in nine acres of private gardens and paddocks. You and your guests will have exclusive use to experience the character and atmosphere of this unique wedding venue. It calls out for an autumn or winter wedding, with plenty of cosy nooks and crannies, and bedrooms to snuggle up in afterwards.
34. The Pheasantry Brewery – Newark, Nottinghamshire
What makes it unique: All the cool keg and brewery pictures you can take
The owners opened this modern micro-brewery on their farm in 2012, and can now host more than 200 guests for relaxed weddings in the coolest of settings. Pheasantry Brewery’s own bitter is used in lots of their delicious dishes – their chefs can create anything from a formal five-course menu to something more informal such as a BBQ, hog roast or wood-fired pizza. They even sometimes have special offers where you can get ale for the whole day included for your guests – winner!
35. Haarlem Mill – Wirksworth, Derbyshire
What makes it unique: A historical building now bursting with industrial chic ambiance
Haarlem Mill is one of Derbyshire’s premier wedding venues: a mix of urban, industrial chic and romantic luxury. This former 18th century cotton mill is laid out over two floor, oozing with natural light and historic features. It’s sleek and elegant, yet informal, with mouth-watering food on offer.
Unusual Wedding Venues in the West Midlands
The West Midlands is a really diverse region, from areas of natural beauty like the Shropshire and malvern Hills to big cities like Birmingham. This means the choice of unusual wedding venues in the West Midlands is huge: you’ll find everything from restored industrial warehouses to yurts.
36. Thorpe Garden – Tamworth, Staffordshire
Concealed within 3,000 acres of Staffordshire countryside is this walled garden, restored to its former 17th century glory with an abundance of trees, flowers and fruit. You’ll say your vows in Thorpe Garden’s glass-walled ceremony room that looks out over the terrace and garden, while the reception is in their hand-crafted yurt. Festooned with fairylights and flowers, it’s an intimate, atmospheric space to eat, drink and dance. As it’s run by renowned venue team Cripps and Co, you know you can expect incredible food and the smoothest of planning experiences too.
37. Barnutopia – Oswestry, Shropshire
What makes it unique: Glamping yurts with free wi-fi to upload all your wedding pics
Couples on the hunt for a festival-style wedding venue will just love what Barnutopia have to offer. This exclusive glamping site not only offers a beautiful, picturesque setting for your wedding day, but also overnight glamping accommodation for you and your closest guests so you can keep the party going with breakfast the next day.
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38. Globe at Hay – Hereford, Herefordshire
What makes it unique: It’s famous place in festival history
As cute as this venue is, what makes it unique is what happens there the rest of the year. It’s home to How The Light Gets In festival and a key venue for the Hay festival, meaning you’ll be marrying in the place where literary, philosophy, comedy and academic greats have stood. As a former Methodist chapel featuring the original pulpit and windows, the Globe at Hay is not too shabby to look at either.
39. Ludlow Castle – Ludlow, Shropshire
What makes it unique: Marry outdoors among atmospheric ruins
If you’re after unique, dramatic photos, Ludlow Castle’s Round Chapel is ideal. Guests enter across the private wooden bridge that spans the dry moat, through a centuries old wooden door, into the Inner Bailey where the ruins of St Mary Magdalene Chapel stand. Should you want something for inclement weather, there’s also the intimate Library and impressive Beacon Rooms inside the castle or the choice of a marquee. You’ll have exclusive use and can stay in the castle too!
40. Iscoyd Park – Whitchurch, Shropshire
What makes it unique: Hire the whole house and gardens and feel like Lord and Lady of the Manor
Handily located on the border of Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire is the stunning 18th century, Grade II-listed Iscoyd Park. You can hire the house for up to three days and turn your wedding into a weekend-long celebration, hosting a BBQ under the stars the night before and a relaxed dinner the day after – their chefs can create bespoke menus. Don’t miss the library for a truly unique photo spot.
