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On since 2021

Last update: March 2024

The Kings Arms Hotel is a delightful hotel wedding venue located in Christchurch, Dorset. This unique destination offers a truly unforgettable celebratory experience, boasting picture-perfect scenery and an elegant ambience steeped in history.

Facilities and Capacity

The 18th-century Georgian building combines elegance, architectural integrity, and a contemporary twist. This carefully designed venue allows you and your guests to soak in the surrounding views and feel a sense of calm. The Kings Arms Hotel offers exclusive use of wedding suites, a stylish restaurant & bar, and luxury boutique bedrooms. They have a variety of luxury boutique bedrooms perfect to relax in before or after your celebrations, including three bridal suites that can be booked for the night prior to your wedding. The beautiful bowling green and Pavilion are amidst ancient castle ruins, which exude romance for your wedding vows and drinks reception. Your day will continue in the unique and exclusive Kings Priory Suite, a split-level venue created for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. This space continues to provide a stunning view overlooking the Avon River, Christchurch Castle, and the Kings Arms Bowling Green.

Services Offered

The Kings Arms Hotel team offers a variety of wedding packages to make planning a little easier. The experienced and dedicated events team will be able to assist with all the planning needs you may have. Whether you are looking for a soirée or a delightfully intimate wedding, we have a variety of options to ensure a beautiful wedding day for you to enjoy with your family and friends. Couples are invited to get in touch and arrange a viewing to learn more about what is on offer.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Coastal weddings
In the city
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
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Reviews for The Kings Arms Hotel

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24 reviews
100% recommend it
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Robert E. Sent on 26/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Robert and Maria Evans

We booked our wedding with the Kings Arms and despite trying to get hitched in a pandemic, which was stressful to say the least, we didn’t want to get Covid-19 get in the way of our plans, despite it trying its hardest!! We had a slightly smaller wedding than originally planned, but Sam and the rest of the team at the Kings Arms rode the storm with us and made our day absolutely perfect. Would strongly recommend booking here to anyone! Thank you so much once again. Mr and Mrs Evans x x
Annabel M. Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful day

We got married at the Kings Arms in May 2023, since then we have had so many people comment on how lovely the venue was and how much they liked the food!

Staff were attentive nothing was too much for our wedding planner Sinead and the coordinator on the day (I sadly haven’t remembered his name!)

We did have a couple of minor issues but in the scheme of things these did not impact our day, one of our guests place settings was removed however this was quickly resolved and the music for our wedding breakfast was not played, I did ask one of the waitresses and she said it was playing just quietly however I am confident this wasn’t the case as I had the device for the music!

As I say these were only minor details to us and overall we had a truly lovely day and overall staff were so helpful and attentive.
Gemma Sent on 18/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our `Perfect Wedding

We had our wedding at The Kings in June 2023. They made our dreams come true.
They were professional and also kept a personal touch.
Managed to always answer our e mails in a timely manner and accommodated anything we struggled with.
The service was faultless and they went to a lot of effort to orchestrate it so we didn't see each other until walking down the aisle. They gave us an option of having the service only which made this affordable for us. We cannot thank them enough.
Also, as a female only couple, we quite often feel out of place in wedding venues but at the Kings, we felt none of this.
They seem to care about you and do what they can to give you your perfect wedding.
We were also able to have our Dogs at the service, who were made to feel incredibly special!
We LOVED the room and our guests ALL had a wonderful time.

We cannot thank them enough.
Eleanor F. Sent on 17/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for our wedding day

We had a great experience at the Kings from start to finish with organising our wedding.
Everyone was so helpful before and on the day, big thank you to Kayleigh, Dean and all the team for everything. Nothing was too much trouble and the team were so flexible with our personal touches. We couldn’t have picked anywhere better!
Sam Sent on 25/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding (during a pandemic)

We couldn't have had a better day, we had had to downsize our original plans and change venues due to the COVID restrictions. With the amazing help of Sam Clayson at the Kings Arms we managed to arrange our whole wedding in 2 1/2 weeks. Sam was always on hand with ideas of how to make the best of the day and recommendations of local suppliers. We could amend the standard packages in order to make the event our own. As we couldn't have entertainment under the restrictions it was Sam's idea that we had a quiz which all the guests absolutely loved.

We could taste the menu choices to get the combination right beforehand, we could go in the day before and make sure everything was set up ready which put our minds at rest.

The food was excellent, the service was very professional but made everyone feel relaxed, no one managed to get to the bottom of their glass before it was refilled. All our guests had a great time and were highly complimentary on how much they had enjoyed the reception and how lovely the food and drink were.

I am pretty hard to please but I truly can't fault anything and would highly recommend this venue.

Claire & Richard
Mr. Sent on 12/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful day

Hi there Chamane,

We all had a wonderful day ...thank you to you and your was fabulous. The pavilion and the wedding breakfast room both looked so pretty , we were really , really happy with it all .
It was a bit of a shame the sun didn't come out , but once we were all together and enjoying ourselves it didn't matter.

Thank you for all your help , it went so smoothly and we felt relaxed , chilled and very calm ! I've arranged a few balls and dinner dances in the past so it lovely to sit back and let someone else do all the work !!

Thank you again , we will definitely recommend you and we will pop in for a drink or afternoon tea again soon !

Speak soon Liz xx
Mr. Sent on 12/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Can we do it all again!

