Bride and groom standing beside Mons Meg with St Margaret's Chapel in the background

Weddings

Edinburgh Castle rises up above the city to give Scotland’s capital its fairytale skyline and grant you and your wedding guests out-of-this-world views. It’s an unforgettable setting for one of life’s most momentous occasions.

You can hold your big day at Edinburgh Castle whether you’re planning a no-expenses-spared celebration or a simpler, more relaxed affair. Gather up to 120 guests in one of our grander rooms, or say ‘I do’ in the tiny chapel that is Edinburgh’s oldest building. Each venue has sweeping vistas beyond its door.

We can host both your ceremony and reception, so you can spend more precious time with your loved ones. You can even arrange a private viewing of Britain’s oldest Crown jewels for guests. Round off an incredible day with fine food and dancing in the footsteps of royalty.

Hewn out of the natural rock, Edinburgh Castle has withstood misfortune and seen great joy and celebration. Few places embody longevity, strength and commitment like Scotland’s ‘defender of the nation’.

Book your wedding with us and add your story to this rich tradition.

Weddings cannot be held at Edinburgh Castle from 1 June to 30 September.

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The Queen Anne Room set up for a wedding ceremony

Queen Anne Building

Ceremony capacity: 120 guests

Reception capacity: 170 guests

Grand wedding banquets suit this sumptuous setting at the heart of the castle. Available for your exclusive use, the Queen Anne Room can host an afternoon ceremony and evening reception. Drinks and canapés are served in a charming indoor courtyard. Wheelchair accessible.

Detailed image of table settings and flowers in the Gatehouse Suite

Gatehouse suite

Ceremony capacity: 40 guests

Reception capacity (drinks only): 40 guests

Luxurious and intimate, this 19th-century suite is ideal for celebrations on a smaller scale. Make your vows in a grand, wood panelled room, then step next door for your first toast as a married couple. Wedding photographs can be taken on the private terrace, with its breathtaking views of Edinburgh. The Gatehouse Suite is reached via a spiral staircase.

A bride and groom inside St Margaret's Chapel

St Margaret's Chapel

Ceremony capacity: 30 guests

Surround yourself with your closest loved ones in this small chapel built by David I around 1130 solely for use by the royal family. Edinburgh’s oldest building is beautifully preserved, with its ornate original arches and stained glass windows added in the 1920s. Drinks and canapés can be served in the Queen Anne Anteroom after the ceremony. Wheelchair accessible.

Jacobite Room set up for a drinks reception and dancing

Jacobite Room

Reception capacity (dinner): 100 guests

Reception capacity (evening reception): 150 guests

Modern interiors meet majestic high ceilings within an 18th-century building. As night falls, views of the twinkling lights of the city below replace a dramatic outlook over the Firth of Forth. For flexibility, pre-dinner drinks can be served in the Redcoat Room next door and both rooms can accommodate dancing. Available to hire outside of castle opening times only. Wheelchair accessible.

Types of ceremony

Civil, religious and humanist ceremonies may be held in the Queen Anne Room and Gatehouse Suite.

St Margaret’s Chapel can only host religious ceremonies.

Get engaged at the castle

A grand gesture like this calls for the perfect setting. We can arrange for you to have exclusive use of the romantic Minstrels’ Gallery for your proposal. Set high above the Great Hall, this is where musicians once played, captivating royalty below. Enchant your special audience of one in the same setting.

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The iconic majestic fortress of Edinburgh Castle favoured residence of Kings and Queens.

Edinburgh Castle has everything you need to make your big day a big success.

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