41. The Bond Company – Birmingham, West Midlands
What makes it unique: Cool and quirky restored historic building that millenials will love
Located in the cool neighbourhood of Digbeth, The Bond Company is a restored Victorian warehouse right on the canal. It mixes industrial chic with quirky and romantic touches, has space for up to 160 for dinner and an outdoor canopy area where you can dance under the stars. With lots of street art, a trendy food and craft beer scene, cobbled streets and soaring railway viaducts, Digbeth itself has so many urban backdrops for amazing wedding photos.
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42. St Mary’s Guildhall – Coventry, West Midlands
What makes it unique: Shakespeare has actually performed here!
This enchanting venue in Coventry town centre has a rich history, from hosting Shakespeare to medieval kings and queens. You can choose to marry in the majestic Great Hall, the vaulted Undercroft or the intimate Draper’s Room. If you’re after a memorable day in a distinctive venue, you can do little better than St Mary’s Guildhall – arrangements can even be made for bells to be rung from the neighbouring cathedral spire!
43. The Old Library – Birmingham, West Midlands
What makes it unique: It’s a modern book-lover’s paradise
This refurbished gothic Victorian library is a unique venue that’s great for book lovers. Radiating in light and romance, you can marry in front of the original Victorian windows of their main room, before heading to Nomad for literary-themed cocktails. With Birmingham’s transport links, attractions and accommodation right on your doorstep, The Old Library has a brilliant location in the heart of a vibrant and cultural city.
44. Safari Venues – Bewdley, Worcestershire
What makes it unique: Take your guests on a real-life safari and meet the animals
Is there anywhere more unique to host your wedding than a safari park? Safari Venues is a selection of three distinctive venues inside West Midlands Safari Park: the Georgian manor house of Spring Grove House; the large Treetops Pavilion; and the underground vaulted Cellarz. As well as the beautiful venues, you’ll have access to the theme park for photographs and can incorporate animal encounters, safari-inspired favours and even a four-mile Safari Drive for your guests into the day.
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Unusual Wedding Venues in the South West
The South West is the largest region of the UK and contains some of its most famous coastline. If you’re after a seaside wedding, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall are likely to be your go-tos. Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, and the Isles of Scilly make it up too. Here are some of our favourite unique South West wedding venues.
45. Larmer Tree Gardens – Salisbury, Dorset
What makes it unique: Jaw-dropping backdrops
Whichever of their ornate buildings you choose to marry in, you’re guaranteed amazing wedding photos at Larmer Tree. How about outside the magical Roman Temple, in the ornate black and white Lower Indian Room or under the canopied ceiling of the Jubilee Hall? With secret gardens and a spectacular Singing Theatre, there’s so much to explore. As Thomas Hardy said in 1895, Larmer Tree Gardens is “quite the prettiest sight I ever saw in my life”.
46. Bath’s Historic Venues – Bath, Somerset
What makes it unique: The history and natural beauty of each space
With four spaces – the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Assembly Rooms, Guildhall and the Victoria Art Gallery – there’s plenty of choice when it comes to picking a place to say your vows at Bath’s Historic Venues. Our favourite is the Roman Baths themselves. The mist and steam that flicker throughout the romantic setting really do make this such an enchanting place to get married.
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47. Tunnels Beaches – Ilfracombe, Devon
What makes it unique: The private garden and hand-carved tunnels
Yes, that’s right, we definitely just said ‘hand-carved tunnels’. It’s these tunnels that lead you to your private garden that overlooks the beach. This unique wedding venue has the most incredible seaside views and is totally secluded too. Tunnels Beaches is one for couples who want total privacy and exclusivity.
48. Lusty Glaze – Newquay, Cornwall
What makes it unique: The fact that you can spend your wedding day on a private cove by the ocean
With the option of exclusively hiring the entire beach cove for your wedding day, could you even picture a more beautiful and romantic place to get married? Lusty Glaze is perfect whatever the weather, with the ability to accommodate summer boho weddings and cosy winter celebrations. Finish your day off by staying in the cottage on the beach – it’s the cutest way to start off your honeymoon.
