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The Priests House

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£650 - £2995 for Venue Hire
Up to 70
4 Bedrooms
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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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Venue Hire Only

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Exclusive use of the facility together with chair covers and tiebacks, use of piano, easel etc

In-house catering
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superb 3 course menu
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Features & Capacity


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


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 quite unique setting 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 with a full evening reception in the Old 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.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
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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.

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 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.

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