Best Wedding Venues in Kildare.
When planning your wedding one of the most important decisions you will make as a couple is choosing the perfect wedding venue. If you are thinking of getting married in Kildare you have come to the right place. Wedding venues in Kildare offer so many amazing options to suit every type of wedding. Finding that perfect venue can take time and tonnes of research. Don’t worry, I’ve got you sorted. To help you along the way and give you some honest advice and a great staring point, I have listed in no particular order some of my favourite wedding venues in Kildare. I have shot weddings at all these venues and each one brings something unique and different to the party. I have tried to give a good introduction to each venue and outline the some of the different options you can except and also answer some of the questions you might have about the ceremony and reception options, guest capacity and accommodation options for your guests. Hopefully this venue guide will help you in your search for the perfect wedding location.
If you are searching of an intimate and private wedding venue and you both are passionate about your food, Burtown House is definitely a wedding venue to go on your list. Run passionately by the Fennell family, Burtown House is the hidden gem of the Kildare countryside. Located on the outskirts of Athy, Burtown House itself is a truly unique Georgian Villa that was built in 1710. Full of local history it is surrounded by many beautiful gardens that include an old orchard, a rock and sundial garden and an amazing woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water. Burtown House and Gardens is really easy to get to being just 45 minutes from Dublin, 25 minutes from Kilkenny, 50 minutes from Waterford.
You have a number of stunning options when deciding where to have your wedding ceremony at Burtown House. The sundial garden or the beautiful court yard that is attached to the house are popular options. Or how about having your ceremony on a woodland island that is a stream bound garden? The choice is yours. For indoor options you can also use a really cool renovated barn to say your vows or the Green Barn restaurant can be turned into the ceremony location of your dreams.
Your reception dinner can be held in the rustic Scandinavian styled Green Barn Restaurant that is yours for the day. The food here is what really makes Burtown House stand out from the crowd. The produce is all grown freshly on site making Burtown House a foodies heaven. For summer weddings and some really relaxed vibes you have the option of setting up a spider marquee anywhere on the grounds to enjoy your drinks reception outdoors and the party started.
Accommodation is available for up to eight guests in the beautifully decorated Stable Yard House surrounded by woodland and gardens.
Guest capacity: 120.
Martinstown House has to be one of my personal favourite wedding venues in Kildare. Hidden away in the Kildare countryside not to far from The Curragh and less then an hour from Dublin, the house itself is a beautiful Gothic Cottage built at the beginning of the 1800’s and is surrounded by parkland, big old trees and a stunning walled garden. Martinstown House is now owned and run by The Booth family who have done an amazing job of making Martinstown House one of most unique, intimate and cool wedding venues in the country. The gardens at Martinstown House are spectacular with so many quirky little places for photos.
This is were things get really exciting. Martinstown House in my view boasts the best outdoor ceremony location in the country. There I said it. The place is called the woodlands and it’s perfect if you want to say your vows in the natural surroundings of the woods surrounded by nature and the sound of birds singing. Don’t let the harsh Irish weather stop you having your ceremony outside. The very considerate people at Martinstown House have built and amazing wooden canopy that will keep you and all your guests dry through out the ceremony. You also have the option of getting married on the front lawn, the stunning and flower rich walled garden and in the house it self. Their is no extra charge for holding your ceremony at Matrtinstown House which is a massive plus.
Your drinks receptions is usually held on the lawn in front of the house. You and your guests can have a few drinks and chill out on the lawn that has it’s very own fire pit. This is a great place for natural photos of you and your guests and the canapés are delicious. You can then celebrate your wedding meal in a vintage style marquee located in the walled garden. The food here is amazing; everything is prepared from scratch and all the produce is home grown or sourced locally.
The house itself has seven rooms that accommodate 14 people. All seven beautiful rooms in the house are included in the wedding package. Three further rooms are also available for hire in the Sone House Yard not far from the house. Just when you thought this place couldn’t get any cooler they have recently added a luxurious clamping village with ten deluxe bell tents that can accommodate up to twenty people.
Guest Capacity: 110.
