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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.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
11:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM


Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Landscaped Gardens
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Confetti Permitted
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
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!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Keri Graham - Weddings & Events Manager
Congratulations on your engagement! I bet you can't wait to get started on planning your wedding. Here at The Old Deanery, our wonderful wedding team are always on hand to help take the stresses of wedding planning away and create perfection in both the run up to and on your wedding day. Every single wedding is special to us and the relationships we develop with our couples is second to none. We are always on hand to answer any of your questions and very much look forward to meeting you soon!


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Rachel & Rob
Married in September 2018
January 2019
Thank you so much!
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, throug...
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Martin & Andrew
Married in August 2018
January 2019
Thank you!
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 abs...
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Rachael & Mark
Married in May 2018
January 2019
Our Perfect Day!
Date 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. O...
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Emma & Graham
Married in May 2018
January 2019
You were amazing!
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...
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Catherine & Luke
Married in April 2018
January 2019
Wedding Reception
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 venu...
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Michelle & Richard
Married in April 2018
January 2019
Our Wedding!
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 everythin...
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Location & Contact Details


Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS, England

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Thirsk or Harrogate

Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford

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What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don't worry, everything will be perfect on the day! We are always on hand to help with anything that you require, from creating table plans, setting up your decorations for you or even looking after your pooch on the day - nothing is too much trouble for our wedding team!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

I would describe The Old Deanery as: 'unique' - there really is nowhere like us, 'beautiful' - our stunning building provides the perfect setting for your day, 'idyllic' - even though we are situated in the heart of Ripon, you really wouldn't know, 'intimate' - whether your guests numbers are 100 or 2, we have several rooms to suit your celebration, 'yours' - The Old Deanery becomes yours for your day, decorate however you wish and celebrate with your friends and family.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Under the willow tree in our secret garden - a photo opportunity not to be missed!

What’s your favourite canapé?

There's so many favourites to choose from, however all our lovely staff highly recommend the Honey & Mustard sausages - YUM!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our lovely staff really do help make your day perfect. Our wedding team are on hand right from the start and can provide you will lots of experience and knowledge to help you create your perfect day.

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