Blackfriars Priory


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Information For Blackfriars Priory

Gloucester Blackfriars is a stunning Medieval Priory nestled in the heart of the city centre. Due to its prime location, the 13th Century former mansion is easily accessible by road, rail and foot, while the city’s hotels are all well within walking distance.

Gloucester Blackfriars is a stunning Medieval Priory nestled in the heart of the city centre and the perfect setting for those looking for somewhere a little bit different to say ‘I do’. Steeped in history, character and charm, the 13th Century former mansion is easily accessible by road, rail and foot, while the city’s hotels are all well within walking distance.

With a fully enclosed cloister garden, the hustle and bustle of everyday life feels a million miles away. The tranquil garden and ancient buildings wrap you up in an historic idyll – it is the perfect place to make lasting magical memories.

The venue boasts two medieval ranges, both of which are licenced for civil ceremonies. The Upper East Range is an intimate space, perfect for small ceremonies of up to 60 guests or receptions for up to 40. The North Range is the ideal place for those looking to wow their guests, with its towering ceiling and original 13th century beams, the space can seat up to 150 for the wedding breakfast and for large celebrations, it can hold up to 250 guests for the evening.

Our dedicated team is passionate about making your dream day a reality in our atmospheric monument setting. We believe your wedding should be as unique as you are, and we are here every step of the way towards your special day.

Blackfriars Priory at a Glance

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Price Range
£1200 - £5250
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Unique Venue
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Same-Sex Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 80
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Reception Capacity
Up to 100
Blackfriars is the best preserved medieval Dominican priory in Britain, built in the 13th century on the site of Gloucester's Norman castle The venue was transformed into a mansion in the 16th century, remnants of which can be seen today in historic fireplaces high up the walls where floors once stood. Couples enjoy exclusive use at Blackfriars, meaning they have the whole site to themselves for the duration of their wedding. The fully enclosed cloister garden transports you to an historic idyll, where the hustle and bustle of the City feels a million miles away. Whether you would like a small and intimate ceremony or a lavish full day wedding, Blackfriars has packages to suit everyone. Blackfriars has a dedicated team of expert staff who will be on hand every step of the way to guide and support you with the planning of your wedding and to ensure it runs seamlessly on the day itself. Pricing Category : ModerateReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 230Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 150HistoricNo of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The City View More
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Relaxed Wedding Package! Only £5995 for up to 80 guests on our mid-week weddings taking place Monday – Thursday. Please enquire for more details.

Top Wedding Tips

Avoid generic wedding packages. Many venues have set packages & formats, making each wedding the same. At Blackfriars, you have the freedom and every wedding is unique

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – this is one of the most important days of your life and we want to work with you to make sure it is perfect.

Listen to your gut instincts – if you can imagine getting married in a venue when you see it, it is probably your perfect place!

Blackfriars Priory Reviews

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James & Jo
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02 Aug 2019
Thank you all so much
Danielle, Holly and everyone at Blackfriars, thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and creativity with all of our wedding planning and the day itself. Blackfriars was our perfect venue and we had a dream day. Please pass our thanks onto all staff that helped us, they are much appreciated. Thank you for all your help Danielle <3
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P & C
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24 May 2019
Can't thank you and your team enough.
Can't thank you and your team enough for organising the day. It was the perfect balance of ceremony and fun. Everyone was blown away by the beauty of the building and the way it lends itself perfectly for the occasion. Your attention to detail and relaxed approach helped the day go perfectly.
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Mr & Mrs Bubb
Wedding Date
04 May 2019
Made us feel at ease.
We were lucky to have Kerry helping us organise our wedding at Blackfriars, she's very professional, trustworthy and happy to go above and beyond. Made us feel at ease on our big day knowing that Kerry was there to deal with any problems. Happy to help out of hours and made it feel easy to ask questions. Love Mr & Mrs Bubb.
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Laura & Loretta
Wedding Date
02 Apr 2018
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for making our day so special. The venue looked amazing, and all our guests loved it. We loved the drinks and felt as relaxed as we could have been on our wedding day. Thank you for all of your hard work.
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L Robinson
Wedding Date
04 Aug 2017
Thank you for making my ceremony perfect, I could not have wishes for it to be anymore special, photographs are amazing you have the most beautiful venue. I will never forget my special day. Thank you Vicky for your patience xxxx
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Wedding Date
13 May 2017
Great Staff
Thank you for how absolutely outstanding all of the staff from Blackfriars were both beforehand and on the day itself. Both Ryan and Jason were so so helpful and nothing was too much trouble which just helped to make the day wonderful, and Sarah was just so helpful in putting our minds at rest before the day itself. We really couldn't recommend the venue highly enough, and that is really down to the team there. We'll be telling everyone we see how great it was.
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H and S
Wedding Date
28 Jul 2017
Thank you!
Thank you for an amazing job on our wedding day. You all made it extra special for us and we felt at ease with Holly in control. You are a great team and we cannot thank you enough.
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Laura & Brian
Wedding Date
23 Jan 2016
We had a fantastic day!
We were so pleased to find such a fantastic venue with full disabled access! The staff were excellent and extremely efficient at making our day go to plan the way we wanted things. They also did all the extra things we hadn't thought of like announcing us into the room for the reception. We had a fantastic wedding day and would highly recommend this venue!


Shortlisted for Best Historic Venue in the UK Wedding Awards.
Shortlisted for Best Historic Venue in the UK Wedding Awards.


UKbride Approved Supplier
UKbride Approved Supplier


C/O Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1NS

Blackfriars Priory

  • C/O Gloucester Guildhall
  • 23 Eastgate Street
  • Gloucester
  • Gloucestershire
  • GL1 1NS
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

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Holly Gooch

Congratulations on your engagement! Here at Blackfriars, we believe your wedding should be as unique as you and we can’t wait to meet you and find out more about your plans!