Earlier in the week, we brought you 11 hotel wedding venues you should know about in Ireland, but if you're looking for something a little different, a hotel venue may not be on the cards for you.

With that in mind, we've got 11 more venues, this time alternative wedding venues, for you to peruse. Hopefully the dream venue is right here in front of you! Let's go!

 

Coolbawn Quay

THE VENUE:

Coolbawn Quay is a unique resort, situated on the picturesque shores of Lough Derg. The private village of cosy cottages is nestled peacefully into the landscape and can be yours exclusively. Receptions for up to 220 guests are hosted in the Georgian-style pavilion, while your vows can be hosted al-fresco on the deck, overlooking the lake.

ACCOMMODATION:

The purpose-built village sleeps up to 120 guests in charming cottages, suites and lodges.

WHY WED HERE?

The lakeside marina setting and the inclusionary feeling of a wedding village, filled with your nearest and dearest.

THE BILL:

From €79pp

TOP TIP:

Choose where you feel most comfortable. It's a celebration. The more relaxed you feel the more fun you have and oh those memories.

For more information about Coolbawn Quay, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

County Arms Hotel

THE VENUE:

Within a beautiful nine acre estate in Birr, Co Offaly, lies the superbly-restored County Arms Hotel. They have over 55 years experience in creating beautiful weddings for up to 350 guests, in their Moorpark Ballroom. You have your own private bar, courtyard and reception lobby. There are smaller suites available, which are ideal for civil ceremonies or receptions of 20 to 95 guests.

ACCOMMODATION:

There are 70 beautifully decorated bedrooms.

WHY WED HERE?

Hosting just one wedding a day, this third generation, family-run venue has been offering genuine hospitality and service for over 50 years.

THE BILL:

Prices available upon request.

For more information about County Arms Hotel, visit their website or catch them on Facebook.

 

Crover House

THE VENUE:

One of Ireland’s most beautiful waterside wedding venues, Cavan’s four-star Crover House Hotel rests majestically on the private shores of Lough Sheelin. Conveniently located just over an hour from Dublin, with breathtaking lake views and 40 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds, the perfect setting for your wedding photography.

ACCOMMODATION:

The Georgian Manor House has 44 beautifully decorated guestrooms, including the bridal suite.

WHY WED HERE?

Crover House Hotel, having recently completed an extensive refurbishment, offers some beautiful photo locations and exceptional service.

THE BILL:

From €52pp

TOP TIP:

Make sure you have spare safety pins, plasters and hair clips with your bridesmaids. I always ask couples upon arrival if they need a little sugar boost - It's probably been a long time since breakfast!

For more information about Crover House, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Dunboyne Castle

THE VENUE:

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is ideally located in the Meath coutryside, just on Dublin’s doorstep. They offer acres of impressive grounds, the luxurious Seoid Spa and a fine reputation for quality food and service.

ACCOMMODATION:

145 bedrooms, including suites with views across the gardens and the exclusive Synolda Bridal Suite, which spans the entire top floor.

WHY WED HERE?

The impressive gardens and sweeping tree-lined approach are sure to impress your guests and give you some awesome photos!

THE BILL:

From €66pp

TOP TIP:

Don’t be overly influenced by outside factors when deciding on a venue (family, friends, etc.) If you and your partner get a good feeling from the venue early on, it is usually the right one.

For more information about Dunboyne Castle, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel

THE VENUE:

This family-owned 18th century castle is the ideal venue to celebrate your wedding in style. The enchanted castle is a stone's throw away from Killiney Hill, Coliemore Harbour and many other stunning surroundings, providing you with beautiful backdrops for your photos.

ACCOMMODATION:

113 en-suite bedrooms, including their Castle Suites with views overlooking Dublin Bay.

WHY WED HERE?

The castle's excellent reputation for service and food combined with its location, makes it an ideal venue. They also promise full exclusivity of their 1847 wing for your wedding day.

THE BILL:

From €85pp

TOP TIP:

The top tip we always advise couples is to view a venue 2-3 times before booking. We always recommend to view a venue during the day & at night. Once you come back into a venue after an initial viewing, couples can tell straightaway if the venue is for them.

For more information about Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

Martinstown House

THE VENUE:

The perfect venue for alternative, creative, and bohemian weddings, Martinstown House boasts unrivaled setting, dedicated service and fabulous food. Exclusively your own Country House for your celebrations, Martinstown House has 140 acres of private lawns, gardens, fields, forests and parkland just off the Curragh, Kildare. The House is full of art, antiques and history, and the bedrooms are utterly luxurious and elegant. We never do back-to-back weddings, so you have total privacy and all the time you need.

Martinstown House caters for up to 240 guests in our fully licensed Vintage-style marquee within the lush flora of our Walled Garden.

ACCOMMODATION:

With 7 bedrooms in the Main House, and a further 3 bedrooms in our converted Stone Yard, we are able to sleep 21 guests comfortably. All rooms have private bathrooms, incredibly comfortable beds and unique character. Ask us about the abundant local accommodation and our options for on-site camping.

WHY WED HERE? 

