The Hospitium (62)

The Hospitium, York Museum Gardens, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 7DR
The Hospitium
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The Hospitium

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You will have exclusive use of the Hospitium on your chosen day accompanied by a dedicated wedding coordinator. The Hospitium is licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships. We offer mid week weddings at discounted rates. Breathtaking backdrop of St Mary’s Abbey in the Museum gardens offers outstanding photo opportunities. Our dedicated caterers “Bradshaw’s of York” provide an extensive range of menus to suit your style and deliver exceptional service to you and your guests.

The Hospitium

“Weddings at the Hospitium”

This unique 14th century listed building situated in the beautiful Museum Gardens matched with exceptional service is the ideal location to accompany your special day.

Set over two floors offering you and your guests an exclusive location to celebrate all aspects of your day. The Hospitium is overlooked by the striking ruins of St Marys Abbey; this provides the perfect setting for your wedding photographs and backdrop to your day.

The Hospitium is licensed to host civil ceremonies and civil partnerships and provides a peaceful, private and intimate setting.

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Reviews for The Hospitium (62)

The Perfect Wedding
Venue Service

By Tom and Yebin, on 22 Jan 2016

We had our wedding here on 19th of December 2015. The intimacy of this historical venue along with its beautiful museum grounds, and the city of York offered a trip to be remembered by our guests who flew from all over the world. The staff was kind, warm and professional. The food was absolutely wonderful. We wished we all had a bigger stomache! It was delicious! It truly was the perfect day for us and all of our guests. Thank you for the wonderful memories of a lifetime. --Tom and Yebin

The Perfect Wedding
Venue Service

By Tom and Yebin, on 22 Jan 2016

We had our wedding here on 19th of December 2015. The intimacy of this historical venue along with its beautiful museum grounds, and the city of York offered a trip to be remembered by our guests who flew from all over the world. The staff was kind, warm and professional. The food was absolutely wonderful. We wished we all had a bigger stomache! It was delicious! It truly was the perfect day for us and all of our guests. Thank you for the wonderful memories of a lifetime. --Tom and Yebin

Beautiful building, helpful staff - perfect venue!
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By Ste and Danni, on 27 Oct 2015

Originally, we picked the Hospitium almost at random; just because it seemed like a nice building, and was both large enough to fit our nearly 100 guests, and convenient for everyone to reach. However, our random choice turned out to be an incredible stroke of luck, and I don't think we could have asked for a better venue. The gardens make a good place for photos - we had an autumn wedding, and the trees give everything a lovely golden colour. You will get a lot of tourists asking to take your photo too! The building itself retains its medieval charm, but it's comfortable and accessible (there are lifts). The stone pillars downstairs look great with lights and greenery (one note about these - they can block some guests' view, so bear that in mind when planning seating, and perhaps let people move out of their seats a bit). The upstairs, with black-and-white timber, looks good with gold decorations and a few black-and-white highlights. We fit about 95 people upstairs - a bit of a tight squeeze with the buffet and top table, but if you have a sit-down meal you can apparently fit a few more tables in. The venue does have dedicated caterers and a DJ, but we had no problems with either of these (the DJ has surprisingly good taste for a wedding DJ!) and the food was incredible. (One odd detail - although it was a buffet, you had to ask specially for vegetarian options. I'd recommend asking for veg to be put alongside the meat) Finally, the staff themselves were great. Our contact was always available to answer questions and show us around the building. Overall, a beautiful - and more importantly, stress-free! - place to get married.

Perfect Easter wedding venue
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By Sue and Mike, on 24 Aug 2015

We held our wedding ceremony and reception at the Hospitium this Easter – and it was fantastic. Not only is the venue perfect, but the sun was shining too! The Hospitium staff couldn’t have been more helpful, making time for us from the initial enquiry a couple of years earlier, all the way through to the wedding. Our florist, Sarah Elizabeth, dressed the venue perfectly, both upstairs and downstairs. Bradshaws, the caterers, made wonderful canapés and wedding breakfast, in addition to running the bar. A Taste of Italy’s tricyle provided the ice cream and Chris Milner captured it all perfectly on camera. The Hospitium staff made it all work together and we can’t recommend the Hospitium highly enough.

Superb Wedding Venue
Venue Service

By Stephen Haworth, on 31 Jul 2014

We hosted our daughter's wedding at 'The Hospitium' in July 2014. Their staff were wonderful and very flexible to our wishes. Our florist (Mandy) who regularly works there, decorated the hall beautifully to our requirements including a floral, petal pathway alongside the aisle. It was enchanting. Upstairs, the wedding breakfast layout was designed to suit our numbers and wishes. The staff decorated the hall with our supplied, lighting strings and bunting to our tastes. We had 60 guests, seated comfortably. There is room for more. We had the service downstairs, then drinks, canapes and photos (Chris Miller) outside in York Museum gardens. The many fine old limestone ruins make a superb background for pictures. The stairs outside the venue allow a photographer to picture all guests below from a great vantage point. The cash bar gave a good choice of quality beers, wines and spirits. We enjoyed a superb wedding-breakfast upstairs. Regular caterers, 'Bradshaws' were excellent. They gave a good choice of available menus and wines. Their serving staff were well-trained, experienced, flexible and friendly. Hot food was served quickly so that no-one was left waiting for food. Meanwhile, Hospitium staff cleared the downstairs area, so that a live group, could play for guests and start the dancing. In a break at 9pm we had our recorded music whilst a buffet was served upstairs. The band started up again to finish off the evening superbly. The downstairs area made a great dancing area, as well as having been a reverential site for the earlier wedding service. The best wedding ever attended was a view expressed to us by many guests. A fantastic service by the Hospitium and the other providers. We thoroughly recommend the whole package. We cannot thank 'The Hospitium' staff enough. Profits help York Museum and gardens.

