Unusual Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland

Isn’t it obvious? We have fallen deeply in love with the wedding venues in Northern Ireland that we just can’t help but share them to adventurous couples like you! Why? Because after we’ve visited and arranged weddings in this region, we have come to the conclusion that Northern Ireland has so much to offer to couples who are dreaming of an epic destination wedding in Europe!

Just recently, we wrote about wedding venues in this country that also served as filming locations for Game of Thrones. But today, we’re even more excited to share with you other iconic and breathtaking locations here in Northern Ireland. They may just convince you to get married within this country’s surreal grounds.

As planners for destination weddings in Europe, we understand how difficult it is for adventurous couples to find a perfect venue that their special day deserves. So if you’re confused right now with all the options in front of you, keep those wedding brochures and notebooks out of sight and close those venue websites. Indulge instead, in this magical journey of discovering dreamy wedding venues in Northern Ireland! Who knows, you may just realize that a unique venue like one of these is all you need to make your big day truly a dream come true!

Let’s begin!

The Drenagh House & Estate

Country Manor wedding venue in Northern Ireland - Drenagh House Estate

This 19th century Georgian Mansion House is located in a gorgeous parkland that we cannot describe without superlatives. This is one of the wedding venues in Northern Ireland that is reserved only for couples dreaming of a very intimate celebration. This whole estate can be reserved the whole day exclusively for you and your guests!

Now, let’s take you to The Drenagh House & Estate’s Moon Garden which is a favourite spot for outdoor wedding ceremonies. This historic garden dates back to the 1960s. It’s a favourite for couples because of its rich greenery consisting of tall aged trees, lush grasslands, and big bushes that are decorated by colourful flowers. There’s also an iconic brick wall with a circular hole in the middle that lends a view to the estate’s gorgeous woodland. The majesty of the Moon Garden cannot be denied and we never wondered why it is listed as one of the Gardens and Demesnes of Special Historic Interest. Groups of up to 40 people can dine in the house itself for a very private and intimate reception. Although if you have over 40 guests, a marquee can be set up in the Walled Garden outside. is available for larger groups. Don’t bother bringing a caterer with you in The Drenagh House & Estate because meals are served on site should you take advantage of this option. Wondering where to stay before or after the wedding? Take note that the venue offers accommodation for up to 26 people. Isn’t that convenient?

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Mussenden Temple

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If you want something more scenic and historic for your wedding in Northern Ireland, check out this 18th century temple that was originally built for the Earl Bishop as a house for his books.

Perched on the edge of the Irish border along the Downhill Demesne near Castlerock, this temple and former library is located 120 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Now, let that sink in for a while. 120 feet above the Atlantic Ocean! Imagine how amazing your photos will be when your backdrop is the beautiful ocean, clear blue skies, and the cliffs of the Northern Ireland coast! If that’s not enough reason to have a destination wedding here, we don’t know what is.

Because of the breathtaking ocean views that it offers and the scenic landscape around the temple, the National Trust was kind enough to open the Mussenden Temple for wedding ceremonies.  Not only will you have a unique wedding here. You can also enjoy walking along the woodland, the gardens, and the ruins around the area after the ceremony. Take note though that weddings are allowed here only from March to September every year.

Cultra Manor at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

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Be transported back in time when you get married here at the Cultra Manor. What makes it one of the most unique wedding venues in Northern Ireland is the fact that it is among the structures inside the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum that shows how Northern Ireland looked like 100 years  ago.

Couples who get married at the Cultra Manor are given free access to the museum’s wedding trail. It’s a generous freebie not only for you and your spouse but to all your wedding guests. The wedding trail is a visit to the various original century-old structures in Northern Ireland or their replica that are all located inside the museum. These structures include a historic school built in 1865, a century-old farm and fishermen’s house, an iconic Catholic church, and a replica of a building originally located at the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, among all others.

As for your ceremony and reception, the elegant Cultra Manor will be reserved for your wedding exclusively. Wedding preparations happen inside the sophisticated rooms of the manor where you can have your photos taken. You’ll also have a very intimate wedding ceremony inside the venue, either at The Kennedy Room or the Drawing Room that houses 100 to 150 guests. The reception can take place at the bright and spacious terrace and the gardens.

Finnebrogue Woods

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Wedding venues in Northern Ireland can’t get more exclusive than this. The Finnebrogue Woods is a relatively new venue for all sizes of weddings but it has easily captured the hearts of many couples, turning it into one of the wedding venues in Northern Ireland with perfect 5-star reviews. Looking at the photos of this venue, we don’t really need to explain why.