49. Fox & Hound Country Hotel and Treetops Treehouse – Chulmleigh, Devon
What makes it unique: Have you ever seen anyone get married in a tree house? We think not
This unusual wedding venue really is something else. The Treetops Treehouse is a charming hideaway that can host just an intimate 10 people for a wedding. It’s the perfect spot for an elopement or can be used as a luxury honeymoon retreat. There’s a fab hotel adjoining it if you want a bigger wedding.
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50. Brunel’s SS Great Britain – Bristol
What makes it unique: It’s one of the world’s great historic ships and has a picture-perfect location
You’ll have exclusive use of the SS Great Britain and all her rooms for the evening of your wedding. First launched in 1843 and at just under 100 feet in length, it’s a real talking point. Vows are exchanged on the Promenade deck under a glass skylight that floods the space with light. The First Class Dining Saloon hosts your wedding breakfast, while the next door Hayward Saloon has its own bar and dance floor. If you’re after outdoor and rustic, the Riggers’ Yard venue opened in September 2019. This spot is truly beguiling, unique and panoramic.
51. The Italian Villa – Poole, Dorset
What makes it unique: An Italian villa – in Poole
This one-of-a-kind villa looks plucked straight out of Tuscany. Set over three floors and overlooking 10 acres of elegant gardens, you’re guaranteed a romantic day at this magical and jaw-droppingly grand house. The Italian Villa naturally features an Italian garden, but also a tranquil Japanese garden for a whole choice of photo spots.
52. The Electric Palace – Bridport, Dorset
What makes it unique: A theatre bursting with 1920s glamour and charm
A roaring ’20s celebration would be perfect in this Art Deco theatre. You’ll feel like an Old Hollywood star for the day as you get ready in the Electric Palace’s luxury backstage dressing rooms, walk down the aisle to your own soundtrack and take centre stage. You can even project a movie trailer of your romance on the big screen.
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53. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – Abbotsbury, Dorset
What makes it unique: 30 acres of sub-tropical gardens to explore
This area of Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast has its own micro-climate, meaning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens can sustain exotic and spectacular plants from all over the world. Guests will enter through a wrought-iron gateway leading to a secluded lawn surrounded by lush plants, trees and flowers. Nestled among the plants is the new, purpose-built pavilion where you’ll feel at home among nature, or there’s a charming gazebo to marry under. You’ll have exclusive access to the gardens for all your Instagram-needs.
Unusual Wedding Venues in London and the South East
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54. Dreamland Margate – Margate, Kent
What makes it unique: You can actually get married in the fun fair
Dreamland Margate is a totally unusual wedding venue in its own right. This original British amusement park really has the wow factor – it’s home to a range of different wedding spaces and can house up to 800 wedding guests for the biggest of celebrations.
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55. The Old Parish Rooms – Rayleigh, Essex
What makes it unique: The split level and original features
Back in 1863, The Old Parish Rooms were originally built for the purpose of being a parish hall and school house. Now converted, the stylish split-level venue is the perfect spot for trendy couples on the hunt for an unusual wedding venue. The original features and tall parish windows give the venue plenty of natural light and we love the neutral decor inside too.
56. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion – Ashford, Kent
What makes it unique: The incredible on-site animal reserve
At Port Lympne, couples can say their vows in a number of different locations – from the Italian-inspired terraces to the beautiful indoor rooms. Couples and their guests can also go on a VIP safari to the African and Asian Experience, where you can even feed giraffes! There are also nine unique ways to stay the night after the wedding, from a sleepover in the historic hotel to staying inside Tiger Lodge…
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57. The Crazy Bear – Stadhampton, Oxfordshire
What makes it unique: The incredibly luxurious accommodation.
As well as the beautiful and perfectly presented reception areas at The Crazy Bear, it’s also home to a number of bedroom suites. Each of these are exquisitely decorated and have the most incredible themes. We’re obsessed with the rooms.
