Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at Michelham Priory

You will never find a more romantic venue for your special day, set on your own peaceful island surrounded by beauty and history.


Michelham Priory is set in the beautiful Cuckmore Valley in East Sussex close to the South Downs. Wedding ceremonies and receptions take place in the grand grade listed Elizabethan Barn full of original features and charm. Just outside is the beautiful moat terrace where the drinks receptions take place with romantic views overlooking the stunning Priory house, historic watermill and the longest water filled moat in England.

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The stunning Elizabethan Barn can seat up to one hundred and thirty, yet smaller groups can comfortably be accommodated in its atmospheric and flexible space. From mid-February to mid-December Michelham Priory is available for weddings and civil ceremonies in the Elizabethan Barn and private adjoining Moat Terrace lawn. Your guests also have access to the Priory House and the splendid 7-acre gardens during day time opening hours.

Offering peace and complete tranquility in the English countryside, Michelham Priory is perfectly situated near the old marketing town of Hailsham between the Sussex villages of Arlington and Berwick. The Priory is easily accessible from the A27 and A22 and sign posted with Heritage Signs.

Our passionate and dedicated team will be with you ever step of the way to ensure your wedding day runs to perfection and is exactly as your dreamed it would be. We offer a tempting selection of menus with Anise Catering our catering partnership company and we are always happy to create bespoke wedding breakfasts to suit your personal tastes.

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What our clients say: “A big thank you to everybody that helped make our wedding day at Michelham Priory an absolutely fantastic day and one we will treasure forever. The food was divine and the day ran so smoothly. Every single guest commented on how lovely your venue was and the great service and friendliness of the staff. We were both sad to leave on Sunday having spent two days at Michelham Priory. Thank you all again.”   

Download our wedding brochure here and to see photographs from our recent weddings and be inspired for you own click here and take a look at our Instagram page.

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We have a variety of different wedding hire offers from wedding ceremony & full wedding reception, wedding ceremony with drinks reception or wedding reception only. For further information about our hire options and menus or to book a viewing please contact Hannah via email at

Photograph credits; title image John Scofield Photography and text images in order Fitzgerald Photographic, Dragon Studio Photography, Sheri Clark and Sussex Past image.

Wedding Venue Hire Special Offer

Do you fancy a spring or autumn wedding in the stunning Sussex countryside? Would you like to save £1000.00 on your wedding venue hire fee?

Book your spring, autumn or early winter wedding ceremony with full reception or full wedding reception only with us in the Elizabethan Barn and receive £1000.00 off the wedding venue hire price.The offer covers the period Mid-February to May or October to Mid-December for wedding dates.

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Michelham Priory is a stunning venue for spring, autumn and winter weddings. In the spring time the estate is full of wonderful flowers with over 80,000 daffodils, beautiful magnolia trees and the stunning tulip boarders. In the autumn the wonderful moat walkway trees turn rustic reds, yellows and browns adding atmosphere and bringing harvest colours to the estate. In winter our heated barn is ideal for cosy country wedding celebrations and romantic mysterious mists often cover the moat and surrounding grounds.

For more information about our £1000.00 off wedding venue hire offer please contact Hannah via email at We cannot wait to hear from you.

Please note the offer does not extend to include food or drinks costs, which are in-addition with Anise Catering. The offer does not cover wedding ceremony and drinks receptions only hires.

Here are a handful of images from recent weddings in the Elizabethan Barn at Michelham Priory, we hope you enjoy them.

For photography credits please click on the photographs.