The Kings Arms Hotel

(9 reviews) 9 5
Kings Pavilion & Priory Wedding Venue 18 Castle Street Christchurch Dorset BH23 1DT
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About The Kings Arms Hotel

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

The Kings Arms is a boutique Dorset wedding venue, set in a magical location amidst ancient castle ruins and our beautiful bowling green. The venue’s intimate setting exudes fairy tale romance and our exclusive Kings Pavilion and Priory venues are the perfect choice for your wedding or engagement party. With a picturesque view overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle and the Kings Arms Bowling Green; combined with hotel bedrooms bursting with contemporary luxury and a kitchen producing seasonal, locally sourced food, The Kings Arms really does have it all!

Christchurch Quay is just a short stroll from the hotel, offering wonderful panoramic views with the option to take a romantic boat trip or a peaceful river cruise with your wedding guests; there are an abundance of ideas for your wedding photographs amongst this perfect backdrop.

The exclusive Kings Priory Suite is a private, split level venue with views of the Kings Pavilion and Bowling Green featuring a private entrance and private bar so it truly is a private venue just for you! Our elegant Private Dining Room is an ideal venue for numbers of up to 36; with views of the Kings Pavilion, and bowling green, tasteful artwork and a suspended candle lighting feature it’s atmosphere is guaranteed. 

For your wedding breakfast, local celebrated chef Alex Aitken has carefully created a variety of delicious wedding menus for you. Alex has catered for an impressive range of weddings, including the marriage of Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum. Whether you fancy quirky, unusual dishes, a BBQ or Hog Roast on the lawn or a traditional three-course meal, at the Kings Hotel, we can provide something to suit you perfectly.

We offer a wonderful selection of wedding packages to enhance your celebrations and to make your preparations a little easier - plus some special offers! We also offer intimate wedding packages to create a beautiful wedding day for you to enjoye with your nearest and dearest. 

For more information, please visit our website or call our experiece events team.

Our next Open Evening is taking place on Thursday 26th April  16:00-20:00.

• The Kings Pavilion is a unique and exclusive rustic-style venue • Wedding Venue of the Year Semi Finalist at the 2017 Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards • Within walking distance to Christchurch Priory Church • We love quirky, unusual dishes, a BBQ or Hog Roast on the lawn or a traditional three-course meal, • Endless photographic opportunities around The Norman Hall, Castle ruins, the Riverside and The Priory Gardens • Ceremonies for up to 100 guests

Facilities at The Kings Arms Hotel

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
In the City
Small Hotel
Outdoor License
Coastal Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
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

The Kings Arms Hotel Location

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

Kings Pavilion & Priory Wedding Venue 18 Castle Street Christchurch Dorset BH23 1DT
01202 588933
9 5

The Kings Arms Hotel Reviews (9)

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By Mr and Mrs Lock, on 04 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 10 Jun 2017

We want to thank yourself, Gemma and Sarah in the lead up to the big day by helping with all the planning. You were all very efficient at answering any queries we had, so thank you. It made planning a wedding stress free!! We'd also like to thank Nicholas and Gemma for their help and support on the smooth running of the big day itself. Gemma and Nicholas were very good at keeping everyone calm before the ceremony as well as being very attentive throughout the day, ensuring everything to the smallest detail was just right. Thank you Gemma for keeping the boy's in check and sorting out their button holes!! We could not find any fault in how the day went and even our guests keep commenting on how fantastic everyone at the Kings Arms was on Saturday, and how seamless the day was. A special mention goes to Tim who served us directly during the wedding breakfast. He was amazing, even when serving us our breakfast the next day. We were impressed, along with our guests, by how slick the service was, with everyone's plates placed on the table at the same time and every one receiving the correct dietary requirements etc. We really believe that you couldn't receive this level of service or better anywhere else, and the King Arms exceeded our expectations in every way. My Parent's were very impressed with how everything went. Nicholas was brilliant with my Dad when he popped over to the venue in the morning first thing. Again a massive thank you to you and your team!! Simon and Joelle Lock xxx

Perfect Wedding Venue!
Venue Service

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!

Lovely wedding venue
Venue Service

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

Perfect setting
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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.

Perfect Wedding Day
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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

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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.

A dream
Venue Service

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.

Beautiful hotel and great central location
Venue Service

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.

Beautifully Romantic!
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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!

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