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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.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Chapel
House
Dining Capacity
75
Reception Capacity
85
No. of Bedrooms
4
Sleeps No. of People
24
Bridal Suite
Changing Only
Usual Access Time
12:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Venue

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.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2004
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
5
Reviews
(11)
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 stunning; Mark - the food was out of this world and Conor and Kat - the attention to detail and friendliness you gave out party was without fault. You even arranged the weather! Most of all we cannot thank you enough for being flexible to reschedule the wedding date at short notice. You have a wonderful venue with professional and experienced individuals who really care that a wedding day is special. Thank you for everything Shirley (mother of the groom)
Joanna
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. Very very good staff, attentive friendly never false. You were made to feel like they really care about everyone's experience there. The food was amazing!!! the goats cheese and pudding in particular. The light in the venue was amazing for photos! And maticulos eye for little details which the Bride and Groom a sure me was the venue and not them... well done! We shall be returning for Sunday dinner very shortly even if it's an hour or so away from us!!!
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 and we booked to view after confirming they would allow our dog to be part of the day. Wow, the chapel is stunning and the light floods in creating a truly special place. We knew nothing would compare and agreed a date. We loved how it was family run, it always felt personal and Debbie knows the venue inside out. It took the stress away and the attention to detail was meticulous. In the lead up to the wedding we went up for Sunday lunch and attended the open day. We knew our guests would be well fed and Debbie would create our vision for the day. They have plenty of decorations which are free to use. The day itself was perfect and everything as expected. Many guests commented how much they loved the venue and how great the food was, including the portion size. They also plan to come back for Sunday lunch! This venue is truly memorable and you always feel part of the family and not just a customer. Would 100% recommend.
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 highly recommend to anyone. Lovely people and a lovely place
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 took care of everything. The venue looked more stunning than we could of ever dreamed, my flowers were gorgeous and the food was amazing. We really can't thank you enough!
Rebecca
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 Saturday - we had the most fantastic day, as did all of our guests. Lots of love Rebecca
Location & Contact Details

Address

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!

Nearest Town

Skipton

Nearest Motorway & Junction

We're a long way from a motorway!

Nearest Train Station

Skipton

Nearest Airport

Leeds/Bradford

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FAQ
(10)

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 rings....so 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.