The Finnebrogue Woods offers a stunning backdrop of the magical lake and the heavy woodland on its 200-acre grounds. When you get married here, you and your guests will be housed in a huge Nordic Tipi for the reception, while you have the option to have a ceremony outdoors. Be amazed by the ancient oak trees and life-size bushes scattered all around. Even the heaviest of rains won’t spoil your wedding because the owners of the Finnebrogue Woods created a mud-free setting for every event here. Enjoy the campfire grounds which is a portion of the venue where you can all have barbecue, snacks, and drinks, while the kids can run around. Pause for a while and marvel at the sight of the lake because you have all the time in the world to do that. The Finnebrogue Woods is one of the wedding venues in Northern Ireland that implements a one-wedding-per-weekend policy.

The Orange Tree House

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Located in the historic village of Greyabbey on the shores of Strangford Lough, the Orange Tree House has been renovated over the past decades to make it a perfect setting for a rustic or boho-themed wedding.

This building was originally an 1820 stone barn-style church that was later transformed into a unique conference and wedding venue. It has a function room that can accommodate up to 130 guests for a dinner reception. It also has a terrace overlooking the lough towards the Mourne Mountains where you and your guests can watch the glorious sun setting behind this part of Northern Ireland’s scenic landscape.

The interior of the Orange Tree House consists of imperfect century-old bricks, a rustic ceiling, and an impressive green door. Despite these features, you can transform the venue into a perfect setting for your rustic, shabby chic, or boho wedding according to your taste and preferences.

Outside the tree house is a gorgeous white-sand beach where you can have your wedding photos taken.  A marquee can also be erected along the beach if you want a panoramic backdrop of the Strangford Lough towards the Whiterock Bay for your ceremony. To complete a unique scene for your big day, the Dromara Hills and the Mourne Mountains will add more majesty to your photo backdrop.

Kilmore Country House wedding venues in Northern Ireland

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The Kilmore Country House is another scenic spot for a sunset or mountain wedding. It’s famous for its gorgeous outdoor setting overlooking the mountains of Northern Ireland. Lay the red carpet on the garden, place your wedding arc in front, and let your ceremony unfold with a stunning backdrop of the Glenariffe Glen right across this wedding venue.

In case you’re wondering, the Glenariffe Glen is one of the nine “glens” or valleys of Northern Ireland’s County Antrim. It’s called the “Queen of the Glens” because it’s the largest among them all and is arguably the most beautiful because of the rich woodland and magical waterfalls on its grounds. These are basically the places that you can visit the day after your wedding.

This 17th century house is among those wedding venues in Northern Ireland that went through  several transformations to make them a perfect location for destination weddings. When you choose to get married here, you can bring up to 80 guests with you in the Ballinluig function room for a very intimate wedding celebration. For guests of up 230, you have a bigger option in the Kilmore House’s marquee that can be set up for both the ceremony and reception. There’s also a luxury pavilion with a patio extension for weddings with over 200 guests. What’s more is that the Kilmore Country House offers accommodation onsite for 35 people. That means you and your family members won’t have to book a hotel separately to have a place to stay days before the wedding or thereafter.

The Tree House in Belfast

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The last entry to this post about unique wedding venues in Northern Ireland is no less than the Tree House in Belfast. It’s made only for the most intimate of occasions as evidenced by its capacity of only up to 70 guests. You can hire it exclusively for your event, but unlike the other locations we’ve mentioned above, the Tree House in Belfast offers a more relaxed and urban ambience, being an indoor restaurant type of wedding venue.

Nevertheless, it’s a charming location that’s available for both civil ceremonies and receptions. Located in a rooftop terrace in the heart of the city centre, this quirky space has impressive interiors that combine modern luxury with rustic and minimalist greenery. Bring your favourite people here and dance the night away after your civil ceremony.

Pick a Venue and We’ll Arrange Everything Else!

Can you imagine how magical your destination wedding will be if you pick one of these Northern Ireland wedding venues?

If you find one of them having the wow factor that you’re looking for, don’t hesitate! Don’t dwell on the fear that going for a destination wedding will make everything more complicated. Our planners here at Peach Perfect Weddings will make you realize how easy it could be for you.

That’s what our couples found out and experienced when they chose to get married in one of Europe’s scenic locations and asked us to arrange everything for them. Who knows? You may be just one consultation call away from your dream wedding!

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