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.

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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.

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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.

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

Wedding Open Day at Michelham Priory 

We cannot wait to welcome you on Sunday 25th November to our Wedding Showcase at Michelham Priory. The wedding showcase is free entry for all couples and runs from 11am till 4pm.

The stunning Elizabethan Barn will be beautifully styled for a wedding. Our passionate wedding team will welcome you to the estate and be on hand to answer any questions you may have about weddings at Michelham Priory. A host of trusted local suppliers will also be exhibiting in the barn providing the very best wedding advise and ideas.

The Wedding Showcase at Michelham Priory includes:
Free entry for all couples
Welcome drinks and canapes
Free goody bag for every couple
A change to explore the estate including the barn, mansion, gatehouse and gardens
Ample free parking
Wedding experts on hand to answer any questions
Fully heated Elizabethan Barn styled for a wedding celebration

The café will be open for lunch, light snacks and tea & cake.

The wedding showcase is a registered event and tickets can be booked here.

If you would like more information about our wedding open day please contact Hannah at Private viewings for the site are still available.

We cannot wait to welcome you on Sunday 25th November.

Wedding Venue Hire Special 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.

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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 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 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.

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.