Coastal wedding venues are the ideal place for a beach-themed wedding, with the beautiful blue sea and golden sandy beaches as your backdrop. Here is our pick of the best venues by the coast in the UK including the iconic five-star hotel and spa in the middle of the sea!
1. Ackergill Tower Hotel, Scotland
A 15th century castle, now an award-winning five-star hotel with breathtaking sea views across seven glorious miles of private beach. Set in a private 3,000 acre estate, there is a romantic heart-shaped garden and a quirky treehouse in the grounds with a large round bed below a star-studded ceiling of twinkling lights.
2. St. Audries Park, Somerset
A very grand historic manor house in a magical setting of 100 acres of tranquil deer park overlooking the rolling Quantock Hills and with coastal views of the Bristol Channel beyond. The manor house can be traced back as far as 1086 and is today an exclusive wedding venue with its bright and airy Victorian Orangery being the most stunning place to exchange your vows.
3. Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall
A luxury hotel and spa set in five acres of grounds that was originally built as a beautiful coastal manor house. Featuring amazing stunning sea views, you could enjoy Pimms on the croquet lawn then a stroll to the beach. This is the perfect place for anyone looking for a family-friendly wedding venue as it even has its own complimentary Ofsted-registered crèche.
4. St. Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa, Cornwall
Voted Best Wedding Venue in Cornwall for three years running at the West Country Wedding Awards, this is a grand seaside hotel overlooking Porthminster beach. Close enough to hold your wedding ceremony against the beautful backdrop of the sea, with the great sweep of St Ives Bay in view, then head down to the beach after a champagne reception on the private terrace.
5. Solent Forts, Hampshire
Spitbank Fort is one of the Solent Forts, an iconic five-star hotel and spa set out in the middle of the Solent, off Portsmouth. Steeped in Victorian history, it is a floating museum, with luxury accommodation for sixteen and a choice of three interesting function rooms for up to sixty guests. Featuring outdoor hot tubs, a large fire pit, open-air pool, a sauna and sundecks, access to the forts is only by boat or helicopter.
6. Tunnels Beaches, Devon
One of the most unique coastal wedding venues with its own secluded private beach accessed through a 19th century hand-carved tunnel through a cliff. Get married by the beach under the pretty thatched gazebo overlooking the sea with up to 120 day guests and up to 160 for an evening reception. Have your wedding photos taken against the dramatic tunnels at sunset with the rugged coastline in the background.
7. The Pier at Harwich, Essex
A unique nauticial-themed hotel overlooking the harbour on the Essex coast. Hold your ceremony in the Angel Lounge overlooking the Ha’Penny Pier with views of the Stour and Orwell Estuaries in the background. Enjoy your wedding breakfast in the Harbourside restaurant which specialises in locally caught seafood after a champagne reception in the helicopter pad of the Trinity Lightship moored in the harbour!
8. Royal Pavilion, Brighton
An incredible royal pleasure palace near the sea in Brighton, that mixes Regency grandeur with breathtaking Indian-style architecture and striking Oriental-inspired interiors. Said to be the most exotically beautiful building in Britain, this is certainly one of the most stylish of coastal wedding venues that has been welcoming royalty and notable guests since the 1780’s.
9. Sandbanks Hotel, Dorset
One of the most casual coastal wedding venues, situated on the world-famous Sandbanks Peninsula on the Dorset coastline. Have an alfresco ceremony on the covered terrace by the beach with its panoramic sliding windows followed by your wedding breakfast at the Compass Suite, a conservatory-style room with stunning panoramic views of the coast plus access to a private terrace.
10. The Kings Arms, Dorset
A magical coastal escape, this boutique hotel features the beautifully restored Kings Pavilion in its grounds and offers fantastic views across its very own bowling green, to Christchurch Castle and the town’s Priory. With an award-winning restaurant and 20 stunning bedrooms that have all been carefully restored in true Georgian style.
For more coastal wedding venues and other inspiration please visit our pick of the most luxurious wedding venues and romantic castle and stately home wedding venues. And discover our beach theme ideas for beautiful beach weddings and the symbolic sand ceremony.