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The Harbour Chapel

Dunbar, Lothian & Borders View map Visit website
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Menus from £50
30 to 110 Guests

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Unique Historic Venue - Currently Being Restored - Opening 2021

The Harbour Chapel is an intimate, historic and unique East Lothian wedding venue for up to 120 guests. We are a diverse and inclusive venue, perfect for weddings, ceremonies and celebrations. This spectacular former church and elegant reception bar create an exquisite destination in which to celebrate your love.

The venue provides the truly unique experience of getting married and then celebrating in an atmospheric and historic space lit by magnificent stained glass windows originating from St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Beautiful banqueting tables can seat up to 80 for dining and a further 40 guests can join the evening celebrations.

The chapel is soaked in history and retains all its original features, the scallop shelled oak pulpit, balcony and ornate Victorian stained glass windows all contribute to creating this special sense of place.

This beautifully restored Historic Wesleyan Chapel is the oldest in Scotland and dates back to 1764. John Wesley preached here on 21 occasions and in 1770 he wrote:

In the evening I preached at the new house at Dunbar, the cheerfullest in all the Kingdom”

Scotland produces some of the best food and drink in the world and East Lothian is no exception to that. From the freshest seafood coming into our local harbours, the finest meats, organic fruit and vegetables, locally sourced cheeses, numerous bakeries, dairies and confectioners, wine selections and locally crafted beer and spirits, we really do have it all.

Whatever your preference, we will work with you to source the best produce to meet all your catering needs. From fine dining, buffets, canapes, cakes, cheese boards to wine and spirits, East Lothian provides some of the best produce around. You will be spoilt for choice when we help you to find the best of Scottish Cuisine.

Imagine walking down the aisle in the beautiful historic church and taking your vows in front of the magnificent stained glass windows in the company of your friends and family. After the ceremony, while your guests make their way through to the adjoining reception bar, you can use the church space, balcony and small garden for photographs, or take a stroll down to the picturesque harbour with its castle remains and spectacular views.

Enjoy a chilled glass of champagne before dining in the church with your guests at fabulous banqueting style tables. You can take the opportunity to cut your cake and if you feel bold enough, make your speeches from the pulpit!

As the evening progresses, take a moment with friends to relax with a coffee in the reception bar, while we create the prefect party atmosphere for you to welcome evening guests and dance the night away.

Every event at the Harbour Chapel is unique and we will work with you to create your own custom-made package to meet your personal tastes, needs and requirements. The interior of the building and furnishings create a real sense of warmth and atmosphere and we offer to provide you with as much as possible to allow you to truly relax and enjoy your event or celebration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
Chapel on Premises
In the Country
Coastal Weddings
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Landmark
Civil Ceremony Licence
Church
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Changing Room for Guests
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    Ashleigh H. Married on 23/10/2021
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    We’d do it again and change nothing,

    I wouldn’t even know where to start……..Fiona was nothing but fantastic!!! Always at the end of the phone, nothing was a trouble and she just always was there to listen! The staff were so cheerful and chatty and made the day so special too. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and how easy everything ran! Nothing was a hassle. I’d do it all over again! Thank you for making it the best day ever.
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    Lucy R. Married on 31/07/2021
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    Stunning venue, fabulous team, great location!

    We could not recommend Fiona and her team enough! The Harbour Chapel is a stunning venue and the most magical place to celebrate a wedding! Nothing was too much to ask and everyone was made to feel very special. If you want a unique, beautiful and friendly venue then the Harbour Chapel is for you!
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    Roisin T. Married on 15/04/2022
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    Absolutely stunning venue and a warm and efficient host in Fiona

    We couldn't have been happier with the beautiful, intimate venue that looks even better in person than the photos. Fiona, the host, was warm and welcoming and ensured that everything ran smoothly and beautifully (even with our last minute music!) Could recommend her and her beautiful location more!

    The Harbour Chapel's reply:

    It was such a pleasure to be a part of your day Roisin and Drew, and a pleasure in getting to know you via zoom on the lead up to it. We are smiling at the fact that you had not seen the venue until the day before your wedding, it was either a huge leap of faith or excellent intuition! Please keep in touch.

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Victoria St, 10, The Harbour Chapel EH421ET Dunbar (Lothian & Borders)

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