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The 5 Best Wedding Venues in Edinburgh

The 5 Best Wedding Venues in Edinburgh

How We Chose

Space

While needs vary from wedding to wedding, a venue must be able to accommodate the total number of guests and look just right – not too cramped or spacious.

Lighting and Acoustics

Lighting, whether natural or artificial, can alter wedding photos and the overall ambiance. Likewise, acoustics is important to ensure the sound quality of the event.

View

Many couples like to choose their wedding venue depending on the view, so having a great one is definitely a plus in our book.

Amenities

Pools, gardens, stages, reception venues, and even parking areas contribute to the attractiveness of a wedding venue.

Price

Lastly, we determined if the rental rates for these venues are well matched to their qualities.

1. Mansfield Traquair

Mansfield Traquair

Website: https://www.mansfieldtraquair.co.uk/ 

Address: 15 Mansfield Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6BB, United Kingdom

Contact information: 330 123 3885

Google Reviews4.6/5
Facebook Reviews4.7/5
Total Reviews4.6/5
Score Consistency5/5
Space5/5
Lighting and Acoustics4/5
View5/5
Amenities4/5
Price4/5

Pros

  • Suitable for those who are looking to hold a church wedding
  • Impressive photography and event management partners
  • Has a secluded garden suitable for rites or receptions

Cons

  • Restrooms a bit inaccessible
  • Acoustics are not its strongest suit due to high ceilings

We start our list with the Mansfield Traquair, “Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel”. This beautiful venue is a dream come true for those who want a more traditional-style wedding with a magical twist.

Mansfield Traquair is not your typical church venue, as its indoor architecture has been modified into a more modern and refined structure. It keeps the magic alive through wonderfully preserved murals, high arches, and stained glass windows.

The venue also offers a secluded garden option should you wish for an outdoor wedding or reception. Being built in 1885 and having undergone painstaking restoration since then, Mansfield Traquair boasts a rich history that is sure to impress guests.

Another aspect we especially liked is that they have a lift to every floor, making the venue disability-friendly despite its older build. We are also impressed that their catering and photography partners of choice are Heritage Portfolio and Blue Sky Photography.

A couple of negatives we’d like to point out: first, some toilets are hard to get to; the ladies’ loo is two floors down. 

Second, because the ceilings are quite high, acoustics aren’t this venue’s strongest suit – you’d have to take that into consideration when planning.

Mansfield Traquair is also not the cheapest option on this list, with it being glorified as Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, and not being open to the public on a regular basis. Of course, this also makes this venue extra-special.

2. The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse

Website: https://www.theglasshousehotel.co.uk/ 

Address: 2 Greenside Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, United Kingdom

Contact information: 131 525 8200

Google Reviews4.4/5
Facebook Reviews4.6/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency5/5
Space5/5
Lighting and Acoustics5/5
View5/5
Amenities3/5
Price3/5

Pros

  • Can handle rites, reception, and hotel check-ins
  • Fabulous location
  • Offers wedding packages with luxurious inclusions

Cons

  • No parking or valet
  • Issues of understaffing
  • High rates

Just a short stroll from the world-famous Princess Street is The Glasshouse, a five-star boutique townhouse hotel in Edinburgh. This venue is a blend of colourful history and fashionable, modern luxury.

Indeed, rates here are on the more luxurious side as well, thanks to its proximity to the heart of Scotland’s capital and its gorgeous backdrop of the historic Calton Hill. Even its 140-year old gothic facade is a sight to see – definitely telling of its lengthy history. 

We have to say, we’re most impressed with its two-acre rooftop garden and luxury accommodations. The Glasshouse also offers wedding packages to take away the toll of planning, as well as wedding breakfasts and receptions.

Their package prices range from £6,000 to £12,500, depending on the number of guests you wish to accommodate and the inclusions you want. Glasshouse weddings can be very versatile, and you can choose to have a simpler or fancier setup.

However, there are no parking or valet services in The Glasshouse, which we think is a little underwhelming for a five-star hotel with expensive rates. There is also an issue of understaffing, which sometimes poses a problem for large-scale events.

Still, The Glasshouse is a fabulous choice if you want an all-in-one venue where you can hold your rites, host your reception, and also be able to book into a hotel for the night. It’s also an undeniably gorgeous place – classic, but with a modern twist.

3. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/ednchwa-waldorf-astoria-edinburgh-the-caledonian/events/ 

Address: Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB, United Kingdom

Contact information: 131 222 8888

Google Reviews4.5/5
TripAdvisor4.5/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency5/5
Space5/5
Lighting and Acoustics5/5
View4/5
Amenities4/5
Price3/5

Pros

  • Views of Edinburgh castle
  • Access to the Guerlain Spa
  • Castle Suite popular for sculptures, frescoes, and a grand chandelier

Cons

  • Not very accessible to guests with disabilities
  • There can be hidden fees
  • Expensive rates

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel seamlessly blends its 18th-century heritage with modern charm. It’s a former Victorian railway station that was transformed into one of the most iconic buildings in the West End, popularised for holding weddings.

