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St Martin's Priory

Country House, Function Suite, Something Different

You wouldn’t expect to find a secluded, two-tier wedding venue on the edge of Canterbury city centre, but St Martin’s Priory is exactly that. Fondly known as Canterbury’s hidden gem, our venue offers the look and feel of a country retreat, in the heart of the city.

Only a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city, this charming wedding venue is situated within the World Heritage site of St Martin’s Church, and boasts a Grade II listed building, as well as 2.5 acres of private, enchanting gardens and lawns.

Holding your wedding at St Martin’s Priory would be the perfect start to your married life. The venue is licensed to host ceremonies of up to 60 guest in the warm, but awe-inspiring wood panelled Jacobean Suite; for a more intimate ceremony, our Garden Room offers the opportunity to have your ceremony next to the backdrop of our grounds.

Guests could enjoy a splendid drinks reception on the Tudor Lawn while the bride and groom are whisked off for memory-making photos amidst the romantic Rose Garden. St Martin’s Priory pride themselves on offering each couple the opportunity to flex their creative muscle and create a unique day built around their true personalities. There is no request too strange, from bouncy castles to bucking broncos our couples are afforded the freedom to make their day truly personal!

Due to the personal approach at the venue, each couple can relax knowing that they are able to access the venue the day before the event to add any personal touches and are offered the opportunity to collect their belongings a day after the event, giving you the space and time to enjoy your wedding night.

Our garden bar is a perfect place for guests to relax and unwind in our luxurious gardens. A fully stocked bar and bar service is included in the venue hire, alongside a free wedding coordinator service! We value ethical and sustainable catering, so we have procured a list of caterers who can provide an elegant, high-quality service for your special day. Tayberry Foods, Baytree Caterers, Coco Basil Catering, and Scott Anderson Event Catering are all versatile and flexible and are able to cater to each couple’s needs on a bespoke basis.

Internal event (marquee not required):

• Wedding ceremony 60
• Wedding breakfast buffet 60
• Three course wedding breakfast 40
• Evening reception 60

Marquee event:

• Wedding Ceremony - 60
• Wedding breakfast - 88
• Evening reception – 120



Venue details:


  • Gardens or Courtyard
  • Parking Available

Room Capacity:

  • Garden Room - 40
  • Frederic Mason Room - 80
  • Jacobean Room - 20

Event Capacity:

  • Ceremony - 80
  • Meal - 100
  • Evening - 150