St Martin's Priory

(3 reviews) 3 5
St Martin's Hill North Holmes Road Canterbury Kent CT1 1PW
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About St Martin's Priory

St Martin's Hill, North Holmes Road, Canterbury
Kent, CT1 1PW

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

Our venue is nestled in the heart of Kent the garden of England, and sits snuggly within the borders of the World Heritage site of St Martin’s Church; recognised by UNESCO as the oldest church in the English speaking world!

St Martin’s Priory is a Grade II listed building built over 350 years ago. Much of the original architecture remains, creating a space that is filled with history, featuring Jacobean and Georgian architecture and fine wooden pannelled walls, offering you an elegant and sophisticated location for your big day.

St Martin’s Priory is set among 2.5 acres of enchanted gardens and offers you a majestic and private location for your wedding day in the heart of Canterbury City. Your guests can enjoy a drinks reception on the Tudor lawn, and stroll through the picturesque Rose Gardens, whilst you are whisked away for memory making photos in the backdrop of breath-taking views of Canterbury Cathedral from the top lawn.

St Martin's Priory prides itself on ensuring couples day is unique so whether you would like a traditional three course wedding breakfast, or a hog roast straight from the spit served street style, our wedding coordinators are on hand to discuss what would make your day yours and unique!

The St Martin’s Priory team have painstakingly searched for the best quality and value when it comes to its catering services and we have a range of options to suit any couples tastes. Our dedicated, friendly catering executives are on hand to build a bespoke menu, or allow you to choose from an extensive sample menu should you prefer. 

St Martin's Priory is licenced to hold ceremonies for up to 80 guests and can hold up to 40 guests for a wedding breakfast within the building. Alternatively, a marquee can be provided to cater for up to 100 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 150 guests to an evening reception. We work closely with our marquee provider, who is happy to meet with couples and discuss decorations and finishing and for each marquee to be individual to couples tastes and requirements. Marquee hire includes the following:

  • 12m x 15m Frame Marquee with a mixture of white pvc solid side & either Georgian windows or max-clear windows.
  • Floor matting for the marquee with plastic under-lay.
  • Complete Ivory linings for above marquee with ivory swags.
  • 12 Uplighters with dimmer unit & coloured gels
  • 12 Arm Chandeliers with dimmer unit
  • Limewash Chiavari chairs with seat pads
  • 21’ x 21’ Parquet dance floor. 
  • 6m x 6m Catering frame marquee with white pvc sides, matting with under-lay & strip lights (for the catering team)

Additional options are available at an additional charge, please contact us for further details.


• Next to the oldest church in England • Grade II listed building • 2.5 acres of magical gardens • Fantastic view of historic Canterbury from the top lawn • Dedicated wedding coordinator • Bespoke

Facilities at St Martin's Priory

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the City
Stately Home
Marquees and Tents
Unusual Weddings
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

St Martin's Priory Reviews (3)

Our Perfect Day in a Perfect Venue.
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By Aron Fill, on 10 Nov 2019Date of Wedding - 19 Oct 2019

The history of the building was a real selling point and went perfectly with the theme we had in our minds before any real planning took place. The Gardens set a fantastic scene for photos with a beautiful view of Canterbury Cathedral, and the size of the rooms for the guest numbers we expected made the day feel comfortable and intimate. The feedback from our family and friends regarding the venue was all positive, the outside bar in the Garden came in very useful as the weather treated us well and drinks in the sunny afternoon post ceremony made the day that bit more special. Although the venue can appear to be small compared to others with the numbers that are advised it’s more than comfortable with plenty of space to eat, chat & dance. Also, the added room available for a breakout really came in handy to store gifts, flowers and Small Bridesmaids when they needed some time away from the crowds. All in all, for us, 10 out 10. The day was just the perfect start to our life together.

Without a doubt we highly recommend the venue and
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By Claire & Rowan Tutt, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Jun 2018

Right from our first visit we knew St Martins Priory was the perfect venue for us. The rooms are beautiful and give a real feeling for the history of Canterbury. The gardens are amazing, perfect for entertaining and the all-important pictures. We really were blown away from our first visit. Alessandro and his team are great and made it so easy to make the day our own. They liaised with all of our suppliers and everything went off without a hitch....well at least one hitch but that was the point in us being there!! We were able to have the wedding just as we had imagined, thanks to the team at St Martin’s Priory, who accommodated our very laid back and not so traditional ideas for the day. It was the best day ever, and we just want to go back and do it all again, and we honestly would not change a thing! Without a doubt we highly recommend the venue and the team for any special occasions.

I will without hesitation recommend both the venue
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By Denys & Shelley Andrianjafy, on 30 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 26 May 2018

The venue was amazing. The Frederick Mason Room was perfect for us to hold the ceremony. It had the right balance of intimacy and history to make it feel very special. The wood panelled walls, the views into the garden and a well-lit room added to the already fantastic ambience. The marquee looked magical in the garden surroundings. The main lawn looked spectacular, and the garden terrace with the labyrinth was perfect for those who wanted to catch their breath. The food, was delicious and well presented, with the wine making a great accompaniment. All this would not have been possible without the team pulling the strings and making the preparation and the day run so smoothly. Both Shelley and I felt we had an absolutely safe pair of hands acting as a very skilful ring master. The suggestion you made in the run up to the day were well placed and thoughtful and your calm allowed us to believe that preparing a wedding 2 months out from the actual day was not as insane as all that. A recurring comment from day and evening guests is how professional the staff were, how calm everything was and how things and people just seemed to appear when needed. Not only is St Martin’s Priory a hidden gem in Canterbury, but the team you pulled together to ensure that Shelley and I had such a special day are absolute treasures. I will without hesitation recommend both the venue and the team to anyone wanting to hold a special event. I suspect many of those who celebrated with us will also do the same

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