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Wonderful Wedding Venues in Wales
A favourite vacation spot of the royal family along with some of the UK’s most loved celebrities including Led Zepplin, Charlotte Church and Bear Grylls, Wales offers stunning countryside locations, incredible picturesque views and a natural romantic ambiance – so it’s no wonder thousands of couples’ flock to this magical region of the UK to say, ‘I do’.
From rustic barn wedding venues to fairytale castles, we’ve gathered a list of some of our top picks from the region. Take a look below!
1. The Gwenfrewi Project, Conwy, North Wales
Dating as far back as the Bronze age, the Gwenfrewi Project is the historic site of the former St Winifreds Church. This unique location is oozing with a rich history and culture that has been preserved for centuries. Legend has it that this is “The Saints’ Graveyard”, where numerous saints were believed to have been buried – what better way to tie the knot than surrounded by angels! The church is set in a beautiful landscape of stunning hills and amongst ancient yews inscribed stones, which is the perfect backdrop to any wedding.
2. The Barn at West Farm, Bridgend, South Wales
The Barn at West Farm is a luxurious venue and a unique exclusive venue ideal for your wedding celebration. The stylish indulgent finish combined with a warm friendly atmosphere, cliff top views over the vista of the Bristol Channel and North Devon, give it an extra special touch. The venue has a small bar, larger function room with bar, a small upstairs room that can be used for the ceremony and space for a marquee for larger weddings. Equipment can be provided for showing picture slides or videos before, during or after your ceremony or meal. If you're looking for a stunning location for the perfect wedding look no further than The Barn at West Farm. Pop in and judge for yourself.
3. Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales
If you’re looking for a fairytale castle wedding venue, look no further than Cyfarthfa Castle. Situated within the picturesque surroundings of Cyfarthfa Park and nestled at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, the venue provides a stunning location for your wedding or civil ceremony. Built in 1825 as a majestic family home for the Ironmaster William Crawshay II, this sumptuous regency building commands a spectacular view of the valley and town of Merthyr Tydfil and directly overlooks the beautiful Cyfarthfa Lake.
4. New House Country Hotel, Caerphilly, South Wales
Breathtakingly beautiful, New House Country Hotel is perfect for a quintessentially country-luxe style wedding. Towering majestically over the city of Cardiff, this is a truly unique setting to celebrate your special day. Situated on the fringes of Cardiff and nestled amongst the Welsh hills, the New House Country Hotel boasts breathtaking views over Cardiff and the Severn Estuaries. With welcoming open fires to their exquisite, lovingly-restored rooms, this beautiful country mansion offers a number of options for your wedding day celebrations. You can also opt to host your ceremony and reception surrounded by their exquisite gardens – ideal for a summer soiree!
5. Craig-y-Nos Castle, Swansea, South Wales
Craig Y Nos might be one of Wales’ best kept secrets! Set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the castle is the perfect location for a truly secluded and intimate wedding in Wales - the castle's name alone strikes a romantic note and in rough translation means 'Rock of the Night'.
The castle houses a grade one listed opera house theatre as well as newly refurbished Conservatory, making Craig-y-Nos the perfect setting for taking your marriage vows. With plenty of room for up to 50 guests, you have the option to extend your festivities over two days with complete exclusivity for the entirety of your celebrations. With a range of wedding packages to suit every couple, no wedding is too big or small!
6. Over The Rainbow, Cardigan, West Wales
Looking into reducing your wedding's carbon footprint? As delightful as its name, Over the Rainbow is a restored Georgian mansion and is ideal for throwing the ultimate eco-friendly wedding celebration. With their ethical and environmentally responsible principles, the venue uses renewable sources for heating, hot water and electricity. As a Vegetarian Association approved premises, they also offer vegetarian catering using seasonal, home grown and locally sourced ingredients. With cuisine menus ranging from a basic cold buffet to a full four course feast. Whilst the house retains many of the original features and quirks of a bygone age, their sumptuous centrally heated rooms celebrate the influences of female myths and legends from around the world! This is truly a one of a kind venue!
7. Bron Eifion Country House Hotel, Criccieth, North Wales
Recognized in the ‘Top 200 UK Best of Britain Hotels’ by the AA, Bron Eifion Hotel is located in Criccieth North Wales and just a short walk from the beach and Criccieth Castle. This 18-bedroom 4-star Country House Hotel on the Llyn Peninsular is set in five acres of tranquil Welsh Country Estate and offers an idyllic location for your dream wedding. With two rooms licensed for Civil Ceremonies: the Llechwedd Room which can accommodate up to 25 guests, and the Garden Room for a larger gathering which can accommodate up to 150 guests – there’s room for celebrations both big and small! The Wedding Gazebo within the gardens also offers a beautiful outdoor ceremony setting in the summer months. Set within 5 acres of idyllic landscaped gardens, the venue is perfect for an outdoor photoshoot.
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