This venue has three licenced spaces for weddings: The Boardroom, The Versailles Suite, and The Pompadour Room, which can accommodate 85, 35, and 140 guests, respectively. There are also other suites that you can rent depending on the event.

The Castle Lounge, one of its most popular lounges, has a spectacular view of Edinburgh castle. The Castle Suite itself features sculpted brass eagles, frescoes of Scottish wildlife, and a grand chandelier.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel is also home to the only Guerlain Spa in the UK, so it’s the perfect place for pampering before and after the wedding. This also makes it a great venue for hen parties, should you wish to hold one.

As for cons, The Caledonian is also a historic venue, but unlike Mansfield Traquair, the venue isn’t very accessible to those with disabilities. Couples wed here in the past have disclosed being charged for utilities that they have been told were included in packages.

Rates can be quite expensive, so we further advise readers to ask for transparency regarding prices. That said, The Caledonian is a picture-perfect venue and is a great match for couples who want to splurge on their special day.

4.  Dundas Castle

Dundas Castle

Website: https://dundascastle.co.uk/weddings/ 

Address: Dundas Castle, South Queensferry EH30 9SP, United Kingdom

Contact information: 131 319 2039

Google Reviews4.7/5
Bridebook Reviews5/5
Total Reviews4.8/5
Score Consistency5/5
Space5/5
Lighting and Acoustics5/5
View5/5
Amenities5/5
Price3/5

Pros

  • Fantastic exterior and interior
  • Very exclusive venue with quality accommodations
  • Plenty of rooms to hold rites in
  • Very highly rated

Cons

  • Some event managers are hit-or-miss
  • Very pricey rates

If a fairytale wedding is what you’re looking for, what better place to hold your wedding than a castle? Dundas Castle is one of the most beautiful and versatile castle locations in Edinburgh, and you’re sure to fall in love with it.

This 15th-century castle is located close to the city, but far enough to let you appreciate its rolling hills and manicured gardens in peace and quiet. Of course, nothing can be more fairytale-like than taking photos with the picturesque castle in the background.

Our favorite part of Dundas Castle is that you have free rein over what kind of wedding you want and where you want it to take place. You can choose between its vaulted hall, gardens, courtyard, or even its library if you want a more unique option.

If family and friends are coming over to Edinburgh, this venue also has 17 bedrooms available, all in different themes. We also commend how attentive the staff is to guests, treating them warmly from the moment they arrive.

However, we highly recommend checking out event managers that have good reviews online, as some of them can be a hit-or-miss, especially when it comes to communication. This can make planning difficult, especially if you’re from abroad.

Additionally, rates are also on the more expensive side, but we believe the price is well worth the venue, accommodations, and service you get from Dundas Castle. With this venue, you wouldn’t want to miss a single moment.

5. The Old Dr Bells’ Baths

The Old Dr Bells' Baths

Website: https://theolddrbellsbaths.com/ 

Address: 121 Great Jct St, Edinburgh EH6 5JB, United Kingdom

Contact information: 7393 778497

Google Reviews4.5/5
Facebook Reviews4.8/5
Total Reviews4.6/5
Score Consistency5/5
Space4/5
Lighting and Acoustics5/5
View3/5
Amenities4/5
Price5/5

Pros

  • More affordable rates
  • Great lighting and acoustics
  • Versatile and allows clients to source their own services

Cons

  • Smaller and suiter for more intimate events
  • No available accommodations

We’re closing off our list with The Old Dr Bells’ Baths, a more unique venue nestled in Leith, Lothian, and Borders. Like other venues on our list, this place is equally as rich in Victorian heritage, but at a more affordable price.

The Old Dr Bells Baths is a listed former bathhouse. Now it’s been transformed into a multi-purpose event space that’s bathed in natural light and neutral black-and-white finishing perfect for a wedding.

To hold a wedding at The Old Dr Bells’ Baths, you must utilise their catering services. But everything else, such as venue dressing, flowers, DJ services, and others, can be sourced separately.

Of course, they also have flexible packages which we highly recommend. These come complete with a wedding designer, a catering team, and a master of ceremonies. We love their affordable rates, with their Gold package coming in at around £89 per person.

The venue is a bit smaller compared to other entries on our list, so it’s better for couples who want a more intimate setting. Moreover, they don’t offer accommodation, so it can pose a problem to guests coming in from afar. 

Nonetheless, The Old Dr Bells’ Baths is quickly rising as one of the best places to hold more affordable weddings, without sacrificing venue quality. We highly recommend checking them out.

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