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Last update: May 2024

Named as the best wedding venue in the South West in the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2023, Blackfriars Priory is an unrivalled, multi-award winning, 13th-century historic landmark nestled in the heart of Gloucester. Enjoy the private courtyard garden, the splendid scale of the original scissor-braced roof in the iconic North Range, which displays original 13th century oak beams that were gifted to the site by King Henry III. The site also houses the Scriptorium, which is believed to the the oldest and most well preserved medieval library in Northern Europe.

Couples can add their own strand to the tapestry of Blackfriars Priory history. With the capability of only holding a limited number of weddings per year, you are guaranteed a personalised service and access to our passionate and dedicated team.

Facilities and Capacity

The site holds a number of rooms, catering from as few as 5 to as many as 230 guests. Measures have been taken to make the venue as accessible as possible, with a ramp at the front entrance and lifts in our main spaces and a hearing loop available onsite.

Services Offered

Blackfriars Priory packages can cater events from 10 to 250 guests in size guests and make sure that your wedding day is perfect. Ranging from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast, right the way through to the evening reception, this venue truly is a magical place to have your wedding.

Two licenced spaces are available. The North Range is a room with the wow factor, with a towering scissor braced roof, breathtaking architecture and a fully glazed wall overlooking the ancient ruin in the garden. This space can accommodate up to 150 guests seated for a meal and up to 250 for your evening function.

Perfect for an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family, The East Range is a stunning building with warm natural light flooding the room. This room can hold up to 60 people for a ceremony and 50 seated for a meal.

Micro ceremonies are also available in the 'Old Kitchen' in the lower East Range.

Catering is provided by one of our specially selected catering partners, who have been chosen due to their stance on sustainability, incredible menus and impeccable service. Our catering partners can cater to any culinary requests, with partners specialising in European, Indian, Eastern and African cuisines, as well as street food and informal dining.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
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Reviews for Gloucester Blackfriars Priory

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Latest reviews

Laurel M. Sent on 11/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Finding Blackfriars Priory felt like a dream

We cannot sing the praises of the Blackfriars Priory staff enough - from start to finish they were incredibly helpful, professional and supportive!
The venue was exactly what we were looking for - the perfect combination of rustic and flexible that suited our DIY autumnal non-traditional wedding.
Ryan especially was the best wedding coordinator we could have asked for! Always super helpful when we asked silly questions and so great at helping organise our planned surprises for the day.
For anyone that wants to have a completely unique day in a venue like no other, Blackfriars Priory is for you!
Tammy Sent on 12/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding venue, brilliant staff

Our experience at Blackfriars Wedding Venue was nothing short of exceptional. From the moment we stepped foot onto the historic grounds, we were greeted with warmth and professionalism. What truly stood out was their accommodating nature they went above and beyond to ensure our beautiful dog could be part of the ceremony.

The venue itself exudes timeless beauty and historical significance, providing a stunning backdrop for our special day. The blend of elegance and history added an enchanting atmosphere that made our wedding truly unforgettable.

Moreover, the staff at Blackfriars went above and beyond to ensure that every detail was executed flawlessly. They seamlessly coordinated with our suppliers, making the entire process stress-free and enjoyable. Their commitment to excellence was evident in every aspect of their service.

Blackfriars Wedding Venue exceeded our expectations in every way possible. If you're looking for a venue that combines charm, history, and excellent service, look no further. Our heartfelt thanks to the team for making our wedding day a dream come true.
Olivia M. Sent on 29/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most wonderful venue

We were completely delighted with our experience at Blackfriars. Matthew and the rest of the team could not have been more helpful, and made sure our whole day ran smoothly. They made several useful suggestions, were very easy to get in contact with whenever we had questions, and were transparent about the process, the costs and anything else we needed to know.
Will S. Sent on 18/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect place for your wedding

A wonderful, wonderful venue. Tasteful, great location for a wedding (easily accessible by public transport, cars, within city centre), and so beautiful in its historic 13th century setting. Beautiful for photos and a great size, we went for the upper room with capacity for 50 guests and that felt perfect.

Staff were fantastic from start to finish, from showing us around when we were deciding on a venue right through to the day. And the price was amazing too, far cheaper than one would think from the venue. Could not rate it highly enough.
Natasha P. Sent on 11/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Venue!

A hidden gem!!!! Absolutely stunning building and the perfect wedding venue. The team at Blackfriars are so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Cannot recommend our experience working with them more highly from first contact to the wedding day itself, amazing!
Stephen H. Sent on 05/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect!

