Location: Portrush Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
Sleeping capacity (max.): 0
Wedding capacity (max.): 30
Venue price: £30 photoshoot only / £250 ceremony fee
Venue type: Castle, Outdoor, Historic Ruin
Ceremony type: Legal, Symbolic
Features: Ocean View, Cliffs, Panoramic View
Nearest airport: Belfast Airport (46 km)
Our Reference: V00347
Probably the most dramatic place in Northern Ireland to exchange your wedding vows. This historic building is a prominent medieval castle ruin, located atop a cliff on the North coast of County Antrim. The mythical “Mermaid’s Cave” lies underneath an arched walkway which connects the castle to the mainland. Marry with a stunning backdrop in this unique elopement location and you’ll have a truly memorable ceremony in a destination spot.
Please note the castle does not permit ceremonies to take place inside the ruins themselves. To get around this, we suggest to hold the ceremony in one of the farm fields about 100 meters outside the castle walls. This ensures you are as far away as possible from the tourist crowds and that you get THE most stunning angle of the castle as a backdrop in your wedding pictures and ceremony! The fee to use the farmer's field for your ceremony is £250. A small price to pay for such a magical view.
Even if you hold an elopement ceremony outside the castle, the facade will still serve as a magical element for your wedding photos. Marry with a stunning backdrop and exchange your vows in a scenic location like this and you'll not regret flying all the way to Northern Ireland to find one of the best destination wedding venues in the whole world.
There are restaurants scattered around several small towns and villages not far from this unique wedding location too, so you’ll never run out of options for the reception. The nearest restaurants on the list are The Atlantic Restaurant and the Wee Cottage, both being more or less a kilometer away from this wedding venue. They are most suitable for elopements for two and very intimate weddings with up to ten guests. If you brought a bigger crowd with you, you can have a dinner party either at the Royal Court Hotel’s restaurant or at The Porthole at Bayview Hotel. Both have enough facilities and function rooms for 20 guests and more.
Though located in a region with low population, you have several options for hotel accommodations around here so don’t worry about where to do preparations on the day of your wedding. Some of the best rated inns and hotels are the Maison with two en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen, and some fun activities offered; the Nanny Willow's Cottage with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a garden; and the Royal Court Hotel with plenty of rooms, each of which has a TV and a free WiFi. Some of these accommodations lend a view to the rivers and seas, or a relaxing Irish garden.
If you wish to have photos taken inside the castle, a photo-op fee of £30 is charged on entry and must be pre-booked in advance. It’s not hard to understand why a fee has to be imposed for a monument like this. All tourists visiting this historic castle (and there are a lot of them!) fall in love with this historic structure that the number of people coming inside has to be controlled to preserve the ruins.
You can check out our Northern Ireland wedding packages and see that we cover all the essentials for your big day. We have a network of trusted wedding vendors who will guarantee a smooth-sailing elopement for you.
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