Location, Location, Location: 15 great wedding venues in Cork

Jan 3, 2017 | The Big Day

There are endless options when it comes to wedding venues in Cork, but we’ve chosen 15 of the best for you to browse that would be perfect for your Big Day…

Wedding Venues in Cork

Wedding Venues in Cork #1. Castlemartyr Resort

It is not only the elegant 18th century manor house and the 13th century castle ruins that make Castlemartyr Resort stand out from the crowd. Nestled in 220 acres, the manor house can be found at the heart of a unique resort that also offers an award-winning restaurant and an 18-hole inland links-style Golf course.

And with its floor-to-ceiling windows, giant chandeliers, mood lighting and magnificent drapes, the Capel Suite is unlike any other ballroom in Ireland.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #2. Liss Ard Estate

The country house of Liss Ard Estate retains the elegance and charm of bygone eras, while the estate is located in one of the most outstandingly beautiful regions of Ireland. Known for its beautiful coast line, green fields, forests, ponds and lakes, you’ll be provided with the ideal setting for a romantic celebration.

Photographic opportunities on the estate are available in excess. Your memorable pictures can be taken within many of the beautiful rooms within the house, down by the lake or within the estate’s many secret gardens, quiet sun traps, or intriguing sky garden.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #3. Inishannon House Hotel

Your guests will enjoy the old country house charm of this Inishannon House Hotel, with panoramic views of the garden and the Bandon River that flows through the grounds. The River suite, overlooking the beautiful Rose Garden and river, provides an elegant setting for your guests to enjoy the occasion. The River Suite has also been recently refurbished and can now accommodate up to 200 guests, while the intimate Frankfort Suite can cater for smaller wedding parties.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #4. Ballinacurra House

For a variety of reasons that range from cost to a desire for an intimate and romantic experience, more and more couples are choosing smaller, more intimate venues and having their family and friends stay longer. Ballinacurra House is an elegant country mansion brings back old-world opulence and personal service in a unique and totally private environment.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #5. Ballyvolane House

Ballyvolane House is a great fit for anyone with a bohemian or vintage vibe in mind. With a large rustic tin party ‘shed’ for the ceremony and a vintage-inspired tent for the reception, your wedding will have character by the bucketful. There’s also a stone barn connected to a marquee for the after-dinner fun and festivities.

Don’t feel you should skip over this venue if classic is what you’re going for. With the right decoration, you can make this an elegant affair and there’s even a Blüthner baby grand piano in pillared hall to set the scene.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #6. Barnabrow House

If you’re looking for a rustic experience that’s off the beaten track, then Barnabrow House is the place for you. The venue consists of a classic Irish farmhouse, courtyard and stone-built banqueting space for your wedding reception.

This is another one for food lovers, as Barnabrow is set in the heart of East Cork’s ‘foodie territory’. This is one for the couple who wants a casual, but special experience that’s unique to themselves.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #7. Inishbeg Estate

This is a great venue for an intimate wedding with your family and closest friends coming out to share your happy day. With 10 self-catering properties on the estate, it will feel like you have an entire village to yourself!

Inishbeg Estate also has a boat house, woodlands, walled gardens and landscaped gardens providing you with tonnes of photograph opportunities. There’s even large pond with its very own island where you can hold a civil ceremony.

Wedding Venues in Cork #8. Inchydoney Island

Just 30 miles from Cork City, this is a great option if you don’t want to get too lost in the Irish wilderness. It’s far enough to give you a sense of relaxation though, with stunning beaches to act as picturesque backdrop to the day’s celebrations and also to your weddings pictures.

As well as panoramic views of the Atlantic, Inchydoney also offers contemporary accommodation and a top dining experience, as well as a world-class spa.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #9. Fernhill House Hotel

Cork boasts some of the country’s top Georgian mansions and Fernhill House Hotel is no exception. With a view of the beautiful West Cork countryside, you can be sure your wedding will be a luxurious affair.

With stunning dining rooms for grand banquets, you’ll also be able to avail of their specially designed drinks reception marque.

This silk-draped structure allows your guests to experience the amazing gardens while sipping champagne under the elegance of a beautiful chandelier.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #10. Fota Island

Fota Island is one of Ireland’s most popular spots and it can also be the place you say, ‘I do’. This is the ultimate wedding retreat, providing the perfect combination of glamour and natural beauty.

Take in the Irish coast and pose for some pictures by the sea or take some beautifully tranquil shots on its 780-acre estate. If you’ve been frayed by wedding stress, this is the perfect place to hold your wedding, as everything on Fota Island moves at a much more relaxed and calming pace.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #11. Maryborough Hotel

Set on natural parkland in Douglas’ country surroundings, Maryborough Hotel is a Georgian mansion that provides a tranquil, luxurious venue for your wedding. The new Orangery can host civil ceremonies and you’ll also enjoy indulging in a drinks reception with guests in these beautiful surroundings.

Their 300-year-old listed gardens will help you create some memorable wedding photos, while their award-winning chef will make your wedding reception even more special.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #12. Ballymaloe House

You may have thought it was just a cookery school, but Ballymaloe House is also an excellent wedding venue. The country house hotel is stationed in East Cork and perfect for any couple looking to hold an elegant, intimate wedding.

The charm of this venue is perfect if you’re hoping for a traditional Irish wedding. It can also host up to 180 people if you’re planning a big bash with lots of jigs and reels.

Wedding Venues in Cork #13. Springfort Hall

This four-star country house also has a 1AA Rosette for its menus, making it a great choice for couples who love their food. Aside from the guarantee of a great seasonal meal, Springfort Hall has plenty of other things to make your wedding a success, such as beautiful gardens and roaring fires.

They are now registered to host civil ceremonies and if you have a big guest list, they can hold the ceremony in the Banqueting Hall and quickly transform it for the reception while you enjoy a few cocktails in the bar or out in the gardens.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #14. Garryvoe Hotel

Did you guys have your heart set on a beach wedding? Garryvoe Hotel’s five-mile sandy beach is probably just what you’re looking for. Even if the weather doesn’t work out, just think of the amazing wedding photos you guys will get by the stormy Atlantic.

As well as being a picturesque property, Garrvoe can also boast a location in a truly beautiful area of Cork with plenty of activities on offer if you want to make your wedding last more than one day. Horse-riding, golf, fishing and even quad biking – this will be an event you truly never forget.

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Wedding Venues in Cork #15. Longueville House

This warm and inviting 18th century Georgian manor house is steeped in history and perfect for couples who want a special venue that makes them feel at home. Longueville House is completely private and secluded, meaning you can host your wedding in the orchard, stone courtyard or by the river and still feel you’ve created an intimate event for you friends and family.

The house is set on 500-acre wooded estate with a working farm and gardens in the Blackwater Valley and the onsite coordinator can help create any atmosphere or vibe you want for your special day.