Nestling halfway down a Cornish clifftop overlooking the spectacular Whitsand Bay, Polhawn Fort is a historic hideaway for exclusive weddings and events. A world of its own where breathtaking beauty meets welcoming warmth, we invite you to feel right at home.

The Fort is yours to share with your loved ones. Immerse yourself fully for the week or stay for the weekend. Either way, the memories made will last a lifetime.

Where the land meets the sea

A wedding at Polhawn Fort is a moment in history. Secluded and serene, the setting overlooking a private cove is picture perfect, while the Napoleonic Fort plays host to celebrations both large and small. Soak up the ocean views over a glass of Champagne. Dine together outdoors under the stars or indoors within the Fort’s walls. Reminisce on the relaxed roof terrace.

Owned by The Wicksteed family since 1988, Polhawn Fort has welcomed weddings for the past 29 years. It’s what we do best. Throughout the seasons, our venue can be transformed to suit your style of occasion. Formal, laid-back or something in between, the space is yours to use as you wish.

A mesmerising sea view sets the scene. The waves of the ocean provide the soundtrack.


From engagements, anniversaries and milestone birthdays to christenings and corporate dos, Polhawn Fort is made for memorable celebrations. A glorious location coupled with a warm, welcoming vibe enraptures guests from the moment they arrive to the time that they leave.

Parties at Polhawn are what you make them. We’ll provide the space and leave you to put your own personal stamp on the occasion.

A place where push-the-boat-out parties are second nature.


Once here, you’ll find it hard to leave. A place where relaxation is par for the course, you’ll find home-from-home comforts and a location that calls for blissful days on the beach.

Our wedding couples and guests often choose to extend their stay with us, to enjoy more time with loved ones and experience all that Cornwall has to offer. A laid-back ‘afterparty’ of sorts.

For select dates in the year we also open the doors to other guests too, for self-catered homestays. Contact our team for further information.

Recharge and rekindle away from the hustle of home.


Beth & Gregg

"We had our wedding at Polhawn Fort in May and it was simply the best! When we viewed Polhawn Fort 2 years ago it took our breath away, it was the first venue we viewed and we booked in that day, absolutely stunning. All our guests were wowed too and kept saying to us we’ve won the wedding of the year by our venue alone! On top of that, James and the team were extremely helpful and went above and beyond with any query we had, and always got back to us so quickly!"

"The most beautiful wedding venue in the world ever."

Rhiannon & Travis

"I can't even put into words how incredible our wedding was there! It was like a dream come true and still can't believe it was for our special day. The team were so kind and helpful from the run up to the wedding with any silly little questions I had to helping us on the day and everything on the wedding day! Cannot thank you and recommend you enough! The whole place is just out of this world and I wish we could come and stay for an annual visit. Absolute perfection!"

"It was all absolutely perfect!"

We would love to show you around our Fort and share ideas for your event. We’re located 30 minutes from Plymouth, 90 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from London.

Visitors are welcome every Friday and Monday between 13.30-15.00. Book a date below or call the team on 01752 822864 who will be happy to help.

For couples with confirmed dates, please call the office team who will happily arrange a time to pop back for a re-visit.

If there is a place that should be seen in person, it’s this one. 

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