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On since 2021

Last update: February 2024

Principal York is a luxurious wedding venue located in the heart of York, North Yorkshire. Situated adjacent to York Train station, this historic hotel is easily accessible for travelling guests. This nineteenth-century building was originally constructed as an integral part of the York Station. It has since undergone refurbishment, elegantly combining Victorian architecture with modern comfort to create a stunning hotel ideal for momentous occasions. Principal York has a wealth of history and breathtaking surroundings, providing a timeless, charming backdrop for your special day.

Facilities and Capacities

Principal York offers its beautifully adorned rooms to host your wedding celebration. The Oak Room can host up to 160 guests to witness you exchange vows or up to 100 attendants for a delectable wedding breakfast. Oak panels and decorative carvings line this venue, paired with tall sash windows that saturate the room with natural light, offering sweeping views of the verdant gardens. In total, this hotel can accommodate up to 200 guests for your special event. With a spacious dance floor and live performance facilities, you and your loved ones can dance to your hearts' content. With an array of beautiful scenery, such as the grand staircase, black and white corridor, and lush outdoors, you will find plenty of photo opportunities. Opulent overnight accommodation can be provided, with up to 155 rooms and suites available. Couples and guests alike can delight in the swimming pool, health suite, and fitness centre during their stay.

Services Offered

The experienced staff at Principal York would love to help bring your vision to life and will ensure everything runs smoothly. You can avail of a personal wedding planner to help organise your event and provide day-of coordination. This venue offers in-house catering with sumptuous food and personalised menus suitable for all palates. There are several luxurious wedding packages to choose from so you can find the right service for your special occasion.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Marquees and tents
In the city
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Principal York

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Kirsty Sent on 27/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs D

Thank you so much to you and the team from the beginning of planning the wedding until the end of the day. We had an amazing hotel and have truly falling in love with it. Thank you for an amazing day!
Leanne Sent on 27/09/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs W

My HUSBAND and I would just like to thank you both for absolutely everything on the run up to, and during the stay for our wedding.

All our family and friends enjoyed the stay, and the wedding itself, and many said they would be returning to stay over as the hotel was so beautiful.

We've had the time of our lives and we thank you so much for it.

Mr & Mrs Way.
Anonymous Sent on 07/06/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs M Wedding

Just a note to say thank you for a wonderful day on Saturday. Everything went perfectly from the ceremony to the DJ and we're really appreciative of the efforts you all put in.

I gave a nod to you, to Hannah and the catering staff in my speech and I want to reiterate how helpful Hannah was in organising everything. The waiting staff were very impressive (it was like a military operation!) and the food was perfect - so many guests complimented it. The room and the breakfast the next morning were great too.

Thanks again for a wonderful day
Anonymous Sent on 01/06/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding day

‘Everything was perfect and I could not have even imagined how perfect it could possibly be. It is all down to Isobel and Liam who worked so incredibly hard to make sure everything went smoothly and our wishes were met. I don’t even think I could start to thank them for everything they have done because 1 it would take me forever and 2 there are no words. I cannot fault them in the slightest. I want to do it all again!’
Andy Sent on 05/05/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Diddams & Alipoor Wedding

Just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at the Principal Hotel this weekend. Natalie and Javaad seemed to spend the whole day with the biggest smile.

Liam and his team were really great and everything went like clockwork. We were particularly impressed that nothing seemed to faze the team and there was nothing that was too much trouble.

Please can you pass on our thanks to everyone at the Principal and be assured that we would recommend your hotel to anyone planning a wedding in the future.
Anonymous Sent on 21/04/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Mr & Mrs Tait Wedding

James and I would like to say a big thank you to you and the team for working so hard to make our wedding run smoothly.
We had the most wonderful day, it was just perfect and we enjoyed every minute of it.
We were all impressed on the day with how Liam organised everything from start to finish and made us feel totally at ease.
Thank you all once again for helping make our day extra special and thank you Isobel for all your hard work in the run up to the big day.
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Anonymous Sent on 02/01/2016
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Mr and Mrs Formons Wedding on 5th December

The wedding was absolutely fantastic thank you, we couldn't have imagined a better day!

The whole experience from our initial meeting with the wedding coordinator to the day itself has been brilliant. Katie helped us so much along the way with your ideas and achieving ours. Caroline was absolutely fab on the day, so helpful and making sure we were happy throughout the day.

The service on the day was great, everybody got what they ordered, there were no delays and the food was amazing, many of our guests said the same, the lemon tart was a firm favourite!

The renovations were amazing, from what it was to how it is now is incredible and it really does look five star, all of our guests commented on the decor of the hotel and we felt very privileged to be the first to use it!

We really can't thank Katie and Caroline enough, you've both been so great throughout and we'd have no hesitations in recommending you both and The Royal York itself.
Luke Sent on 07/11/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs White Wedding on Sunday 6th September

We would like to Congratulate you and your team for the hard work and attention to detail on our Wedding day. It was such a wonderful day and we all had an excellent time. No-one could fault anything.

We would like to say thank you to the Royal York, especially our wedding Host, she was excellent and the day ran so smoothly, it was relaxing. The food was superb, a massive thank you to the Chef and his team, everyone is making the Royal York a place to visit for food now!

