We’ve scoured the country far and wide to find the most exquisite hidden gem wedding venues for a day with a difference
The Swan, Gloucestershire
Located on the enchanting banks of the River Coln in the heart of Bibury, near Cirencester, The Swan is full of country character. You can wed in The Signet Room, enjoy an intimate wedding breakfast at The Library, then spill out into the garden for a catch-up with guests. There’s no need to rush off at midnight either – there’s 22 rooms, with a special cottage retreat especially for the newlyweds.
The Depot, London
Based near the capital’s Caledonian Road, The Depot is made for city-loving couples. By day it’s a warehouse-style pub, but at your request it can be transformed into an exclusive-use space for your wedding reception, complete with crescent bar, tufted leather seating and lots of natural light. The in-house team will work with you to create a bespoke menu with the finest craft beers and the best live entertainment and décor, with space for up to 280 guests.
The Stack, Cornwall
A former engine house turned intimate wedding venue, The Stack sits atop a hill overlooking the picturesque Fal Valley. There’s space for up to 40 guests, and Unique Home Stays’ in-house wedding planner can provide you with as much assistance as you require, from advice on catering to supplier recommendations. The house itself can sleep up to six guests arranged over three floors, too.
South Farm, Cambridgeshire
Enjoy a romantic country wedding on the Cambridgeshire border at South Farm. A family-run venue with its own smallholding, there’s a number of spaces to suit your style – from the Tudor Barn to the garden Summerhouse and the Old Dairy. You can wed in the grounds or indoors, and you’ll be able to decorate the venue to match your taste. Once the celebrations have come to an end, there’s plenty of accommodation options – from bedrooms and Romany caravans to on-site camping.
Castle Gibson, London
For a wedding venue straight out of a film, Castle Gibson manages six locations across London that each boast their own unique style – from restored studios to a themed bar, an industrial warehouse to a converted building merchant. There’s an in-house events manager to help you plan every detail in your chosen space, and with room for up to 300 people, you can dress the venue how you like, making use of the company’s vast collection of props and lights.
Beach Weddings, Bournemouth
No need to jet away for a seaside wedding – tie the knot on the golden sands of Bournemouth’s West Cliff Beach instead with Beach Weddings Bournemouth. It’s the only venue in the UK where you can say your vows right on the sand, with a custom-sized marquee built to fit up to 200 guests. After the ceremony, enjoy a champagne reception while the space is transformed for your wedding breakfast. Operating between April and October, the venue is run without power where possible, using locally sourced coastal décor for that authentic boho feel.
The Cherry Barn, East Sussex
The Cherry Barn may be over 400 years old, but this year it’s opened up as a brand new wedding venue. The oak-framed barn and gazebo offer a blank canvas for couples wishing to create their own style of country wedding, and there’s room for 150 people in the main venue, of which you’ll get exclusive use for 48 hours. It also overlooks a beautiful orchard and holds a wedding licence for civil ceremonies, too.
Cley Windmill, Norfolk
Marry in the most bucolic fashion at Cley Windmill in Norfolk. Host an intimate ceremony for 22 in the round Sitting Room, then retire to the Reception Room for a glass of champagne and a cream tea, or tuck straight into your wedding breakfast. Escape to the mill’s balcony or the garden for a quiet, romantic moment together and a photo or two. And if you’d like to stay overnight, you can make use of the B&B rooms and self-catering cottage, accommodating up to 20 people.
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath
Hark back to the golden age of Hollywood with a wedding at the charming Little Theatre Cinema. Located in Bath’s Spa Quarter, it’s the perfect venue for a vintage-style wedding. Star in your own short film or create your own movie ‘trailer’ for your guests to enjoy as they arrive for the ceremony, walking down the red-carpet passageway and up onto the stage, where you’ll wed in front of up to 110 guests. Afterwards, enjoy some popcorn with a drink or two as you admire your personalised movie posters.
Victoria Baths, Manchester
For a retro wedding that guests won’t forget, make a splash at Victoria Baths in Manchester. The restored Victorian swimming baths have five different spaces in which you can wed, including the bottom of the (empty) Gala Pool, or in the Turkish Rest Room complete with stained glass windows. The long-term aim is to eventually transform the venue back into a public swimming pool, so take advantage of this special venue while you still can.
The Bay Tree, Oxfordshire
Full of historical charm and contemporary style, The Bay Tree dates back to 1565 – think flagstone floors, roaring log fires and a galleried staircase. You’ll get exclusive use of the whole place if you tie the knot here, with space for up to 90 and a collection of rooms for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. There’s an experienced wedding coordinator on hand to help the day run smoothly, and 21 bedrooms for those guests who’d like to stay a night or two.