Caves Edinburgh

12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS
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The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlins Wynd are our exciting trio of award winning venues that together form the Unusual Venues of Edinburgh. Each of our three venues can provide the perfect backdrop to a truly unique and atmospheric wedding situated deep in the heart of the Old Town. The multiple possibilities of the spaces mean that we can guarantee that your Wedding will be a truly memorable experience. All aspects of your Big Day are possible, from the ceremony right through to your evening reception.

The Rowantree
Steeped in history, this atmospheric venue is perfect for 50-70 day guests and up to 110 evening guests. This is a great venue for more personal weddings and is licensed for civil, humanist, religious and hand fasting ceremonies.

Marlins Wynd
Marlins Wynd is an enchanting, magical venue made up of vaulted cellars and a Georgian reception room. It is perfect for 40-50 day guests and up to 120 evening guests. This venue is also licensed for civil, humanist, religious and hand fasting ceremonies. Please note that the only access to Marlins Wynd is via stairs, so this venue is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users.

The Caves
Larger weddings of 70 to 150 day guests are held in The Caves and this venue can accommodate 200+ in the evening. This unique venue makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than The Caves, or more Scottish than Scottish if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as "Whisky Row"!

Every room has a story to tell and a special place in Scottish history - from vaults that served as the stables to the French Cavalry who were at one time bodyguards to the Royal Family, to remains of the houses that pre-date the Bridge itself - with the original terracotta floor tiles still intact! This amazing and fantastically unique venue will wow your guests and is licensed for civil, humanist, religious and hand fasting ceremonies


  • No. of Exclusive use venues—3 (The Caves, The Rowantree, Marlins Wynd)
  • Civil license—Yes
  • Same Sex Marriage—Yes
  • Exclusive Use Weddings—Yes

Reception capacity

  • Table Dining—40 to 150
  • Evening Guests—200+

Wedding season availability

All year round


An extensive selection of hotels, and Air BnBs to suit all budgets and tastes are located within walking distance. Please contact our Wedding Team for discounted hotels and self-catering apartments which are nearby.


The Caves is in the Old Town of Edinburgh's city centre - situated off The Cowgate at the intersection of the South Bridge. The Caves occupies the many vaults in the South section of the historic South Bridge.

We are situated right in the heart of Old Town Edinburgh, just a stones throw away from the Royal Mile...


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"Just wanted to say that we had an amazing wedding day. The Rowantree looked stunning and your staff were very good on the day. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I don't know how many people have said its the best wedding they've ever been to! Thanks again for all your help- Joe and I had the best day of our lives."
Lauren and Joe


"When I first viewed Marlin's Wynd I knew it was the venue for us. Absolutely stunning and atmospheric! Everyone I spoke to during the planning and run up to our big day was friendly and helpful but big thanks to the Wedding Team who answered my almost daily questions with unendless patience!

On the big day itself the venue looked spectacular. Food was gorgeous and table setting looked gorgeous. The staff were brilliant especially Pierre who looked after us right up to the very end of the evening when our taxi failed to show up, phoning and stopping taxis on the street for us!

We honestly had the best day, and all our guests enjoyed themselves also. Wish we could do it all again!"
Bryan and Karen


"I just wanted to email to say thank you for everything on Friday - and all the days leading up to it. We've been impressed with your organisation and efficiency all the way along and I'm so glad it all paid off. It must be a complete nightmare making sure that everything runs as smoothly as it can and trying to herd everyone to be in the right place at the right time. I suspect we were pretty frustrating so thank you for your patience! Thanks too for such a wonderful meal and for making such an effort with the tables and candles. The whole place looked beautiful. Thanks again. We're aware of how lucky we are to have had such a lovely day."
Elizabeth and Barry


"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us. The day was perfect and everything ran so smoothly. We really appreciate everything that you, and all the rest of the staff did"
Orla and Joanthan


"Thank you so much! You were all amazing, not only on the day, but also in the planning.Thank you for keeping me calm! We can't recommend the staff and the venue enough!"
Melanie and Matthew


"We cannot thank you enough for being the best venue we could have wished for for our wedding last Saturday. The team took the time to organise all the personal touches we wanted, the staff were great and we literally had the best day ever- couldn't have asked for anything more"
Louise and Neil


"Wanted again to share our thanks with the team.....for helping make our big day run so smoothly. All our guests have been raving about the atmospheric venue and the fantastic food and drink.....memories to last a lifetime!"
Andrew and Sandra


"Just wanted to say what a lovely day we had on Sunday, nothing could have been better.

Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and the food was amazing.

All the staff were exceptional and very accommodating. We will certainly highly recommend this venue."
Kim, Nadia and Claire


"We cannot thank you enough for being the best venue we could have wished for for our wedding last Saturday. Lisa and the team took the time to organise all the personal touches we wanted, the staff were great and we literally had the best day ever- couldn't have asked for anything more. Thanks again"


"I wanted to write and thank all of the staff at The Caves for making our wedding on the 11th so wonderful. Particularly to Jenna, Chris and the staff working that day who were excellent. Our guests all commented on how impressed they were with the venue, the catering and the service. We also had many guests saying that it was the best wedding that they'd ever been to. We would agree but then we are rather biased. We also wanted to say that as a gay couple, finding a venue that would treat us with courtesy and sensitivity was really important and, even though it's increasingly rare these days, you do still hear of horror stories for some gay couples trying to book venues. We would happily recommend you to anyone and would be happy to provide you with a testimonial. In fact, we originally approached you because you had used a quote from a female couple a few years ago who had their civil partnership at The Caves. We knew therefore that we would be welcome. Anyway, thank you again for giving us the best day of our lives. We will never forget it. Very best wishes"
Ewan & Stewart


"Liam and I Married in the Rowantree on the 7th of June and have finally got round to saying a big thank you. We had such a wonderful day. Your venue is stunning and such a credit to Edinburgh. You made the planning run smoothly, as I arranged the whole day myself your staff were a god send and helped me put it all together, from advice on suppliers to what works best. On the day of our Wedding you put me at ease on arrival and even made me laugh, I was petrified! I have heard many compliments from our guests regarding the Dinning following our wedding. The food was quite simply amazing. I have heard nothing but praise on portion sizes and produce, this is something that can be an issue atWeddings, but not at the Caves. Everyone was full up, my family love big portions so the pork with black pudding went down a treat and the children's menu was fresh and home made. Other venues should pay heid!! Your staff lovely, just mingled in nicely and were very friendly. Relaxed and lovely venue, all guests raving about the Caves still. What a gem of a place. Thank you again. "
Mr & Mrs Brown


"We would just like to say a huge thank you to the staff at The Rowantree for Gordon and Judith's wedding on Saturday. Compliments are still flying in – food, venue, atmosphere. Everything was perfect!!! WE would highly recommend this venue to anyone. Perfect for a winter wedding after being piped down the High Street by a magical piper to such a beautiful venue. Thank you so much! "
Gordon and Maureen, Parents of the Bride


"Hi Caroline, I would like to thank you and all the staff who helped make Saturday night so perfect for us! We had such an amazing night and have been told by so many people how much the enjoyed themselves and the atmosphere was amazing! I had such a good time and my feet have only just recovered from dancing. Thank you for making the venue look so perfect and the cake table was beautiful! We would recommend the venue to anyone looking for a wedding party!"
Helen and Neil


"Dear Marcelle, I just wanted to say a massive (very belated) thank you to you and the whole team at the Caves! Chris and I got married in the Rowantree on 3rd May 2013 and we had a truly fantastic time. Everything was perfect for us, especially the amazing food, friendly staff and beautiful atmosphere. There was a very laid back vibe which is exactly what we wanted. Our guests have been raving about how it was the best wedding that they have been to and many of them have never seen a venue anything like it. We would also like to thank you for accommodating our request for Bombskare to play, they really got the party started!

It was definitely the best day of our lives and we will recommend The Rowantree/Caves to anyone getting married!"
Chris and Elyse Reilly


"Dear Caroline, Ewan and the team, Daryl and I had the most amazing time on Friday and there is absolutely nothing we would of changed about it. Everyone said what a perfect venue it was and how it truly reflected us. I loved in particular that nothing much, if at all, needs done to decorate the venue as it screams character and provides a romantic setting without even trying.

I can't thank you, Caroline, enough for all of the support over the last year and you truly made the process a lot easier for me. I don't even want to count the amount of emails I have sent you, especially the ones the night before the wedding. I loved how I could ask you any question and you always gave me a practical answer. You were the best wedding planner I could have asked for.

