The Culloden Estate & Spa

The Culloden Estate & Spa

5 Star Hotel
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Venue Overview

Bangor Road, Holywood, Belfast
The luxurious 5* Culloden Estate & Spa stands on the slopes of the Holywood Hills on the outskirts of Belfast, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. With Palatial surroundings the Culloden features 12 acres of secluded gardens & woodland.


Take a former Bishops Palace and transform it into a luxuriously appointed 5-star hotel.  Then set is atop secluded, landscaped gardens that overlook the sweep of Belfast Lough and we think you’ll find it’s the ultimate romantic setting for your very special day.  A magical place where memories are made.  We have over 40 years’ experience in organising and implementing the most important day of peoples’ lives. We have dedicated wedding co-ordinators to cater for your every whim. We have a choice of outstanding wedding rooms ranging from the small and intimate to high society weddings. We have award-winning chefs. 100 suites of luxury accommodation. The backdrop of a 19th century fairytale-style palace, 12 stunning acres of gardens, flowers, pathways, and an amazing view of the coast. A wedding photographer’s dream

Venue Type

  • Gardens
  • Historical
  • Hotel
  • Independent/Family Run


  • Classic
  • Luxe


  • Civil License
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Parking
  • Spa

Meet the Dream Maker

Jenny Mercer
Senior Events Manager
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What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 15 reviews
on Thu, 9th of January, 2020
I know everyone says it is the best day of your life but that is because it really is! From start to finish everything ran perfectly. There was no problem too big that the staff couldn’t solve. Everyone was so friendly and helpful, from bar staff to the night porters and of course my lovely

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wedding planner Ainsleigh and the banqueting manager Victoria.

The culloden is such a beautiful place to get married and the views are fantastic for pictures without having the worry of going somewhere else. I find it so calming when I am there even though I have a one year old child running around like crazy. It is honestly one of my favourite places in the world to go.

The food on the day was delicious. So many guests told us they have never had beef so tender let alone when the chef was making nearly 60 of them! The desserts were so tasty I only wish there had been some left over.

The bedrooms are clean and luxurious and we were in my favourite suite overlooking the water although by the time we got back to the room after dancing til 2am and up in the morning for the private breakfast with family and friends, I just I wish I had more time to enjoy it!

I didn’t feel stressed, I was able to relax and enjoy the day. Not once was I told to hurry up because we were behind time and I was chatting too much. I was told “it is your day” and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better one. I just wish I could do it all over again!

Thank you to all the staff for a day I will always remember

on Thu, 9th of January, 2020
Our wedding at the Culloden estate and spa was the perfect day. The grounds first and foremost are beautiful. Everything went very smoothly and the staff were excellent and extremely helpful throughout the day. The decorations at Christmas were warming and the food throughout the whole day was

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fantastic. Overall it couldn’t went of went any better and I would highly recommend this venue. A special thanks to our wedding planner Jenny Mercer and our banquet manager Charlotte.

on Tue, 10th of December, 2019
Had the best day from start to finish, the sun was out and we got beautiful pictures across the grounds of The Culloden! We got a very kind and professional greeting on arrival with drinks in hand!! Food was perfect, 2 weeks on and guests are still commenting on how good the food was and how

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everything ran on time! Can’t recommend the Culloden to other couples enough!!
on Fri, 29th of November, 2019
My husband & I could not recommend the Culloden highly enough! Such a beautiful venue, in a stunning setting with breathtaking views, we really could have been anywhere in the world.

We began planning our wedding in January this year & despite having a short time in which to plan, the staff at

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the Culloden were so friendly, accommodating & nothing was too much trouble. We are indebted to them especially for putting us in touch with a wonderful pastor who helped us create the perfect ceremony.

Special thanks must go to Ainsleigh who really was a blessing in the latter months of planning; she put us at ease, helped in any way she could, was always available to chat & bounce ideas off & who just took the stress out of it all, helped us to enjoy the build up & who's honesty & kindness we are so grateful for.

The day itself was a joy; a fantastic day which we will never forget, made possible by the seemingly effortless work of Ainsleigh, Caolan and the whole team. We honestly didn't worry about anything other than just enjoying ourselves. From the venue itself, the food & drink, to the way in which our suite was decorated, we wouldn't change a thing.

We have said to many people who've asked "how was the big day?", We would love to do it all again!

We will certainly be back to celebrate our anniversary, to reminisce on what was an unforgettable day & experience, if not before!!

Laura & Joseph Hunter
on Wed, 27th of November, 2019
To all the wedding planning team!

We just want to say a massive thank you for helping us plan our big day on 2/11/19. We really had the best time, the venue was absolutely stunning & set up to perfection!!

We enjoyed everything from our first initial meeting & show around with Michelle, to

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our meal tasting & chat with Jenny & then our chats, phone calls & emails back & forward with Ainsley. Everyone made us feel so at ease & relaxed. We never felt under pressure or stressed to do something within a certain time frame.

Victoria, you looked after us so well on the day & the ceremony & drinks reception room was gorgeous. It was set up just how I wanted it & looked so beautiful. As far as I know everything ran so smoothly & the atmosphere was really chilled. It was so nice to see our guests having such a wonderful time.

A big thank you to the chefs for the amazing food, so many of our guests have expressed how the meal was one of the nicest they’ve had at a wedding. So thank you for that. Thanks to the serving & bar staff for keeping things running smoothly as well.

Could you also pass on our thanks to the concierge staff, one name that I remember & a couple of our guests spoke highly of was Aaron. Everyone on the team was so helpful & friendly, even the night before & day after. We still felt so special & everyone was so excited for us, it was really nice.

All in all, the culloden really have a wonderful team, everyone is so friendly & approachable & they would go out of their way to help you no matter what. We’re so glad we picked the culloden as our wedding venue, it holds a special place in our hearts as we met there & got engaged there & we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Can’t believe it’s all over now but we’re looking forward to bumping into everyone again in the future! I’d say we’ll be back at least once a year to celebrate all our anniversaries!!

Lots of love
Victoria & David Brennan

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