Hi, I’m Tiffany, a modern wedding photographer, and I’ve put this extensive list of venues together for you.
Ireland and Northern Ireland are lucky enough to be home to some of the most incredible wedding venues in Europe. From luxury and castle estates to the unique and unusual, from stunning hotels to cute, intimate venues. This list of 100+ wedding venues covers every glamorous location for 2021 and 2022 weddings in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Deciding on what is right for you can be understandably daunting to those just beginning their search for a location, but if there is anyone who can help you, it’s a photographer. Photographers know best when it comes to scenic backgrounds and touches of elegance, lighting, style, and theme. As a wedding photographer who has spent years in this business refining my craft, I put together this blog so that everything you’re looking for is in the one place.
Luxury Wedding Venues
Luxury venues offer a large scope. You’ll likely enjoy the entire estate to yourself, to explore the nature, elegance, and beauty these venues have to offer. Explore stunning old buildings, roam through beautiful private gardens with red brick walls, well-kept grass and trimmed trees, stop for photos in greenhouses or walks around lakes.
In my time doing weddings at luxury estates, one of my favourites to date has been Larchfield Estate. The incredible gardens of Larchfield are home to a huge walk-in greenhouse roped with fairy lights which makes for a stunning photo. You can have your speeches in the courtyard and then watch the sunset in the garden with your guests. Reaching a huge 600 acres, this estate has so much scope, so no matter your plans for your big day, there is plenty of space to have the wedding of your dreams. View a real Larchfield wedding by me here!
Another good choice is Montalto. Montalto is a private house and wedding room with views to the courtyard, stunning luxury food and a more country feel than others. It has a private lake and a caddy to drive you around and get some photos! Enjoy the trail walks whilst admiring the preserved history of this venue in all its glory, and settle with your guests to watch the sunset over the lake as the day goes on.
Luxury estates are a great choice for those looking for stunning scenery, the option of an outdoor wedding, walled gardens with incredible scents, and an overall elegance to their day. Take some time to explore what Ireland and Northern Ireland have to offer by checking out some other fantastic options, such as Drenagh Estate, Ballyscullion Park, Culloden Estate and Spa, and Clandeboye Estate and Courtyard.
- Larchfield Estate – see a real wedding here
- Montalto Esate
- Drenagh Estate – see a real Moon garden Drenagh Wedding Here!
- Ballyscullion Park
- Culloden Estate and Spa
- Clandeboye Estate and Courtyard
- Magheramorne Estate
- Gloster House
- Cliff at Lyons
- Ballymagarvey Village
- The Millhouse
- Kilruddery Mansion
- Tankardstown House
- Clonwilliam House
- Clonabreany House
Castle Estate Wedding Venues in NI and Ireland
Castle Estates are another potential route to go down for couples who are looking to have a big wedding, with large grounds, grand buildings, courtyards, ballrooms, and an overall special, almost fairy tale feel.
Lissanoure offers a choice of a barn, a coach house, or the sprawling castle grounds for your wedding, complete with log fires, exposed brick, a stunning courtyard, farm animals, and a large capacity. There is so much scope for incredible images, and with the venue all to yourself for your big day, who wouldn’t feel like a prince or a princess for a day!
Another special venue to note is Galgorm Castle. Galgorm is a luxury castle with beautiful green grounds which are a lovely backdrop for photos. The venue is renowned for its incredible service and scenery. It offers several options for your wedding, from outdoors inside the walled gardens, to huge rooms, to marquees. With so much to choose from, it might be a difficult decision, but rest assured that if you are choosing Galgorm, your wedding will be undoubtedly magical.
There is a long list of amazing castle venues across Ireland and Northern Ireland, we are spoiled for choice. To make the search that little bit easier, check out some of my favourites to find your perfect match! They are Ballygally Castle, Glenarm Castle, Lough Eske Castle, Belle Isle Castle, Darver Castle, Hillsborough Castle, and Castle Leslie. Happy hunting!
- Lissanoure Castle
- Galgorm Castle
- Bellingham Castle
- Ballygally Castle
- Glenarm Castle
- Killeavy Castle – View a real wedding here
- Killyleagh Castle
- Belle Isle Castle
- Crom Castle
- Belfast Castle
- Hillsborough Castle
- Castle Leslie
- Lough Eske
Unique and Unusual Wedding Venues
If luxury estates and castles don’t sound like they’d be right for you, maybe you are looking for something a little more unique and unusual as the setting for your big day. These types of venues offer something different, making for more fun and quirky photography. They are an absolute joy to explore for you and your guests, with lots to discover. Whilst it has long been the norm to return to the same hotel for every wedding in the family, we are beginning to break that tradition, and are pushing the boat out a bit to make room for these new, exciting venues. Again, they offer so much potential for couples, you really will find somewhere for everyone.
