Nestled in the heart of historic Gloucester City, a stone’s throw from the historic Docks, sits the hidden gem Blackfriars Priory. Crowned gold in the wedding venue category in the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2023 and winner of a number of awards, Blackfriars Priory is an iconic venue with unrivalled history.
Blackfriars Priory offers a hidden oasis in a convenient location, that offers your guests the opportunity to choose a sustainable transport option. Benefitting from being within walking distance of Gloucester Transport Hub, Railway Station and Taxi rank, Blackfriars takes the stress out of planning by offering the convenience of the City Centre at your fingertips.
Once inside the site, you will enter the peaceful, enclosed cloister garden. Not only is its location convenient, but it also offers an abundance of fantastic backdrops for gorgeous photos. Whether you would like to make the most of the rustic backdrops of the Priory, dream of a gritty urban shoot or would like to stand in front of the beautiful Docks, you will be spoilt for choice with a Blackfriars wedding and will make memories that will last a lifetime.
An iconic historic landmark with breathtaking architecture, Blackfriars is the perfect setting for discerning couples who are seeking that showstopper venue.
Offered on an exclusive-use basis, Blackfriars Priory houses a variety of spaces (14 to 230 guests) that are yours to enjoy for the duration of your wedding day.
The stunning North Range is a real ‘WOW’ factor space, with a 65ft high ceiling, original 13th Century wooden beams that King Henry III gifted from his royal forests and the remains of a first-story fireplace, exposed from when the building was transformed into a private three-story mansion in the 16th century.
The enclosed cloister garden is overlooked by a quadrangle of architectural styles, with the pop of yellow from the medieval Scriptorium, the ancient ruin in front of the glass wall of the North Range, the half-old, half-modern exterior of the East Wing and the Victorian houses to the West.
The East Range is a cosy space with an array of quirky remains. From the rare herringbone fireplace to the remains of a 16th-century bread oven and the scissor-braced roof, this space is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests.
Finally, the Scriptorium is an internationally historically significant space that is one of its best preserved remaining buildings. Originally built as a place to study for Friars monks, the Scriptorium still features carrells, which indicate where desks would have been for monks to study, and angled windows, which were created to provide maximum light.
The Priory has been fitted with lifts for accessibility, a ramp at the main entrance and contains an accessible toilet and baby change.
No, our dedicated team will set up for you before you arrive to set up decorations.
Our couples should be free to create the day of their dreams, so we work with six approved caterers to provide a selection of top-quality suppliers. Whether you would like a laid-back BBQ, pizza or a formal sit-down meal, anything can be arranged, and our caterers are more than happy to put together bespoke menus to suit your needs.
For North Range receptions and full-day weddings, a two-night stay for the couple is provided as part of the package at the Judges Lodgings in Gloucester. A discount code is also available for wedding guests or couples booking smaller packages that don't include the stay.
You are welcome to provide your own alcohol. This will incur our standard corkage charges of:
- £18.00 per bottle of spirit.
- £9.00 per bottle of sparkling wine or champagne.
- £6.00 per bottle of wine.
- £2.00 per bottle of beer/alcopop etc.
- £60.00 set fee for soft drinks.
We have five spaces available onsite for the wedding party and suppliers. For wedding guests, we are conveniently located next to several city car parks.