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What are the best wedding venues in Dorset?

Updated: Aug 1

I have been fortunate to have performed at wedding venues all across Dorset and I can say with certainly it hosts some of the best wedding venues in the UK.


We may all be locked down for the time being, but having a little look at doset wedding venues for your Dorset wedding can't do any harm!


Here are my top 9 Dorset wedding venues I have performed at, in no particular order.


The Italian Villa


Italianate villa standing in landscaped gardens and available for private weddings and celebrations.


Note: this venue is no longer in adminstration due to Coronavirus


Address: 164 Canford Cliffs Rd, Poole BH13 7ES


Google Rating: 4.7


Sopley Mill

Sopley Mill still has the stunning original features of the watermill with its oak beams, incredible views over the Avon water meadows and flanked on both sides.


Address: Mill Lane, Sopley BH23 7AU


Google rating: 4.6


Deans Court

An elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone's throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset.


Address: Deans Court, Deans Ct Ln, Wimborne Minster BH21 1EE


Google rating: 4.6


St Giles House

St Giles House is located at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset in England, just south of Cranborne Chase. It is the ancestral seat of the Ashley-Cooper family, which is headed by the Earl of Shaftesbury. The estate covers over 5,500 acres.


Address: The Estate Office;Wimborne,Dorset;BH21 5NA


Google rating: 4.7


Smedmore house

Smedmore House is a country house near Kimmeridge, Dorset, in England. It was originally built by Sir William Clavell around 1620, partially rebuilt by Edward Clavell around 1700, and greatly augmented by George Clavell around 1760. English Heritage have designated it a Grade II* listed building


Address: Smedmore House, Kimmeridge BH20 5PG


Google Rating: 4.8


Highcliff Castle

Highcliffe Castle, situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe, Dorset, was built between 1831 and 1835 by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay in a Gothic Revival style near the site of High Cliff House, a Georgian Mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute with the gardens laid out by Capability Brown.


Address: Rothesay Dr, Highcliffe BH23 4LE


Google Rating: 4.4


Kingstone country courtyard

This charming B&B in an 18th-century stone farmhouse and converted outbuildings is 2 miles from Corfe Castle's medieval ruins and 5 miles from Swanage.


Address: Corfe Castle, West St, Wareham BH20 5LR


Google Rating: 4.5


The kings arm hotel

Kings Arms Hotel, a delightful boutique hotel in Christchurch, Dorset. Beautiful wedding venue and restaurant close to Christchurch Harbour.


Address: 18 Castle St, Christchurch BH23 1DT


Google Rating: 4.3


Crown Hotel

Just a stones throw from the brewery in Blandford Forum, The Crown is reportedly the oldest inn in Dorset and has been a residence since the 10th Century.


Address: West St, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ


Google Rating: 4.3




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  • One of the UK’s most in-demand magicians

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