The Ship Inn


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The Ship Inn stands at the heart of the old village occupying a prominent position in the South Gloucestershire village of Alveston. A perfect historic wedding venue for your special day!

The Ship stands at the heart of the old village occupying a prominent position in the South Gloucestershire village of Alveston.The Ship Inn is a Grade II listed former coaching inn built in 1589. On summer days the garden terrace echoes with the sound of leather on willow from The Ship Field next door the home of Thornbury Cricket Club since 1871, where renowned Victorian cricketers the Grace brothers once played. Alveston is a quiet village high on the Ridgeway part of the ancient Western Trackway running from Alveston to Almondsbury one of a network of old roads linking Gloucester with the Roman port of Sea Mills. Surrounded by picturesque South Gloucestershire countryside and close to the wildlife havens of the Severn Estuary including the world-famous Slimbridge Wetland Centre. The Ship Inn with its low beamed ceilings open fires and flagstones is the perfect retreat for tailor made celebrations of all kinds.

We have two beautiful and unique function rooms. Our Avon Room has historic vaulted ceilings and original stone archways adding character to any event. It has a capacity of up to 70 people for a ceremony or buffet style event and a capacity of 80 for a sit down meal. It has a functioning bar that stocks a range of products and can be stocked with your preferred products for your celebration.

Our Severn Room is the largest of our two downstairs function rooms. Having a functioning bar, removable dance floor and exclusive access to The Severn Rooms Secret Garden as well as having a private car park, this room is the jewel in our crown. It can cater for up to 120 for a buffet style event or up to 100 for a sit down meal.

Both of our function rooms have projectors and screens in place should you wish to display videos or photographic memorabilia

We have a full Wedding Licence so both our Avon and Severn room are available to be used as the ceremony room.

The Ship Inn at a Glance

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Price Range
£150 - £500
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Same-Sex Weddings
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Up to 90
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Reception Capacity
Up to 120
The Ship is a former Coaching Inn built in 1589 and it is Grade ll listed. This venue has a very historic past including visits by Edward Jenner, Mick Jagger and England sports teams! Next to our beautiful venue on The Ship Field is Thornbury Cricket Club home to the famous Victorian Cricket players the Grace Brothers. The Ship boasts two ceremony rooms with full marriage licences. Accommodation is available at the attached Hotel. Bespoke wedding packages designed and tailor made to each couple! Pricing Category : AffordableReception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 120Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 90Has AccommodationBridal Suite : Standard RoomSleeps No Of People : 150 View More
HistoricNo of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - Betwen 30 and 50 Location : In The CountrysideNearest Town : ThornburyNearest Airport : BristolNearest Motorway : M4, M5, M48Church Within Walking DistanceAffordableCasualIntimateIn House DancefloorCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseCorkage ChargeAlcohol ProvisionIn House CateringIn House Wine ListBuffet StyleClean UpPre-Wedding ConsultationSeated MealSet UpStaff ProvidedTables And Chairs ProvidedTableware ProvidedTastingsSound Systems Available Ceremony MusicReception MusicPackageFull Service PlanningOn The Day Wedding CoordinationMaster Of CeremonyWeek Of Wedding PlanningPublic Liability InsuranceDisabled AccessGrade Listed BuildingIn House Wedding CoordinatorLandscaped GardensOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpacePet FriendlyLovely GroundsPub RestaurantWedding PlannersSame-Sex View Less

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Ship Inn, Thornbury Road, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS35 3LL

The Ship Inn

  • Ship Inn
  • Thornbury Road
  • Bristol
  • Gloucestershire
  • BS35 3LL
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Wedding Coordinator

Mr Taylor Palmer MSc BSc (Hons)

Hello, My name is Taylor and I am the Wedding and Events Coordinator here at The Ship Inn a beautiful 500 year old listed former coaching inn. We are well versed in holding weddings and we are very lucky to be fully licensed and able to accommodate your reception and wedding ceremony here. We offer a variety of different spaces to accommodate your needs and we provide staff with years of experience to ensure your day is just perfect. I am also a very proud member of The Wedding Industry Supplier Network amongst other notable professional organisations. Further to this we work very closely with a vetted list of recommended suppliers to ensure that all aspects of your day are secure and up to your exacting standards. We offer custom built packages, however I have included a wedding brochure above which will give you a sense of our price points. However we will build a perfect custom package for you. We offer no pressure and no obligation consultations to sit down and discuss your exact requirements, we also provide free non biased advice on all aspects of wedding planning - So even if we are not the venue for you, we would love to help and recommend your next steps! I will follow up with you in a few days and I would love to meet you in person and have a chat about this special day.