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The Kings Arms Hotel

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Menus from £75
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Menus from £75
6 to 120 Guests

Our Location & Venue explained:

The Kings Arms Hotel offers a truly unique and unforgettable wedding venue in the heart of Christchurch, Dorset boasting a picture perfect location you’ll enjoy an exquisite ambience steeped in history.

The 18th century Georgian building combines elegance with architectural integrity along with a contemporary twist. Our carefully designed venue allows you and your guests to soak in the surrounding views. We offer exclusive use wedding suites, a stylish restaurant & bar, as well as, luxury boutique bedrooms.

We 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, this is compliemntary on the night of your wedding.

Our 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 our 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.

We offer a variety of wedding packages to make planning a little easier plus throughout the year some seasonal offers. Our experienced and dedicated events team are also pleased to propose to you on your request additional elements to enhance your selected wedding package ensuring ease of planning with bespoke and personalized service.

Whether you are looking for a soirée or delightfully intimate wedding, we have a variety of options to ensure a beautiful wedding day for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Appointment - show rounds

We feel the best way to really get an idea of what your special day at The Kings could hold and to discuss your plans in details, is by a one to one viewing. Where we would explore all aspects of the venue and will be able to answer any questions you have. Should you wish to book one of these in, please call 01202 588933.

  • An expert wedding team to assist with your planning and guide you through the day
  • Hotel Group of the year 2018: AA awards
  • Within walking distance to Christchurch Priory Church
  • Seasonal menus with delicious locally sourced ingredients
  • Endless photographic opportunities around the castle ruins, Avon river and the priory gardens
  • Flexible wedding packages to suit your requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Coastal Weddings
Castle
Historic
Civil Ceremony Licence
In the City
Outdoor License

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
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

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    Sam Married on 03/09/2020
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    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.

    Thanks,
    Claire & Richard
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    Mr. Married on 19/10/2018
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    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!
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    Elaine Married on 12/10/2018
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    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
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    Phoebe Married on 28/09/2018
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    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
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    Mr. Married on 24/08/2018
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    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
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    Mr. Married on 18/08/2018
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    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!

    Gemma
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    A Married on 04/05/2018
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    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.
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    Mr. Married on 28/04/2018
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    A wonderful day

    Hi there Chamane,

    We all had a wonderful day ...thank you to you and your team...it 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
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    Georgie Married on 07/04/2018
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    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
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    Daryl Married on 21/10/2017
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    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!!!
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    Steven Married on 29/07/2017
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    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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    Mr Married on 10/06/2017
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    guests keep commenting on how fantastic everyone a

    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
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    Perfect Wedding Venue!

    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!
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    Lovely wedding venue

    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

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