Barn Wedding Venue – Michelham Priory

A large barn wedding venue on a private moated island surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside

Planning a barn wedding in Sussex? Or have you always dreamed of saying “I Do” in a large historic house with beautiful grounds? Michelham Priory is one of the most romantic wedding venues in Sussex.

Michelham Priory is set on its very own island in the beautiful Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex, close to the South Downs. This spectacular Sussex wedding venue has a Tudor mansion, moat and seven acres of beautiful grounds.

After the ceremony, you can dance the night away under bunting and beams in the spectacular Elizabethan Great Barn.

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Sussex Barn Wedding Venue - Michelham Priory

One Sussex Wedding Venue; two choices of ceremony

Michelham Priory provides two stunning locations to get married – the beautiful Prior’s Chamber inside the Grade II Listed historic house; or the grand Elizabethan Barn, which overlooks Sussex countryside.

Looking for a barn wedding venue in Sussex? For larger weddings, the grand Elizabethan Great Barn is ideal. This beautiful structure dates from the Tudor period. Ceremonies and receptions for up to 120 guests can take place in the Grade II listed building.

Just outside is the stunning Moat Terrace where the drink and canape receptions take place in view of the longest moat in England.

For more intimate occasions, the Prior’s Chamber is the perfect location, seating up to 60 guests in a beautiful Medieval room. The chamber is complete with period furniture, stained glass windows, tapestries and a huge fireplace.

Afterwards, head outside to the main lawn for a drinks reception. The barn will then be yours so you can continue your celebrations. Dance the night away under the 600-year-old wooden beams.

Whatever the season, the beautifully kept gardens make the perfect location for photographs.

Guests will love exploring the grounds or simply relaxing while sipping a glass of something cold. And if you have children attending the wedding, the playground is the perfect place to let them run off steam after the ceremony.

Rural Michelham Priory is perfectly situated near the market 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.

Sussex wedding venue - Michelham Priory
A wedding at a Sussex barn - guests enjoy drinks at Michelham Priory
Historic house wedding at Michelham Priory, near Eastbourne, Sussex

A Sussex wedding venue for all seasons

Michelham Priory is available for weddings all year round. Whatever the season, we have a variety of wedding hire offers – including exclusive use. Please contact us for further details.

Our passionate and dedicated team will be with you every step of the way to ensure the perfect day.

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. Our team have a contacts book full of local suppliers and are always happy to support the planning of your dream day.

Our preferred caterers can provide a meal to remember to suit all tastes – from a three-course banquet to delicious canapes and small plates.

The legal part of the ceremony will be looked after by East Sussex Register Office leaving you to focus on simply saying “I Do”.

For further information about our hire options or to book a viewing please contact via email at weddings@sussexpast.co.uk.

A barn wedding in Sussex at Michelham Priory
First wedding dance at a Sussex wedding - Michelham Priory

We want to be part of your story

Michelham Priory is owned and cared for by The Sussex Archaeological Society, a registered charity which has been protecting and promoting the heritage of Sussex for more than 175 years.

We believe your wedding, civil partnership or reception is just the start of your story. So, if you choose to hold your special day in one of our historic properties, we will provide you with a 12 month property pass.

This will allow you to relive some beautiful memories for free at your own convenience.

A wedding party at Michelham Priory, a Sussex wedding venue

What our clients say about our wedding venue

“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.”

Weddings and civil partnerships take place at Michelham Priory

Make an Enquiry

Michelham Priory is an ideal venue for a wedding or civil partnership ceremony.

We can’t wait to host your perfect day in our picturesque Sussex barn wedding venue.

Wedding dates are in high demand so we recommend you enquire early to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to book a viewing please contact our Weddings Coordinator at weddings@sussexpast.co.uk. Or click on the button below.

A wedding car arrives at Michelham Priory in Sussex

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