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The Most Unique Wedding Venues In Ireland

We asked you, the readers, to nominate and vote for your favourite wedding suppliers and businesses in the Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2017. The votes are in and we are proud to unveil the Unique Wedding Venue of the Year. We have a total of four amazing finalists across Northern Ireland and Ireland and one well-deserved winner…

The Winner
The Winner of our much-coveted award for Unique Venue of the Year is:

Bellingham Castle

Bellingham Castle is an elegant and spacious 17th Century Irish castle offering exclusive use located in Ireland’s North East. Located in the heart of the medieval village of Castle Bellingham in Co Louth and approached via a private, tree-flanked driveway, Bellingham Castle is the centrepiece of a 17 acre estate. Set on the banks of the River Glyde, the estate includes a weir and man-made river island with footbridges, mature trees and formal gardens.

Bellingham Castle
Bellingham Castle

An exclusive and romantic castle wedding venue, where you and your guests can enjoy a magical day in complete privacy. The relaxing surroundings, the friendly staff, the sumptuous Bute Suite, the nineteen luxury bedrooms, history and fine food and wine will ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.

Call +353 42 937 2176 visit the website here: or email


Our remaining four finalists that have also secured spots as the most unique wedding venues across Ireland and Northern Ireland (and in no particular order) are…


Orange Tree House

Orange Tree House is an award winning conference and wedding venue located on the shores of the beautiful Strangford Lough in the pretty, historic village of Greyabbey. Their function room is a beautiful old stone church which was built in the 1820’s and can accommodate up to 120 guests for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The old stone barn style church was lovingly restored over eight years ago to create a unique wedding venue.

Orange Tree House
Orange Tree House: Mark Barton Photography

Orange Tree House believe in ‘Your day, Your Way’, whether you opt for a traditional, alternative or elegant wedding, they will endeavour to accommodate your plans. A private venue, with a terrace that boasts spectacular views of Strangford Lough, Orange Tree also provide all of your catering- so all you have to do is choose your date, menu, drinks and enjoy your day!

Email , visit the website here , or call 028 4278 8103 for more information.


Hugh McCanns

Hugh McCanns is a beautifully located wedding venue in Newcastle Co. Down. Situated between the majestic Mountains of Mourne and the Irish Sea, the property boasts beauty in its design and panoramic views from every window.  The building is 200 years old and has been sympathetically restored to preserve the old world charm, yet with all modern comforts and a fabulous design to take advantage of a stunning location.

Hugh McCanns weddings
Hugh McCanns

Hugh McCanns hosts only one wedding per day to guarantee guests undivided attention throughout their special day, and with wedding packages starting at just £995 for 100 guests represents exceptional value for money in beautiful surroundings.

Call 028 4372 2487, visit the website here or email


Cliff at Lyons

The Cliff of Lyons is a stunning wedding venue and luxury hotel in a rural setting, in Co. Kildare near Dublin. It provides a picturesque and idyllic venue for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, whilst still offering guest’s contemporary luxury. Occupying an unusual collection of historic rose-clad buildings, Cliff at Lyons makes for a truly unique and memorable day for you and your guests.

Cliffs of Lyon wedding
Cliff of Lyon

They can seat up to 160 guests at a civil ceremony in the Mill, with a cascading waterfall backdrop, while up to 80 wedding guests can stay on-site in their suites and cottages.  Drinks and canapés can be served in the 17th century courtyard, on the lawn or in The Mill, with full service gourmet dinners in a range of venues, including the Orangery restaurant.

Email the wedding event planner Majella on: , call +353 1630 3500 to make a site visit or visit the website here


Ballymagarvey Village

Steeped in history and set within acres of beautiful unspoilt countryside, Ballymagarvey Village offers truly unique weddings, whatever the season. From cosy winter weddings to beautiful summer ceremonies, the stunning banqueting Hall, courtyard and walled garden and spectacular Manor House provide the perfect setting for both you and your guests to enjoy. Ballymagarvey’s understated yet distinctive character makes our private estate feel like your very own home from home.

Ballymagarvey Village
Ballymagarvey Village

Ballymagarvey Village is an exclusive  and romantic venue where there are no interruptions or distractions, just you surrounded by the people you love on your special day. The relaxing surroundings and warm homely feel make Ballymagarvey Village the perfect place for your perfect day

Call +353 41 982 5959,email: or visit the website here



Set Featured Image Credit: Bellingham Castle 

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