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Edinburgh is a magical city, full of wonder and history – making it the perfect place to celebrate your wedding! Whether you are eloping to Edinburgh or have lived here all your life, there are wonderful small and large venues to suit any kind of civil, religious, or humanist ceremony – in Scotland, you can legally get married anywhere you would like, as long as you have a celebrant and are not on private land or a park maintained by the local authority.
From elegant Georgian libraries to historic caves and contemporary rooftops, you are sure to find the perfect place to tie the knot. Here’s a hand-picked guide to the best unique wedding venues in Edinburgh, Scotland to help you find your dream wedding location in the Scottish capital.
Historical Places – Scottish Wedding Venues in Edinburgh City Centre
This is an idyllic space for a small ceremony and reception. The National Trust property features beautiful paintings, elegant views, and exquisite period furniture, porcelain, and silver. Designed by architect Robert Adam in the late 1700s, this fully restored Georgian house is a fine example of luxury living in Edinburgh’s Enlightenment era. Next door to the First Minister’s official residence at Bute House, the Georgian Drawing Room overlooks tranquil Charlotte Square Gardens.
Location: New Town – The Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR
Guests: Up to 50
Where to stay: Our beautiful South Charlotte Street apartment sleeps five guests, and is located just across Charlotte Square in the city centre.
An old merchant’s house full of charming and authentic period features, including a gorgeous painted ceiling, a historic courtyard, and grand rooms. Riddle’s Court is a recently-restored hidden jewel in the centre of the Old Town. The building offers a romantic and intimate atmosphere just a quick walk from St Giles Cathedral or the Registry Office on the Royal Mile. Also: King James VI once held a Royal Banquet here!
Location: Old Town – Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG
Guests: Up to 80
Where to stay: Located just up the Royal Mile, our elegant 3 bed/3 bath Ramsay Garden – Heritage Apartment is a timeless and luxurious space ideal for a wedding party.
Unique Settings – Outdoor Wedding Venues and Unusual Wedding Venues in Edinburgh
Affectionately known as ‘The Botanics,’ Edinburgh’s most beautiful gardens offer a selection of locations for weddings. Options include an outdoor ceremony amongst the serene giant redwoods in the John Muir grove, or a reception in the hall overlooking the tranquil Rock Garden. Indoor locations around the gardens are available year-round to book also, with wonderful natural backdrops for your celebrations.
Location: Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
Guests: Up to 200
Where to stay: Nearby Cumberland Street is located in a traditional Georgian townhouse and sleeps five.
For an atmospheric and unforgettably unique wedding, look into the three unusual wedding venues offered by Unusual Venues in Edinburgh: The Caves, the Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd. Part of the historic Edinburgh Vaults, these chambers were formed as part of the 19 arches of the South Bridge in Old Town, and once housed taverns and tradesmen’s workshops, and lay hidden underground for 100 years.
Location: Old Town – 8-10 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS
Guests: Up to 200
Where to stay: Opulent Royal Mile Mansion is just two minutes away, and offers an atmospheric aesthetic to match.
Gorgeous Features – Victorian Wedding Venues in Edinburgh
Once a Victorian swimming pool, The Old Dr Bells Baths in Leith is now a luminous and contemporary wedding venue with a gorgeous vaulted ceiling, fresh white walls, and ornate black pillars and banisters. The neutral colours and versatile space provide an excellent blank canvas for those keen to design their own dream wedding.
Location: Leith – 121 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh. EH6 5JB
Guests: Up to 200
Where to stay: Located in the leafy Trinity neighbourhood, our tranquil Green Cottage location is a short drive away from Leith.
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has three rooms for hire, including a romantic Victorian library and the grand Great Hall, which features lavish crimson and gold walls, statues, and elegant pillars. Located on Queen Street in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town, the Royal College of Physicians is perfect for doctors…or simply couples planning a more formal celebration!
Location: New Town – 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
Guests: Up to 150
Where to stay: Our beautiful and classic Heriot Row apartment is just around the corner.
Grand Halls – Romantic Wedding Venues in Edinburgh
The Signet Library is a beautiful and romantic location for a wedding, situated just off the Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town. Elegant columns and gorgeous galleries in the Lower Gallery create a wonderfully formal setting for your ceremony. In the elegant Upper Library upstairs, the grand Georgian architecture features a cupola painting of Apollo and the Muses, as well as a stained glass window commemorating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.
Location: Old Town – The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Guests: 50 -220
Where to stay: Beautiful Ramsay Garden – Castle Views is the perfect place to stay and get ready for your special day, with room for 6 guests plus an incredible view of the city.
Known as ‘Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel,’ Mansfield Traquair in the eastern side of the New Town features soaring ceilings, a secluded garden, and beautiful art. Restored in 2005, the historic building is decorated with intricate murals by Phoebe Anna Traquair, who spent eight years painting the inside of this former church.
Location: New Town – 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6BB
Where to stay: Situated in a traditional Georgian New Town building just a five-minute walk away, our deluxe Drummond Place apartment sleeps 6.
Modern Spaces – Affordable Hotel Wedding Venues in Edinburgh
Located in the city centre inside a former church, The Glasshouse is a light-filled contemporary hotel with a gorgeous Gothic facade. Calton Hill acts as a stunning backdrop to the rooftop garden, and a selection of all-inclusive wedding packages make planning your big day stress-free.
Location: Calton Hill – 2 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA
Where to stay: With room for six guests, bright and modern Windsor Street Lane provides contemporary comfort and easy access to the capital’s best attractions, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Set in the heart of the city centre, The Penthouse at Doubletree by Hilton Edinburgh boasts floor to ceiling windows with stunning views beyond nearby Edinburgh Castle to the Firth of Forth and the coastline of Fife. Aside from these dramatic views, the space also includes its own bar and an outdoor terrace.
Location: City Centre – 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AF
Guests: Up to 150
Where to stay: Our 3rd floor Castle Terrace apartment is just down the street, with a beautiful modern kitchen and wonderful proximity to the city’s many attractions.