The Kings Arms Hotel

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The Kings Arm Hotel 18 Castle Street Christchurch Dorset BH23 1DT
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About The Kings Arms Hotel

The Kings Arm Hotel, 18 Castle Street, Christchurch
Dorset, BH23 1DT

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 with a contemporary twist, our carefully designed rooms and areas soak up the surrounding views. We offer exclusive use wedding suites, a stylish restaurant & bar, as well as, luxury boutique bedrooms.

Will we need exclusive use?

To answer this question simply, no you won’t need to pay for exclusive use. 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.

Boutique Bedrooms:

Guests are offered the option of staying in one of our luxury boutique bedrooms, perfect to relax in before and after your celebrations. With so much to discover in the local area from exploring local businesses and art galleries to strolling along scenic Christchurch Quay why not stay for a few days and enjoy the sights with friends and family? We can even help organise a private boat trip along the Avon river. 

Ask our experienced wedding coordinators about our wedding packages including all the luxuries you’d expect as well as a complimentary bridal suite for your first night together as Newlyweds! 

Fresh, local and seasonal:

Celebrated local Chef Alex Aitken, the hotels’ Chef Patron, has carefully created a variety of delicious wedding menus for you to select from. Alternatively, why not meet with Alex and his team to create a bespoke menu designed specifically for your Big Day. Whether you would like a BBQ or Hog Roast on the lawn or a traditional three-course meal, at The Kings Arms Hotel, we can provide something to suit you perfectly.

Would you like to come and meet the team?

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 large 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. 

Our next Open Evening is taking place on Wednesday 15th May 6pm – 8pm. Alternatively, if you’re not able to attend, arrange a personal 1-1 tour of our beautifully unique venue. Our direct email is:kings.events@harbourhotels.co.uk or call our friendly and experienced events team on 01202 588933 (extension 3).

• A supportive 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

Facilities at The Kings Arms Hotel

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
In the City
Small Hotel
Historic
Outdoor License
Coastal Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
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 Reviews (19)

Polite & Professional
Venue Service

By Mr. & Mrs. Ware, on 12 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 19 Oct 2018

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!

Amazing Staff
Venue Service

By Elaine & Rob, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Oct 2018

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

Everything we had hoped for
Venue Service

By Phoebe & Jacqui, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Sep 2018

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

Hopkins Wedding
Venue Service

By Mr. & Mrs. Hopkins, on 11 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Aug 2018

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

Can we do it all again!
Venue Service

By Mr. & Mrs. Walker, on 12 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2018

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

Amazing venue for a romantic wedding!
Venue Service

By A very happy Grandmother, on 24 May 2018Date of Wedding - 04 May 2018

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.

A wonderful day
Venue Service

By Mr. & Mrs. Darby, on 12 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Apr 2018

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

Our Wedding
Venue Service

By Georgie, on 24 May 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Apr 2018

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

October Wedding at The Kings!
Venue Service

By Daryl, on 24 May 2018Date of Wedding - 21 Oct 2017

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!!!

Our Wedding!!!
Venue Service

By Steven and Calvin Harland Brassington, on 24 May 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Jul 2017

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.

guests keep commenting on how fantastic everyone a
Venue Service

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!

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