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.

Michelham Priory Wedding Fair 

We cannot wait to welcome you on Sunday 25th February to our Sussex Past Wedding Fair at Michelham Priory. 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-acre 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.

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.

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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.