St Martin's Priory


Information For St Martin's Priory

Our dedicated team are on hand every step of the way. We are committed to your journey from the enquiry to the big day itself. St Martin's Priory is focused on making every wedding special and unique

Welcome to St Martin’s Priory, Canterbury’s hidden treasure. Our venue nestles in the heart of Kent and sits within the borders of the World Heritage site of St Martin’s Church, which is recognised by UNESCO as the oldest church in England!

St Martin’s Priory is a historical Grade II listed building with Jacobean and Georgian architecture, providing an elegant and sophisticated location to hold the wedding of your dreams.

St Martin’s Priory is set within 2.5 acres of enchanted gardens and offers seclusion and privacy throughout your day. Guests are able to enjoy a drinks reception on the Tudor lawn and stroll through the picturesque Rose Gardens and the breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral can be admired from the top lawn.

Here at The Priory we believe in making sure every wedding is perfect and unique which is why we take our time with every wedding. We commit to never having more than one wedding a week and offering our couples three days rather than one. Each couple are offered the opportunity to come the day before the event for set up and are able to leave belongings to be collected after the event (subject to business opening hours). This gives our couples the time and space to decorate the venue, plan their day and tidy away.

St Martin’s Priory is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies in both the Jacobean Suite and the Garden Room. The historic Jacobean Suite offers a warm and charming setting for your wedding ceremony and can hold up to 80 guests for the ceremony and 40 for a traditional wedding breakfast.

For traditional wedding breakfasts over 40 guests, a marquee wedding would work perfectly in the backdrop of our beautiful grounds. The Priory house dates back to 1550 and despite various extensions 80% of the current house is over 350 years old. In both our function rooms you will find original fine, rustic panelling allowing your guests can soak up the atmospheric surroundings during your special day.

St Martins Priory is dedicated to creating great experiences for all couples inclusive of all genders, race and religion. We embrace equality, diversity and inclusion in our ethos and we are happy to arrange weddings for all couples. We welcome all to come and enjoy their special day in our magical building and gardens, located in historic and vibrant city of Canterbury.

St Martins Priory has a long held reputation for delivering outstanding cuisine. Enjoyed in either the magnificent Frederic Mason Room, adjoined to our beautiful Jacobean Suite, or in your very own bespoke marquee.

Choose from our selection of sample menus, crafted by our range of talented chefs and caterers, using the best of British and local produce, cooked to perfection.

Their approach is simple and contemporary, utilising a variety of techniques, to create an simple, but elegant dining experience, using exceptional ingredients and cooked to the highest standards. Our caters are more than happy to support guests with any dietary requirements to build a menu bursting with flavour and catered to individual needs.

St Martin's Priory at a Glance

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Price Range
£2000 - £3000
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Type of Venue
Exclusive Use
Marquee Weddings
Stately Home
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Seated Capacity
Up to 40
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Reception Capacity
Up to 80
Fantastic view of Canterbury Cathedral from the top lawn Three day venue hire Two tier lawn with rose garden and on site parking Perfect for a marquee wedding! Brand new garden bar available in 2019! We want each event to be as unique as our couples! Pricing Category : ModerateMinimum Price : 2000Reception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 150Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 120Has AccommodationBridal Suite : No Bridal Suite View More
Sleeps No Of People : 400HistoricCountry House Manor HouseWedding Contact : Sean Cleary 0800 456 1116Number of People In Team : 6No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - Betwen 10 and 30Location : In The CityNearest Town : Canterbury Nearest Airport : GatwickNearest Motorway : M20Nearest Train Station : Canterbury East Train StationChurch Within Walking DistanceLandmarkAlternativeCoolUniqueAffordableUnusualCasualClassicFormalIntimateLuxuryConfetti PermittedCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseCorkage ChargeBartendingIn House CateringIn House Wine ListAsian CateringKosher CateringHalal CateringWestern European CuisineBuffet StyleClean UpPre-Wedding ConsultationSeated MealSet UpTastingsPackageMarquee Wedding SpecialistOn The Day Wedding CoordinationPublic Liability InsuranceCity ViewDisabled AccessExclusive UseGrade Listed BuildingIn House Wedding CoordinatorLandscaped GardensMarquee or Tipi PermittedOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpaceGreat ViewsLovely GroundsRomanticRusticStylish View Less

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Top Wedding Tips

Start with a checklist and prioritise your time. Our dedicated wedding coordinator service can support you with all aspects of your day.

When planning your special day, tackle one task at a time and feel proud of every obstacle overcome.

Relax and enjoy the ride, it is over in a flash. Ensure the two of you take five minutes out of the day together away from your guests to reflect on the day together. Our grounds are perfect for it!

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St Martin's Priory - Canterbury's Hidden Gem...

With 2.5 acres of enchanting gardens it is really difficult to describe to couples just how magical our venue is. Our drone video will give you a clear picture of what to expect when having your wedding at St Martin's Priory!


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St Martin's Hill, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1PW

St Martin's Priory

  • St Martin's Hill
  • North Holmes Road
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT1 1PW
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

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Sean @ St Martin's Priory

I am a dedicated and passionate wedding coordinator, who takes pride in ensuring your day runs smoothly and with precision. Myself and my team are there for you from enquiry, to the day itself and will be on hand throughout the whole day to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. I am here to support you with all aspects of your event from decor to dance moves; from canape's to car parking. I strive to make each event as unique as our couples and I am happy to discuss any ideas you have for your big day! There is no request too strange and I will work with each couple to ensure their day is exactly how they imagined.