National Centre for Early Music

(14 reviews) 14 5
St Margaret’s Church Walmgate York North Yorkshire YO1 9TL
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About National Centre for Early Music

St Margaret’s Church
Walmgate, York
North Yorkshire, YO1 9TL

The NCEM provides a stunning and unusual venue for your wedding reception or celebration event. Our medieval, grade one listed building is set within private and peaceful gardens, and can offer the perfect setting for your special occasion.

We can accommodate up to 120 for a seated meal and 150 for an evening/informal reception. We work with Bradshaws of York, Caterers of Distinction, who will be on hand to create delicious dishes for your sit-down meal or buffet. They offer an extensive range of options for food and wine to suit your tastes and can cater for any special dietary requirements.

On the day you will have exclusive use of the venue and our friendly and welcoming staff will work with you to ensure that your occasion runs smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone. You might choose to enter through our stunning Norman arch on the South side or via our contemporary foyer with views of the garden.

With plenty of natural light, the church offers a bright, welcoming atmosphere, and the wrought iron candelabra and stone arches give a sense of grandeur. At night, the candlelit church offers a beautiful and intimate setting for dining or dancing and the excellent acoustics are perfect for a live band or DJ.

The idyllic setting, both inside and out, provides a perfect backdrop for all your memorable photographs.

• A truly unique venue set in the heart of York • You will have exclusive use of the venue for your wedding celebration • The beautiful gardens and magnificent 12th Century porch provide a stunning backdrop for photographs • Our dedicated caterers can provide an extensive range of menus and will deliver exceptional service to you and your guests. • We can accommodate up to 128 for a seated meal or 150 for a drinks reception. • Our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that your day goes without a hitch!

Facilities at National Centre for Early Music

Venue Type :
Exclusive Use
In the City
Outdoor License
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Venue Staff Assistance :
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking

National Centre for Early Music Reviews (14)

Magical hidden venue with sublime service
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By Rose Hall & Adam Isip, on 27 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 17 Aug 2019

A huge thank you to Hannah, Mark and Lindsey for making our day beyond perfection. They really do go above and beyond to make your day as special and stress-free as possible. The caterers Bradshaws were also incredibly easy to work with and accommodating to our needs. All our guests were wowed by the space, and incredibly complementary about the NCEM, how beautiful it is, the location, the garden space and of course the staff! We could not recommend the NCEM enough! Thank you for the perfect day!

Perfect venue for our evening reception!
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By Andrew and Grace Harman, on 13 Sep 2019Date of Wedding - 27 Jul 2019

We booked the NCEM as our evening venue (they also offer full day hire) and were immensely satisfied. Very conveniently placed just inside the city walls, with a beautiful old church hall as the main space. All the staff were wonderful from the beginning when Hannah looked after us as we toured the venue, and then Mark and Lindsay looked after us so well ok the night. The venue is very well cared for and they have a number of decorations in house that you can discuss with them such as fairy lights and up lights which they can help you set up. All in all we had a fantastic day and the NCEM and all their staff played an important part in making it so!

It really could not have been better!
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By Ilona and Lukasz, on 27 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Apr 2018

From the beginning, the communication was excellent and we were positive that the NCEM was the perfect venue for us. The help from everyone before the Saturday was appreciated and it meant we could relax and enjoy our big day knowing everything was completed or in safe hands. On the day, all staff were professional, willing and good humoured, even when some guests were lingering at the end of the night! We also had a lot of guests remarking how kind and helpful all the staff were, in particular Mark who helped a guest with her young baby. We had such a fantastic day celebrating with our friends and family and it really could not have been better. Thank you to you and your team at the NCEM for making our day so special!

We would definitely recommend the NCEM to others
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By Fabienne and John, on 11 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Dec 2017

The staff were brilliant and very accommodating, right up to the last minute! Our day was very special and the NCEM team and Bradshaw's made it so easy for us - no fuss or complications.

We found it a lovely, unique and beautiful settin
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By Sarah and Michael, on 06 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2017

What can we say! We are so delighted that we chose the NCEM as our wedding reception venue. Hannah was OUTSTANDING in her customer service answering all of our queries. She was so helpful and so friendly and without her involvement we know our wedding wouldn't have been so fab! Bradshaw's (the designated caterers) were perfect too! The most delicious food and wonderful service! If we ever renew our vows, it will be at the NCEM!

Great atmosphere and space
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By Robert and Tamsyn, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 27 Oct 2016

A great atmosphere and space to work with, from lighting through to sound. Staff were utterly fantastic, really made the day what is was and the caterers (who knew the venue so well) doubled the great feel of the day.

Beautiful venue
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By Sam and Danny, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 22 Oct 2016

Beautiful venue, fantastic staff and amazing value for money. We had the most perfect day - thank you so much!

Perfect place to have a magical wedding day
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By Kelly and Rob, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 01 Oct 2016

Our entire wedding experience was a real joy - from all the planning with Hannah, to the day itself. Everything went smoothly, and all our needs were met. Our guests all commented on the beauty of the place, and how much they enjoyed the food. It's the perfect place to have a magical wedding day.

It was perfect
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By Kirsty and Jon, on 11 Nov 2016Date of Wedding - 17 Sep 2016

It was perfect! Our reception was relaxed and went so smoothly thanks to the helpful staff at the NCEM. The planning process felt the same - no question was too small and nothing was a problem.

Perfect place for a party!
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By Jo and John, on 21 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 16 Sep 2016

The NCEM was the perfect venue for our celebration. It provided a great atmosphere and we could not have asked for more from the perfect city centre location or an incredible facilities. The service we received was excellent. Hannah and Lindsay made the experience very stress free and it was a lovely place to be. We will definite use again for future family parties - in fact we can't wait!!

Perfect venue, fantastic service!
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By Jo and Eleanor, on 16 May 2016

We cannot stress strongly enough how perfect this venue was for us - the garden for games, the flexible space inside, the feeling of being 'different', etc. And the service was fantastic - ALL the staff were so friendly, welcoming and helpful - just lovely! All we can say is thanks VERY much!

Lovely hospitality and venue
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By S and D, on 04 Sep 2015

It was such a pleasure to have our wedding at the NCEWM. Nothing was too much to ask and our day went exactly to plan.

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