A boathouse, a barn and a tin chapel are the stunning options at the amazing Mount Druid. An incredible alternative wedding venue, Mount Druid spans 100 acres, has onsite huts and quirky houses to stay in, and sets the scene for the perfect boho, relaxed, documentary-style wedding photography that has become so popular in recent years. The tin chapel dons hundreds of origami birds, the barn serves up delicious country food, and cacti and other plants surround the dining room. With dramatic lighting opportunities and little hidden spaces, Mount Druid is the perfect setting for a wedding gallery you can marvel at.
The Old Rectory in Killyman is a one-of-a-kind venue for couples looking for a unique wedding. The stunning estate has been refurbished but is still rich in 18th-century history. It has a barn for those looking for a rustic wedding, and large grounds to explore and take in. Again, a great venue with amazing opportunities for some really special photographs, and for a day you will never forget.
We are not short of such venues across Ireland and Northern Ireland, others of which include The Wool Tower, Breckenhill Barn, Finnebrogue Woods, Mussenden Temple, Dark Hedges Estate, The Ulster Hall, Queen’s film theatre, Tempo Manor, Crom Castle, Old Court Chapel, Riverdale Barn, Ballydugan Mill, The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery, Cultra Manor Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Field of Dreams, Rowallane Gardens, and Lime Park Arts & Cottages. You can also hire a field, and then look into Magnakata tepee hire, or Maverick Marquees to add an extra boho and personal vibe to your day. The possibilities really are endless, and the options are so vast that it can be incredibly daunting, but hopefully this list helps you start (and finish!) your search.
- Mussendden Temple and Downhill – view a real wedding at Mussenden Temple here, by Tiffany
- Mount Druid
- Parkanaur Manor House
- Old Rectory Killyman
- The Wool Tower – View real wool tower wedding here, by Tiffany.
- Ballydugan Mill
- Finnebrogue Woods
- Lime Park Arts & Cottages * New Venue Ownership 2022
- Dark Hedges Estate
- The Ulster Hall
- Queen’s Film Theatre
- Old Court Chapel
- Riverdale Barn
- The Tap Room At Hilden Brewery, Lisburn
- Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
- Field Of Dreams
- Rowallane Garden
- Magnakata Teepee
- Maverick Marquee
Intimate and Small Wedding Venues
If you are aiming for a smaller wedding with fewer guests, you might want to check out some of the more intimate venues on offer. These are often a good choice for small weddings because your party might seem a little lost in a bigger venue like a castle or luxury estate. They are the perfect size for a small guest list, fitting snugly into rooms and ultimately making the day more hyper-focused on you and your partner, celebrating with those closest to you. They are often the more romantic option, as you revel in the closeness, take in the atmosphere, and really process your feelings on what can sometimes be an overwhelming day.
Tullyveery House is an exclusive and private wedding venue, situated in the rolling hills of County Down, overlooking the Mourne Mountains. It is a blank canvas, allowing you to choose your preferred suppliers and create your dream vibe for your wedding. Enjoy your bespoke day at this stunning Georgian house and surrounding grounds with your closest friends and family.
Discover the charm of Kilmore Country House, another top pick for your intimate wedding. Boutique guesthouses, open fires, and a truly friendly and welcoming vibe, Kilmore Country House offers another incredible space for your day. The venue will tailor everything to suit your vision, providing all of your catering, and capable of accommodating both small and large guestlists. The backdrop is stunning, the atmosphere is amazing, and the venue is so versatile, making Kilmore a perfect option for the intimate wedding of your dreams.
Intimate and small weddings are common, but the trials and changes of 2020 have caused a surge in interest in these venues, especially as for a lot of people, it was there only option if they wanted to get married this year. Micro weddings have become incredibly popular off the back of guestlist restrictions, and the positive feedback across the globe from these types od weddings has caused people to reconsider their initial big wedding option, in favour of something more intimate and romantic. If you are looking specifically to have a micro wedding, click HERE for more information. Otherwise, browse some of these lovely options to add to your potential venue list. Check out Glenmore Manor, Rathmullan House, Newforge House, Beech Hill, Hillmount House, Ardtara Country House, Tullylagan Country House Hotel, Brownlow House, The Palace Stables at The Moody Boar, The Crannagh, and Harry’s Shack at the beach.
