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The Best Wedding Venues in Ireland

Top 30 Alternative wedding venues
05.25.24

When it comes to wedding venues in Ireland, we’re spoiled for choice. Majestic castles, ancient woodlands, rustic barns—where else would you get all that? Below, I’ve compiled a list of my top thirty wedding venues in Ireland that offer something different. Have a look to find the venue that best matches your vibe as a couple.

Carlow

1. Borris House

While this stately Carlow venue may look formal on the outside, it provides a welcoming and relaxed celebration from start to finish. My favourite spaces are the gorgeous Ballroom and the restored 16th-century Granary Barn. With their high, wood-beamed ceilings and rustic stone walls, these spaces bring a relaxed vibe to the Downton Abbey-esque house.

Cost: €149+ per person, €750 for ceremonies

 

2. Huntington Castle

This dazzling castle is the stuff of fairytales, with a dizzying number of unique spaces for celebrations and wedding photos. A top choice for ceremonies is the remains of the striking 14th-century abbey or underneath a spectacular row of ancient yew trees, where you can also enjoy your wedding dinner.

Cost: €9,500-€11,500 venue hire

 

Cork

3. Inish Beg Estate

This 97-acre estate is on a private island off the coast of West Cork. The Boat House and Octagon Marquee are two stunning waterfront reception spaces, but the showstopper is the mini-island at the centre of the estate’s woodland pond, a truly magical ceremony location.

Cost: €3,000+ per night, €2,010 marquee hire

 

Derry

4. Drenagh Estate

The grand staircase inside Drenagh House makes for a fairytale entrance into your indoor ceremony. Outside, the Moon Garden is a stunning outdoor ceremony space featuring a large, circular cut-out in the rustic stone wall. It’s also a swoon-worthy wedding photography location, surrounded by ancient yew trees.

Cost: £67.50+ per person, £300-700+ ceremony, £4,000+ venue hire

 

Down

5. Field of Dreams

Tying the knot under a lakeside pergola before your wedding meal in The Retreat, a Scandinavian-style wooden chalet on the water, is a vibe. Adding to the vibe are loads of marquee options, from the South African stretch tent to the American-style tipi. But factor in the firepit, archery, and clay shooting, and you have yourselves a party!

 

6. Finnebrogue Woods

This secluded outdoor venue is the epitome of laid-back. Guests can chill by the fire pit along Finnebrogue Lough or dance the night away inside the tipis. You’ve never seen a marquee like this, complete with leather couches, fairy lights, and a giant orb (think of it as a woodland disco ball!).

Cost: £6,295+ venue hire, £595 ceremony

 

7. Larchfield Estate

From ceremonies in the Sunken Garden surrounded by pompom lime trees to the light-filled Stables Building and its rustic stone walls, Larchfield Estate caters to every kind of bride, no matter the weather or time of year. I especially love the cobbled courtyard, and the estate’s alpacas and miniature donkeys create fab photo moments.

Cost: £53+ per person, £5,775+ venue hire

 

Dublin

8. Airfield Estate

Yes, a wedding on 38 acres of farmlands just 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre really is as idyllic as it sounds. Whether you hold your ceremony under the rose-climbing pergola in The Wallen Garden or the bright Victorian library inside, expect gorgeous, natural scenery in a relaxed environment and local, seasonal, organic food options.

Cost: €140+ per person

 

9. Smock Alley Theatre

Brimming with light and steeped in history, this restored 17th-century theatre is unique and charming—plus, the acoustics and lighting are on point! If the gorgeous stained-glass windows, exposed brick walls, and ornate plaster ceilings weren’t stunning enough, your wedding photos on the cobblestoned Cow’s Lane outside should do the trick.

Cost: €1,500 (+VAT) ceremony and drinks reception

 

Galway

10. Brigit’s Garden

Celebrating Celtic heritage, this ethereal venue hosts one-of-a-kind ceremonies and receptions in their thatched Roundhouse or the Celtic Gardens, named after each of the four Celtic fire festivals: Bealtaine, Imbolc, Lughnasa, and Samhain. It’s truly a unique experience where you’ll be among the likes of standing stones and ancient thrones.

