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Spectacular and Unusual Cork Wedding Ceremony Venues

During this current Covid-19 Lockdown, many of us have been forced to stay close to home. This caused me to pause and think about some of the great wedding ceremony venues that are right here on my own doorstep in Cork, Ireland. These venues cater for wedding ceremonies of all shapes and sizes from elopements with just the two of you, to small intimate family weddings and also for larger gatherings and celebrations These wedding ceremony venues are well worth exploring if you are looking for somewhere out of the ordinary and that will create unique memories of your wedding day for you and your guests.


1. Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven Co. Cork


This 400 year old coastal fort sits on a clifftop overlooking the narrow entrance to Cork Harbour, so the views out to sea past Roches Point Lighthouse and back towards Cobh, with it's soaring cathedral, are truly spectacular. With over 60% of the fort located underground, Camden Fort Meagher offers a selection of unique spaces, both above and below ground for your wedding ceremony. You can choose from one of the recently restored barracks halls or you can opt for the unique magazine bunker that in past times housed an arsenal of weapons, gunpowder and ammunition. The bunker is accessed via the amazing spiral stone staircase with it's customised chandelier.


This staircase, along with other unique locations throughout the fort can be showcased by your photographer to create wonderful memories of your Fort Camden wedding. Crosshaven is a small sailing village located just 30 minutes drive from Cork City, with popular wedding reception venues such as Carrigaline Court Hotel, Maryborough House Hotel and Rochestown Park Hotel all within very easy reach. If you are looking for a unique ceremony location that provides a fantastic backdrop for your photographs, then Camden Fort Meagher is definitely worth exploring,


2. Charles Fort, Kinsale, Co. Cork


Another of Cork's fabled coastal fortifications is Charles Fort, located in the picturesque town of Kinsale, at the very start of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Kinsale is also known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, so you can be certain that your wedding here will be a gastronomic delight. Charles Fort is one of the finest examples of a 17th Century star-shaped fort, with two enormous bastions overlooking the harbour.


The gunpower magazine building dating back to 1680 is one of the oldest and best preserved buildings within the fort and within it's ancient walls under it's high vaulted ceiling is where your wedding ceremony can be performed in a truly unique setting.



Charles Fort is also a photographer's dream location with a wide variety of views and backdrops immediately available. For instance, the drawbridge over the dry moat makes a wonderful location for a "First Look" photo shoot, while the dramatic ramparts are a fun space for bridal party shots.

With many great wedding hotels and venues to choose from in nearby Kinsale town for instance Kinsale Hotel and Spa, Actons Hotel, The Trident Hotel and Ballinacurra House to name but a few, a Wedding Ceremony in Charles Fort will get your wedding day off to a spectacular start. And you never know, the White Lady, Charles Fort's own resident ghost, could even make a guest appearance!



3. Cork City Gaol, Sunday's Well, Cork


This is one of my all-time favourite Wedding Ceremony venues ...... quirky, dramatic and just that little bit spooky! For a Halloween wedding, I can't think of a more suitable ceremony venue.......it is known to be one of the most haunted buildings in Ireland!!


Built in the 1800's Cork City Gaol (pronounced Jail), was indeed a Victorian prison and has many tales to tell. Today it is a popular tourist attraction and can also be hired as a unique and memorable wedding ceremony location. The building has a stunning castle-like appearance and offers a unique and atmospheric location that will captivate your guests.



The restored cell-block can be transformed into a magical wedding ceremony venue and the buildings and gardens offer great locations for wedding photographs.


Located in the leafy Cork suburb of Sunday's Well, just outside the city centre, you'll have a wide choice of reception venues available close by including the five-star Hayfield Manor Hotel, the riverside setting of The Kingsley Hotel and the old-world grace and charm of The Imperial Hotel in Cork City. If you really want your wedding ceremony to stand out, then a consultation with the team at Cork City Gaol could detain you for longer that you think!



4. St. Peters, North Main Street, Cork


Although St. Peters was deconsecrated as a place of worship in 1949, ancient maps show it dates all the way back to medieval times, to 1590 in fact. Located in North Main Street, one of Cork's oldest streets, it is now a modern wedding ceremony venue, effortlessly blending old and new.

You can choose from a variety of spaces from intimate side alcoves for elopements and mini-weddings to the light-filled central space that can accommodate up to 300 guests. You can even arrange to have your full wedding celebration in St. Peters as you can arrange for private catering and entertainment on-site.

You can choose to have a candle light wedding ceremony at dusk or use the secret garden spaces for a spring/summer outdoor wedding ceremony. St. Peters is a very flexible venue, in a really convenient location full of character and history. Discover how St. Peters can become your perfect Wedding Venue, right in the heart of Cork City.



5. Fota House and Gardens, Fota Island, Cork Harbour


Old world romance, glamour and grandeur sum up Fota House and Gardens as a unique Wedding Ceremony Venue in Cork. Just imagine yourselves as Lord and Lady of this regency manor house, hosting your dream wedding in historic and regal surroundings.


Fota House itself has many different spaces that can host different sized weddings from small intimate family ceremonies to large outdoor celebrations in the famous formal gardens with the historic arboretum and Victorian glasshouses forming a very unique backdrop to your special day.


Your photographer will really be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing great wedding photo locations in Fota House. The elegant reception rooms have been magnificently restored, while the world-famous formal gardens and arboretum at Fota House showcase natural beauty in all the lush splendor of this little piece of heaven on earth. To continue the elegant theme of your wedding day, the nearby five-star hotels Fota Island Resort and Spa Hotel or Castlemartyr Resort would be a great choice as reception venues to complete your vision of the glamorous and timeless wedding of your dreams.



6. Blackrock Castle Observatory, Blackrock, Cork


What can I say about Blackrock Castle Observatory? As a wedding ceremony venue, it is really hard to beat. The architecture both inside and outside is truly magical, allowing you to create a fairytale wedding ceremony and you very own happily ever after.


The castle's Forum, a magnificent circular room and Long Room, the real heart of the castle showcasing the stunning architecture are both used as ceremony spaces. For small, intimate weddings of up to 13 people, you can even choose a Rooftop Ceremony, right up on the battlements. Just think how spectacular your wedding photographs will be!


Blackrock Castle Observatory is located just 15 minutes "downstream" from Cork city centre. It

can be quickly and easily accessed from all the popular wedding reception venues. Stunning Cork Hotels such as Vienna Woods, Radisson-Blu, Cork International Hotel, and The Montenotte, are all within very easy reach. And don't forget, this medieval castle is now a modern observatory, complete with high-powered telescopes and other star-gazing equipment, so you could say that in making this your wedding ceremony venue, the sky is the limit for your lifetime of happiness together!!


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If you would like to discuss your wedding ceremony with me, I would be thrilled to talk to you both about these amazing venues and many more that are available right here in my home city and county of Cork or indeed some of the many other great wedding ceremony venues all over Ireland. Email me on hello@helenmurphycelebrant.ie and let's get the conversation started to secure your preferred wedding date. I very much look forward to chatting with you.


Happy Wedding Planning




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