We are swooning over quirky wedding venues in Ireland. And there are lots of them! Today we’ve gathered seven of our favourites. From cosy country houses to unique castles and venues with gorgeous spots for photos, we’ve got it all. If you’re wanting to put your personal stamp on your Big Day, you’ve come to the right place. Selecting a unique wedding venue is the perfect way to wow your guests and show off your style!
Related: Quirky Wedding Venues in Ireland [Part One]
Quirky Wedding Venues in Ireland
The Anglers Rest, Dublin | View Profile
The Anglers Rest is known for its picturesque location next to the banks of the Liffey at the Strawberry Beds. The venue has a reputation for fine food and has capacity for 150 guests in the chic function room.
The natural beauty of the nearby Phoenix Park provides the ideal backdrop for wedding photographs! This romantic and intimate setting with a difference is perfect for couples looking to celebrate their big day.
“2019 wedding venue in Leinster for a reason! Food was marvellous, literally, every plate was left clean, the wine and the choices of bottles superb. The venue, really speaks for itself, rustic and romantic. The attention to detail is what brings it all together. We had such a relaxed fun day, everything ran so smooth and this was mostly down to the amazing Alison (wedding planner) and all the staff there. Each and everyone was so welcoming and warm from the minute we met them until 3am when it came to an end. Anglers was exactly our dream wedding come true.” – Debbie
Ballybeg House, Wicklow | View Profile
A Bohemian style wedding in an idyllic location in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere – That is what Ballybeg is all about. Yes Ballybeg is different to any other wedding venue and yes everyone who comes to Ballybeg for weddings leaves happy, contented and suitably replenished in both mind and body!
Grouse Lodge, on the other side of Ballybeg Hill is the most romantic, isolated “Hideaway” you will have ever seen! This unique retreat is also yours and may be used again to suit your own particular requirements.
“I couldn’t recommend Paddy, Tee and all the team at Ballybeg House highly enough. The venue and the staff were brilliant. The venue is such a special place and we were made to feel so at home during our stay. Every guest commented on how fabulous the venue is. From start to finish everything was coordinated so well by Tee and she managed to get a very unorganised couple to have their dream wedding and we would not have pulled it off without her. Pauline at Molly’s Larder and her team were excellent, the food was outstanding and Pauline was very helpful and responsive with any questions we had.” – Aisling
Bellingham Castle, Louth | View Profile
Set on the banks of the glistening River Glyde, Bellingham Castle is an opulent, exclusive-hire castle wedding venue, where you and your guests can enjoy a magical day in complete privacy. The castle is the centrepiece of a 17-acre estate that includes a weir and man-made river island. The spacious 17th Century Irish castle is bursting with rich history, splendour and old-world luxury.
Fully refurbished, yet retaining all of its character and charm, Bellingham Castle prides itself on elegance and sophistication, intimacy and cosiness, luxury and exclusivity – all just 50 minutes from both Dublin and Belfast.
“We knew how stunning this venue was as we previously attended a wedding in 2016. The staff, service, food and venue itself speak volumes! From our first meeting with Ciara we had nothing but professional correspondence during our short 12months to the big day with emails being responded pretty much immediately. I can never repay the staff for their love and kindness on our big day, we felt we were the only couple who’ve ever been married in Bellingham and our guests were equally blow away. The best venue there is and will always hold a very special place in our hearts xx” – Aimee and Stephen
Bellinter House, Meath | View Profile
Bellinter House is renowned as one of the most unique wedding venues in Ireland. With its unique character and rustic charm, this property is a must for any style-conscious couple.
This stunning 18th century Georgian manor is set on banks of the River Boyne. Nestled among sweeping lawns, ancient trees and with a labyrinth of secluded spots for you to explore, Bellinter House creates a distinctive romantic ambiance which cannot be replicated anywhere else.
“This was a fabulous venue for our wedding day, everyone said it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding and the staff were so hands on and attentive everyone was really well looked after. The whole venue is so professionally run and Barbara and Shiyra were a dream to deal with, it took so much stress out of the wedding process knowing we could just trust the gang at Bellinter to deliver the best day ever. Every single staff member was so kind and professional. No request was too much to ask and they made us feel so at home and relaxed we had the most amazing day. We can’t wait to come back. We can not recommend Bellinter enough.” – Lorna
Marlfield House, Wexford | View Profile
Marlfield House and Gardens is one of Ireland’s most romantic country houses. The Bowe family and their team have welcomed guests for nearly 40 years. Set on 36 acres of grounds, it is truly an oasis of tranquillity and can be yours exclusively for your wedding day making your fairytale wedding dream come true.
Open fires, antiques, paintings and scented flower arrangements are the first indications that the setting for your wedding is a much-loved house. Dinner is served in a candlelit, frescoed conservatory dining room overlooking the parterre garden and manicured lawns.
“Our wedding took place at Marlfield house on 3rd August 2019. What a magical place. We didn’t have to worry about anything on the day. Food was out of this world what an amazing chef and team. Dawn is professional at what she does. All the staff were so lovely and work hard at what they do and it shows from the moment you enter to the minute you leave. If you want something special for your wedding day Marlfield house will not disappoint.” – Emma
A combination of old world charm and contemporary design creates a very unique luxury wedding venue. From a gourmet barbeque in the orchard and to an elegant four course meal in the pavilion, The Millhouse will exceed your expectations with an extensive menu selection to suit every style and budget.
Imagine a beautiful candlelit pathway through the orchard with fairy lights twinkling in the distance leading to the magnificent Grand Pavilion in the courtyard. The stunning pavilion lies overlooking a blossom-filled orchard and sparkling river. On a summers day you and your guests can enjoy the romantic surroundings from the orchard, courtyard or the newly built orangery.
“Our daughter had her wedding reception at the Millhouse and we had a fabulous day. The venue and surroundings were beautiful and the rooms were amazing. The food was exceptional and the service by all the staff was second to none. We met with Tina the day before and everything was so well organised that we left with the feeling that all would be well on the day and so it was. I can’t say how much we appreciated the way we were looked after. The feedback from all our guests was excellent. Thanks for everything and we would highly recommend the Millhouse as a venue.” – Michael and Evelyn
The Red Door Country House, Donegal | View Profile
Nestled among mature trees and landscaped gardens, The Red Door Country House stands proudly on the banks of Lough Swilly in the historic village of Fahan, just a few miles south of Buncrana in Inishowen, Co.Donegal. The exclusive setting, unrivalled scenery and fantastic variation in colour in every season provide a stunning backdrop for wedding celebrations of 80 – 160 guests.
Offering the warmest hospitality, laid back luxury, award-winning food and attention to detail, you are guaranteed a truly memorable wedding day when you choose The Red Door. Traditional open fires in the bar and ‘Kate’s Room’ enhance the homely atmosphere and these areas provide a perfect meeting place for guests before and after dinner.
“Such a beautiful place to get married. We had an outdoor ceremony there and had the reception there also. The food and service was excellent from start to finish They really went above and beyond to make our day so special.” – Ramona
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.