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 Denise & Seanon Mon, 4th February, 2019
Myself and Sean would like to say a massive thank you to you all. We had the most amazing day on our wedding day, and I actually find it hard to put into words how grateful we are to you all for making our day so, so magical. Everything about Bellingham is flawless! The service, food and attention to detail ... Read More
by Gearoid & Siobhanon Fri, 30th November, 2018
I'm not sure how we can even begin to thank you all for what was the best and most memorable day of our lives. From the moment we arrived, everything was absolutely perfect. The attention to detail from the Bellingham team was incomparable to any other wedding venue we have ever been to (and we've been to more than a ... Read More
by Bernieon Fri, 30th November, 2018
To Ciara and all the staff of Bellingham Castle. We cannot thank you enough for all the special attention & service at our amazing wedding reception. You made it so relaxing & easy going, it was just the best! Thank you so much x
by Emma & Barryon Fri, 30th November, 2018
Thank you to all the Bellingham team for making our wedding day, the most special day of our lives. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you all when planning our wedding day. We feel so honoured to have been able to have our wedding reception in the beautiful Bellingham Castle, everything was perfect - the food, the surroundings ... Read More
by Rebecca and Tommyon Fri, 30th November, 2018
Had our wedding reception at the Bellingham Castle last Saturday. Breath-taking doesn't come close for this stunning castle. Excellent food, service, rooms and pets!