31 Secular & Civil Ceremony Venues in Dublin

31 Secular & Civil Ceremony Venues in Dublin

If you’re looking for an alternative to having a religious or church ceremony there are numerous beautiful secular and civil ceremony venues in Dublin. Whether you adore the glam luxury hotel vibe, love history and architecture, or you’re on the hunt for something truly unique, there is a venue to suit all tastes when you know where to look. Some of these spots are available to book for ceremony only, should you want to hold your evening reception elsewhere. To help your search, we’ve gathered 31 of our favourite secular and civil ceremony venues in Dublin, and we’ll bet (at least) one is your perfect match…

No.25 Fitzwilliam Place

1. No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place

No.25 Fitzwilliam Place is a chic restored Georgian house with high ceilings and elegant furnishings that spans three floors. The venue can host civil ceremonies, with the option to continue the party with a wedding reception, so the venue can highlight one of its many strengths – the incredible food offering.

Where: Dublin 2 |  Capacity: 60 | 25fitzwilliamplace.ie

City Hall | Photo by Olga Hogan Photography via One Fab Day

2. City Hall

A classic and effortlessly beautiful Georgian venue, City Hall is an iconic and stunning choice for Dublin civil and secular ceremonies.

Where: Dame Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 200 | dublincity.ie

The Shelbourne

3. The Shelbourne

The epitome of city centre luxury every room at The Shelbourne has been approved for civil ceremonies. We particularly love the historic rooms upstairs including the Constitution Room and the Adam and Deirdre Suite which can cater for up to 80.

Where: Dublin 2 | Capacity: 348 | theshelbourne.com

Smock Alley | Photo by Peter Carvill via One Fab Day

4. Smock Alley

A restored 19th-century theatre overlooking The Liffey, Smock Alley retains its character with large stained glass windows, sky high ceilings and beautiful stone walls that make it a dramatic ceremony space.

Where: Temple Bar, Dublin 8 | Capacity: 150 | smockalley.com

Fallon & Byrne

5. Fallon & Byrne

Tucked away just off Grafton Street, Fallon & Byrne offers a gorgeous light-filled second-storey ceremony space in the heart of the city. An inspired choice for an alternative urban wedding.

Where: Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 120 | fallonandbyrne.com

Stephen’s Green Club

6. Stephen’s Green Club

Overlooking Stephen’s Green, the magnificent historical building – dating back from the 18th Century – is complimented by bright rooms, capturing the romance of ‘old Dublin’. The Card Room at Stephen’s Green Club, with its beautiful glass domed ceiling, is a particularly magical civil or humanist ceremony venue.

Where: Dublin 2 | Capacity: 80 | stephensgreenclub.ie

Portmarnock Resort & Jameson Golf Links

7. Portmarnock Resort & Jameson Golf Links

Nestled along Dublin’s Velvet Strand lies Portmarnock Resort & Jameson Golf Links. As Dublin’s only coastal resort and the original home of the Jameson Whiskey Family, it combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th-century home, making it the perfect place to say ‘I do’.

Where: Portmarnock, Co. Dublin | Capacity: 220 | portmarnock.com

Airfield Estate

8. Airfield Estate

Country house elegance meets farmyard chic at Airfield Estate, a hopelessly pretty, sprawling sanctuary that also serves as a one-of-a-kind wedding venue. There are lots of lovely ceremony and reception space options, including a manor house with a light-filled Victorian library, which can be used for private dining, a hugely popular barn and a chic restaurant.

Where: Dublin 14 | Capacity: 110 | airfield.ie

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Luttrellstown Castle

9. Luttrellstown Castle

Just a stone’s throw from Dublin City Centre, with magnificent ballrooms, 20 beautifully appointed bedrooms, an awe-inspiring library and manicured lawns, Luttrellstown Castle represents the height of luxury, but still retains a cosy atmosphere, making it perfect for weddings large and small.

Where: Castleknock, Dublin 15 | Capacity: 180 | luttrellstowncastle.com

10. Fade Street Social

Fade Street Social offers a unique and stylish intimate setting in the heart of Dublin for your special day, with beautiful views of the city and personalised menus. This modern venue perfectly marries sophistication with the vibrant atmosphere of the city – and it’s available to hire exclusively.

