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An intimate and exclusive wedding venue in the shadow of the ruins of the Grade I listed Barden Tower surrounded by the stunning river and hills of the Upper Wharfedale valley.
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Exclusive use of the facility together with chair covers and tiebacks, use of piano, easel etc. We offer ceremony only on all days other...
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What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Wedding coordinator available on the day

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(price per head)

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A choice of superb 3 course menus to choose from perfectly cooked and presented by our Head Chef, Mark who has been with us for 15 years...
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What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
No corkage fee
Table linen included
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM


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

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
In-house Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
Holding your day in one of the most magical wedding venues in Yorkshire can only add to the occasion. With the magnificent backdrop of the 13th century Barden Tower, this has to be one of the most historic of Yorkshire civil wedding venues. Steeped in romanticism and charm, this totally unique venue is surrounded by some of the best landscape the Yorkshire Dales can offer. The photo opportunities are endless, with superb backdrops of the ruin of the once magnificent tower, the Priests House itself, the orchard, the woods and the valley stretching into the distance. The scenery and mystique of the place is dramatic whatever the season, especially the winter months with the dark nights actually complementing the authenticity of the medieval surroundings. The charming medieval Priests House is able to offer small and intimate weddings in the House ranging from just yourselves or up to 30 guests. With open fires, real oak beams it oozes history and provides a fabulously intimate setting for your wedding breakfast. The Old Chapel beneath the House was renovated on June 2016 and now provides a superb venue for civil ceremonies (up to 90) and dining and evening reception up to 70. With a baby grand piano you can have some gentle background accompaniment for the meal followed by a DJ or other entertainment later in the evening.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Debbie
I'd like to welcome you to The Priests House. I am so proud of this venue and the investment we have made in ensuring the grade 1 building retains its medieval ambience whilst providing as many modern facilities as we can. Whether you have a small, intimate occasion in the House or a full day and evening reception in the Chapel we know you will have a great day. Only ever undertaking one event on any day and being a family run business you will have our undivided attention throughout.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Sam and Katya
Wedding: October 2019
December 2019
You even arranged the weather!
I am sorry it has taken a while to write this note to thank you for the wonderful day you gave us at Sam and Katya's wedding. Debbie - your floral decorations were stunni...
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Wedding: September 2019
October 2019
Great Food!
We have just attended a wedding here and coming from someone who has worked in the wedding industry for many years I can honestly say this has been a wonderful experience...
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Laura & Patrick
Married in September 2019
October 2019
Simply Stunning
I first noticed this venue whilst out running pre engagement. It’s rural location and rustic charm caught my eye. Debbie and Steve were very prompt with communication an...
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Emily and Lupton
Married in July 2019
October 2019
Stunning venue and fantastic service
Absolutely stunning venue and fantastic service. An amazing day and beautiful food. The venue was dressed beautifully and everything was arranged perfectly. I would highl...
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Becky and Dom
Married in February 2019
February 2019
My special day was so perfect!
Thank you so much for making our special day so perfect. Debbie, what can I say? You were amazing throughout, you made our wedding planning so much more enjoyable and too...
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Married in November 2018
February 2019
Thank you!
A little thank you should have arrived for you and the team today - hopefully the postman made it to you with all the road closures! We really can’t thank you enough for...
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Wedding Open Day

28th March 2020
Come and view our 15th century Old Chapel, the stunningly maintained grounds and the different decor that we can provide! Doors to open from 11am 'til 4pm, snacks and drinks provided.
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Location & Contact Details


Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AS, England

Travel Notes

Travelling from the South, drive through the arch at Bolton Abbey on the B6160 to Burnsall and carry on for roughly 3 miles. Pass the left turn to Eastby / Embsay and we are on the right - you cannot miss the imposing Tower!

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

All the weddings are the best, in their own individual way, from the really small, intimate ones with just the bride and groom to receptions with a band and dancing.

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

Relax and enjoy the day. Don't turn it into an art of project management. No one cares if you haven't quite stuck to a predetermined timetable

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Groom left the wedding used Haribo sweets instead!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, spectacular, intimate, exclusive, enduring

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

The stairs leading to the Tower, which provides a genuinely historic backdrop.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Quite a few, in particular several weddings with BBC presenters.

What’s your favourite canapé?

All of them!

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Kissing goodbye to the lovely and emotional couple having had such a wonderful day.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The venue and site is grade 1 listed being part of the curtilage of Barden Tower. It has that genuine historical ambience whilst also having subtle modern improvements.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The personal touch of being a genuinely family business (all family members contribute!) Also the refurbishment of the Old Chapel. Taken 12 years to get there but well worth it.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook DiscountBook a weekend wedding between October and March and pay the midweek house fee. For midweek weddings 20% discount on hire fee.