We’ve picked 10 of Ireland’s top outdoor wedding venues to help you choose the perfect venue for your big day!
Imagine the sun beating down on you and your guests and fresh air filling your lungs as you say your ‘I dos’. Imagine sipping champagne on a crisp white lawn or on the beach with the sand between your toes before the sun sets and you have endless space to party with your guests. If this sounds nothing short of idyllic then an outdoor wedding venue might just be the one for you.
Despite our changeable weather, Ireland has an array of stunning outdoor wedding venues, from magical woodlands and stately lawns to natural amphitheatres and seaside beauty spots. They’re all beautiful venues that will look stunning in your photos.
You can find more information on each of these outdoor venues in our online directory. Happy venue shopping!
Top tip: always have a back-up plan for any type of outdoor wedding.
Located overlooking the breathtaking Dingle Bay, the Dingle Skellig Hotel hosts only one wedding per day and their Skellig Suite where you will enjoy your meal and celebrations boasts panoramic views right across the Bay. With 32 amazing new guest rooms and suites newly opened, the hotel is the perfect location for you and your guests to celebrate your wedding weekend and their team will work with you on every detail.
Voted Best Wedding Venue in Wicklow, the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club is the perfect choice for couples wanting an outdoor wedding venue. Situated a short 10 minutes’ drive from Dublin, Glenview Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years and is one of Ireland’s best loved wedding destinations. Catering for small intimate private ceremonies and traditional weddings, they have something to suit everyone. Wedding celebrations are held in the private gardens, overlooking the majestic Glen of the Downs, nestled amongst 30 acres of private woodland walks with exquisite landscape, creating the most magical backdrop for photographs that you will cherish forever. A stunning location combined with dedicated and experienced staff, exquisite cuisine with a sophisticated ambiance to create a truly magnificent experience.
The picturesque Garryvoe Hotel by the golden, sandy, five-mile beach is the perfect place to say ‘I do’ in beautiful East Cork. The hotel boasts a stunning ballroom that can be transformed no matter your theme or colour scheme. Their delectable food will have your guests in awe and their staff will strive to make every second of your big day magical. Recently named Waterside Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 along with Ireland’s Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year 2019, the Garryvoe should be one of the first choices for your special day.
Have you dreamed of getting married by the beach? Mulranny Park Hotel is a fabulous outdoor wedding venue. Here, you can have a beachside wedding overlooking the sand and sea. With wonderful views of Clew Bay, this country retreat offers the warmest hospitality; award-winning food and the attention to detail that will make your day truly memorable. From the moment you arrive, it is clear that Mulranny Park is a sensational wedding venue with its open, light-filled rooms in which your guests can celebrate your special day.
Overlooking two magnificent stretches of Blue Flag beach, just outside the pretty heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a warm, polished and welcoming seaside hotel with a unique and wonderful outdoor amphitheatre, perfect for outdoor wedding receptions and blessings. The scenic headland at Inchydoney is a newlywed’s dream that boasts incredible viewing platforms for incomparable wedding photographs with the dramatic backdrop of the ocean below.
Experience the tranquil beauty of Finnebrogue Woods. For a wedding with the wow factor, this unique venue is comprised of four spectacular tipis set to an enchanted woodland backdrop. The tipis can accommodate up to 165 guests in a spacious and dry setting ensuring you don’t have to worry about the weather. Surrounded by a glistening lake, say ‘I do’ in the great outdoors where a jumping trout or gliding swan may even add to the magic of your big day.
Whether you are looking for intimate or extravagant, traditional or unexpected, Virginia Park Lodge is a truly individual place to celebrate the most memorable day of your lives. Set in 100 acres of beautiful Cavan countryside overlooking Lough Ramor, the historic house and stunning gardens are exclusively yours to enjoy with your close friends and family amidst the beauty and privacy of the estate. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships, these can be held in the house, lake view pavilion, the walled gardens or the parterre gardens, before enjoying dinner for up to 300 guests in the lake view pavilion or an intimate wedding for up to 90 in the 18th Century Marchioness banqueting room.
At Ballyscullion Park, your wedding ceremony, photography, reception and evening party can all take place at one venue, making a more relaxing and enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Close to all main routes, it is under 35 minutes from Belfast, an hour from Derry/Londonderry, and 30 minutes from Coleraine and Cookstown. Situated in quiet, unspoilt countryside, surrounded by ancient woodland and with breathtaking views over Lough Beg and Church Island, this is a very special place in which to celebrate your marriage. You have exclusive use of the venue on the day including beautiful gardens and historic coach house. The perfect complement to your special day at Ballyscullion Park is the luxurious marquee which is sumptuously draped and furnished and allows you and your guests to be within touching distance and full view of your beautiful surroundings all day!
Brigit’s Garden is a unique and special outdoor wedding venue. There are several wonderful spots in the four Celtic gardens that are ideal for a special ceremony or a blessing, particularly the Bealtaine and Lughnasa gardens. The Lughnasa garden stone circles are a unique outdoor location, and the Roundhouse, Hazel Room and Marquee are ideal for indoor receptions. Wedding dinners can be served in the Hazel Room, which accommodates up to 65 for dining. A further 40 can be accommodated if the Café dining area is included. Combined, the Hazel Room, Café dining area, patio and Marquee make a fabulous suite of rooms for your celebrations.
Headfort Arms Hotel Gardens
Promising only one wedding per day, this family run hotel has been looking after couples for generations, and is a beautiful outdoor wedding venue. It is the assurance of that personal touch and consistency of prime Irish cooking that has made so many choose the Headfort for their most important day. The Kenlis Suite was purposely built to accommodate weddings with its own private entrance and beautiful gardens to the rear, which are perfect for your ceremony and reception.