Blackfriars Priory


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An iconic award-winning historic landmark, located in the heart of Gloucester City Centre close to the historic docks.

Blackfriars Priory is a stunning Historic landmark nestled in the heart of Gloucester city. Winner of an International Wedding Award 2021 and crowned as one of Gloucester's top three historic landmarks in 2020 and 2021, a Blackfriars wedding is guaranteed to wow your guests and create memories that last a lifetime.

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.

Due to its prime location, Blackfriars offers an abundance of backdrops for your photos to suit your style. The enchanting garden is a beautiful outdoor space with a variety of architectural styles to choose from, while the historic docks offer waterside charm and the urban backdrop of the City is perfect for couples look for something a little different.

With unrivalled history, the Priory boasts three medieval licensed spaces with exposed architecture throughout the centuries and the site houses the oldest standing purpose built library in Northern Europe.

The North Range is an iconic room that will wow your guests. With a 65ft high ceiling with exposed original 13th Century wooden beams that were gifted by King Henry III, the remains of a first floor 16th Century fireplace and a fully glazed wall overlooking the ancient ruin that still features an ancient washbasin. This magnificent space can seat up to 150 people and has a capacity of up to 230 for a standing evening function.

The East Range is an historic and intimate, with the upper level perfect for intimate full day weddings and receptions of up to 50 people or ceremonies for up to 60.

Licensed in 2021, the Lower East Range is now available for micro-ceremonies for up to 14 people. This charming room is lovingly dubbed 'The Old Kitchen', as it features the remains of a 16th century bread oven and a rare herringbone fireplace.

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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Up to 150
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Reception Capacity
Up to 150
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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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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Tash and Adele
Amazing venue!
A hidden gem!!!! Absolutely stunning building and the perfect wedding venue. The team at Blackfriars are so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Cannot recommend our experience working with them more highly from first contact to the wedding day itself, amazing!
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Alice & Tom
The most beautiful place to get married!
We used Blackfriars as our wedding venue and we can’t thank them enough for their wonderful service- it was most beautiful place to get married! After having to postpone our April 2020 wedding due to the pandemic, we were supported and guided through this by the amazing Blackfriars team. We know from speaking to friends, that some wedding venues were difficult when postponing weddings but this can’t have been further from the truth with our experience of Blackfriars. We couldn’t have asked for anything more and would recommend them to anyone. Thank you Holly, Ryan and Sue, you are amazing and we can’t wait to celebrate in our wedding part 2 next year!
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James & Jo
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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.
Shortlisted for Best Wedding Venue in Soglos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019
Shortlisted for Best Wedding Venue in Soglos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2019
Nominated as one of Gloucester's Top Three Landmarks 2020
Nominated as one of Gloucester's Top Three Landmarks 2020
International Wedding Awards 2021 Local Rounds Winner
International Wedding Awards 2021 Local Rounds Winner


UKbride Approved Supplier
UKbride Approved Supplier
Regional Finalist for Best City Wedding Venue in The Wedding Industry Awards
Regional Finalist for Best City Wedding Venue in The Wedding Industry Awards
Accredited as Good to Go by Visit England
Accredited as Good to Go by Visit England
Founding Member of Association of British Wedding Businesses
Founding Member of Association of British Wedding Businesses


Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2HN

Blackfriars Priory

  • Ladybellegate Street
  • Gloucester
  • Gloucestershire
  • GL1 2HN
  • 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!