Cliff at Lyons
The Cliff at Lyons is a picturesque getaway in the leafy Kildare countryside next to the banks of the Grand canal. Only a 30 minute drive from Dublin, The Cliff at Lyons is a venue made perfect for a truly unique and exclusive wedding experience that can be tailored to suits your needs. Steeped in local Kildare history and set on the renovated Old Shackelton Mill, the grounds at Cliff at Lyons are spectacular. You have so many options for wedding photos including a stunning waterlily filled lake with a fountain and a beautiful old chapel in the middle of the pond that you can access via a walk way. The picturesque rural location of Cliff at Lyons with their rose-clad buildings, stunning gardens and water features also make this an amazing location for any wedding photography.
For larger weddings you can choose to have your civil ceremony in Shackeltons Mill which can seat up to 200 guests and has a cascading waterfall as a backdrop. You also have the option for an out door wedding ceremony surrounded by apple trees and nature which is always my favourite option or even the in the sunshine-filled glass Orangery (100 guests). There is a €1200 hire fee to holding your ceremony at Cliff at Lyons. Your smaller more intimate ceremonies can take place in unique San Peadro 20-seat chapel, reached by a stone bridge running over a pond ( hire fee €700 ).
Drinks and canapés can be served in the 17th-century courtyard, or out on the lawn which is another great option especially during the summer months. The food is freshly cooked with the best ingredients home grown in the garden on site and you can have your menu tailored to suit you and your guests. Your main wedding dinner is served in two tiered Shackeltons Mill over looking the mills very own waterfall.
Cliff at Lyons has 38 guest rooms dotted around the pond and water fountain. Each room is unique and luxurious with four poster beds and they all have exceptional garden or lily-pond views, with some bedrooms looking towards the Grand Canal. The feeling is more of a private home than a hotel.
Guest capacity: 200.
Palmerstown House Estate
Palmerstown House Estate is easily one of the most idyllic wedding venues in the country and a venue worth considering if you are looking for that wow factor. Set on 900 acres of parkland the Manor House is an historic building full of old world character dating back to 1872. Surrounded by one the countries finest golf courses it’s a wedding photographers dream for photos. The manicured gardens surrounding the Manor House are perfect, plus insider tip, you have access to the Manor House roof top that have some amazing photos views of the Kildare countryside. Being only a short 20 minute drive from Dublin it’s makes Palmerston House Estate really accessible for all your guests.
You have plenty of options for your wedding ceremony and at Palmerston House Estate and each one offers something uniquely different. The stunning main hall in the Manor House is the most popular location. Set under a beautiful Waterford Crystal chandler the huge stair case is transformed into your isle and walkway to your ceremony table. The main hall can accommodate up to 180 guests. If you a looking for an outdoor and more bohemian vibe I would recommend the secret garden where you can say your vows surrounded by woodland and nature. Another outdoor option is the Pagoda that is located at the side of the Manor House. The Pagoda is an original feature and was built by the Earl of Mayo. It looks perfectly onto the manicured gardens surrounding the Manor House. Civil Ceremonies can take place in the Main Hall of the Manor House or Outside on the Garden Terrace at no additional cost.
If you choose to have your meal and reception in the Manor House and it will be exclusively yours on your wedding day which gives you and your guests the privacy to enjoy the party. The Manor House can cater for Weddings up to 130 Guests in a traditional round banqueting format. For larger weddings the High Chaparral Suite is located at the golf Lodge and can cater for 220 guests for your wedding meal and offers it’s own private balcony with a beautiful view of the golf course. You have exclusive access to the Manor House so after your meal you can return to the house for your first dance.
The twenty bedrooms in The Manor House are decorated to the highest standard with four poster beds in the majority of the rooms. Each bedroom in Palmerstown House Estate is uniquely designed adding to the exclusivity of this unique venue.
Guest capacity: 220.
Kilashee hotel is situated on the outskirts of Naas town in the rolling hills of Kildare and only 30km from Dublin City. Kilashee Hotel boasts an amazing butterfly garden and woodland walks that are perfect for your wedding photos. The original house at Kilashee was an 18th century Georgian manor home full of character and it still retains much of these features today. Insider tip, I would definitely inquire about the snug bar that can be reserved as a private bar for your guests to party into the early hours. I have heard some great feedback about this from couples.
Outdoor wedding ceremonies can be held in the Butterfly garden next to the old house. This is a perfect setting to says your vows as you are surrounded by beautiful flowers and manicured gardens. Killashee has a range of gorgeous suites ideal for a Civil ceremonies. The ceremony room hire including floral altar arrangement, red carpet, chair covers, lanterns, rose petals and tee lights is €500.00.
