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26th Aug 2022

Ireland’s top pet-friendly wedding venues have been revealed

Fiona Frawley

woman in a wedding dress sitting with a golden retriever dog wearing a flower crown

For those of you who can’t imagine celebrating your big day without your furry family members in tow.

After being granted more time to spend with our pets over the last two years, many of us are reluctant to spend a day without them, never mind the biggest day of our lives. If you’ve always imagined your bichon trotting with an air of importance down the aisle, carrying the rings in a wee pouch attached to their collar, or have spent forever dreaming of the family portrait of you, your spouse and your crew of canines all dressed up in your wedding attire, then this is the list for you. have scoured the country for the best pet-friendly wedding venues and the results do not disappoint.

Whether you’re picturing a festival style wedding in a rustic barn or a swanky celebration in a city champagne bar, there’ll be a venue on this list for you and your furry family to say “I do” to.

360 Cookhouse, Waterford

Ideal for intimate celebrations with about 30-50 guests, Dungarvan’s 360 Cookhouse offers a relaxed but atmospheric and romantic restaurant wedding setting.

Ballintubbert Gardens and House, Laois

Recently crowned Ireland’s Best Outdoor Wedding Venue, Ballintubbert boasts a number of different dining and party locations across the vast grounds, and is perfect for vintage, rustic, boho, classic, and festival feel style weddings.

Bobby’s Wine and Champagne Bar, Dublin

Romantic pink interiors and a fully heated outdoor space, Bobby’s is a hidden gem in the heart of the city for intimate pet-friendly nuptials.

Breckenhill, Antrim

Breckenhill offer a choice of two romantic barn settings surrounded by woodlands and gardens, with an option for BYO alcohol and catering too if that’s your vibe. And of course, your pooch will be the guest of honour (after you, obvs).

Dylan Hotel, Dublin

Dublin’s only five star boutique hotel set in a stunning historic townhouse has options for semi private or fully private intimate wedding celebrations, with an array of of amenities and services to ensure four-legged guests feel right at home including pet beds, treats and water dishes.

Mountain View Kilkenny

Recently voted Ireland’s Best Exclusive Wedding Venue, Mountain View offers breathtaking backdrops of rolling hills and a choice of indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces that are licensed for civil ceremonies, partnerships and blessings. Suitable for both intimate and larger celebrations of up to 250 guests, including furry ones.

Roberta’s Restaurant and Bar, Dublin

An industrial-chic style restaurant in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar, flooded with natural light from the glass atrium ceiling. Suitable for both intimate and larger celebrations with up to 300 guests, Roberta’s outdoor patio area is perfect for pups.

Sandbrook House and Gardens, Carlow

An impressive 1700s house set against the backdrop of Mount Leinster, Sandbrook offers ample outdoor settings including sprawling manicured lawn ideal for a marquee, a charming rustic barn and courtyard, an open terrace and covered veranda – all of which welcome four-legged guests.

Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway

Celebrate your big day surrounded by the West of Ireland’s mountains and nature. Slieve Aughty offers an alternative intimate setting for those dreaming of an outdoor green wedding, surrounded by pals and pups.

The Lawrence Hotel, Meath

A boutique hotel set within a lovingly restored 18th century building offering couples outdoor and indoor settings for both smaller and larger celebrations up to 150 guests. Best of all, your pooch will be welcomed with open arms (and a pat on the head).

Tigh na Ghra, Clare

Perched on the Cliffs of Moher with panoramic views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, The Burren National Park and over to Connemara, Tigh na Ghra is a one-in-a-million setting for an intimate outdoor or indoor ceremony up to 18 guests including pets.

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