In 1905, Bellingham Castle was the venue for the society wedding of the year when the 4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart, married Augusta, daughter of Sir Alan Bellingham.
The Marquis was then one of the wealthiest men in the British Isles and treated his bride and guests to a lavish celebration that attracted the world’s media attention.
Today, Bellingham Castle is still an exclusive-hire castle wedding venue where you and your guests can share in the history of Bellingham and enjoy a magical day in complete privacy.
Bellingham Castle offers a warm and inviting setting for the most magical day of your life. Full of romance, luxury and charm, we pride ourselves on being one of the finest authentic castle wedding venues in Ireland. The castle is 45 minutes from Dublin and an hour from Belfast via the M1.
Our team understand how important every detail of your special day is and would be delighted to help you organise a memorable, bespoke wedding. Whether imposing yet intimate, uniquely-themed, or luxury and lavish are the order of the day - our personal, discreet and attentive service will ensure that all of your wedding dreams come true.
Our elegant period drawing rooms are perfect for your arrival reception, while guests can enjoy tête-à-têtes in our library or catch up in our relaxing bars before dining in our grand reception room.
Clare McEntegart, Executive Chef, is renowned for her culinary creativity and use of fresh, seasonal, local ingredients and our Blissful Bellingham wedding package offers an extensive array of dishes to choose from.
Outside, mature gardens and the stunning riverside setting with footbridges, provide the perfect backdrop for your intimate wedding and photographs.
As an approved venue to host civil weddings, humanist ceremonies and civil partnerships, our wedding team would be delighted to provide you with contact details for both Spiritualist and HSE ceremonies; as well as the local Parish Office contact details.
We can cater for smaller intimate wedding ceremonies of up to 40 people in ‘The Oratory’ or larger numbers of up to 200 people in ‘The Bute Suite’. Alternatively, if the weather is kind, host your ceremony outdoors (please check with your registrar).
We also offer 19 luxury castle bedrooms for your family and guests to relax and stay in.
The Corscadden Family own and run four Castle Hotels in Ireland. Our Sister Romantic Castle Hotels include:
Markree Castle in Collooney, Co. Sligo
Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
Ballyseede Castle in Tralee, Co. Kerry
All our Castle Hotels are styled and furnished in keeping with each castle’s character and era. With luxury bedrooms and suites, our fabulous castles are historic, romantic and offer some of the finest wedding venues in Ireland.
Please visit one of our castles and start planning your special day…
by Audrey & Darrenon Tue, 4th September, 2018
Bellingham Castle in our opinion is second to none as a wedding venue. Our entire wedding experience was so special thanks to the wonderful team at Bellingham. The grounds of the castle are immaculate with beautiful gardens and so many unique photo ops. The castle itself boasts beautiful decor, so elegant yet homely. From the moment we arrived for our ... Read More
by Jennifer & Davidon Thu, 30th August, 2018
Where do we start? From the minute we stepped foot in Bellingham Castle on our first visit as a newly-engaged couple two years ago, to the day of our wedding, we were in love with the castle. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and we just knew that this was the place we wanted more than anything to host ... Read More
by Ann-Marie & Conoron Wed, 29th August, 2018
We had an absolutely amazing wedding at Bellingham castle. Ciara, Patrick and John will guide you along every step of the way and the other members of staff. Nothing was a problem to them. They respond to emails at lightening speed and have great suggestions. As a bride, you want to have assurance that you picked the right venue. I ... Read More
by Aisling & Darrenon Wed, 6th June, 2018
Darren and I cannot express enough how grateful we are to you all for making our day one we will never forget. From Patrick showing us round the venue two years ago, to the day itself, we have never felt so welcomed and looked after. Ciara, you are an absolute hero. From crawling behind me on the floor passing up ... Read More
by Maeve & Daraghon Tue, 29th May, 2018
To all the staff at Bellingham Castle, It is difficult to summarise how incredible all of you were this weekend...but I'll try! The stand-out points that set you above any other venue are: 1. The fact that you seated a surprise guest from Boston 2. My hot water bottle at the top table 3. The guests all commented on the ... Read More