58. The Crypt at Bleeding Heart – East London
What makes it unique: King Henry VIII had his three-day wedding feast here in 1531
Home to historic royalty since the 16th century, the team at The Crypt at Bleeding Heart sure do know how to hold an extravagant do. Standing at 600 years old, this historic wedding venue has a charming and magical ambience.
59. The Bell Inn – Ticehurst, East Sussex
What makes it unique: The eccentric decor and quirky ambiance
This unusual wedding venue in Ticehurst is anything but ordinary. It’s designed to look as though an eccentric nobleman has travelled the world and filled the place with his discoveries. If you love the idea of vintage typewriters, old novels and mismatched chandeliers forming part of your wedding day décor, you have to consider the Bell Inn. It’s worth checking out the incredible bridal suite too.
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60. The George Vaults – Rochester, Kent
What makes it unique: It’s a 14th Century vault
If interesting and memorable wedding photography is something high on your list of priorities, you will absolutely love what The George Vaults has to offer. The interior architecture of the building is just incredible, and finding better would be a struggle.
61. Coca-Cola London Eye – Central London
What makes it unique: Getting married on the London Eye would be pretty unique, no?
One of London’s biggest landmarks since 2000, the Coca-Cola London Eye allows couples to celebrate their wedding day and appreciate stunning views of London from 135 metres above ground level. If you love the city and want some incredible pictures to look back on from your wedding day, we would highly recommend this city wedding venue.
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62. Spitbank Fort – Hampshire
What makes it unique: You can only access this venue by boat – cool, right?
This world-famous sea fort has transformed itself into a unique and totally out-there wedding venue. Spitbank Fort can only be accessed by boat as it sits one mile from land. As well as being totally unusual, the fort is also accommodated with luxurious bedrooms, a Jacuzzi and reception space to host 60 guests and sleep 16 overnight.
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Unusual Wedding Venues in the East of England
Essex has put itself on the map for various reasons, but we love its wedding venues. There’s loads of amazing wedding venues in Essex and stunning barn wedding venues in Essex. Here we’ve featured some unusual wedding venues in the county as well as others across the East of England, like Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
63. Cley Windmill – Holt, Norfolk
What makes it unique: How many people can say they got married in a windmill?
The enchanting ambience of Cley Windmill is what sets it apart from other venues. The uniqueness of the windmill venue itself is amazing, let alone the gorgeous fields that surround it. It’s the ideal spot for smaller, more intimate weddings and has the ability to accommodate casual weddings as well as more formal celebrations – whatever you want, they can do it here at Cley Windmill.
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64. South Farm – Royston, Cambridgeshire
What makes it unique: Romany Caravans, a small holding and a tuk-tuk
How many venues can boast their own authentic Thai tuk-tuk? Let alone a petting farm, Tudor Barn, beautiful garden Summerhouse, roaming white peacocks, a nature reserve, woodlands, and collection of Romany caravans to stay in. There’s a huge amount to see at South Farm so get exploring.
65. Jimmy’s Farm – Wherstead, Suffolk
What makes it unique: A working farm where you might spot Jamie Oliver’s best mate
Made famous in the Channel 4 show of the same name, Jimmy’s Farm is a brilliant farm wedding venue with a focus on great food. Choose from their lovingly-restored rustic barn or their new celebration tent, which opened in their wild and relaxed herb garden in summer 2019. Against the backdrop of an old-fashioned working farm, you can wander through ancient woodland, meet the animals, and enjoy incredible seasonal food straight from the farm.
66. Happy Valley – Grimston, Norfolk
What makes it unique: A true wilderness wedding experience with a Hygge vibe
Within nine acres of woodland, open glades, and a little lake with a bridged island is Happy Valley. While there are two party barns, glamping tents and even shepherds huts with hot tubs, it’s the wildnerness ceremony area that’s the real draw. You can really lose yourself in the stunning natural surroundings, with just fir woodlands and a lake view around you.
