Dorset Weddings Venues – My Top 9!

Dorset wedding venues – how on earth can you choose a favourite?

It hasn’t been easy because there’s so many great ones to choose from.

It’s a bit like choosing your favourite film such a tough thing to do.

It’s been harder but I’ve rounded it down to just 9 but I had to leave some incredible places off.

Read on to find out which wedding venues made the cut (in no particular order).

Wedding Venue Considerations

It goes pretty much without saying that your wedding venue is going to be one of the biggest decisions of your wedding day.

It goes so far in defining what other factors are going to need to be considered.

For example some places are literally an empty room with no decoration at all.
Therefore you’re probably then going to have to invest more of your budget in wedding styling.

Other venues will include chair and tablecloths in the price where as others don’t.

Why I (might) know what I’m talking about?

As a professional wedding magician based in Dorset I have performed at hundreds of weddings.
I’ve performed at dozens of different venues.
I thought it was high time I gave my 2 cents on which were my very favourites to perform at.
I won’t keep you a moment longer.


The Dorset Wedding Venues List



1. Lulworth Castle

Photo – TP Photography

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset.

Pictures speak a thousand words as they say so not much more needs to be said in terms of aesthetics.
Plus who doesn’t want to get married in a castle?

Unfortunately a huge fire gutted the inside of the venue but this does give couples the license to stamp their personality all over their day.

You can make this mind-blowing blanks your own with special touches and theme.

This incredibly exclusive venue has incredible staff and a handpicked preferred wedding suppliers list which I am delighted to be a part of.

More information about Lulworth Castle at


2. The Italian Villa

The Italian Villa, Canford Cliffs, Dorset.

This hidden gem of a venue is nestled just inland from the Sandbanks – one of the UK’s most desired locations to live.

This multi-award winning venue spread across three accessible floors has everything going for it.

Not only does the building itself look like it’s been stolen straight out of Tuscany itself but it is situated in acres of unrivalled themed gardens – perfect for your all important couple shots.

To find out more about The Italian Villa visit –


3. Pennsylvania Castle

Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset.

Perched near the clifftops on the Isle of Portland Pennsylvania Castle has an idyllic sea view which is unmatched anywhere that I can think of.

The perfectly cut lawns, fine topiary and warm light feel to the venue all make this luxurious venue so desirable – I thoroughly recommend finding out more about the venue on their website –

4. Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorset.

This is a quintessentially British 15th Century Manor House.
It combines a truly stunning building to have your ceremony in with the modern refurbished coach-house and absolutely pristine gardens.

Historic buildings meeting modern facilities and ideal photo settings.

An all around winner.

Website –


5. Kingston Maurward

Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset

As far as I know Kingston Maurward is one of the only Dorset wedding venues that has on-site Alpacas to bring to your big day (don’t worry they’re optional!)
That’s not the main pull of this superb venue though.

With a near unlimited amount of guests allowed, multiple choices of where to hold your ceremony (including outside) and a 1st rate experienced wedding team it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular and so sought after.

In my opinion it is also under-priced for what you get for your money.

Find out more at


6. The Larmer Tree

The Larmer Tree, Salisbury, Dorset (ish)

I’m ignoring the fact this is slightly the wrong side of the Dorset-Wiltshire border and claiming this phenomenal venue for Dorset!
Huge elegant gardens – check ✔
Unique stage overlooking massive lawn – check ✔
A plethora of perfect peacocks – check ✔

Honestly, this has to be visited to be appreciated fully –


7. The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury

Symondsbury Tithe Barn, Symondsbury, Dorset

Somewhat of a hidden gem, which is not actually rare for Dorset wedding venues.
This refurbished 14th century barn just outside of Bridport can hold up to 150 guests.
It combines the rustic exposed beams, vaulted ceilings and huge amounts of natural light perfectly with a modern bar area.

You’ll be able to capture great photos because of the fabulous landscaped garden too.

It’s another great example of a stunning blank canvas which you can really make your own.


8. West Axnoller Farm (Chedington)

West Axnoller Farm (Chedington) Near Beaminster, Dorset.

This luxurious, exclusive and beautifully isolated venues is one of the top wedding locations in the country let alone Dorset.

It comprises 3 separate houses (which can sleep up to 34 people) featuring hot tubs, indoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and pristine countryside

Here’s the best part though.

There are NO neighbours whatsoever so you and your (up to) 250+ guests can party ALL NIGHT LONG!


9. Somerley House

I’m not letting the fact this is about 200 metres too far east to be in Dorset affect this being on the list.
I’m claiming Somerley House for Dorset!
Somerley House is really quite something featuring some of the most jaw-dropping decor I’ve ever seen.
Scenery that literally forces you to reach for your phone to take a photo.

Plenty of room inside too allowing you to invite up to 140 guests with great parking and very accessible location too.

Conclusion on the best Dorset Wedding Venues

There aren’t really any bad Dorset Wedding Venues that I can think of.

There were so many venues which I could have included but I had to draw the line somewhere.

When choosing your wedding venue you’ve really got to take a step back and picture your wedding happening there.

Which venue fills you with butterflies at the thought of marrying there?

That’s the one to go for.

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