St Martin's Priory

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.

The Priory house dates back to 1550 and despite various extensions 80% of the current house is over 350 years old. There are lovely fine panelled rooms downstairs and a historic chapel upstairs. Your guests can soak up the atmospheric surroundings during your special day and can just imagine living in the former residence of the Bishop of Dover.

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. The breath taking views of Canterbury Cathedral can be admired from the top lawn.

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, inclusive of those from the LGBTQ community, same sex partnerships and couples of all faiths and backgrounds. We welcome all to come and enjoy your special day in our magical building and gardens located in historic and vibrant city of Canterbury.


Your Wedding Ceremony

St Martin's Church

St Martin’s Church was originally built in Roman times and boasts a beautiful exterior, perfect for anyone desiring a church wedding. The Church is operated separately to St Martin’s Priory, however due to our close relationship, we are able to assist you in contacting the Church to arrange your wedding service.

After the wedding ceremony in the church, the newlyweds and guests can walk down the steps and through the picturesque walkway leading to St Martin’s Priory.

If you would like to enquire with the St Martin’s Church in regards to holding your ceremony please visit there website, send them an email or call 01227 768072.

St Martin's Priory

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 the reception. If you have more than 40 guests for your wedding reception then we a marquee wedding would work perfectly in the backdrop of our beautiful grounds. The Garden Room is complete with imposing wood panelling, adding charm to any photographs.

The maximum capacity for the room is 40, making it perfect for an intimate ceremony.

Our Beautiful Venue

The Jacobean Suite

For an intimate wedding breakfast, our elegant Jacobean Suite offers a charming setting for you and up to 40 guests to enjoy an elegant three course meal and up to 80 guest for an evening reception.

If your preference is a more informal event such as a Buffet we are able to host up to 60 guests in the Jacobean suite and up to 80 guests in the evening.

For events over these numbers marquee hire will be required. Please contact our friendly team who would be happy to discuss this further and give you more information on prices and options.

Marquee Wedding

For larger parties, a marquee wedding offers an elegant canvas to create your perfect setting. Our enchanting gardens provide an ideal backdrop for a marquee reception which can accommodate up to 100 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 150 for an evening reception. Our team can work with you to provide a bespoke wedding breakfast based on your requirements.

Marquee prices are individual to your requirements and prices can be provided on quotation. Below is an optional floor plan for a 60 ft x 40 ft which can cater for approximately 110 guests.


Exclusive Venue Hire Cost

Every wedding at St Martin’s Priory is exclusive and the venue is entirely yours for the day. You will have privacy and seclusion whilst you celebrate your special day with your guests.

Venue Hire for 40 Day Guests and 80 Evening Guests (Or Less) - Applies between late June and early September
Saturday and Bank Holidays
Sunday and Friday
Monday - Thursday
Venue Hire for 40 Day Guests and 80 Evening Guests (Or Less) - Applies between mid September & late June
Marquee Wedding for 80 Day Guests and 120 Evening Guests (or less)
Saturday and Bank Holidays
Sunday and Friday
Monday - Thursday

We couldn’t have asked for more for our wedding day at St Martin’s Priory. The gardens are beautiful and the perfect setting for a wedding. The events team were excellent and it really felt like they were invested in our day. We had regular meetings with the team throughout the planning process and they were very supportive. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the food. Overall a fantastic venue, we would certainly recommend.