Where: Fade Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 100 | fadestreetsocial.com

Fitzpatrick Castle

11. Fitzpatrick Castle

Fitzpatrick Castle is an 18th-century four-star castle hotel, offering stylish surroundings, friendly personal service and tranquility within the breathtaking views overlooking Dublin Bay. The magnificent gardens are the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Where: Killiney, Co Dublin | Capacity: 250 | fitzpatrickcastle.com


12. Medley

A diverse space in the heart of the city, Medley is a unique wedding venue housed in a renowned Dublin landmark – Irish Times printing works. Located in one of the city’s most historic districts and surrounded by the impressive architecture of Fleet Street, College Green and Trinity College, the venue has been extensively refurbished while retaining its warmth and charm.

Where: Fleet Street East, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 100 | medley.ie

Photo by Adam & Grace

13. Orlagh House

Orlagh House is a truly unique venue! A country house situated in the foothills of the Dublin mountains with spectacular views out over the city, stretching out as far as the Irish sea. While being located just 25 minutes from the city centre, you will get all of the feeling of a gorgeous country estate at this lavish house.

Where: Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 | Capacity: 120 | orlagh.ie

14. Castleknock Hotel

Tucked away in a beautiful rural setting, the award-winning Castleknock Hotel is located just a stone’s throw from Dublin City Centre and five minutes from the beautiful Phoenix Park. For couples interested in having a civil ceremony, the property has two dedicated spaces – a beautiful civil ceremony room that can hold up to 160 guests, and a gorgeous space in the wedding garden that provides a picture-perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

Where: Castleknock, Dublin 15 | Capacity: 250 | castleknockhotel.com

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The Dean

15. The Dean

Considered one of Dublin’s coolest places to stay and play, The Dean is a modern boutique hotel located in the heart of Dublin City. Perfect for an intimate wedding, this location is a stylish choice for brides and grooms who have their heart set on an urban setting.

Where: Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 120 | thedean.ie

The Maritime Museum | Photo by Wild Things Wed Via One Fab Day

16. The Maritime Museum

A truly unique venue in the picturesque location of Dun Laoghaire, the Maritime Museum is a fully-restored 19th-century building, approved for civil ceremonies and a memorable spot for anyone who seeking a nautical theme.

Where: Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin | Capacity: 100 | mariner.ie

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The National Gallery | Photo by Elaine Barker Photography via One Fab Day

17. National Gallery of Ireland

Held in one of the venues beautifully refurbished suite of Georgian rooms, The National Gallery which overlooks Merrion Square, is all about subtle elegance and refined style.

Where: Merrion Square West, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 40 | nationalgallery.ie

Drury Buildings | Photo by Kyrstin Healy Photography via One Fab Day

18. Drury Buildings

Perfect for an artsy warehouse style ceremony, upstairs at Drury Buildings is a total blank canvas. After you can party the night away, or pop along to one of the many nearby bars and venues.

Where: Drury Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 80 | drurybuildings.com

The Mayson | Photo by Aoife O’Sullivan Photography

19. The Mayson

Exchange your vows in the captivating ambiance of The Timberyard at The Mayson right in the heart of the city. Surrounded by plush furnishings, exposed brick walls, and striking artwork, the ceremony space at The Mayson can accommodate civil and secular ceremonies for up to 100 guests. Following your ceremony you can dine and dance the night away in this chic space.

Where: North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 | Capacity: 100 | themayson.ie

The Clarence Hotel | Photo by Dena Shearer Photography

20. The Clarence Hotel

An oh-so-pretty pink panelled space overlooking the magnificent River Liffey, The Rose Room at The Clarence Hotel offers an intimate, unique and stylish setting for a modern Dublin City wedding. After the ‘I do’s’, the room can be transformed for dining where the wedding party, along with their families and friends can gather to celebrate their beautiful day.

Where: 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 100 | theclarence.ie

The Westbury

21. The Westbury

An irresistibly luxe venue in the heart of the city centre The Westbury is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. Choose from seven private event spaces which can accommodate everything from small intimate celebrations to larger groups.

