The Old Deanery

(87 reviews) 87 5
Minster Road Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 1QS
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About The Old Deanery

Minster Road, Ripon
North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS

Our 17th century Grade II red star listed building, idyllic gardens and magnificent location opposite Ripon Cathedral makes The Old Deanery one of the most beautiful wedding venues in North Yorkshire.

Our historic building and grounds are exclusively yours for your special day. From the front gate to the bottom of the gardens and everything in between – just you, your guests and our friendly staff.

We want you to treat The Old Deanery as your home so leave the paint on the walls and we don’t mind what you do! Bring The Old Deanery to life and inject your own personality into it. Whether it be hanging pictures, lighting up the gardens or dressing the staircase – it’s your day, do what you wish.

Open up the doors of the Cathedral Dining Room and Dean’s Dining Room to create an elegant space seating up to 80 guests, or for smaller weddings enjoy the Garden Room for up to 20 guests. All of which are licensed to hold ceremonies, along with our lounge and airy Sanctuary room. Just minutes from our doors are also many places of worship, including the magnificent Ripon Cathedral, allowing for a short walk or a drive around the ancient market square from your ceremony, to your celebration here at The Old Deanery.

Couples who choose to celebrate with us will find their very own wedding coordinator, Keri Graham, on hand from day one. Her calming personality and passion for weddings will ensure the planning process is as stress-free as possible, allowing you to enjoy the experience and relax on the run up to the big day! 

Our wedding packages are bespoke to you – your wedding day is unique so why be restricted by your venue? Whether you’re thinking champagne in the garden, hog roast on the terrace or high tea for your wedding breakfast – you’ll be surprised just how flexible we can be.

Want to see if we’re right for you? Pop in and see us! Our friendly team are on hand every day and would love to meet you!

• 17th Century Grade II red star listed building opposite Ripon Cathedral • One of the most beautiful wedding venues in North Yorkshire • Stunning gardens • Licensed for ceremonies • Exclusive use venue • Bespoke packages are available

Facilities at The Old Deanery

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
In the City
Small Hotel
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

The Old Deanery Location

The Old Deanery, Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS

Minster Road Ripon North Yorkshire HG4 1QS
01765 600003
87 5

The Old Deanery Reviews (87)

Thank you for our incredible wedding!
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By Becky & Will, on 25 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Dec 2017

My husband and I had our wedding reception on the 8th of December 2017. I couldn't recommend The Old Deanery enough. From start to finish Keri and the events team were extremely professional, organised and very supportive in our wedding. The building is beautiful and so intimate. The food was incredible and many of our guests said it was some of the best food they've ever had at a wedding. The rooms were modern yet very cosy. We will certainly be going back there to stay and hold future celebrations there. I'm so pleased we choose this as our venue. Even if its for a lunch or a pot of tea, you will fall in love with the atmosphere The Old Deanery creates. Thank you Keri!

Massive thank you!
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By Katey & Johann, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 07 Oct 2017

You were an absolute star. From first meeting you at the beginning of the year right up until the Sunday morning after the wedding. You listened to everything we asked for and you made sure everything was just right. I was over the moon with how the room looked for the meal, it was just how I wanted it. We heard so many positive comments about the staff on the day and the day after. We didn’t want the day to end, we had such an amazing time and made really special memories to treasure forever. Thank you so much for your patience and for making our day perfect.

Perfect Wedding Venue!
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By Mary & Charles, on 16 May 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Sep 2017

We got married at the Old Deanery in September 2017 and can’t recommend them highly enough. We had exclusive use of the venue which was lovely and helped creat a relaxed friendly atmosphere on our wedding day. The food was excellent. We loved our tasting meal and on the day everything was delicious and high quality. Everyone at the Old Deanery was friendly, brilliant and worked hard to make our day special, especially Keri, our wedding coordinator. At every stage she was lovely, highly organised, always quick to get back to our emails and massively competent. She ensured everything ran smoothly on the day and we didn’t have to worry about anything. The Old Deanery itself is a beautiful building and the rooms worked perfectly for our wedding of 60 day and 100 evening guests. The gardens are great and looked beautiful on our photos. They are also enclosed so safe for children to play. We liked that the Old Deanery were happy for us to make the venue our own- we replaced the pictures with our pre wedding photos, decorated the tables and rooms etc. We also thought the Old Deanery was very reasonable in price. Both for the overall cost of our package and for drinks and rooms for our guests- both were vastly less expensive than other wedding venues and everyone loved their rooms and breakfast. Overall we though the Old Deanery was a perfect wedding venue and would strongly recommend it.

Thank you!
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By Mary & Chuck, on 20 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 23 Sep 2017

Thank you so much for making our wedding amazing - we had a wonderful day. So much of it down to your hard work and enthusiasm. Many of our guests commented on your dedication to making our day special. The food was excellent and service superb and so friendly!

Thank you so much for everything!
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By Kate & Chris, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2017

Our wedding was the most perfect, relaxed and organised day because of you. I was so worried about everything running to time and making sure everyone was at the right place at the right time but from the word go, you had everything under control. Even the 18 months prior to our wedding was simple, you answered all my questions and put up with me being so busy - honestly we can't thank you enough. We are so pleased we chose The Old Deanery and are now recommending you to everyone!

