The National Centre for Early Music

York

UKbride 5 Heart Rating
5 EXCELLENT
6 Reviews

Information For The National Centre for Early Music

Our medieval, grade-one listed building is set within peaceful and private gardens and can offer the perfect setting for your special occasion.

The NCEM is set in the grade-one listed, medieval church of St Margaret’s and provides a stunning and unusual venue for your wedding reception or celebration party. Restored to the highest possible standards, this award-winning building provides an idyllic and unusual venue in the heart of York with exceptional facilities and set in peaceful, private grounds. You can relax and enjoy our first-class venue whilst our friendly and welcoming staff will ensure that your event is a memorable occasion.

On the day you will have exclusive use of the venue and our friendly and welcoming staff will work with you to ensure that your occasion runs smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone. You might choose to enter through our stunning Norman arch on the south side or via our contemporary foyer with views of the garden. With plenty of natural light, the church offers a bright, welcoming atmosphere and the stone arches and wrought iron candelabras give a sense of grandeur. At night, the candlelit church offers a beautiful and intimate setting for dining or dancing and the excellent acoustics are perfect for a live band or DJ. The setting inside and out provides a perfect backdrop for your memorable photographs.

We work with Bradshaws of York, Caterers of Distinction, who will be on hand to create your delicious dishes, bursting with seasonal style. They offer an extensive range of options for food and wine to suit your tastes and can cater for any special dietary requirements.

The National Centre for Early Music at a Glance

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Price Range
P.O.A
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Bedrooms
N/A
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Type of Venue
Historic
City Centre
Exclusive Use
Marquee Weddings
Same-Sex Weddings
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Seated Capacity
Up to 120
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Reception Capacity
Up to 150
A truly unique venue set in the heart of York You will have exclusive use of the venue for your wedding celebration The beautiful gardens and magnificent 12th Century porch provide a stunning backdrop for photographs Our dedicated caterers can provide an extensive range of menus and will deliver exceptional service to you and your guests We can accommodation up to 120 for a seated meal or 150 for a drinks reception Our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that your day goes without a hitch! Pricing Category : AffordableReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 150Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 126HistoricCity Hotel / City VenueWedding Contact : Kelli & Hannah 01904 632220 [email protected] View More
Number of People In Team : 2No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : In The CityNearest Town : YorkNearest Airport : Leeds BradfordNearest Motorway : M1Nearest Train Station : YorkChurch Within Walking DistanceLandmarkAlternativeUniqueAffordableUnusualCasualFormalIntimateOpen Flame PermittedIn House DancefloorAlcohol LicenseCorkage ChargeAlcohol ProvisionBartendingIn House CateringAsian CateringKosher CateringHalal CateringBuffet StylePre-Wedding ConsultationSet UpStaff ProvidedTables And Chairs ProvidedTableware ProvidedCeremony and Reception MusiciansSound Systems Available Ceremony MusicReception MusicMaster Of CeremonyPublic Liability InsuranceBridal Changing FacilitiesDisabled AccessExclusive UseGrade Listed BuildingMarquee or Tipi PermittedOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpacePet FriendlyBlank CanvasLovely GroundsRusticGarden OutdoorSame-Sex View Less

Current Promotions

Exclusive Promotion:

The NCEM is turning 20 in 2020 and to celebrate, we are offering a special 20% discount making venue hire only £960*! Terms and Conditions: 20% discount is applicable for: • Full day wedding hire for any date in 2020 only • A confirmed booking must be made between 14th October 2019 and 31st January 2020. • Room hire charges only and not for any additional equipment charges. *excludes VAT

Top Wedding Tips

Keep it simple. This beautiful, historic venue has bags of unique charm and character so let that shine through and don’t worry about complexed décor

Think about the flow of your special day. From wow-factor at your guests’ arrival to the candlelit dancing into the night, we will be on hand to advise you every step of the way

Enjoy every minute! These are your once in a lifetime moments so hand over the details to others and make sure you treasure every second

The National Centre for Early Music Reviews

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5 EXCELLENT
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Natasha Morris
Review Date
30 Sep 2019
Wow, what a special and beautiful venue for our wedding this summer. Hannah and team were a delight to work with, and helped make our wedding run like clockwork. Thank you all so much. I'd 100% recommend.
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Ilona and Lukasz
Wedding Date
07 Apr 2018
It really could not have been better!
From the beginning, the communication was excellent and we were positive that the NCEM was the perfect venue for us. The help from everyone before the Saturday was appreciated and it meant we could relax and enjoy our big day knowing everything was completed or in safe hands.

On the day, all staff were professional, willing and good humoured, even when some guests were lingering at the end of the night! We also had a lot of guests remarking how kind and helpful all the staff were, in particular Mark who helped a guest with her young baby.

We had such a fantastic day celebrating with our friends and family and it really could not have been better. Thank you to you and your team at the NCEM for making our day so special!
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Sarah and Michael
Wedding Date
08 Apr 2017
We found it a lovely, unique and beautiful settin
What can we say! We are so delighted that we chose the NCEM as our wedding reception venue. Hannah was OUTSTANDING in her customer service answering all of our queries. She was so helpful and so friendly and without her involvement we know our wedding wouldn't have been so fab! Bradshaw's (the designated caterers) were perfect too! The most delicious food and wonderful service!
If we ever renew our vows, it will be at the NCEM!
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Kelly and Rob
Wedding Date
01 Oct 2016
Perfect place to have a magical wedding day
Our entire wedding experience was a real joy - from all the planning with Hannah, to the day itself. Everything went smoothly, and all our needs were met. Our guests all commented on the beauty of the place, and how much they enjoyed the food. It's the perfect place to have a magical wedding day.
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S and D
Review Date
04 Sep 2015
Lovely hospitality and venue
It was such a pleasure to have our wedding at the NCEWM. Nothing was too much to ask and our day went exactly to plan.
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R & R
Review Date
04 Sep 2015
Amazing wedding reception
Thank you so much to the NCEM for their help during our wedding planning, the day was amazing and we would not hesitate to recommend the NCEM to any of our friends wanting to marry in York.

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Awards

Conference Venue of the Year - Highly Commended - Visit York Awards 2017
Conference Venue of the Year - Highly Commended - Visit York Awards 2017
Wedding Venue of the Year - Visit York Awards- Finalist 2018
Wedding Venue of the Year - Visit York Awards- Finalist 2018
Adapt Trust Award for Accessibility
Adapt Trust Award for Accessibility

Accreditations

UKbride Approved Supplier
UKbride Approved Supplier

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St Margarets Church, Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9TL

The National Centre for Early Music

  • St Margarets Church
  • Walmgate
  • York
  • North Yorkshire
  • YO1 9TL
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Key Person

Image of Key Person Hannah Witcomb & Kelli Cadavona
Hannah Witcomb & Kelli Cadavona

Hello, we are Hannah (Operations and Events Manager) and Kelli (Events Coordinator). We look after all the events at the NCEM and would love to help you create your perfect wedding day. Weddings at the NCEM are always out of the ordinary and allow you to create a unique celebration full of character. We are always here to help with any questions and we, along with our fantastic events team, will help ensure your special day runs just as you wish. Please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!