 

11. The Three Towers at Slieve Aughty Centre

Surrounded by mountains and picturesque gardens, Slieve Aughty is ideal for the chilled, nature-loving couple. One of Ireland’s top sustainable venues, they specialise in intimate, outdoor weddings and food prepared using fresh, organic, often homegrown ingredients. One of the coolest bits? You can book time with their horses for your wedding shoot!

Cost: €78+ per person

 

Kildare

12. Martinstown House

One of Ireland’s most picturesque country houses, Martinstown House suits every style, from formal, intimate weddings inside to boho-chic celebrations outside. For the latter, the abandoned glasshouse-turned-magnificent-ceremony-location is an absolute stunner, equipped with a dazzling chandelier that gives glam forest fairy vibes.

Cost: €69.50+ per person, €4,850+ venue hire

 

13. Cliff at Lyons

As far as romantic venues go, this luxury boutique hotel has it all: charming rose- and ivy-covered buildings, a waterfall and lily pond, and a unique island chapel on the lake, a stunner of a location for your wedding photos!

Cost: €160+ per person, €1,000+ ceremony

 

Kilkenny

14. Mountain View

As stylish and luxurious as this venue feels, it has a real salt-of-the-earth vibe, perfect for the trendy, bohemian couple. Guests can grab a bite of street food from the American Airstream food truck and take in views of the stunning Kilkenny countryside before retreating into the stunning glamping village.

Cost: €135-145 per person (peak season), BYOB €105 per person

 

Louth

15. Segrave Barns

This venue specialises in bespoke barn weddings and concerts, so if music is your jam, you know the sound system will be class. The chandeliers in the wedding barns offer a warm touch of glam, while the balcony in the third barn (reserved for accommodation) has unreal sea views—a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos!

Cost: €110+ per person

 

Meath

16. Ballymagarvey Village

In the 1200s, a princess and the son of the High King of Meath made Ballymagarvey Village their home. Later, it was developed into a mill that is now used as a ceremony space with a serious wow factor, thanks to its wrought-iron chandeliers, stone walls, and white wooden beams.

Cost: €115+ per person, €550+ ceremony

 

17. Loughcrew House

Oliver Plunkett’s homeplace is a remarkable venue where everything is so beautiful; there’s no need for much décor. Highlights of the venue include the remains of St. Oliver Plunkett’s church for a magical ceremony and the ruined portico (once the entrance to the original house), a unique feature that resembles a mini-Acropolis—perfect for wedding photos!

Cost: €6,160-€11,990 high season, €5,720-€10,340 low season

 

18. The Millhouse

A striking Georgian manor house along the River Boyne, The Millhouse is a stunning boutique hotel and wedding venue in Meath. Ceremonies in the Old Mill promise a hip, industrial aesthetic (think: exposed brick and crisp white accents) with soft, romantic touches (hello, vintage crystal chandeliers!).

Cost: €90+ per person, €420+ ceremony

 

19. Station House Hotel

This wedding venue in Meath was once a bustling railway junction. All the original buildings have been creatively restored into a chic boutique hotel. I love the Carriage Suite and its floral ceiling, but the real magic happens outside amongst the trees, where ceremonies can be held in the turntable’s original stone structure.

Cost: €95+ per person, €500 ceremony

 

20. Rock Farm Slane

This working organic farm is perfect for festival-themed weddings with ceremonies under the giant sycamore tree and boogying the night away under the stars or inside the rustic hay barn. I love the range of accommodation options, including everything from indoor sleeping arrangements to yurt glamping, shepherd’s huts, and safari-style bell tents.