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67. The Ark – Northampton, Northamptonshire
What makes it unique: Northampton’s first and only floating bar and restaurant
The Ark has been a go-to events space for those looking for something different since 2014. Nestled away in the heart of the enchanting Midsummer Meadow and moored on the River Nene, this enchanting boat boasts three separate decks with gorgeous views across the water, and a separate indoor area ideal for your wedding breakfast. The clean, modern interiors are versatile for any theme.
68. Voewood – High Kelling, Norfolk
What makes it unique: One-of-a-kind interiors with an opulent twist
Voewood is a hidden gem. An Arts and Crafts house which is only available for private hire, the interiors are a kaleidoscopic mix of contemporary art, tribal pieces and retro furniture. There’s three reception rooms, bedrooms for up to 41 guests and 11 acres of meadows and gardens. It has an independent, unpretentious spirit that will suit boho couples to the ground.
69. The Octagon Barn – Norwich, Norfolk
What makes it unique: The clue’s in the name
Your guests will do a double-take as they walk into this huge vaulted barn, which is, naturally, octagon shaped. It’s just five miles from Norwich city centre so easy to travel to and has loads of modern facilities while retaining its original 17th century barn charm.
70. Knebworth House – Knebworth, Hertfordshire
What makes it unique: You can become a part of this amazing house’s star-studded history
This famous concert venue also hosts weddings worthy of an A-lister. Knebworth House itself has turrets, domes and gargoyles silhouetted against the sky and an impressive dining hall and library inside. Alternatively there’s two barns, one historic, one contemporary; and stunning formal gardens. From Elizabeth I to Oasis and Rolling Stones, it’s had an eclectic mix of visitors across its history – and you can add your name to the list.
Unusual Wedding Venues in Wales
71. Chapel 1877 – Cardiff
What makes it unique: The architecture and art-deco design.
Chapel 1877 is located in Cardiff city centre and is home to a fairy tale turret which leads guests up to the open-plan upper floor. The chandeliers and arched windows all add to the magnificent ambience that this venue is home to and we love the authentic chapel windows.
72. National Botanic Garden of Wales – Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire
What makes it unique: Couples can get married in The Great Glasshouse (basically, it’s an amazing giant greenhouse!).
Welcome to the ultimate paradise that is the National Botanic Garden of Wales. From the beautiful flower beds to the dreamy lakeside walk, it truly is the tranquil setting every couple dreams of getting married in. The Great Glasshouse provides a unique and modern space for you to say your vows in. We guarantee it’s an experience that you and your guests will never forget.
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73. Fairyhill – Gower, Swansea
What makes it unique: An iconic Gower landmark updated with 21st century cool
Fairyhill combines a Grade II-listed Georgian house with a sleek glass space called their ‘K Room’ for your own ‘something old, something new’. It really is the best of both worlds, overlooking 24 acres of gardens and just a stone’s throw from the beach. Like the name suggests, it’s a magical venue showcasing the finest Welsh food and sleeping up to 40 guests in chocolate box surroundings.
74. Temple of Peace – Cardiff
What makes it unique: Those awe-inspiring columns
A striking testament to the Art Deco movement, the Temple of Peace can be found inside the Civic Centre of Cardiff. The jewel in the crown is the Marble Hall, with floor-to-ceiling windows and columns that stretch to the heavens. Because the space is so versatile and dramatic, they have an experienced wedding planner on hand to make your vision come to life.
75. Castell Coch – Cardiff, Caerphilly
What makes it unique: The incredible gothic interiors
Picture a fairytale castle, and Castell Coch, hidden in beautiful woodlands, is it. It’s only available for intimate ceremonies of up to 30 guests and must be booked at least 13 months in advance – how’s that for exclusivity? The High Gothic architecture is breathtaking, but floral-bedecked walls make it feel romantic and inviting, rather than grand and cold. It’s a stunning, unique setting for your big day.
To see more unique wedding venues that have had their fair share of screen time, check out our round up of the best wedding venues from TV and film – how many do you recognise?