A restored, character-filled Georgian boutique hotel in a postcard-perfect setting, including lawn bowling green, the River Avon, Norman-era castle ruins, and an 18th Century priory. It’s an idyllic Dorset wedding venue for ceremonies and breakfasts up to 96 guests, and receptions up to 120 guests.

An exceptional venue

All Harbour Hotels are known for their stunning locations, and The Kings Arms is no exception. Blending traditional character with contemporary design, and restored to its original Georgian style with period features, this character-filled boutique hotel faces out onto a postcard-perfect setting, including a lawn bowling green, the River Avon and the Norman-era ruins towards the 18th Century priory.

Event rooms

The King’s Pavilion

Recently restored in a beautiful New England-style, this impressive space features views over the bowling green, River Avon and atmospheric castle ruins.

  1. Area 106 sq m / 1,106 sq ft
  2. Max capacity 96
  3. Dining capacity 80
  4. Licensed
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The King’s Priory Suite

Our newly-refurbished, split-level Kings Priory Suite comes with views over the bowling green, River Avon and atmospheric castle ruins. It’s perfect for your wedding ceremony, breakfast or evening celebration.

  1. Area 100 sq m / 1,081 sq ft
  2. Max capacity 120
  3. Dining capacity 96
  4. Licensed
Event rooms

The Bowling Green

This unique outdoor space – an authentic lawn bowling green opposite the hotel, bordered by the River Avon on one side, castle ruins on the other – is ideal for receptions and stunning wedding photography.

  1. Area 40 sq m / 430 sq ft
  2. Max capacity 96
  3. Dining capacity 96
  4. Licensed
Event rooms

The Private Dining Room

Perfect for dinner the night prior to your wedding, or breakfast the morning after. Specially-created menus include a banquet-style ‘Bring Me Food’ menu, a ‘3,3,3’ set menu (3-courses, 3 choices for each course), or a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. 

  1. Max capacity 36
  2. Dining capacity 36
  3. Licensed

Offers & Events


Need some inspiration?

Are you looking for a themed wedding? Or just some inspiration? We offer the following special wedding themes, uniquely suited to this unique venue. Feel free to adapt them as you wish, create your own unique theme, or have no theme at all. The choice is yours.


Don’t just take our word for it

Some of our past happy couples have kindly agreed to share their wedding experience to help you decide. See what’s possible, be inspired by their choices.


Something for all budgets

We understand that budget is always a consideration. To help get your started, our weddings team have created the following packages. Take one just as it is, expand upon it, or design your own from scratch - it's entirely up to you.

Recommended suppliers

They’ll help too

Our recommended suppliers know our venue space inside out and are some of the best at what they do. You are of course welcome to organise your own should you prefer, or ask our wedding team for further recommendations.

Food & Drink

Treat your guests

Here at Harbour Hotels, we understand the importance of treating your guests to exceptional food & drink in making any day a special one.

Our passionate chefs have created several different menus, using only the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients, that will delight your guests. To prove it, we’ll give you both a free tasting session first!

Private tours

See for yourself

Finding a wedding venue, is like finding a new place to live. You’ll know it’s right as soon as you walk in. To arrange a private viewing, please call our weddings team on 01202 588933, or send us an online enquiry.

Your wedding, your way

We want you to have your dream wedding and anything is possible.

If you don’t see what you want, or have questions, just call us. Our specialist wedding team is here to help – and we will undoubtedly have lots of other great ideas and suggestions.

How to find us

Bournemouth Airport 15 mins by car
Southampton Airport 35 mins by car
Christchurch train station 5 mins by car
London [Waterloo] 2 hours by train