Cost: €55+ per person, €3,721-€6,950+ venue hire

 

Sligo

21. Juniper Barn

This fun and relaxed wedding venue has three gorgeous stone barns with original stone walls for the ceremony, dinner, and dancing. Add in fire pits, an outdoor ceremony in the Enchanted Woodland, meadows, and the lake, and you have yourselves a rustic, bohemian dream.

Cost: €9,450 venue hire

 

Tipperary

22. Cloughjordan House

From the perfectly decorated main hall to the inviting, boho Argentine Asado, every inch of this zero-waste venue is a delight to photograph. The ceremony spaces are equally dreamy, and I love all the fun extra bits like a vintage green Volkswagen Beetle for hire, morning yoga, and a late-night silent disco!

Cost: €135+ per person, €2,495 venue hire

 

23. Kilshane House

Between the stunning conservatory, the formal Sacred Garden of Meditation, the pergola in the secret garden, and the pagoda on the lake, there are loads of gorgeous wedding shoot and ceremony locations on the grounds. But the elegant and refined Orangery shines, with its sparkling ceiling drapes, five-branch candelabras, and chandeliers dripping in trailing ivy.

Cost: €145-160 per person

 

Wicklow

24. Ballybeg House

This rustic, laid-back wedding venue in Wicklow has everything from its own private Shebeen to the romantic Grouse Lodge, where you can live out your cottage-core dreams. But, wow, is the medieval Ayers Ceremony Room a beaut! Soft candlelight and a touch of flowers perfectly complement the stained-glass windows, Harry Clarke paintings, exposed stonework, and open fireplaces.

Cost: €12,500+

 

25. BrookLodge & Macreddin Village

Home to Ireland’s first certified wild and organic restaurant, BrookLodge & Macreddin Village is a beautifully tranquil private venue that consists of the ivy-covered BrookHall, an elegant reception hall with wood-beamed ceilings, and other key features, like the Macreddin Chapel along Ballycrean Brook—one of the most charming chapels you’ve ever seen.

Cost: €100+ per person

 

26. Killruddery House

Part Tudor Revival mansion, part working farm, this dreamy venue is super versatile. The Orangery is a bright, elegant, Victorian conservatory decorated with marble statues to create a classic romantic ceremony space. Then there’s the beautifully restored Grain Store, an effortlessly laid-back, bohemian space for dinner and dancing.

Cost: €90+ per person, €3,500-€11,500+ venue hire

 

27. Poulaphouca House & Falls

I don’t know which is more gorgeous: the food or the incredibly stylish spaces to celebrate, from the Tree Top Bar to the chicest barn there ever was. One of my favourite features is the infamous Poulaphouca Waterfall (featured in James Joyce’s Ulysses) for your wedding photos.

Cost: €94+ per person, €5,000+ venue hire

 

28. Trudder Lodge

Trudder Lodge keeps it super personal by hosting just 15 weddings per year. While I love the house and grounds for photo opportunities, it’s the romantic marquee you’ll fall for: it’s part draped ceilings, part stone walls, and it’s fab. There’s also a pitch and putt on-site for the craic!

Cost: €10,000+ venue hire

 

Westmeath

29. Mount Druid

A vintage-chic working organic sheep farm may sound like an oxymoron, but don’t be fooled: this place is all about aesthetics, with rich, dark wood and bold, jewel-toned hues featured throughout. Each space is a feast for the eyes, with loads of eclectic décor and accommodation, including a double-decker bus a la Into The Wild.

Cost: €5,500 venue hire, €900 ceremony

 

30. The Village Barn

Hidden behind The Grocery and Willie’s Barn in the heart of Tyrellspass is The Village, a fun, relaxed, and quirky venue with its very own chapel (The Sanctuary), a beautiful Orangery, and the Barn itself—all accessed by the central courtyard. You’ll love the bohemian array of mix-and-match chairs and quirky decorative bits throughout.

Cost: €80+ per person, €800+ venue hire

 

And there you have it. Some of the top wedding venues in Ireland! Please GET IN TOUCH to learn more or see my availability! You might also like check out my FREE wedding planning guide.