Holly and the team were brilliant even though we cancelled and then changed everything from a full day in May 2020 to just a Ceremony in May 2021. All because of COVID. We remained in contact with Holly who was both professional and jolly throughout, so when our new plans for 2021 were thwarted, She was happy to allow us to change to Ceremony only - as it turned out it couldn't have been better and we were both glad that we were forced to cancel the reception and evening do. I honestly cannot fault the Blackfriars team they were great.
Lucy Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Lucy Fry

We had the best wedding at Blackfriars in October this year. Matt and his team were fantastic and worked tirelessly to ensure our day went to plan! They listened to what we wanted and did not fail to deliver! Personal touches such as allowing our dogs to come to the reception, turning on thousands of fairy lights and battery operated candles to make our look come to life and assembling our huge cheese/pork pie cake for us! Everyone was blown away by the naturally stunning North range and the history within the priory. The location was fantastic for our guests as most were local! Would 100% recommend.
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C & Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We really couldn't have asked for a better day

We can鈥檛 thank Sue and the team at Blackfriars enough, we had the most amazing wedding day in September. The venue is so beautiful and we really couldn鈥檛 have asked for a better day. Everything in the run up and right throughout the day went so smoothly and Sue was always around to answer any questions. We had catering from Cater Cater who were also just as amazing! Thank you!
F & Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Guests commented on how impressive it was

We got married at Blackfriars Priory on 28/10/2023. We can't thank Hebe and the Blackfriars team enough for all of their help and support, both on the day itself and in the months leading up to our big day. The day ran so smoothly, all the logistics were taken care of without us having to worry. We had a bagpiper in the morning and a Ceilidh in the evening which were so much fun, and again easily accommodated by the team.
The venue itself is stunning and lots of our guests commented on how impressive it was. Obviously as a large and very old building it can get chilly in the Autumn/Winter, so we did prep our guests to bring layers!
One perk for us was being able to set up the venue the day before. Seeing it take shape and not being rushed at all meant we could really enjoy the build up to the big day :)
Thanks again Blackfriars team!
S & Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The Most Beautiful Venue!

The most beautiful venue! As soon as we were engaged we knew we wanted to celebrate our marriage at Black Friars. Matthew was excellent and on hand to respond to any questions or requests we had. The recommended caterers, orchard catering, were sublime and would definitely recommend to future couples. Thank you so much for ensuring the day ran perfectly! Sophie and Matt x
H C Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Genuine Treasure

Hosted our event with professionalism and skill. Made our day memorable and rose to the very few challenges we presented on the day. On top of that, the venue is gorgeous, well-kept, and full of history. A genuine treasure.
S & Sent on 27/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We fell in love with it straight away

Blackfriars was one of the first wedding venues me and my Husband viewed, and we fell in love with it straight away, booking it 2 years in advance! We are both so happy that we made the decision to have our wedding in Blackfriars as it was everything we hoped for, and more!

The team at Blackfriars were so helpful and guided us through all the planning along the way and went above and beyond when we had an issue with our caterers early in our planning. All venue visits were relaxed and they answered any questions we had. Our wedding planner even managed to arrange for a local, alcohol-free IPA to be supplied on our day for our alcohol-free guests and ensured that all the alcohol in our drinks package was vegan for us!

The garden games went down so well with our guests to use in the sunny courtyard, and it was amazing to see all our family & friends having the best time. We loved all the extra touches that were provided like fairy lights, downlighters and candles and this made the venue look even more beautiful!

The staff were fabulous on the day and made us feel so well looked after. All of our guests continue to comment on how beautiful and unique Blackfriars is as a venue too (which is the reason we booked it!) and how they also found all the staff so helpful on the day. We can't praise Blackfriars highly enough and would highly recommend booking your wedding or event here!
Katie F. Sent on 22/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day

We got married at Blackfriars and couldn't have asked for a more perfect venue! It's a beautiful building and a great set up with the two levels in the North Range (for dinner and dancing!) and a lovely outdoor courtyard which gives you plenty of privacy whilst also being central in the city (easy for guests getting back to their hotels!). There鈥檚 plenty of places for great photos it鈥檚 a simply stunning venue.

Sue and the whole Blackfriars team were absolutely brilliant, so lovely, friendly and helpful. They were incredibly accommodating, and the whole day went super smoothly, we really couldn鈥檛 have asked for more!

(Photographs: Novel Focus Photography)
Alice T. Sent on 25/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Incredibly unique and beautiful venue

We can't recommend Blackfriars enough as a wedding venue. Not only is the venue absolutely stunning, the staff are wonderful. From the first time we visited, we just knew we didn't want to get married anywhere else.

After having to postpone our ceremony and celebrations several times due to COVID, the Blackfriars team were incredibly supportive, always on hand to help and guide us through all the decision making. We decided to have our ceremony in Aug 2020 and came back on our first anniversary for our wedding celebrations with all our friends and family. The staff were so accommodating, friendly and helpful throughout, it made us feel so relaxed and at ease (which definitely shines through in our wedding photos).

The North range was the perfect backdrop for our wedding photos. There are so many places to escape to, we had amazing variety. The venue is so beautiful and unique it doesn't need dressing like many other wedding venues. We loved the raw beauty of it and so many of our guests were absolutely charmed by it.

We also love that Blackfriars is open to the public and host lots of event throughout the year, as it means we can go back and reminisce again and again.
Robert M. Sent on 14/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Moss Clarke wedding

Really great venue, all staff were happy for us to do what we wanted with the venue and always offered their mere help. Venue is such a unique place and would strongly recommend to anyone.
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