Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at Anne of Cleves House

A beautiful historic setting full of original features and charm for the most intimate and romantic wedding.


Hidden away in the quaint Southover quarter of Lewes, Anne of Cleves House offers couples peace and romance away from the hectic pace of everyday life. This is a truly wonderful little house steeped in character and charm that you and up to 50 guests can celebrate your special day in.

Granted to Anne of Cleves by Henry VIII, the building has a long and colourful history. From its early days as lodging house for pilgrims, to the present where it is home to an eclectic local history museum, Anne of Cleves House has been providing a warm welcome to visitors for over six hundred years. Why not share your day with us and add your own page to its incredible story?

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The wedding ceremony takes place in the East Room complete with beautiful beams, a large Tudor fire place, original furniture and a brick tile floor. After your ceremony you and your guests head into the Tudor Garden for drinks and canapes served by our in-house staff. The East Room and Tudor Garden also make the perfect romantic venue for a wedding breakfast and reception.

Sussex Past has a wonderful catering partnership with Anise Catering who have a varied menu and drinks list and also love to create bespoke dishes. The food is truly delicious and created by experienced chefs and served to perfection.

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We offer exceptional care for you and your guests and we will work with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding is planned to perfection and is exactly as you dream it would be.

Lewes is a popular town for weddings with its wonderful cobbled streets and historic buildings. It is also brilliantly located with easy access from Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent and London. Anne of Cleves House is nestled away in the peaceful Southover area of the town but still within easy walking distance of local car parks, train and bus stations, and local hotels making it the perfect wedding location for the perfect wedding day.

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What our clients say: “We just wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting our wedding ceremony at Anne of Cleves House on 4th July. We had such a wonderful day! You and your staff were all so lovely and helpful, and everything seemed to go very smoothly. Thanks also for all your help with the organisation and set-up side of things, and for being so quick to respond to emails and answer questions etc. we both found you incredibly helpful, friendly and professional throughout the whole process, so thank you!”

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


For more information you can also download our Wedding Brochure here and to see photographs from our recent weddings and be inspired for you own click here and take a peak at our Instagram page.

Photograph Credits; title image Jess Orchard Photography and text images Vanessa Clark Photography, Sussex Past image, personal photograph and Teri V.

Sussex Past Wedding Fair at Michelham Priory 

We cannot wait to welcome you on Sunday 25th February to our Sussex Past Wedding Fair at Michelham Priory in Upper Dicker only a 20 minute drive from Lewes. The fair will open at 11am and close at 4pm.

Many wonderful local suppliers from a variety of different businesses along with wedding experts will be exhibiting to provide tips, advise and inspiration for your wedding day.

The wedding fair will take place in our stunning Elizabethan Great Barn and the adjoining moat terrace marquee both fully heated for comfort. Entry to the wedding fair is free and the registration link is below.

As well as the chance to explore our beautiful barn, the stunning priory mansion and gatehouse tower will be open and you can wander at your leisure around the 7-arch grounds and stroll along the romantic moat walk to see the wonderful snowdrops. Also included will be:

  • Welcome drinks and canapes Moat Terrace
  • Free goody bag for every couple
  • Ample free parking
  • Competitions and special offers
  • Cafe open onsite for light lunches or afternoon tea and cake

To book your free place please click here. 

If you have any questions about the wedding fair please do not hesitate to contact us at or call the weddings mobile 07546918711 and ask to speak to Hannah.

We cannot wait to welcome you Sunday 25th February 2018 and learn about your wedding plans and dreams!

If you would like to exhibit at our wedding fair as a wedding supplier please contact us at to book your space. Other wedding venues welcome. We cannot wait to work with you.


Special Offer – Wedding Flowers & Chair Decoration 

Book your wedding with us now at Anne of Cleves House to get two flower arrangements created by our in-house florist Linda along with chair covers and a coloured sash for each chair included in your venue hire fee free of additional charge. Chair covers are ivory white and sash colours available are deep red, forest green, baby blue, rose pink and purple. This offer is currently available on all wedding hire options. For more information about this offer please contact Hannah at

We hope you enjoy the handful of images below from our recent Anne of Cleves House weddings and find them inspirational for your special day.

For photography credits please click on the photographs.