A huge thank you!
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By Peter & Julie, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2017

Peter & I would like to say a huge 'Thank you" to all the staff at The Old Deanery for their time and attention to detail at our daughter Kate's wedding to Chris last weekend. Many of us stayed at the hotel on Friday & Saturday and all said how relaxed, comfortable and stress free they felt (no doubt, behind the scenes the staff were incredibly busy). Keri did an excellent job with the wedding planning. The Chef and his staff produced fabulous food for us starting with our celebration supper on the Friday evening to our departing breakfast on Sunday. Five star service!

Thank you so much for the most incredible wedding!
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By Emilie & John, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 10 Jun 2017

I cannot explain how amazing you are were - Keri, I've never know someone be as organised as me and thank god you were otherwise I may have had a breakdown! We were a good team! You are excellent at your job. The staff were all so great - especially the young lad who did breakfast on Sunday morning. Lots of people commented on how good he was. Nothing was too much for you all and you made our day enjoyable and stress free!

Thank you
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By Deborah & Simon, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 28 May 2017

We just wanted to thank you for making our wedding day so special. Everything went so smoothly and really made us feel at home! Our guests loved the food and said how friendly and welcoming you all were. We can't wait to come back!

Outstanding!! Amazing staff & service!
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By Jo & Grant, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 20 May 2017

We got married abroad and due to the distance many of our friends and family were unable to travel with us so we wanted to have a wedding reception in the UK when we returned. We looked at a number of venues in Ripon and Harrogate and the Old Deanery outshone them all. From my very first contact with Keri (their amazing event planner) to my dealings with every member of staff nothing was too much trouble. They wanted to do all that they could to make our day special and exactly as we wanted it to be. They are professional and accommodating and this stood out as this was not the experience we had received elsewhere. All emails that I sent were responded to quickly. Their communications were second to none. I felt that we were in safe hands and not once did I have a worry that everything would not be exactly as we had agreed. We also were able to decorate the venue as we wished and the place looked lovely. Due to the Old Deanery being the perfect size we were able to take over the whole venue and all of the rooms. This made our event just that little bit more special being able to go from room to room as we all got ready together. Also sharing breakfast together the next morning was really special. The staff were just lovely. From the lady we met who cleaned the rooms who was so helpful and friendly to the waiters and bar staff - everybody met our requests with smiles and they helped to make our event truly fabulous. I cannot thank you all enough! I also cannot recommend the Old Deanery highly enough. You will be in safe hands!

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By Ben & Natalie, on 17 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2017

We had our wedding at the Deanery in April last year. From the very first meeting to ongoing emails several months later, everyone at the Deanery is wonderful. Everyone smiles and they can’t do enough for you. When I sent my initial enquiry about holding a wedding there the reply from the owner of the hotel said “we love weddings here!” And instantly I felt drawn to the place. I get the impression that this is a really Nice place to work. Keri helped us to plan and organise everything and she was there on the day to give me a reassuring nod as I had a little moment before I walked down the aisle. The second you pull into the drive the beauty of the venue really takes you by surprise, it’s so beautiful. I knew as soon as we pulled in that this was going to be the place. We were able to design a bespoke menu and we are still receiving compliments on the food 9 months after the wedding. The Deanery is flexible and allows you to put your own stamp on the day, many venues want you to do things by their schedule but that’s not the case here. The bridal suite is huge and so gorgeous and all the other rooms are lovely and so cosy. Our guests loved staying at the Deanery and everyone said the breakfast was fantastic. It’s right next door to Ripon cathedral which is a beautiful site and Ripon itself is a gorgeous place. We are going back in a few weeks to stay again and I can’t wait. I’d recommend the old Deanery for dinner, for a romantic hotel stay, and especially for a wedding. Thanks and much love to everyone B&N

Thankyou so much for making our wedding so special
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By Natalie & Ben, on 28 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 13 Apr 2017

From the first time we visited, we knew immediately that the Deanery was perfect for us. All of the staff are so warm & friendly, and all our guests commented on the beautiful venue. The food for our wedding breakfast was absolutely amazing, so thank you also to the Chef who made our ideas come to life. It was a day we'll never forget & we can't wait to come back and stay again!

Superb wedding venue and fantastic service!
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By Shaun & Angie, on 07 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2017

April 2017 we were married at the Old Deanery spending the whole weekend at the gorgeous, historic venue with our family, friends and guests. We will never be able to thank Keri, Chris and the whole Deanery team enough for the hard work, both up to and over our wedding weekend. All the couples you must meet throughout a year for those briefest of weekends yet we felt that we genuinely were the only people that mattered in your entire schedule, that something truly special and unique was happening that weekend and that your gorgeous venue was 'ours' ... that's a special skill and credit to the whole team but to you both specifically. You were so, so good - in ways we never even thought about. Accommodation, the wedding rooms, food, drink, service was all nothing short of 100%. We were not just allowed, but enthusastically encouraged, to decorate and trim the venue as we wanted. Choice of meals and wine were plentiful and again, any personal tweaks catered for. All our guests had a wonderful time and commented on the venue, such a gorgeous location in the heart of Ripon. We can't recommend enough and our personal thanks once again Keri & Chris. See you soon for our Anniversary.

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