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The Old Deanery

Up to 80
11 Bedrooms
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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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Kirsty & Chris
Married in August 2017
July 2018
Perfect Wedding
We had our wedding ceremony & reception at the Old Deanery and it was perfect. The location of the hotel is great, Ripon is a lovely little town. The hotel ambience was l...
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Shaun & Angie
Married in April 2017
March 2018
Superb historic wedding venue and fantastic service, highly recommended
April 2017 we were married at the Old Deanery spending the whole weekend at the gorgeous, historic venue with our family, friends and guests. We will never be able to th...
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Becky & Will
Married in December 2017
January 2018
Thank you for our incredible wedding
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 ex...
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Ben & Natalie
Married in April 2017
January 2018
We had our wedding at the Deanery in April last year. From the very first meeting to ongoing emails several months later, everyone at the Deanery is wonderful. Everyone s...
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Mary & Chuck
Married in September 2017
December 2017
Thank you!
Thank you so much for making our wedding amazing - we had a wonderful day. So much of it down to your hard work and enthusiasm. Many of our guests commented on your dedic...
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Katey & Johann
Married in October 2017
November 2017
Perfect Wedding venue
My husband and I got married at The Old Deanery last month and it was absolutely perfect. Keri was absolutely brilliant. From first meeting with her to discuss our plans ...
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The Old Deanery - Winter Wedding Fair

24th February 2019
The perfect chance to meet Keri Graham and The Old Deanery wedding team who will be delighted to discuss your wedding day plans and offer a full tour of the facilities available. Free entry!
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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.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Special OfferMid-Week Offer - Available on any mid-week date (Sunday to Thursday) - Your package will be discounted by £1,000 and we will provide one complimentary glass of wine for each of your guests during your wedding breakfast. ~ Seasonal Offer - Available on any date in January, February, March or November - All our 11 bedrooms will be provided complimentary to you on your wedding night, to allocate as you wish to your guests - offering a saving of up to £1,265. ~ The small print: To take advantage of our Seasonal Offer in conjunction with our Mid-Week Offer, your chosen date must fall within the stated days/months and there must be a minimum of 30 daytime guests. Applies to new bookings only.

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