Ewan, your service and attentiveness was incredible on Friday, all of the family have commented on how great you were and I'm sorry for being so late... You covered this up so smoothly as we began to run late.
Everything ran perfectly, even with the builders and the cement thing, but it only added a unique anecdote for us in the future. You were definitely more worried than we were.

I cried, when I came to collect our things on Tuesday, not sad tears but tears because I was reminded of what an incredible day we had.
I hope we will be back in the future. To be honest, I'm already planning an anniversary party here, in my head.

Take care everyone and I hope business continues to boom.

This is only a great reflection on the amazing service you provide and the magical setting that is The Caves. Best wishes"
Mr and Mrs Johnson


"Dear Marcelle (and also to everyone at The Caves), we wanted to express our many thanks to you and your team for being so fantastic on our wedding day, and for helping us to organise such a perfect event. We enjoyed absolutely every moment of the day, the food and choreography of the day's events were simply perfect, and we also had great fun liaising with you all in the build up to the day. Thank you once again for making the day so relaxed and beautifully organised."
Simon and Lindsey, SIMPLY PERFECT


"Hello to all the people who worked hard making our daughter's civil partnership last Saturday a most beautiful event. Everything went smoothly, no hiccups in any part of the proceedings. The ceremony was lovely, the turnaround from that to the Wedding Breakfast was done quickly and quietly, even when I requested that the linen was ironed (a horrid job, but thank you so much.) The food was wonderful, - thanks chef(s). All staff were happy to help and worked very well as a team to ensure that our daughter and daughter in law could have a day that they will remember with warmth and happiness. I will thoroughly recommend your quirky venue to all my friends. Thank you once again for a lovely day."
Mr and Mrs Stott - remember with warmth and happiness


"Dear Caroline. Thank you so much all of your help in the lead up to our wedding and for the amazing job you did for us. We would also like to thank all of the staff, they were all so great and helped to make the day run smoothly. Everything about our wedding in The Caves was perfect and even more magical than we could ever have imagined. The Caves is a truly special place with such wonderful staff. Many thanks."
Karen and Paul Hanson


"I would like to take the time to thank you and everyone at The Caves who helped with our wedding. Absolutely everything was perfect, from start to finish. Everyone is still raving about our big day and the food, from the wedding breakfast to the hog roast. Cannot thank you enough!!!"
Denise and David


"Caroline, We just want to send you a MASSIVE thank you for everything you and everyone at the caves did in making our wedding day so amazing. We are so glad we picked the caves for our wedding reception.

Everything was perfect, the venue looked fantastic, the food was outstanding and the staff were amazing. We can't thank you enough for all your help before the wedding, you really made everything so easy and were are a total star!!! We couldn't have asked for anything better, we just wish we could do it all again. We have attached a few photos for you. Thanks so much again."
Susan and Paul


"Hi Caroline, Just a quick note to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff working on the night of our wedding party. You have been amazing throughout the process, making sure that we kept to schedule and the staff on the night were so helpful and friendly. And the food!!!!! The food was perfect - everyone was raving about how delicious it was and how the staff managed to get out all at the same time. Job well done! Oh and Trevor and I did manage to stay til 3am! I know that Trevor has already said thanks, but just wanted to add mine as well. The Caves totally rocks :-)"
Doreen and Trevor


"Hi Caroline and All of the staff at The Caves, We cannot thank you enough!! Every single guest commented on what a fantastic venue The Caves is and what a fantastic wedding it was! I cannot even begin to explain how easy and stress free you made the entire planning of our Big Day and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! Don't even start me on how good the food was....!!! A massive thank you!"
Claire and Stuart


"Hey Caroline, Bruce and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you and your Team again for an absolutely beautiful and flawless day. We appreciate all your help and efforts from the organising to the actual date. The Guests are still talking about The Rowantree and everyone had a fabulous time. The dinner was delicious and the whole atmosphere was perfect. Anyway, again many many thanks. Even if I had had a limitless budget I would not have looked further than yourselves, The Rowantree is just beautiful." Hazel and Bruce


"James & Tracey Gilmour would like to thank Caroline for all her help and advice on the approach to their wedding on 27th October 2011. Caroline was invaluable, nothing was too much trouble for her and she was able to advise us even down to a hairdresser for my bridal party. The venue of The Caves was just wonderful, our party thought it was a brilliant venue for a wedding. Every member of our party commented on how wonderful the food was at the wedding breakfast and our compliments must go to the chef. Thank you once again for making our day so special."

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