Top 20 Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland 2022
I’m Janni, a humanist celebrant in Northern Ireland. I have the best job in the world, I get to share the excitement of weddings throughout Northern Ireland. I’m lucky enough to visit some of the best wedding venues in Northern Ireland and create amazing wedding ceremonies for my couples.
Planning your special day and looking for the best wedding venues Northern Ireland has to offer?
If you are looking for a special wedding celebration that will be remembered for all the right reasons then let me share some of my favourite places. A Humanist wedding ceremony can take place almost anywhere (as long as the landowner agrees of course). Now you can have a truly amazing backdrop for your big day.
Northern Ireland has a wealth of fabulous places to marry with so many gorgeous wedding venues to choose from. We have some of the most beautiful scenic views, from mountains, forests and beaches to choose from, I’ve picked some of the best.
There’s a lot of choice too for weddings – from quaint castles, quirky converted mills, romantic country houses and fabulous hotels. Nowadays, you don’t have to marry in one place and hold your wedding reception in another a humanist celebration means you can have everything in one cool place. Over the years I have had the privilege of officially marrying people in some amazing venues. I have compiled a list of some of my favourite wedding venues in Northern Ireland.
If you happen to contact any of the venues listed, let them know I sent you! And of course, if you are looking for a legal wedding ceremony that is totally unique and personal to you, get in touch with me and we’ll create your perfect day! Here are some of the best wedding venues Northern Ireland has to offer.
1. Lusty Beg Island
This is surely the best of both worlds for a wedding venue? A romantic island retreat with stunning views over Lough Erne. It’s an idyllic place full of romance. You and your guests share a beautiful wedding ceremony, on what feels like your own private island, then stay over and party the night away.
There’s a stunning spot down by the waterside at Lusty Beg for outdoors weddings and if you decide to have your ceremony indoors there’s a fabulous room on offer with a vaulted ceiling festooned with fairy lights. Love it.
Each time I have been there, hopes of an outdoor wedding has faded as the rain clouds drive in, the indoors setting is simply gorgeous so no one is ever disappointed. The fabulous venue always looks different, with the flowers and decorations making each wedding totally unique. The rain always seems to stop in time some atmospheric photos outside too.
One word of warning though, if your guests have a tendency to run late, make sure to get them there much earlier than your ceremony kicks off. The quaint little ferry can take some time to get everyone across. So my top tip is to invite everyone at least 30 minutes before you want to actually start. Well worth the extra logistics for your own private island feel. Who needs the Caribbean when you’ve got Northern Ireland?
2. The Rabbit, Templepatrick
Fancy something a little bit different? Currently one of the newest wedding venues in Ulster, The Rabbit lives up to the dream. Nestled in the Antrim countryside it has some great spots for photographs of your big day.
The fabulous room to hold your wedding ceremony has a stunning centrepiece fireplace. There is lots of light flooding into the room with floor to ceiling windows too, and let’s not forget the beautiful chandelier draped in lush greenery adding a bohemian grandeur to the occasion!
Upstairs there’s a gorgeous reception area with magnificent beams and twinkling lights, plus there’s a veranda – ideal for some photography.
The staff at The Rabbit are friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Before each wedding begins there’s a welcome given to the guests that really set the tone of the day. The last time I was there we created a cocktail ceremony as part of the wedding ceremony and was joined by Matthew who deftly prepared a celebratory martini espresso as I compared the ingredients to the personalities of the fab couple getting married. Lots of fun, creativity and delicious cocktails. What could be better?
3. Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle
Looking for a stunning location by the sea? If you head to Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland, you don’t only get the sea but mountains too! Living up to its reputation as one of the best places for weddings, Hugh McCann’s always provides a warm welcome. Not much can be more perfect!
There are several options to choose from for your wedding ceremony. Outside there’s a lovely private walled courtyard to say your “I do’s”. Complete with a little wooden pergola and the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. Guests can relax in the laid back atmosphere and enjoy the occasion.
If knowing that weather will not be an issue gives you peace of mind for your very own wedding venue in Northern Ireland, Hugh McCann’s has a fabulous downstairs room too, the room is swathed in sweeping white fabric to give a romantic atmosphere.
Whenever I arrive for a wedding ceremony at Hugh McCann’s I know there’s a warm welcome and a laid back vibe to enjoy. You’ll be spoilt for choice for photographs too, mountains, seaside and fabulous garden shots.
4. The Mill At Ballydugan
A wedding in Northern Ireland held in a converted mill, what could be more iconic? This venue is truly stunning and beautifully restored, set in the sweeping County Down Countryside, it blends history with a modern approach. This is a really unique venue with lots of spots for your wedding and reception set out over various stories of the old mill (plus there’s a lift too).
The Old Mill at Ballydugan is an impressive building and creates an amazing space for your wedding blending rustic with romance. The rooms have been tastefully decorated to create a truly memorable ceremony space.
There’s impressive stonework, old beams and a blazing fire to welcome your guests, and this location also offers accommodation for your guests too in the top floors of the old mill or in the restored buildings, so you can party the night away without a care.