You have two main options for hosting your wedding reception at Killashee Hotel. For smaller intimate weddings you can reserve the original house that caters for up to 99 guests. After your ceremony you and your guests will be taken through to the magnificent private entrance of the original old house. There you can enjoy tasty canapés beside the crackling log fires in the atmospheric banquet hall. For larger weddings of between 120 and 300 guests you have the option of the recently refurbished opulent Thomson Suite. This is a lavish ballroom with high ceilings and decorated with gold mirrors and chandeliers. One of the main benefits of the Thomson Suite is the distinctive separate dance floor which includes a stage that may be altered to accommodate bands of any size. At Killashee, their reputation is built on great food. Head Chef, Phillip Gleeson sources the best local quality Irish ingredients.
Your guests won’t have a problem finding a place to stay as Kilashee hotel has 141 guest rooms. Your guests also have the options of many excellent hotels and b&b’s around Naas.
Guest capacity: 300.
If your dream is to to get married in a medieval castle in Ireland then Barberstown Castle could be the perfect wedding venue for you. Located next to the village of Straffan, Barberstown Castle is steeped in a 700 year old history. Once the home of Eric Clapton, The castle is set within twenty acres of grounds full of natural wildlife and a wide variety of trees. I have shot many weddings at Barberstown Castle and I’ve always had a great experience with the venue. Not just a Castle the venue is also a modern luxury hotel and it’s just 30 minutes from Dublin City. Insider tip, arrange to dine in the Castle Keep the night before your wedding with family and friends for a unique Castle experience within the ancient stone walls, surrounded by music and candle light.
Barberstown Castle has one of my favourite indoor rooms for a civil ceremony in the country. The reason for this is that the light is amazing for photos. The ceremony room is a stunning light filled conservatory with the the backdrop of a 13th century castle that also has an option of an open crackling fire during the winter months. For outdoor options you can say your vows beneath an old ash tree in the private garden that has been decorated with magical fairy lights. Holding your ceremony at Barberstown Castle is an additional fee of €450.
The medieval theme continues in the 16th century banquet hall at Barberstown Castle. The hall itself can host up to 250 guests and the atmosphere is truly unique. It is a separate building from the main hotel giving you full exclusivity for you and your Wedding guests. The Haggard is an old Coach House building dating back to the mid 1500’s situated in the Courtyard that has been converted into a quaint little Irish Pub. This is a great option for a private party the day after your wedding.
Plenty of room for your guests with 55 rooms available. The heritage of the hotel’s original buildings is mirrored by these lavish guest bedrooms with comfortable four poster beds.
Guest capacity: 250.
Moyvalley Hotel & Balyna House
Built on 550 acres of Kildare countryside and a stunning 18 hole golf course Moyvalley hotel and golf resort has plenty of options for your perfect wedding. Being less then less than 60 minutes from Dublin they cater just one wedding per day so Balyna House is exclusive for your wedding which means the stunning gardens belong to you and your family for the day. If you want to hold a second day celebration for your family and bridal party you can use Balyna House for a BBQ or dinner. You will have full access to the house which contains it very own private cellar bar.
If you are having your ceremony at Moyvalley you are in for a real treat. You have three stunning options. The first option is The Stone House that comfortably seats 120. This offers real rustic charm with a wooden bolted ceiling and bare stone walls (€300 hire fee). You also have Balyna House itself that can seat 180 guests. Ceremonies in Balyna House are included in house fee. For outdoor ceremonies and summer weddings you can use the manicured gardens and rolling lawns that surrounds Balyna House.
You have two great options for your wedding reception. Larger weddings, of up to 270 guests, can be held in Moyvalley Hotel in the Royal canal Suite. You also have the option of Balyna House for smaller intimate weddings that can cater for up to 100 guests. No matter which option you choose you have the use of Balyna House for the entire day. For larger weddings it’s a great idea to have the drinks reception at Balyna House to wow your guests on arrival and then it’s only a short walk through the beautiful gardens to the Royal Canal suite in the the main hotel.
You are your guests are sorted when it comes to accommodation. The Hotel has 54 bedrooms and 15 beautifully restored cottages on the grounds. You and the bridal party also have the option of staying in Balyna House itself on the night of the wedding. This stunning old house has 10 luxurious bedrooms with standing baths and four poster beds. They cater just one wedding per day so Balyna House is exclusive for your wedding.
Guest Capacity: 270