Unusual wedding venues

Indulge your fantasy on your special day and choose one of our unusual wedding venues. We have ships, castles, film studios, race courses and museums. Here is a selection for your delectation.

The Forest Centre

forest centre

A stunning backdrop to your wedding photos - set in the 555 acre Millennium Country Park. All profits go back into creating more woodlands.

Cley Windmill

cley windmill

This iconic, romantic windmill sleeps up to 20 in round and rectangular rooms, all furnished with style and with splendid views.

Shakespeare Globe

shakespeare's globe

Located just a stone's throw away from London Bridge, the City, Tate Modern and Borough Market, on the banks of the River Thames, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique and quirky place to hold a civil ceremony or reception

Horsebridge Station

horsebridge station

A charmingly restored Victorian Railway station in the heart of the Test Valley in Hampshire.

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The Royal Scotsman

You could have an intimate celebration aboard one of the world's most luxurious trains, The Royal Scotsman, flying through the Highlands.

Exchange your vows then feast on world-class cuisine, prepared freshly onboard using the finest local ingredients.

Enjoy lively entertainment in the Observation Car into the small hours, or even dancing on the station platform! All this, with unbeatable views as you pass through the magnificent Scottish countryside.

RS Hispaniola

A tastefully furnished, fully air-conditioned, permanently-moored ship offering high-quality private event facilities close to the West End.

The Hispaniola's beautiful and elegant interior is equalled only by her spectacular location on London's riverside under the gaze of the London Eye with far-reaching views from St. Paul's round to Big Ben.

Sturmer Hall

Sturmer Hall is neither hotel nor a regular guest house but a gorgeous home away from home where you, your family and your friends will be treated with real courtesy in a splendid country house set in a private, secluded garden.

Prested Hall

Prested Hall

A very warm welcome awaits you at Prested Hall. Unstuffy and relaxing, this beautiful manor house is your home for your special day and overnight.

Brighton Racecourse

brighton racecourse

Brighton Racecourse has 23 acres of land, with many suites to choose from, all of which provide stunning views across the Sussex countryside and English Coastline.

Denbies Wine Estate

denbies wine estate

Denbies Wine Estate is one of the most spectacular wedding venues in Surrey, located in 265 acres of vines in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Breathtaking views over Box Hill, the North Downs and magnificent acres of vines offer unrivalled photo opportunities.

More unusual venues in alphabetical order

To find out more about individual venues, type in the name of the venue in our search venues facility. This will show you pictures, a description and further useful information.

Academic venues

Universities promoting themselves as gay-friendly include the University of Hull, The Royal Institute of British Architects and Craighouse Napier University in Edinburgh, with its Baronial hall and minstrel's gallery - a great venue for a ceilidh.


Shoreham Brighton City Airport has a beautiful Art Deco Main Terminal Building, built in 1936, which still has some original features.

Charter a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft for your civil partnership ceremony to fly you to a romantic destination for your honeymoon.

Arts venues

You can get married in some theatres, cinemas, galleries, concert halls, arts centres or film studios. Those with licences include Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and in Middlesex.

Associations and institutions

royal exchange

In the heart of London, Merchant Taylors Hall in the City is one of the Great Twelve livery companies surviving from medieval times. The hall has sumptous oriental carpets, long dining tables and chandeliers. It also has a beautiful courtyard garden. You have exclusive use of the venue and it can host up to 290 people for both the ceremony and reception, or up to 400 for a buffet.

The Royal Institute of British Architects has a fantastic room that can cater for 200 people as well as a roof terrace.