Perfect wedding location
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By Simon & Joanne Cartwright, on 27 Jun 2014

We're so pleased that we chose The Hospitium for our wedding. It's a beautiful building with lots of character so we didn't need to add much decoration as it's got everything already. It's a great venue for excellent photos as there are lots of nice buildings in The Museum Gardens which provide the perfect backdrop. The staff at York Venues and caterers at Bradshaws of York were fantastic, listened to everything we wanted and gave us our perfect wedding day. We'd highly recommend choosing The Hospitium.

Kirsty & James' wedding - Saturday 07th June 2014
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By Gary Holdsworth, on 18 Jun 2014

The Hospitium is set in beautiful/picturesque grounds literally a few yards walk from St Mary's Abbey (a great backdrop for photos) in York. The Hospitium building itself is nothing short of perfect - built on two floors it allows the whole day's festivities to be held in one building, from the ceremony & wedding breakfast, to the evening disco and buffet. The interior of the building is every much as impressive visually as the outside, adding a really great ambiance to everything that happens - and again allowing some sensational photos, and the Hospitium Staff are always on hand to help when required, but never intrude. The help, coordination, guidance and advice offered by the venue at the planning stages is exemplary - ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as it can on 'The Big Day'. I have absolutely no hesitation (as the Father of the Bride) in strongly recommending this fabulous venue to anyone who is looking for a great place to get married.

Amazing venue with fantastic staff!!
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By Carly & Mark Fiekd, on 18 Mar 2014

Well, where do we start!!!! 18 months ago we booked The Hospitium as our wedding venue completely blown away by its beauty and it's surroundings! Our wedding was at the weekend and it exceeded every expectation we had! The venue was stunning and the staff have been truly fantastic! Melody, I can't thank you enough for all your help and organising of every tiny detail and Nick for dealing with Mark on the morning and putting everything together. ;-) It all looked beyond perfect and plus we got the weather! :-) The venue alone is outstanding but every single person involved gave us a phenomenal day!! One we will honestly never forget! Thank you! Lots of Love the new Mr & Mrs Field x x x

The Perfect Wedding Day
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By Richard and Ailsa Woods, on 11 Mar 2014

We could not recommend The Hospitium more highly. As a wedding venue, it exactly matched what we were looking in being beautiful and unusual. So many of our guests commented on how much they loved the building, space and grounds. The staff on the lead up to the day were amazing, nothing was too much trouble and no question too silly. The staff on the day were just fantastic, always on hand and often anticipating our needs. This all helped to make our special day the best it could be and we wouldn't have changed a single thing!

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By Lauren Adams, on 05 Dec 2013

We had our wedding reception at the Hosptium in October 2013 and it was perfect! We loved the look and atmosphere of the building, the stone floors and columns make a great canvas for any colour scheme. Though out the planning stage and on the day I always knew we were in expert hands with all the team at the Hospitium. All this made our wedding day, relaxed, magical and so memorable. Thank you everyone!

Fantastic venue and staff
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By James and Sarah Morton, on 15 Oct 2013

This is a stunning venue in beautiful public gardens. The staff are extremely helpful in the build-up to your wedding and on the day. Nothing is too much trouble. We would recommend them highly.

Fanastic, proffesional and friendly
Venue Service

By Faye & Adam Hey, on 22 Aug 2013

We couldn't have asked for anything better (including the weather!) for our big day which we had at the hospitium, the team were professional friendly and very helpful and a special thank you to the very lovley lady who gave us a lift to our hotel when our taxi didn't turn up! Everything ran like clockwork and everybody commented on how beautiful and unique the venue was- perfect setting for a beautiful summers day and a stunning setting for our pics! A massive thank you to the Hospitium and all staff, I would have no hesitiation in recommending The Hospitium as a wedding venue

Total Reviews : 62
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The Hospitium Facilities

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
In the City
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment License
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol License
Corkage Option
Capacity :
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities

Upcoming Wedding Fairs at The Hospitium

SEP 2016

Wedding Table Top Sale

Sell on your old wedding items or pick up a pre-loved bargain.

Admission: £1.00 |  Opening times: 11:00 - 14:00

Full description

Admission is just £1 for browsing or you can reserve a stall for only £15 (price includes the hire of a 6ft table, tea, coffee and biscuits). For further information or to reserve a stall please contact the York Venues team on 01904 687 671 or on email at