- Tullyveery House
- Kilmore Country House
- The Crannagh
- Harrys Shack
- Lissan House
- Glenmore Manor
- Rathmullan House
- Newforge House
- Beech Hill
- Hillmount House
- Ardtara Country House
- Leighinmohr House
- Tullylagan Country House
- Brownlow House
- Newforge House
- The Palace Stables at The Moody Boar
Wedding Venues With a View
If the view is what will drive your search for a wedding venue, then check out the Orange Tree House. Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough and boasting a your wedding, your way attitude, Orange Tree House is the perfect venue to relax on the terrace and stun your guests with incredible views of the lough.
Or hire the entire island of Lusty Beg and enjoy a super-intimate and tranquil wedding for you and your guests. The incredible scenery is the perfect backdrop for those dramatic outdoor photos, and there are endless opportunities to capture memories to last you a lifetime.
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is a stunning location, leading to a beach with magnificent views of the Mourne Mountains. The Lough Erne Resort offers 360 views of Lower Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough, meaning every single photo captures the beauty of Ireland, or if you’d like to mix good views with a city feel, the rooftop lounge at The Grand Central Hotel in Belfast offers views over the city hall and inner city.
- Orange Tree House
- Lusty Beg Island
- Slieve Donard
- Lough Erne Resort
- Grand Central Hotel Belfast
- The Royal Court Hotel
Popular Wedding Venues
If you are simply looking to go with the tried and tested wedding venue options, then finding out about some of the most popular venues in your area might be best for you. Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort is a beautiful option, brimming with potential, luxury and elegance. Tullyglass House Hotel has gorgeous gardens, where you can get you photo taken by water fountains, trees older than time, and fabulous structures throughout the grounds. Be sure to check out some other top favourites, such as Leighinmohr House Hotel, Corrick House Hotel and Spa, Four Seasons Hotel, Spa and Leisure Club Carlingford, The Loft at The Rabbit Hotel, Tullylagan Country House Hotel, and The Bushmills Inn Hotel, just beside the Giant Causeway stones.
- The Rabbit Hotel – View a real wedding here by me
- Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort
- Tullyglass House Hotel
- Leighinmohr House Hotel
- Corrick House Hotel and Spa
- Four Seasons Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club Carlingford
- The Loft at the Rabbit Hotel
- Tullylagan Country House Hotel
- The Bushmills Inn Hotel
Belfast City’s Top Restaurant Wedding Venues
If a quality restaurant venue is for you, you might want to have a look at locations such as The Merchant Hotel, Deanes at Queens, AMPM Belfast, SS Nomadic, Titanic Hotel at the famous Harland and Wolf docks, or The Chelsea. If you’re aiming for a more low-key vibe, Grace Neill’s, The Treehouse, and Billy Andy’s are excellent pub options for a more rustic feel. I have another blog about Belfast City venues here.
- The Merchant Hotel
- Deanes At Queens
- AMPM Belfast
- SS Nomadic
- Titanic Hotel
- The Chelsea
- The Belfast Empire
- Bars: Grace Neills, The treehouse, Billy Andys
Luxurious South of Ireland Wedding Reception Venues
Once you’ve decided on your style, check out some (or all!) of these fantastic South of Ireland locations to find your perfect match. These are exclusive hire venues, meaning privacy, flexibility around your ideas, and a personal touch. You’ll find a mixture of indoor and outdoor options, but they all have a unique charm to make your day even more special. Have a browse through and get lost in the possibilities!
Whether it’s the romance and luxury of Bellingham Castle, the stunning woodlands and lakes of Gloster House, or the amazing waterfall and countryside setting of Cliff at Lyons that you are after, this list has it all.
- The K Club
- The Shelbourne
- Mount Falcon Estate
- Ballyfin Demesne
- The Westin Dublin City
- The Westbury
- Virginia Park Lodge
- Kilashee House Hotel and Spa
- Longueville House
- Farnham Estate Lodge and Spa
- Harveys Point
- Rathmullan House
- Shandon Hotel and Spa
- Radisson Blu St. Helen’s
- Castlemartyr Resort
- Marlfield House
- Carton House
- Boyne Hill House
So, Are You Ready To Talk Wedding Photography?
A daunting list, I know. But take some time to explore the different options available to you, taking into consideration your guest list, your budget, your vision, your theme, and your ideas, and most importantly, what you want from your photography, and feel free to get in contact with me if I can help you any further. We are blessed with some of the most incredibly beautiful scenery, landscapes, structures, and history in the world, so if you’ve decided on your perfect setting, secure a photographer who will take that setting, and turn it into the wedding backdrop of your dreams, however big or small they may be.