The Most Amazing Wedding Venues in Wales

If youre thinking of tying the knot in Wales, there are plenty of stunning wedding venues to choose from
If you're thinking of tying the knot in Wales, there are plenty of stunning wedding venues to choose from | © joan gravell / Alamy Stock Photo
Hannah Freeman

Wales’s stunning scenery, ancient history and amazing architecture offer a great deal for weddings of any style. The region is also easily accessible and extremely friendly, making it the perfect destination to say, “I do”. Here are a few of our favourites.

The Exchange, Cardiff

Hotel

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One of Cardiff’s most recent successes, the Exchange Hotel, located in the Cardiff Bay area, was once the Coal Exchange and the centre of the coal trade in Wales. Fortunes were made and lost within the walls of this illustrious building. It is now a luxury hotel, restored to retain its history yet geared towards extreme luxury, making it perfect for a glamorous city wedding. Ceremonies are held in the room that was once the trading floor. High above, surrounded by polished carved wood, the exchange’s iconic clock announces that tempus fugit (time flies). This historically important building was saved from demolition and has been brought back to its former glory by a dedicated team of craftsmen turning it into a flagship hotel for the nation’s capital.

Bodrhyddan Hall, Clwyd, North Wales

Building

This extremely exclusive manor house can be found in beautiful North Wales and has been home to Lord Langford’s family for over 500 years. Couples can to choose to hold the ceremony within the historic hall itself, or in the pretty and intimate summer house. Following the nuptials, celebrations continue with a marquee reception, allowing guests to fully appreciate the wonderful gardens that surround this 17th-century family home. For a traditional stately-home wedding, this is the perfect location, as elegant and formal as you would wish it to be. You are sure to impress your guests.

The Kymin Roundhouse, Monmouthshire

Building, Historical Landmark

The Kymin and Roundhouse at its top overlooking Monmouth, some 800 ft below
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For an exceptionally intimate wedding venue, look no further than the Kymin Roundhouse, which sits proudly on a hilltop overlooking the border town of Monmouth with views stretching to the Malvern Hills and Brecon Beacons. This folly was constructed in the late 18th century, and guests have even included Admiral Lord Nelson. Originally built with a kitchen on the lower floor and a banqueting room above, it is now in the care of the National Trust and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Not the place for a large gathering, but perfect for a couple to celebrate with a few select friends; it is both romantic and idyllic all at once.

Llancaiach Fawr, Treharris, Nelson

Building, Historical Landmark

Llancaiach Fawr, Early Sixteenth-Century House, Nelson, South Wales
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Set within the county of Caerphilly, north-east of Cardiff, this fortified farmhouse dates from the Elizabethan period and offers an extraordinary wedding venue. The house, which is run as a museum, is a perfect time capsule. Guides speak in period dialect and dress in period costume, while the trappings of modern life are kept to an absolute minimum. In summer, the gardens are filled with fragrant herbs and traditional flowers, and in winter the house is filled with the smell of woodsmoke, oranges and cinnamon. A perfect year-round wedding venue, Llancaiach Fawr takes you straight back to the Tudor period and offers an extremely unique experience. A purpose-built function suite in the award winning stone visitor centre is large enough to accommodate plenty of guests.

The National Botanic Garden

Botanical Garden

For nature lovers and horticulturalists, what better way to commit to the love of your life than to wed under Sir Norman Foster’s stunning glass dome at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in the heart of Carmarthenshire’s Towy Valley, surrounded by the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. The venue accommodates up to 150 guests and, after the ceremony, receptions are held in a marquee with its own bar and private walled patio garden – perfect for those photo calls.

Usk Castle, Monmouthshire

Building, Historical Landmark

Usk Castle Monmouthshire South East Wales
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Ever dreamt of a fairytale wedding in the ruins of a medieval castle? At Usk Castle, this dream becomes reality. A small castle with a huge personalty, there are ivy-covered ruins and climbing roses, and at night floodlights add to the ethereal quality. An unspoiled setting, but one which caters perfectly for couples, Usk Castle has far-reaching countryside views yet is only minutes from excellent transport links. Privately owned, there is no danger of interruptions as you enjoy your special day in exceptional surroundings.

Penybanc Farm, Llandysul, West Wales

Bed and Breakfast

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For the eco-friendly couple, how about marrying under a native oak pagoda, then heading across the green fields to a giant tipi made of organic canvas and flax to celebrate the union? Your guests can choose to stay in yurts, eco-pods or even an upcycled caravan, as well as on the more conventional campsite. For a real festival feel, Welsh Green Weddings can offer a package tailored to your personal eco-credentials. At night, lit up with fairy-lights, the tipi is magical – take to the dance floor, and dance the night away under the stars.

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