10 unique wedding venues…and honeymoons to match

10 unique wedding venues…and honeymoons to match

We know you want somewhere spectacular, luxurious (or maybe just plain unusual!) to get married, so we asked our friends at www.coolplaces.co.uk for their tips

1. House for an Art Lover, Glasgow

Glasgow's alluringly named House for an Art Lover, inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh and located in leafy Bellahouston Park, is one of Scotland's most unusual wedding venues - and a gloriously serene place to get hitched.

Love this? Honeymoon… in Berlin or Copenhagen. Architect, designer and artist Macintosh was a pioneer of the Modern Movement - have a design-inspired 'moon in Scandi-cool Copenhagen or buzzing Berlin.

2. Oakley Court, Windsor

Windsor's Oakley Court is a fabulous country house hotel, with beautiful gardens that lead down to a private stretch of riverbank. You can make believe you're starring in either Downton Abbey or Brides of Dracula - it served as a setting for numerous Hammer Horror movies during the 1960s.

Love this? Honeymoon… in regal style staying in a converted palace - India, Morocco and Portugal have some gorgeous options.

3. The Lygon Arms, The Cotswolds

We had to pick somewhere in the Cotswolds, and if we were getting married there we'd pick the Lygon Arms. Not only is it located in the lovely village of Broadway, but its originally sixteenth-century main house is beautifully restored and wonderfully atmospheric, and the Great Hall restaurant the most dramatic dining venue this side of Hogwarts.

Love this? Honeymoon… in Scotland if you want Hogwarts-style magic on your honeymoon. Take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig, watch the stars while wild camping in some of the UK's darkest skies, and explore the Highlands and Islands.

4. Burgh Island, Devon

What could be better than to get married on an island that can be reached on foot but is cut off from the mainland at high tide? That's the deal at the Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, once called 'the most romantic hotel in Britain'. 

Love this? Honeymoon… in Istanbul or Egypt. Burgh Island is famous for inspiring it's former guest, 'the Queen of Crime' Agatha Christie. Carry on your honeymoon in Christie-inspired style (minus murders!) heading to the Middle East. Christie's old haunts (Syria and Iraq) might be off the cards, but you could soak up Istanbul's east-meets-west cool or take a long cruise up the Nile…

5. Bolton Castle, Yorkshire

The building itself is a dramatic as it gets, one of Britain's most authentically medieval castles, but don't let that put you off. Bolton Castle's location is superb and weddings here are as lavish as you desire and include some lovely touches, like having owls fly down the aisle with the rings - so no more worries about the best man!

Love this? Honeymoon… where medieval splendour meets modern romance in Brittany. Travel via Paris for a few days in the City of Love before exploring walled towns like Vannes and getting to grips with Arthurian legends in Broceliande forest.

6. The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

One of the great museums of Britain, and one you can have all to yourself for your wedding - just tell them the galleries you're most interested in, and they'll do the rest. So, what will it be - Far Eastern Art or the world's largest collection of Raphael drawings? The Ashmolean has the lot. And while you're there, check out the other Cool (and romantic!) Places in Oxford we've picked out.

Love this? Honeymoon in… Europe's culture capitals on a modern day Grand Tour. Start in Paris for the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles, head south into Italy for visits to Florence (for the Uffizi) and Rome (anywhere and everywhere!) or east to Vienna and Prague. 

7. Whitstable Castle, Whitstable

We remember this place as a downbeat seaside café but since then Whitstable became cool and this nineteenth-century folly got a makeover - since when its immaculate interior and elegant gardens have been utilised as a great wedding venue overlooking the sea.

Love this? Honeymoon… by the seaside! You could pick the white sand beaches of South-East Asia, the rocky fjords of Scandinavia...or stay closer to home and walk one of the UK's glorious coastal paths in Wales, South West England, Norfolk or Northumberland.

8. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Brighton's Royal Pavilion is one of our favourite buildings in the country, a Palladian-Oriental fantasy that could almost have been planned as the perfect wedding venue. (And check out more romantic Cool Places in Brighton here.)

Love this? Honeymoon in… China or India to visit the landscapes that inspired Prinny's tastes for the exotic. Head to China's south western province (Yunnan) to visit Lijiang and Dali - traditional pagodas and gorgeous landscapes. Or dramatic Rajastan in northern India for camels, curries and sweeping desert vistas.

9. The Roof Gardens, London

The capital has lots of significant places to get married, but few are quite as memorable as the Roof Gardens, one and half acres of lush greenery high above Kensington High Street that will make you wonder whether you're still in London at all.

Love this? Honeymoon in… New York or Japan, which also have their share of secret gardens. New York has the Highline (running through three districts on the West Side); Kyoto's tranquil temple gardens provide a relief from the bustle of the city.

10. Eden Project, Cornwall

Just in case getting married in the UK all seems too dreary, you can now choose between a Rainforest or a Mediterranean wedding at one of the Eden Project biomes. The one place in the country you really don't have to worry about the weather.

Love this? Honeymoon in… Costa Rican jungles or Italy's hill-top towns to re-live your wedding day magic in the original habitat.

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