Where: Balfe Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 150 | doylecollection.com

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The Merrion Hotel | Photo by Brosnan Photographic via One Fab Day

22. The Merrion

Another grand Dame that would make a luxurious choice, The Merrion Hotel is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. The powder blue walls of the first-floor Wellington Room at make for an elegant and romantic ceremony setting.

Where: Merrion Square, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 80 | merrionhotel.com

The Museum of Literature Ireland | Photo by Story of Eve via Tara Fay

23. Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)

A Dublin city centre museum devoted to Ireland’s greatest storytellers, The Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) first opened its doors in late 2019 and is now available for weddings. The Georgian style building would make for a very special ceremony space.

Where: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 60 | moli.ie

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The Woollen Mills | Photo by Ivana Patarcic Photography via One Fab Day

24. The Woollen Mills

The Woollen Mills is a fantastic alternative venue for the ultimate downtown Dublin wedding offering numerous event spaces with the Ha’penny Bridge as a backdrop. Take inspiration for your own city celebration from the wedding of Sarah and Sean.

Where: Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1 | Capacity: 80 | thewoollenmills.com

The Law Society

25. The Law Society

A historic, almost church-like setting, Presidents’ Hall at The Law Society lends a regal, sophisticated heir to civil wedding ceremonies. The Law Society also offers space for a chilled drinks reception after your nuptials.

Where: Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 | Capacity: 180 | lawsociety.ie

Haughton House at Dublin Zoo

26. Haughton House at Dublin Zoo

A restored historical building Haughton House at Dublin Zoo is a truly original ceremony venue for civil ceremonies. It boasts fabulous views of the zoo, and the unusual setting also makes for wonderful photo opportunities.

Where: Pheoenix Park, Dublin 8 | Capacity: 80 | dublinzoo.ie

No. 6 Kildare Street Wedding Ceremony
Royal College of Physicians Ireland

27. Royal College of Physicians Ireland

Filled with antiques and period features, the Royal College of Physicians Ireland is an intimate and sophisticated location for city centre ceremonies steeped in history. There are a number of attractive options to choose from here including The Dun Library and grand Graves Hall.

Where: Kildare Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 150 | heritage.rcpi.ie

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Dublin’s Natural History Museum | Image by Emma Russell via One Fab Day

28. The Natural History Museum (AKA The Dead Zoo)

If your interest in animals is more scientific, Dublin’s Natural History Museum or Dead Zoo might just be the perfect place for your wedding ceremony. A completely unique and wow-inducing ceremony space. It’s important to note that they can only cater for wedding ceremonies on Mondays.

Where: Merrion Street, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 50 | museum.ie

Swords Castle

29. Swords Castle

The chapel at Swords Castle may have a religious feel, but it currently only hosts civil and secular ceremonies, so it’s a nice compromise for couples who aren’t religious, but would still like a grand setting for their exchange of vows.

Where: Swords, Co Dublin | Capacity: 60 | swordscastle.com

The Grayson | Photo by Spiritual Ceremonies

30. The Grayson

A cool restaurant and party venue overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, The Grayson is housed across four floors of an extensively-restored Georgian townhouse and is a promising spot for stylish city weddings. The Instagrammable interiors are perfect for couples who want something a little different for their wedding album.

Where: St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 | Capacity: 120 | thegrayson.ie

Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

31. Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill

World-renowned chef Marco Pierre White masterminded this relaxed destination restaurant just outside of the city, which serves rave-worthy steak and fish, and boasts a cute courtyard that’s magical for ceremonies in summer.

Location: Donnybrook, Dublin 4 | Capacity: 120 | Websitemarcopierrewhite.ie

The Chocolate Factory | Photo by John Gillooley via One Fab Day

32. The Chocolate Factory

Once an actual working chocolate factory, The Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn Street is now home to artist studios, an organic restaurant and creative spaces. With its bare aesthetic, this warehouse space serves as the perfect starting point for an industrial shindig and even features an allotment-style, rooftop garden for taking portraits against the Dublin skyline. For a closer look, check out Seamus & Brogen’s colourful real wedding or Jill & Patrick’s fun fair inspired real wedding.

Where: Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1 | Capacity: 50-200 | www.chocolatefactory.ie

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