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 on its very own island in the beautiful Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex, close to the South Downs. We have two stunning wedding ceremony locations; the beautiful Prior’s Chamber on the first floor of the charming grade II listed Medieval Priory or the grand Elizabethan Great Barn set within the estate.

Wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 130 guests take place in the grade II listed Elizabethan Barn, full of original wooden features and charm. Just outside is the stunning Moat Terrace where the drink and canape receptions take place, with romantic views of the stunning Priory house, historic watermill and the longest water-filled moat in England.

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For smaller and more intimate wedding ceremonies the newly licensed Prior’s Chamber is the perfect location, seating up to 60 guests in a beautiful Medieval room. The chamber is complete with period furniture, stain glass windows, tapestries and a huge fireplace. After your ceremony head outside to the main lawn for a drinks reception before heading onto your reception venue elsewhere or stay with us at Michelham Priory and continue your celebrations with a reception in the barn for up to 60.

Michelham Priory is available for wedding hire from mid-February to mid-December. You and your guests will have private use of your ceremony room and the barn reception space during your time with us, as well as access to explore the Priory house and the splendid 7-acre gardens during daytime opening hours. The beautifully kept grounds make the perfect location for stunning wedding photographs.

Offering peace and complete tranquillity 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 signposted with heritage signs.

Our passionate and dedicated team will be with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding day runs to perfection and is exactly as you dreamed it would be. We offer a tempting selection of menus with Anise Catering, 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 and 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 Beverley via email at

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

Wedding Venue Hire Special Offer

Do you fancy late autumn, winter or spring wedding in the stunning Sussex countryside? Would you like to save £1000 on your wedding venue hire fee?

Book your autumn or early winter 2019 or spring 2020 wedding ceremony with full reception, or full wedding reception only, with us and receive £1000 off the wedding venue hire price.The offer covers the period October to mid-December 2019 or February to April 2020 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 mist often covers the moat and surrounding grounds.

For more information about our wedding venue hire offer, please contact Beverley via email at we cannot wait to hear from you.

This offer does not extend to include catering, food, drinks costs or 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.