Elizabethan Great Barn Michelham priory Weddings

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at Michelham Priory

You will never find a more romantic venue for your special day, with excellent service in an historic and peaceful setting.


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 largest moat in England.

FitzGerald Photographic_Michelham Priory Showcase 2

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.

DSC_8605SW small

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. All catering is created in-house at Michelham Priory and the kitchen team is lead by our Michelin Star trained chef Neil. We offer a tempting selection of menus and we are always happy to create bespoke wedding breakfasts to suit your personal tastes.

2017 wedding showcase 5

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.

Barn 1 small

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 weddingslewes@sussexpast.co.uk.

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

Spring and Autumn 20% Off Wedding Offer

Do you fancy a spring or autumn wedding in the stunning Sussex countryside? Would you like to save 20% on your wedding venue hire?

Book your spring, autumn or early winter wedding ceremony and reception or full wedding reception with us and receive 20% of the wedding venue hire price.The offer covers the period Mid-February to May or October to Mid-December for wedding dates.

MP with flowers

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 borders. In the autumn the wonderful moat walkway trees turn rustic reds and browns adding atmosphere and bringing harvest colours to the estate and in winter our heated barn is ideal for a cozy country wedding.

For more information about our 20% off wedding venue hire offer please contact Hannah via email at weddingslewes@sussexpast.co.uk. We cannot wait to hear from you.

All our wedding ceremonies and receptions take place in the stunning Elizabethan Barn with its private moat terrace. Please note the offer does not extend to include food or drinks costs, which are in-addition.

Exclusive Hire of the Michelham Priory Estate! 

Georgina Bates Photography

We are very excited to announce our new Exclusive Hire Option of the Michelham Priory Estate.

Hidden away in the Cuckmere Valley in Sussex at the foot of the South Down is the stunning Michelham Priory. The estate is surrounded by the longest water-filled moat in England, encircling the enchanting priory on its very own island. The priory has a long established history of warmly welcoming and generously entertaining lords and ladies with lavish banquets and merry parties. Even the humble monks who founded the priory in 1229 had a reputation for merrily entertaining honoured guests with wonderful wine and feasts. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, the priory became a comfortable countryside retreat for leading courtiers with its beautiful architecture and romantic gardens winding down to the waterside moat. What better way to spend the most magical day of your life than on your own enchanted island surrounded by beauty, nature and history?

Hire the whole estate for your special day with private access to the Elizabethan Great Barn, stunning moat terrace, Tudor house, 14th century gatehouse, extended gardens and 7-acre grounds on the day of your wedding. Wedding ceremonies are licensed to take place in the stunning barn for up to 130 guests.

Exclusive hire includes:

  • Access to the estate from 10am till 5pm the day before for set up
  • Private access to the estate for pre-wedding photographs and a Champagne Garden Picnic, created by our Michelin star trained chef, for up to 12 people from 5pm till 8pm the evening before your wedding
  • Exclusive use of the estate from 9am till 11pm on the day of your wedding
  • The house will close at dusk
  • Access to the estate from 10am till 4pm the day after for take down and collection
  • Passionate and dedicated staffing including planning assistance from the weddings and functions manager, a wedding supervisor to lead your day, a deputy supervisor to assistant, waiting and bar staff, evening security and set up and take down assistance
  • 130 chairs, tables, china, cutlery, glassware, white table linen and linen napkins included
  • Use of the barn music system according to our terms and conditions and our sound technician to assist throughout the day

Exclusive hire is available between Mid-February and Mid-December any day of the week. We are limited to only 6 exclusive hire days a year.

For more information about exclusive hire of Michelham Priory please contact Hannah at weddingslewes@sussexpast.co.uk or call 01323 844224.

Photograph Credit to Georgina Bates Photography.

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.