Thank you so much for all of your help with the organisation and planning of our wedding. We had a truly lovely day and everything went smoothly. Kinga and Samantha looked after us very well on the day as well. I would love to do the day all over again! It is a lovely venue and we are very glad we chose the Kings Arms.

Thank you again!

Mr. Sent on 12/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Polite & Professional

Hi Chamane,

Incredible wedding day you supplied us, extremely happy, everything was smoothly run, food was excellent, congrats to Chef as usual, you have one very happy bride and a groom fellow wedding expert who is also impressed and happy of how the hotel staff run round to do everything they could to make my beautiful bride really happy and relaxed. She was completely relaxed on her day, even on her walk down the aisle, you had all done an amazing job of making her feel awesome!

I have to also praise the cleaning staff of the rooms as they handed in our iPad she had left behind in our room under the bed sheets! Bar staff were as usual polite and professional and I loved seeing all the familiar faces
Special thanks and applause goes to Kinga as always she was immense in her attention, don’t know how she keeps it up all day.

Looking forward to seeing you and the team again soon!
Mr. Sent on 11/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Hopkins Wedding

Hi Chamane,

Hope your well.

Ollie and I wanted to thank you for all your help in the run up to the wedding and on our big day. You were so helpful from the moment we met you and you have made the whole experience a lot less stressful. We had the most amazing day getting married at Kings and we have had so many comments on how helpful the staff were and how lovely the whole hotel was.

Please also pass out thanks to the team.

Thank you again for everything.

Mr and Mrs Hopkins
Phoebe Sent on 11/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Everything we had hoped for

Thank you so much for being part of making our day everything we had hoped for!
You & the team at the kings are amazing.
Thanks so much.
Love, Jacqui & Phoebe
Elaine Sent on 11/12/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Staff

Dear Sam,
A massive thank you to yourself and all the wonderful staff at The Kings Arms Hotel for making our special day so amazing. We had a fantastic time as did all of our guests.
You have such a positive and professional energy, you are quick to respond and answered all of our questions, you gave us total confidence, it was a pleasure to work with you.
All of the staff on the day were amazing from breakfast through to night time, everyone works so hard and never stops smiling - great customer service.
Look forward to seeing you again,
Elaine & Rob X
A Sent on 24/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue for a romantic wedding!

What an amazing venue for a romantic wedding. My Granddaughters perfect day was magic. Staff at the wedding breakfast especially surpassed expectations. The seamless organisation from the pavilion ceremony to the reception was perfect. Staff were so friendly and helpful, they went the extra mile to provide honey and lemon drinks to my Granddaughter when she lost her voice on her wedding eve.
Georgie Sent on 24/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

We got married at the Kings Arms Hotel last Saturday and would recommend this venue! We got married in the pavilion on the bowling green and had the wedding breakfast in the upper priory and the reception in the lower priory.

-beautiful location, lovely ruins for photos
- you can decorate the venue to suit your taste and some of the wedding packages provided include decorations such as fairy lights, bunting, table decorations
- the wedding packages are great value and there are many to suit different budgets
- the food was amazing and they cater to all different dietary requirements
- the table service is excellent and they ensure everyone on the table gets their food at the same time
- the staff are professional, friendly, calm and attentive
- the bridal suite is large (which is great if the bride and her bridal party want to get ready at the hotel) however i did find it annoying that there was no hook for my dress
- the honeymoon suite is the same as the bridal suite and is nice and big and overlooks the bowling green
- the wedding coordinator sarah was lovely and answered all my emails promptly and was flexible with the runnings of the day
- the banqueting team (kinga, suazez, zack and many others) were all professional, attentive, friendly and welcoming.

Thanks again for a lovely day! All our guests commented on how beautiful the venue looked, how lovely the food was and well looked after they were
Daryl Sent on 24/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding at The Kings!

My new wife and I got married in the Kings Arms at the end of October 2017. The ceremony was in the pavilion next to the bowling green, in between the old castle and the ruins which was kitted out with fairy lights and looked absolutely spectacular. The wedding breakfast was upstairs in the priory and the food was incredible. The staff were on hand to make any tweaks throughout the day, they did everything they could to make our day special and even the waiters and waitresses were synchronised when handing out are meals. My wife stayed at the venue the night before and the Kings team setup her room so that her bridesmaids could all spend the night before the wedding with her. The wedding planner was brilliant, the venue staff all worked incredibly well with the flower company, the entertainment staff and the photographer. Our room on the night of the wedding was luxurious and the team setup a separate room for us in the morning for breakfast where 30 or so guests and non-guests could all eat together. The day could not have gone any better, thank you Kings Arms!!!
Steven Sent on 24/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding!!!

What an amazing day we had!!! As a same-sex couple we were never made to feel awkward as every member of staff, from the maintenance man to the general manager, were so kind and professional. Thank you Gemma for your care and advice. Thank you Sophie for dealing with my 'diva' moments and thank you Nicholas for your support, advice and the running of our day. A special thanks to the waiting staff who delivered all the meals in a timely and professional manner and also to the kitchen team for beautiful food. All our guests commented on the standard of service and food. It will be 2 days we shall never forget and you all made it magical in such a stunning location. Clearing up the morning after, I bumped into a prospective wedding couple and my words were " you must choose this hotel - it is amazing - we have had the best time ever and been so well looked after" I believe they made a provisional booking. Good luck to them and good luck to all involved with the Kings and thank you for everything.
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