Top 10 Quirky UK Wedding Venues

Choosing your wedding venue is arguably one of the biggest and most important decisions you'll make when it comes to planning your wedding. There are sooooooo many options that it can sometimes feel overwhelming and difficult to know where to start! Well, fear not! If, like me, you're the type of person who does things a bit differently and you're looking for inspiration for your big day, then look no further! Here are some of my favourite wedding venues across the UK and Ireland, complete with bonus wedding inspo for your viewing pleasure. Feast your eyes on these....

1. Victoria Baths, Manchester

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A grade two listed building, this old Edwardian swimming pool complex combines striking architecture, original features and a huge variety of unique spaces that promise to offer a truly unforgettable setting for your wedding day! 

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The best bits:

  • A blank canvas so that you can coordinate, decorate and cater your wedding day however you like.  
  • Exclusive hire of all spaces and the freedom to pick what happens where. You can also include a venue tour for your guests!
  • Weatherproof! With bags of character and original features, Victoria Baths has something for everyone and you won’t want to leave the building!

2. Manchester Museum, Manchester

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Manchester Museum offers a truly unique setting for your wedding day. Say "I do" under a t-rex, venture through the living worlds gallery to your wedding reception and party the night away under a giant Buddha statue!

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The best bits:

  • A stunning backdrop, incorporating iconic elements of the museums collection
  • Exclusive hire of the venue and flexibility around what happens where
  • Dedicated, experienced team on hand to help you throughout the planning phase and on the day

3. The Wellbeing Farm, Lancashire

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The Wellbeing Farm is an award winning fun, rustic wedding venue based near Bolton. With llamas, donkeys, alpaca and bags of character, this is the perfect spot for a quirky countryside wedding with a difference. 

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The best bits:

  • Endless unique photo opportunities with the rolling countryside or the quirky farm features 
  • Exclusive hire of the venue and a dedicated, experienced team helping you ever step of the way
  • Optional extras include garden games, celebration cheese cakes as a wedding cake alternative and use of the beautiful wedding house in its own grounds, close to the venue 

4. Oddfellows, Chester

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An ultra quirky boutique hotel located centrally in the beautiful city of Chester, Oddfellows describes itself as having "character, charm and a little bit of 'odd..." Think mad hatters tea party meets The Mighty Boosh and you're half way to picturing how awesome it is!

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The best bits:

  • Quirky decor and features including an upside down room, giant boxing hares, a roof terrace and a secret garden
  • Dedicated, experienced team on hand to help you throughout the planning phase and on the day
  • Centrally located in Chester with beautiful surroundings, public transport links and plenty of accomodation for your guests

5. Sefton Palm House, Liverpool

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A stunning, Grade II listed Victorian glasshouse located in Sefton Park, surrounded by 235 acres of greenery with a waterfall, bandstand and boating lake nearby. Not only is the building itself a sight to behold, the surrounding area makes this a perfect setting for an extra special wedding. 

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The best bits:

  • A stunning building and colourful botanical backdrop for your big day
  • Exclusive hire of the venue and a dedicated, experienced team on hand to help you throughout
  • Great for weddings of al sizes, this venue can comfortably seat up to 220 guests!

6. Thornsett Fields Farm, Derbyshire

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Nestled in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside, Thornsett Fields Farm is a working dairy farm and the perfect blank canvas for a super memorable wedding day. With a recently renovated barn and the flexibility to do what you want, the options really are endless.

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The best bits:

  • The venue is yours for a whole week, giving you time to create your vision
  • At no extra cost, hay bales are provided to help set up the space, you have the option of arriving by tractor and special wedding guests like Pugsley the Pug and Mabel the Sheep (pictured above) will gladly feature in your photos 
  • Set up a tipi, bring a camper van or pitch a tent to stay onsite and really make the most of it all!

7. Big Chief Tipis, anywhere

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Speaking of tipis, if you're planning a festival-style wedding, you need to check out Big Chief Tipis. An award winning wedding supplier based in North Manchester, they cover events across the UK and pride themselves on helping to make dreams into memories.

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The best bits:

  • Weatherproofing is including in the price, making your tipi setup perfect for all weathers
  • You can interlink multiple structures or use individual ones to create the right setup for you
  • Customise your tipi with rustic furniture, heaters, a dance floor and a disco ball!

8. Paradise by Way, London

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If your looking for a more relaxed urban wedding, a pub venue could be just the thing for you. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green offers a colourful and quirky setting with tonnes of space, charm and character.

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The best bits:

  • Split your wedding day up and have different spaces for different parts, giving curious guests the opportunity to explore the labyrinth of different corridors and function rooms
  • Centrally located, this venue is easy to get to with accommodation for your guests nearby
  • With a laid-back, friendly vibe, this venue sets the tone for an intimate, fun-filled day

9. Fforest, South Wales

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Why not turn your wedding day into a wedding weekend at fforest Farm? With 200 acres of land, tipis, barns, fire pit and a tiny little old stone pub onsite, this could be yours exclusively for up to 250 guests for 3 nights!

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The best bits:

  • Take advantage of the luxury onsite accommodation by staying in the Georgian farmhouse, the crog lofts or glamp in the woodland domes
  • Enjoy delicious food, made from locally sourced or homegrown ingredients
  • Make a weekend of it with your nearest and dearest in beautiful surroundings

10. Drury Buildings, Dublin

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Once a derelict 6-story factory in central Dublin, this has been transformed into a shabby chic bar, restaurant and events space that is packed with colour, character and charm. Perfect for modern couples looking for a quirky city centre venue in the heart of Dublin.

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The best bits:

  • The flexible top floor events space doubles up as a light and airy ceremony room and the perfect place to dance the night away
  • Enjoy delicious food in the restaurant from their highly respected head chef
  • Hook up to the sound system and be in control of your own soundtrack for the day 

If you're looking for a creative photographer who shares your love of all things wild, wacky, weird and wonderful, head to my packages page to find out more and feel free to get in touch if you had something different in mind. After all, variety is most definitely the spice of life!