The Woodlands at Martinstown House is Ireland's best woodland ceremony area complete with a rustic pavilion. This guarantees an open-air ceremony no matter what the Irish weather has in store. Built from the ruins of an old glasshouse under the boughs of a giant Californian Redwood tree, you will have the most unique and special wedding ceremony in an idyllic and tranquil setting. Using antique corrugated tin, repurposed telegraph poles, and a crystal chandelier, this is a space unlike any other. Added to our excellent reputation for delicious, local food, incredible service and quiet country charm and you have the perfect place to celebrate.

THE BILL:

Dinner from €49.50pp (plus venue hire)

TOP TIP:

Find a venue that feels like you can take a deep breath and relax in. That initial feeling of comfortability will stay with you throughout the planning process and will help keep the excitement alive even if you're feeling stressed at times

For more information about Martinstown House, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Mount Falcon

THE VENUE:

Located in the west of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way, is Mount Falcon. From a summer wedding with Champagne and strawberries, a mulled wine winter reception, a civil ceremony, lavish marquee wedding or an amazing BBQ - Mount Falcon has something for everyone.

ACCOMMODATION:

Their 32 guestrooms and 35 luxury lodges feature the legendary Mount Falcon beds, luxurious bathrooms and deluxe toiletries.

WHY WED HERE?

Immerse your wedding in the romance of Mount Falcon Estate's history - connecting to centuries of tradition in this iconic location.

THE BILL:

From €85pp

TOP TIP:

It’s very important I feel that you listen and guide the wedding couple. I find most brides these days are very organised and have done their homework.

For more information about Mount Falcon, visit their website or catch them on Facebook.

 

Solis Lough Eske Castle

THE VENUE:

Lough Eske Castle, a Solís Hotel & Spa is located just outside Donegal town, on a beautiful lakeside estate that’s surrounded by the Blue Stack Mountains. The hotel was refurbished and extended to create the modern comforts and luxury of a timeless boutique hotel.

ACCOMMODATION:

Lough Eske Castle has 96 guestrooms, including the two-bedroom presidenital suite, the courtyard guestrooms, deluxe rooms and various suites.

WHY WED HERE?

The stunning views of their unspoilt woodlands, provide you with a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos.

THE BILL:

From €69pp

TOP TIP:

Keep open minded while deciding what type of venue you would like for your wedding day. Make sure to look at a range of options to find one you are truly happy with.

For more information about Lough Eske Castle, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram

 

Tankardstown House

THE VENUE:

Located in the heart of the Boyne Valley, just 40 minutes from Dublin, in Co. Meath, is Tankardstown House. Luxury, elegance and romance, this country house offers it all. The manor house is within 80 acres of woodland, including their beautiful walled gardens.

ACCOMMODATION:

There are seven rooms in the main house and seven Courtyard Cottage suites, which sleep 50 people in total.

WHY WED HERE?

Tankardstown House offers fantastic food, beautiful surroundings, and the fact that the venue is exclusively yours for your wedding day.

THE BILL:

From €99pp

TOP TIP:

Find out if you will have exclusive use of the venue. Can your venue host a ceremony onsite, inside or outside. If you find the right venue, you should be able to put your trust in them and let them guide you in planning your special day. They are experts and will look after everything on the day, so try not to worry yourself over the little things.

For more information about Tankardstown House, visit their website or catch them on Facebook.

 

The Millhouse

THE VENUE:

The Millhouse is a stunning georgian manor house on the banks of the Boyne. Your wedding day can begin in the beautiful mill ceremony room or outdoors in the blossom-filled orchard. Enjoy a barbeque-style menu from the orchard or an elegant four-course meal in the pavilion.

ACCOMMODATION:

15 idividually designed, en-suite bedrooms. Riverside camping is also available or your guests can stay in the converted railway carriage.

WHY WED HERE?

A combination of old-world charm and contemporary design, makes The Millhouse a unique and charming venue for your wedding.

THE BILL:

From €70pp

TOP TIP:

The important thing is not to put too much pressure on yourself. Speak to your venue to give you guidance, and trust in them as we really do know what we are doing. Our main goal is to make sure that you and your guests have the most perfect memorable day.

For more information about The Millhouse, visit their website or catch them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Thomas Prior Hall

THE VENUE:

This beautiful church-like venue is situated on gorgeous landscaped gardens with an iconic white water fountain. Steeped in history, the 19th century building has recently finished refurbishments and now boasts an array of new features, while still holding its original character and charm, including ornate oak panelled walls, stained glass windows, spectacular chandeliers and an outdoor seating area overlooking beautiful lawns and a fountain.

ACCOMMODATION:

The venue is part of Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge which boasts 304 recently refurbished bedrooms, including an exclusive wing for the bridal party.

WHY WED HERE?

A unique and spectacular venue, that is ideally located in Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 and is suitable for civil ceremonies.

THE BILL:

From €83pp

TOP TIP:

I would recommend narrowing down your preferred venues to 3 or 4 and not becoming overwhelmed by visiting too many.

For more information about Thomas Prior Hall, visit their website or catch them on Facebook.

For more wedding venue advice, check out our venue archives for some inspiration and tips!