Top 10 Unique & Unusual Devon Wedding Venues
Devon is a fantastic county to get married in. With two cities, 450 miles of coastline and the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor offering the largest open space in Southern England, it’s a county with plenty of options.
Choosing your venue is one of the biggest decisions when it comes to getting married. You want somewhere that works with the size of your guest list and perfectly fits the atmosphere of your dream day.
Our Devon & Exeter Weddings – An Area Guide has plenty of suggestions for great wedding venues across the county. However, we know that some couples are looking for a really unique Devon wedding venue, somewhere a little unusual and alternative. If that sounds like you then you’re in luck, as we’ve created a list of ten of the most interesting and unique wedding venues in Devon. From lighthouses to castles, tree houses to yurts we’ve got it covered – in fact, our list is so impressive we’ve even got lions and tigers!
Historic & Interesting Wedding Venues in Devon
Incorporating impressive architecture and breath-taking views, our top picks for historic wedding venues are spread nicely across the north, south and middle of the county, so wherever you’re getting married there’s a unique wedding venue nearby.
The red and white striped Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth’s Hoe is an iconic landmark in the city. Good views are to be expected from a lighthouse and Smeaton’s Tower is no exception, with the beautiful expanse of Plymouth Sound as a backdrop. For a truly alternative Devon wedding venue, the Lantern Room is hard to beat!
For culture lovers, getting married in a theatre may be a dream. But at The Landmark in Ilfracombe couples can literally take centre stage on their wedding day. Overlooking the beautiful North Devon coast and Ilfracombe’s Capstone Hill the venue combines the scenic views of a coastal wedding venue with a unique wedding ceremony setting inside the theatre.
Standing proud over the city of Exeter, Haldon Belvedere is an iconic landmark in mid-Devon. With panoramic views stretching to Dorset and Exmoor, the Georgian Period castle is 244 metres above sea level. It’s the setting of Haldon Belvedere that makes it such an interesting wedding venue, with views over the vast sweeping landscape of Devon earning it a place on our list.
Unusual & Alternative Wedding Venues in Devon
If you’re looking for a Devon wedding venue that’s really unexpected and sure to surprise and impress, then these venues could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. More than a little wild and big on wow factors these are some of the most unusual wedding venues in Devon.
The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth takes the rustic charm of a barn wedding to the next level. Set in 260 acres of East Devon countryside the stables at The Donkey Sanctuary make for a unique wedding venue for one very special reason: donkeys! The sanctuary is home to hundreds of rescued donkeys and if you get married there then the donkeys become a big part of your day.
If donkey bridesmaids and flower-bearing donkeys are your thing this is definitely the alternative Devon wedding venue for you. The Donkey Sanctuary also received a 2015 award for Ethical Wedding Venue of the Year.
A safari style wedding could be a lot closer than you think. Whilst you may not have the budget to fly all your guests to Africa, getting married to the sounds of roaring lions and screeching monkeys is possible right here in Devon.
Less than ten miles from Plymouth, Dartmoor Zoo is home to over 70 different mammals, 20 reptiles and nearly 40 different species of birds. Get married in the impressive house onsite and then enjoy a walk among the animals at this decidedly different Devon wedding venue.
Adventurous & Unique Wedding Venues in Devon
For couples with a sense of adventure, or for big family weddings, finding a venue that will keep all your guests entertained can be a challenge. Our final pick of unusual wedding venues captures Devon’s sense of adventure for a truly unique wedding day.
Tucked away in Liverton, near Newton Abbot, is Yurtcamp Devon. With 22 luxury yurts nestled amongst the woods, there is plenty of quirky wedding accommodation available for all your guests. As the venue is fully licensed couples can have both ceremony and venue under canvas, or in the onsite wedding barn.
At first viewing, Holne Park House may look like a typical country-house wedding venue, with manicured lawns and sweeping vistas. But beyond the gardens of the house adventure awaits, because the house is located in the popular River Dart Country Park. Few wedding venues can boast canoeing, zorbing, zip wires, slides and a pirate ship within their grounds, but that’s exactly what’s on offer at The River Dart Country Park. There’s also plenty of camping accommodation for guests onsite.
For couples after a sense of outdoor luxury on their wedding day then North Devon’s Tree Top Escape could be just the place. The unique wedding venue is built into the trees of a private wooded estate.
The luxury tree house is situated high above the ground and linked by a wooden walkway to the glass framed Nest, where ceremonies are held.
Finding Your Dream Devon Wedding Venue
You’ll find all these wedding venues and more on our interactive wedding map. It’s a great place to plan your wedding venue and allows you to search and filter by venue type.
Luxury Wedding Cakes in Devon
Once you’ve found your perfect wedding venue you’ll want to start planning all the other aspects of your big day. We create luxury bespoke wedding cakes for delivery throughout Devon and the South West.
All our cakes are handmade and available in a range of sizes. Browse our selection of cake styles to see examples of our work, or contact us to discuss creating a unique wedding cake for your special day.