5. Larchfield Estate
Looking for a glamorous location? Then Larchfield Estate might just be for you. Set in the countryside but within easy reach of Belfast and the airports, Larchfield has cobbled courtyards and charming grounds, it is like stepping back in time. It is a beautiful venue for an outside wedding with a fabulous walled garden bursting with blooms. If you prefer you can marry in the old stone barn that is centuries old and has been beautifully restored, or perhaps you will choose the romantically rustic stables for your indoor wedding.
There are lots of lovely little nooks and crannies for guests to explore and take photographs of. There’s the added benefit of on-site accommodation too or some glamping options to choose from.
6. Hidden Huntley
Sssssh, want to know a secret? This wonderful certainly lives up to its name, a hidden gem and no mistake. Close to the hustle and bustle of Belfast city itself, this offers a tranquil retreat full of birdsong and flowers. It is the perfect place for an intimate and exclusive celebration.
Hidden Huntley is on the outskirts of Dunmurry a 19th Century former Ulster Linen House it is set within five acres of grounds. Around every corner, there are lots of really beautiful places to discover. I love the setting of the walled garden and have performed wedding and naming ceremonies there.
You are always sure of a warm welcome from the host Antonia, the gardens are spectacular, and the quaint buildings are well-tended. Hidden Huntley has loads of photogenic places including a rose garden, a hay shed, lawns, woodland too. There’s also a studio and a glasshouse to take shelter from the weather. All you need to bring is your imagination to create your perfect day and a wonderful celebration.
7. The Lough Erne Resort
Want to get married by a lake? Then look no further than The Lough Erne Resort. It has amazing views, and is the perfect place for your ceremony and reception. Set on the shores of Lough Erne this is a really charming hotel that will provide a really memorable location for your special day, you are guaranteed both luxury and lakes at this location in Northern Ireland.
You can get married outside by the lake and if the weather is unkind there are lots of lovely options inside too making this the perfect venue. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and the surroundings are absolutely fantastic. If golf is your game you are in for a treat too, something to consider for picking your wedding venue.
8. The Phantom House, Galgorm Hotel & Spa
How will you combine rustic and luxurious? Simple, every time I arrive at the Phantom House at the Galgorm Hotel my heart skips a beat with the old stone building, and the sound of rushing water from the river close by. Inside The Phantom House, there is a vaulted ceiling and lots of twinkling fairy lights.
Whether you have a large wedding party or a small guest list, the Phantom House can cater for both, and the sound is really excellent and carries well. The staff really know their stuff and will ensure that everything runs smoothly. Of course, The Phantom House is set in the exclusive Galgorm Hotel in County Antrim, so you can be sure of luxury as well as rustic charm making it one of the best wedding venues.
9. The Old Rectory, Killyman
Looking for a spot of history on your wedding day? The Old Rectory, Killyman has a lovingly restored barn that is the perfect setting for your big day in County Tyrone. The Barn sits within a walled garden, that’s full of bird songs, flowers and trees. The barn itself features exposed stone walls and a gorgeous arch – the perfect setting to make wedding vows. It is a unique mix of ancient and modern. The old barn has a quaint and rustic charm and amazing high vaulted ceilings, and sound carries really well.
Of course, if you picture an outdoor wedding day, The Old Rectory has the perfect spot for that too. Set in a gorgeous garden with a little pathway for a stunning entrance from the Old Rectory to the garden once all your guests are settled.
The Old Rectory is simply lovely with a warm welcome always waiting. There are lots of spots for amazing photography in the gardens, the barn, the pavilion and of course the majestic doorway at the Old Rectory itself. The pavilion has fabulous chandeliers and billowing curtains for a romantic feel.
10. Belfast Castle
Dreaming of marrying in a castle? I have a total soft spot for Belfast Castle because this is where I married. It feels like a fairytale castle to me, apparently the correct term is Scottish baronial style. Whatever, it’s gorgeous! There’s a grand staircase for your wedding party entrance. I love that touch of drama. It’s also a great spot for a photo with all of your friends and family at the conclusion of the celebration.
Belfast Castle has breathtaking views of my home city. There are lots of opportunities for amazing photography in the grand rooms of the castle with its gorgeous views in the gardens and surrounding grounds at the foot of Cave Hill. This is a truly iconic wedding venue.
Thinking back to my wedding celebration, one of my favourite memories is kissing on the stone staircase outside the castle. The views are spectacular over the city and the lough.
Let’s face it, for a castle, Belfast Castle is tiny but I think it adds to its quaintness. It is nestled on the side of Cave Hill. The staff are great, and for wedding venues in Northern Ireland if you would like to get married in style this is hard to beat.
11. The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn
Fancy stepping back into the realms of history? This quaint venue dates back to Elizabethan times. It has an olde world charm and it’s where CS Lewis chose to spend his honeymoon too. The Old Inn is the perfect venue to spend your wedding day with a spot of luxury under the careful care of Gary their wedding coordinator.
It has a magical feel, and once it might have been a little bit dark it now has the best of traditional and modern with lots of light shining through. There’s a fabulous centrepiece of mantlepiece that can have a blazing fire to add to the warmth of the atmosphere. This was once a coach house, but now it transports you into the lap of luxury. Outside there are lovely gardens too, the ideal location for a spot of photography. What could be a better location?
