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Welcome to The Priory 1101

A hidden gem nestled in the coastal town of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Founded in 1101, this unique Grade 1 listed landmark venue boasts architectural and historic charm, having been lovingly restored from an 11th Century Priory. The breathtaking event space offers a blank canvas for your wedding day, complete with vaulted ceilings, beautiful beams, and exposed Normandy stone arches shared with Norwich Cathedral. With the ability to customize the space to suit your unique vision, The Priory 1101 is the perfect setting to create the wedding of your dreams. Come discover the beauty and history of this exceptional venue.

Facilities and Capacity

Arguably one of the oldest buildings in Great Yarmouth, the venue is situated within the grounds of the spectacular St Nicholas Minster church, just shy of being a cathedral! Our packages provide the perfect ‘marriage’ of two stunning landmarks - The Minster, one of the largest churches in England, & The Priory being a hop,skip & a jump to your Reception! As you leave the grandeur of The Minster, you'll be delighted to know that your Reception is within easy reach...It's a truly perfect combination of two iconic buildings that will make your special day one to remember.

  • The Noble Hall is an exceptional space that exudes elegance and grandeur, capable of hosting up to 100 seated guests, with an additional 50 for evening receptions. Its stunning features include magnificent exposed stone archways & grand windows, imbuing the space with a unique character and charm that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Adjacent to the hall is The Buttery, the perfect space for ceremonies or welcome drinks, providing added convenience and flexibility to your event. The Refectory hosts our fully licensed bar, & the venue is exclusively yours to enjoy your celebration!

  • Should you require a non-religious choice of ceremonies we offer a truly personalized experience with our in-House Celebrant who can completely bespoke a package to from start to finish. We understand that your special union is unique, & our Celebrant will work closely with you to create a ceremony that perfectly reflects your love story and values.

  • The Priory 1101 holds inclusivity at its core. The team warmly welcomes everyone with open arms. Each wedding is thoughtfully tailored to suit the unique preferences of the couple. The team is dedicated to working alongside couples to create the perfect event, whether it be an intimate gathering or a grand celebration. At The Priory 1101, your love is celebrated in all its beautiful diversity.

  • Get ready to take the dance floor with confidence! The Noble Hall offers First Dance lessons for all abilities, choreographed by an ex West End Performer. Our lessons provide a unique opportunity to learn to dance and perfect your moves, whether you're a seasoned dancer or a complete novice & just want to glide around the dancefloor, our experienced instructor will work at your pace to ensure you feel comfortable and confident, while providing expert guidance to help you master your steps. Join us for ‘a chance to learn to dance ‘and make your first dance a truly unforgettable moment that will WOW your guests…we want you to have the time of your life!

  • We have a vast amount of venue décor available onsite! Hire our 4ft ‘LOVE’ letters in rustic or white finishes,7ft trees with lights, top table LED backdrop curtains with optional venetian drapes, flower walls, Rustic backdrop frame, rose arch, welcome easel, a selection of table centrepieces, post boxes, candy bar buffet & many other items. You can even create your own package to suit your theme.

  • With our own resident Creche, we understand that weddings and special events can be a challenge for parents with little ones. That’s why we offer the convenience of this onsite service allowing parents to enjoy their celebration with peace of mind while our fully qualified childcare suppliers take care of their children. Let us look after the little guests, leaving you free to enjoy your Celebration with piece of mind, with a safe, secure environment and outdoor play area, toys, crafts, & reading corner.

Consider us your ‘blank canvas’ to build your wedding exactly how you want it. We offer complete flexibility for your special day. Whether you have a specific theme in mind or need help finding trusted local suppliers, we're here to make it happen. From catering to wedding transport, & even ring bearing owls, let us help you create the wedding that is a perfect fit for you as a couple.

Services Offered

The Priory 1101 services available onsite include -

  • ‘The Noble Hall’ - Holds up to 100 guests seated, a further 50+ for evening guests. A versatile space for smaller gatherings as well as a larger event. Tables, chairs & chair covers, & all linen supplied.
  • ‘The Buttery’ - An adjoining room for Ceremonies, catering or entertainment.
  • ‘Newlyweds Nest’ - Couples VIP room with a beautiful view to spy on your guests from up above!
  • Fully licenced bar - Packages available for ‘welcome drinks’ & toasts.
  • Decor hire – The Rustic & Classic range, a choice of LED backdrops, 4ft LOVE letters in rustic or white finishes, rose walls, rustic frame with voiles, a rose arch, table centre pieces, post boxes, 7ft illuminated trees, mirrored welcome easel, candelabras, candy bar buffet and many other accessories available.
  • Use of kitchen - For chosen caterer or from our trusted supplier list.
  • In-house Celebrant - For personalised, non-religious wedding ceremonies, commitment ceremonies & more.
  • In-house resident Creche facility - To keep your younger guests entertained too!
  • Wedding packages with the adjoining St Nicolas Church - For religious ceremonies & blessings
  • Personalised First Dance lessons - Choreographed for all abilities & styles
  • Exclusive use of The Priory 1101
  • Dedicated Event planner

Previous guests of The Priory 1101 include Oliver Cromwell, Richard II and Mary Tudor…We’d love to add you to this list!

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Unique weddings

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
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