The Old Deanery

(98 reviews) 98 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
Stately Home
Small Hotel
Historic
Landmark
Unique Weddings
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
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

The Old Deanery Reviews (98)

Amazing place for our wedding, just perfect!!!!
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By Michelle & Jonathan, on 09 May 2019Date of Wedding - 02 Dec 2018

The place was just perfect for what we both wanted in a wedding venue. Keri and all the team where absolutely amazing at their jobs friendly warm & welcoming to us all, which made our day very special, we had the whole venue to yourself which was brilliant. All our guests loved the place too. Our day was absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend staying here. we will be returning again

The Perfect Wedding
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By Nikita & Ed, on 09 May 2019Date of Wedding - 25 Oct 2018

We held our wedding at The Old Deanery in October 2018 and cannot praise them highly enough. The first time we visited, we were taken by how perfectly it fit what we had hoped to find - and then looking at the prices was a dream come true. On top of that, Keri, the events manager, helped us with every aspect - and we were able to customise pretty much every aspect! Breakfast on both mornings of our stay continued the tradition of phenomenal food. We also arranged private dining the night before our wedding - which was zero effort on our part and a wonderful experience. The gardens are gorgeous - we had our couples shoot there, and you honestly could not tell we were on the doorstep of the centre of Ripon. The venue is literally right opposite the cathedral too which is incredible. All the staff were incredible throughout the whole day, and any request we made was catered for. Amazing food, fantastic rooms, an incredible and cool venue with fireplaces, comfy seating in the bar area and gorgeous restaurant areas. It's pretty small at 11 rooms, but that just adds to the feeling of exclusiveness and privacy. We cannot recommend a stay at The Old Deanery enough, and if you are looking for a wedding venue, you should definitely consider it. Oh, and they're dog friendly as well!

Thank you so much!
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By Rachel & Rob, on 17 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2018

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our day so special. I really did feel that I didn't have to worry about a single thing, from the minute we booked, through all the planning conversations, emails and meetings right up to seeing you welcome us back from the ceremony to have dinner. The food was as good as we knew it would be, and I still can't put into words how beautiful the dining room looked. I was completely blown away by how well you had understood us and how much the room felt exactly like we wanted it to. Thank you so so much - if we could do it all again we would!

Thank you!
Venue Service

By Martin & Andrew, on 11 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 18 Aug 2018

From our first visit we knew we had found a special venue, and as our planning progressed we realised we were blessed with a fantastic wedding coordinator. Keri is an absolute professional, who kept us at ease throughout and placated our many many requests effortlessly. On top of this, she was able to advise us on specifics and was brilliant on the day. From our arrival, to the removal of our circus of a wedding four days later, he could not do enough to help. This was again echoed through the other members of the team, who were a credit to the Old Deanery. I could not write this without making a special mention to the chef Lee, who created a fantastic bespoke wedding menu which met our needs perfectly. He was imaginative and open to suggestions, which led to a sharing style meal which we have received endless positive feedback about. All in all, I could not asked for a more fantastic team of people, in a more beautiful venue, to have helped us celebrate our wedding.

Our Perfect Day!
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By Rachael & Mark, on 08 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 26 May 2018

The Old Deanery delivered outstanding customer service, from the moment we first met with them to discuss the space as a potential venue. Our experience with all members of staff was utterly faultless, in both the lead up to our wedding, the day itself and throughout the rest of the time we and our guests stayed at The Old Deanery. No ask was too much effort for the staff at The Old Deanery; the Chef worked with us to fine tune our menu so it was exactly as we wanted it. Keri, our wedding planner, was so incredibly thoughtful and went over and above to ensure the whole day ran smoothly. We were so touched at all the additional effort the staff at The Old Deanery went to - from setting up and decorating the venue, to ensuring we had a chance to try the canapés on the day when we were busily chatting with our guests! At the end of the night we were even delivered with ice cold bottles of water to enjoy with the bacon sandwiches they’d held back for us. Every member of staff at The Old Deanery was polite, generous and thoughtful and so many of our guests commented on how the staff at The Old Deanery were the best staff they’d ever met at a wedding! Our wedding was perfect, all because of the magnificent staff at The Old Deanery, I couldn’t praise them any higher for their customer service.? Thank you to everyone at The Old Deanery, you are all wonderful!

You were amazing!
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By Emma & Graham, on 08 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 20 May 2018

You were amazing throughout the whole planning process and the final day itself. There is nothing we would change about the day and we’re so grateful to you and the staff. ? Thank you so much for so many amazing memories.

Wedding Reception
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By Luke & Catherine, on 08 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Apr 2018

Thank you so much for your help and guidance over these last few months. It’s been so much easier knowing you have things taken care of! We know this was the perfect venue for us as soon as we visited. Thanks for making it a special day for us.

Our Wedding!
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By Michelle & Richard, on 08 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 06 Apr 2018

Dear Keri and all the team at The Old Deanery. Thank you very much for making our wedding day so special. We have been so impressed with how smoothly and calmly everything was done. Nothing was too much trouble and every single member of staff we met was friendly and extremely helpful. All our family and friends had a wonderful day and that’s thanks to you.

Thank you!
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By David & Rachel, on 08 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Mar 2018

To all the team at The Old Deanery. Thank you all for everything you have done to help make our wedding the most special day. We will be back!

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.

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