12. Kilmore House, Waterfoot
Wanting to impress your friends and family with one of the best views in Ireland? If you haven’t been to Kilmore House you are in for a treat. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking with views of the mountains and the sea with views towards the Mull of Kintyre for a perfect backdrop from an outdoors wedding.
This location feels absolutely magical. Each of the times I have been celebrating weddings there the weather has been amazing, but we all know that the weather in Ireland can be hit or miss. At Kilmore House they have it covered, and there are other options available you can marry in the gorgeous country house itself, or in the marquee with views over the garden and the mountains beyond. There are always lots of opportunities for photography to capture those special moments. Plus choosing Kilmore House has the added bonus of on-site accommodation too.
13. Newforge House, Magheralin
Looking for another hidden gem? Then Newforge House in Magheralin might be just what you are looking for it is a gorgeous Georgian Country House set in mature grounds planted with trees, and surrounded by green fields. It is the perfect venue for an intimate setting, that is full of Olde world charm, and is like stepping back into the history books.
If you would like to feel like the lord and lady of the manor then Newforge could well be the place for your wedding opportunity. There are lots of opportunities for photography too.
14. Tullyveery House, Killyleagh
Looking for somewhere intimate and private? Look no further than Tullyveery House, this is a family-owned Georgian House with a Victorian courtyard. There’s also a really fabulous walled garden area if you would like an outdoor wedding. If the sun isn’t shining then there is lots of choice for your wedding ceremony indoors too. The house is surrounded by mature private grounds the gorgeous backdrop overlooks the Mourne Mountains so there are numerous opportunities for photographs too.
You can be sure of a very warm welcome and a very quaint setting for your wedding venue at this wonderful old country house nestled amongst the drumlins of County Down.
15. The Rocks
Looking for the most intimate wedding venues Northern Ireland has to offer? I don’t think I could make a list without mentioning The Rocks a lovely little venue close to the shores of Strangford Lough. There are lots of lovely packages including a twilight ceremony by candlelight, or an afternoon tea ceremony for a select group of family and friends. You and your party are sure of a very warm welcome from the host Ann.
16. Finnebrogue Woods, Downpatrick
Always imagined a magical setting in the woods for your wedding venue? Finnebrogue might be the perfect place for you set amongst ancient woodland and a beautiful lakeside setting too, this is certainly an alternative venue for your Northern Ireland wedding.
It’s true that we cannot always guarantee great weather in Ireland, but on rainy days then Finnebrouge offers a fabulous Tipi wedding location that overlooks the lake. This is the ideal spot for couples looking for a Northern Ireland wedding venue that is a little more out of the ordinary and unique.
17. AM/PM Restaurant, Belfast
Fancy an urban wedding? Set in the heart of Belfast city this venue provides a quirky location for your celebration. There are several vibes to choose from too, from the Treehouse with breathtaking views. It has both covered and uncovered space.
Absolutely stunning during the summertime, the perfect place to watch the sun go down, it also gives a really cosy vibe on winter nights too. Or you can choose the Champagne Lounge for an intimate celebration. There are large booths and smaller tables for a truly bohemian feel for your venue.
18. Malone House, Belfast
Looking for a getaway in the heart of the city? Then perhaps Malone House is for you. This gorgeous country house is set in the rolling countryside on the outskirts of the city. There’s a large majestic staircase and some lovely rooms to choose from to hold your ceremony with beautiful views of the grounds.
If you would like an outdoors wedding in Northern Ireland, then this is the venue for you too – with a lovely private space and manicured lawns awaiting your special celebration. Malone House is one of those venues that provide both a sense of romance and occasion.
19. Brookhall Cottages, Lisburn
Thought about getting married in an old church? Well, Brookhall Cottages has a surprise it has a beautiful old stone church building within its grounds. If an outdoors celebration is more your style then Brookhall not only has a wonderful garden but there’s a fountain as a centrepiece where you can choose to marry! That’s pretty unique.
There is always a warm welcome, and it is a lovely laid back and bohemian atmosphere if you are searching for a quaint venue in Northern Ireland. There is an old barn with lots of fairy lights to hold your reception and loads of picturesque places for those all-important wedding photographs. If a chilled and relaxed vibe is something you are after, this is definitely somewhere special to consider (and there’s accommodation available too).
20. The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Wanting to marry in style and the lap of luxury? This hotel set in the heart of Belfast city’s Cathedral Quarter is absolutely sumptuous. It might not be a castle, but it is probably one of best-loved buildings in Belfast. Originally designed to hold the Ulster Bank headquarters, both the interior and exterior are stunning.
On becoming a five-star hotel in the heart of Belfast careful consideration had been given to its restoration and it combines timeless Victorian and Deco decorations making it a magnificent backdrop for your wedding. Whether you choose an intimate room for your wedding day, or choose a rooftop ceremony this is most definitely a place to remember and celebrate in style with food and cocktails.
You can always be sure of a warm welcome and staff bend over backwards to be helpful.
I am a full time humanist celebrant creating amazing personalised ceremonies throughout Northern Ireland and beyond.