Some people dream of jetting off to a tropical island for a beach wedding in the sun. Others prefer to simply head to a registered office and avoid crowds and traditional ceremonies. But for many of us, getting married in a beautiful church is the dream.
And the UK has plenty of exceptionally beautiful churches to choose from. Narrowing down your options certainly won’t be easy, but our top picks might give you an idea of where to look. Now we’re taking a look at the perfect church wedding destinations in the UK.
Askham Hall, Penrith
With 15 bedrooms, private gardens, a spa and a stunning converted wedding barn, Askham Hall is a firm-favourite wedding venue in Cumbria, right on the doorstep of the Lake District (which is undeniably one of the UK’s most romantic destinations).
Most ceremonies take place at the 13th-century St Michael’s Church, which overlooks the River Lowther and Askham Hall itself. Luxurious yet unpretentious; modern and yet full of rustic charm – it’s easy to understand why Askham Hall is one of the UK’s best wedding venues.
Brighton Unitarian Church
Fancy a contemporary wedding in a more urban setting? Brighton Unitarian Church lies in the heart of Brighton’s cultural corner, and its majestic interior complete with classic columns, stained glass windows and high ceilings creates an inviting atmosphere. And, it’s more than reasonably priced.
Old Court Chapel Weddings, County Down
Northern Ireland is home to some of the UK’s most idyllic destinations. Much of the hit series Game of Thrones was filmed here for a reason. If you want a quaint chapel wedding, we recommend tying the knot at the Old Court Chapel. Constructed during the 19th century, this charming chapel is surrounded by breathtaking vistas. And its marquee extensions make it a great place to enjoy the outdoors.
St Palladius Church, Kincardineshire
If you were told to sketch a church that belongs in a fairy tale, you’d probably end up with something that looks very similar to St Palladius Church, a Category A listed building in Laurencekirk that’s just a stone’s throw from the awe-inspiring Drumtochty Castle. Nothing makes a wedding more special than a horse and carriage ride through this beautiful county. You might want to book your wedding during the summer months – it can get a tad nippy way up north.
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Greater London
There’s no shortage of extravagant churches to seal the deal with your better half in London. But if you want a ceremony that’s a little different to the norm, you should take a look at Rosslyn Hill Chapel.
Built in 1862, this wonderful chapel boasts a charming Gothic interior with plenty of sculptures and stained-glass windows. This place of worship also welcomes same-sex weddings. It’s a little smaller than many venues on our list, but if intimacy is what you’re after, Rosslyn Hill Chapel ticks all the boxes.
Boconnoc Church, Cornwall
Boconnoc is a beautiful civil parish in Cornwall, and the 14th-century Boconnoc Church won’t fail to take your breath away. After the ceremony, you can continue the celebrations at the Boconnoc House & Estate, one of the country’s most spectacular stately homes. You’ll find extravagance around every corner. But the laid-back atmosphere created by the homely staff ensures a night of laughter and love. It’s a large venue, too, capable of seating up to 240 guests.
If you wish to discover more beautiful churches and places in the UK, try one of our day tours from London, and immerse in gorgeous villages like the Cotswolds.