Myself and my wife will be visiting the Royal York Hotel in the near future, for a nice meal and we will always remember that special day we had with you.

With kind wishes,

Luke and Alice White
Anonymous Sent on 18/08/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding - Saturday 1st August 2015

We had a lovely time at our reception last week. I thought the wedding coordinator did an excellent job in the planning with us over the months since we booked your venue. We found you to be very responsive and amenable to our requests, and very helpful. You made the planning process easy for us and coped well with the ever changing demands, eg on seating plan and numbers during the last week. Our suppliers were also impressed by your interventions, and found you very helpful.

The venue looked fantastic and the food was excellent. You’d laid out the room very well and it looked lovely with all of the items we’d left with you placed in the Oak room. The service was good overall, and we found people approachable and responsive. All of our guests have given us very good feedback and everyone really enjoyed their day. We couldn’t have asked for more and are so pleased that we chose to hold our reception at The Royal York. Holding the wedding breakfast in the Oak room and then moving downstairs to the evening reception in the Events room worked really well and we’d definitely recommend your venue to others.
Anonymous Sent on 06/05/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Waiting and Pay Wedding - 28th March 2015

Firstly Rob and I want to say a huge thank you to Katie! You were such a big help through the whole process. You answered my (many!) emails and questions every time I sent you any, and the information and advice you gave us was invaluable.

Secondly, and I'm so sorry that I can't remember his name - the day was a while ago now and a lot of it was a blur - but the gentleman from your hotel who was the MC and who looked after the whole day, hew as absolutely brilliant. We couldn't thank him enough! He was so helpful when we were running late (through no fault of your own - that was me and my bridesmaids not managing to keep on time in the morning). And Rob and I both felt so looked after during the day by him.

Your bar and waiting staff were also all absolutely lovely! So friendly and professional. As were all the staff in the hotel that we came across when checking in and out. You have a really fantastic group of people working there!

We had such a wonderful day and we were both so happy that we picked The Royal York hotel to have our wedding at. Thank you again for all your help and support.
Anonymous Sent on 10/02/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding on Saturday 24th January 2015

We have had a tremendous response from all out guests about great the whole day was; from the church service, travelling toand from Malton on a bus (with peroni and Prosecco) and then the wedding breakfast itself. The canapes and food were top notch, thank you. Jeet (I hope that I have spelt his name right) was fantastic and kept things running very smoothly despite there being a small mishap after dinner which not the hotels fault!

Also, I have to pass on that both the photographer and the lady who supplied my cake complimented the hotel very much on how well you accommodated them and helped them on the day. Thank you. It is true to say that all the staff the hotel, not just those involved in the wedding, were fantastic.
Angie Sent on 14/10/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs Bryan. October 3rd 2014

The day was perfect and went without hitch. We would like to commend Katie. Warner for being totally professional and flexible in her dealings with us. From the general organisation to the quality of the food, it was all excellent. We particularly recommend the Hog Roast for the evening. The logistics for the bride and groom were handled impeccably by Jeet. His calm personas and attention to detail helped us both float through the day without undueas stress aor worry. Than you for giving us the perfect day. Angie and Colin.
Amy Sent on 23/09/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Mr and Mrs Campbell Wedding - 30th August

Hi Katie,
Thank you so much for your email, apologies for taking so long to reply it has been a very hectic few weeks!
Firstly, I would like to thank you for all the work you personally put into our day, and all the staff who made our day flawless.
All our guest commented on how wonderful the hotel is, the staff being so friendly and smiley and the food being exceptional (high praise indeed from Rob and my dad who are both chefs!).
Rob and I were so glad that we picked the Royal York for our wedding as it provided the relaxed environment we wanted, where we could enjoy the day with our friends and family in the safe knowledge everything was being taken care of.
Thank you so much again to everyone at the Royal York for making our day perfect!
The New Mr and Mrs Campbell :)
Yvonne Sent on 26/08/2014
5 out of 5 rating

15th August 2014

Absolutely delighted, everything was perfect…even the weather!

Everyone loved the hotel and the staff were amazing

A big thank you to the team and will certainly recommend your venue

thank you once again.
Kathy Sent on 23/08/2014
5 out of 5 rating

wedding reception at the Royal York on 1.8.14

Hi Katie, just a quick email which I meant to send before now, to say thank you so much for organising the above and a huge thank you too to ALL the staff of the Royal York who helped in any way at all on the day which made the day (and evening) so fantastic for Natalya and Mark and for everyone who attended.

It went absolutely perfectly and I am still on a bit of a high when I think about it. The staff at the Royal York were absolutely lovely - including the reception staff, the bar staff, the concierge staff, the waiting staff, the gentleman who organised what happened on the day as far as announcing what we needed to do and when and of course the chefs. We received so many compliments from the guests about every single aspect of the wedding reception including how smartly dressed and how polite every single staff member we came into contact with was - and everyone who stayed was really happy with their stay too and breakfast the next day.

I would not hesitate to recommend
the Royal York to anyone for their wedding reception.

Please will you
pass this email on to the Hotel Management too. I would like them to realise just how amazing you all are.
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