Your Dream Wedding

Welcome to St Martin’s Priory, Canterbury’s hidden gem...

Our venue nestles in the heart of Kent and sits within the borders of the World Heritage site of St Martin’s Church, which is recognised by UNESCO as the oldest church in England. St Martin’s Priory is a historical Grade II listed building bursting with history and Jacobean and Georgian architecture. The Priory provides a versatile location allowing the couple to put their own style and theme to their special day.

St Martin’s Priory is set within 2.5 acres of enchanted gardens and offers seclusion and privacy near the heart of the city. Guests are able to enjoy a drinks reception on the Tudor Lawn and stroll through the picturesque Rose Gardens. Our venue is a photographers dream and boasts breathtaking views of Canterbury Cathedral from the top lawn and a spectacular water feature for those memory making photos.

Hosting your wedding at ceremony at St Martin’s Priory gives you the confidence that your day will be truly magical, memorable and admired by all.

Your Day, Your Way

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Our free dedicated wedding coordinator service gives you peace of mind that support will be available throughout the journey and of course on the  big day itself. We take care of the operational aspects of your day and coordinate with suppliers on your behalf so you don’t have to!

Our team are happy to advise you on all aspects of your big day, such as theme, decoration and style and have a range of suppliers we can put you in touch with. We understand that organising a wedding is no easy task and that’s why we understand the importance of convenience and have worked hard with suppliers to ensure that there are no hidden costs or extra charges.

Each wedding will have two venue staff on hand throughout the day and includes a fully stocked and serviced bar free of charge. The newly installed Priory Garden Bar has draught lager and a vast range of local beers and ales, as well as the usual beers wines and spirits. Our friendly bar team are happy to make signature cocktails unique to each couples special day and our friendly bar manager James is happy to discuss different options for your day.

Our local wine expert has a range of bespoke options available and a wine tasting session is available for couples looking to ensure they make the right choice for their day. 

We understand that organising a wedding is no easy task and that’s why we understand the importance of convenience and have worked hard with suppliers to ensure that there are no hidden costs or extra charges.

We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 80 guests in our Jacobean Suite and for intimate ceremonies of 40 guests or less, The Garden Room offers the opportunity to say your vows next to the gorgeous back drop of our gardens. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and fairy-tale architecture, the wedding of your dreams awaits you at St Martin’s Priory.

The venue also offer couples early access from 13.00 the day before the event to add any personal touches completely free of charge and our couples are welcome to come and collect their belongings the following working day. 

There are 40 parking spaces available at the venue and guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight should they wish. For guests staying locally, the venue has offsite accommodation available and we offer a 10% discount for all wedding guests. Please visit our website for further details or to book your room. 


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Marquee entrance
view of the priory bar
Confetti throwing at the pond
Marquee layout
Wedding party on the top lawn
Marquee layout
guests dancing in the evening in the marquee
Groom helping bride on to bucking bronco
Jacobean Room layout
Bride and groom cathedral view
Marquee from afar
Marquee in the evening
Bride and groom cutting the cake
Child and adult having fun
Bride and groom holding hands at the rose garden
Black and white photo of bride and groom
Bride and groom at the pond
Bride & groom in embrace
bride and groom on the top lawn

A Guide to Your Wedding Day

Wedding Ceremony in the Jacobean Room, Garden Room or St Martin’s Church
Drinks reception and Canapés on The Tudor Lawn with Couples photographs
Wedding breakfast and Speeches either in the Jacobean Suite or Marquee
Evening Reception guests arrive
Cutting of The Cake and First Dance
Evening Buffet or BBQ (please see our sample menus for further details) 
Evening reception 
Carriages and close

We couldn’t have asked for more for our wedding day at St Martin’s Priory. The gardens are beautiful and the perfect setting for a wedding. The events team were excellent and it really felt like they were invested in our day. We had regular meetings with the team throughout the planning process and they were very supportive. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the food. Overall a fantastic venue, we would certainly recommend.

Christine and Perry
Bride and groom first dance view of the Cathedral in the sunset Guests dancing in the Jacobean Suite