The Priory in Hertfordshire is a tithe barn, built in 1540, with its own moat - very romantic. The Dark Barn in Gloucestershire is another gay-friendly wedding venue, and is a 400-year-old restored barn.

the priory barn


You can get married aboard Sturmer Hall, the battleship moored on the Thames near Tower Bridge. Or for you reception, charter a boat from Absolute Pleasure Boats or Thames Leisure Ltd. Both companies have boats that can cater for over 240 people, although you can't actually hold the ceremony on the leisure boats. You can also sail up the Solent near Southampton on the Princess Caroline.

princess caroline


The National Trust of Scotland has a number of castles licensed to hold gay weddings. Guthrie Castle, near Dundee, looks like something out of a fairy tale, with multiple turrets, its own loch, manicured lawns and a golf course. As with many castles, you can hire it on an exclusive basis.

Some castles are privately owned such as Fingask Castle in Perthsire and can provide a unique insight into how the other half lives - why not pretend to be queens for the day! Blairquhan Castle in South Ayrshire is also gay-friendly.

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire hosts gay weddings and provides a fabulous setting. It has had weddings with a pink theme, where the organ in the long library was lit with pink fairy lights, the huge urns in the hallway filled with pink flowers and the seats decked with pink bows. The ceremony can be held in the Orangery and you can have your photos taken on the bridge overlooking the ornamental lake, by the water terraces or the temple where Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine. A golf buggy can take you around the grounds to find different places to pose for photos.

blenheim palace


Gay-friendly South Farm in Hertfordshire offers exclusive use and can cater for up to 250 people.

Gay owned venues

Some gay owned venues have wedding licences, such as Over the Rainbow, a country house in Ceredigion, Wales. It has a ballroom, where you can hold the ceremony for up to 40 people.

In East Sussex you can stay at Saltcote Place, with its beautiful gardens and stunning interiors.

Grand country houses

You can hire historic country houses for the day, such as Anne of Cleves House in East Sussex, where you can arrange your own caterer and supply your own booze.


There is a wide range of hotels on our site. Here are some of the more unusual ones. The Rubens at the Palace, a luxurious hotel, located opposite Buckingham Palace's Mews, is an ideal location for your gay wedding.

Hotel Felix in Cambridgeshire combines a contemporary feel - a carved male torso on a wall, with Victorian features - sweeping stone stairs down to the lawn.


London Canal Museum - a charming waterside venue on two floors set in an historic building. The venue has loads of character and interesting exhibits, including a narrowboat, a bicycle that served ice-cream, the old ice storage well and photos of canal history. You can hire the museum and then bring in your own caterers, band, decorations, flowers to really make your day unique.

Pubs or inns

Gay-friendly pubs with a wedding licence include the Bell Inn Hotel in Stilton, Cambridgeshire.

Private clubs

These are in London and include The Caledonian Club and the Century Club, which also caters for Jewish civil partnerships.


We have a number of racecourses on the site. If you type in the word racecourse in the search venue option, they will all come up. However, here are two we have selected, Brighton Racecourse and Sedgefield Racecourse.


Restaurants in London such as the Coq d Argent with a roof garden overlooking the City.

roof garden

Some restaurants have civil wedding licences, for example, Birmingham which hosts civil partnership celebrations.


If you want a truly relaxing wedding, you can hold your civil partnership in a spa. There are several gay-friendly spas on our site, including The Stoke by Nayland Hotel Spa and Golf Club in Suffolk. Type spa into our search venues section to find more.

Sports venues

Gay-friendly football clubs on our site include Hibernian in Edinburgh. You can have your photo taken framed by the goal posts, have a tour of the stadium or pose in the executive box.

Another aptly named gay-friendly wedding venue is Epsom Downs Queen's Stand. Based in Surrey, it has has a number of suites available for civil partnerships and receptions with magnificent views over the racecourse.

epsom downs

Over ten golf clubs have signed up to promote themselves as gay-friendly.

Other unusual venues
We have a lot of other unusual venues in London, so check out our London page as well.

To find out more about any of the venues listed above, click on their names highlighted in green. This will lead you to their own page with a description of the venue, photos, price structure, capacity and contact details. Good luck in finding the perfect venue for your gay wedding.

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