Ryedale Folk Museum

from £495
Ryedale Folk Museum is an exceptional and romantic ceremony setting. With its characterful historic buildings and serene countryside location, a ceremony (2-58 guests) at Ryedale Folk Museum is a memorable way to say, "I do".
from £495 to £2,500

Ceremony Only – Your chosen ceremony location will be closed off to the public for the duration of the hire period (2 to 2.5hrs), but the Museum will remain open to the general public. Don’t be surprised to receive an additional congratulatory cheer and round of applause from their team and visitors! Available Saturday to Thursday.

Exclusive Use – Bookings which provide Exclusive Use of the Museum buildings and grounds are a fantastic option if you have a longer guest list; if you wish to use your chosen ceremony location and other areas for a reception and make a day of it; or you just fancy a bit of exclusivity. Available on Fridays only.

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Need To Know
  • Ceremony Capacity : 58
  • Dinner Capacity : n/a
  • Standing Capacity : n/a
  • Licensed For Marriage : Yes
  • Catering : Couple's Choice
  • Bar : Couple's Choice
  • Accommodation : No
  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Pets Welcome : Yes
  • Licensed Until : 5pm
  • Exclusivity : Yes
  • Disabled Facilities : Yes
Contact venue for late availability and exclusive offers
Contact Details
Ryedale Folk Museum
North Yorkshire
YO62 6UA

The Setting

Ryedale Folk Museum is a place where history is brought to life, through its incredible buildings and collections. The open-air Museum is at the heart of the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole, in the truly beautiful countryside of the North York Moors National Park.

For half a century they’ve conserved some of the Ryedale area’s most magnificent heritage for future generations to enjoy. Their atmospheric buildings and collections, spread over six acres, tell a story about a rural way of life from the Iron Age to the 1950s – offering a unique glimpse of the past.

The Vibe

Ryedale Folk Museum is delighted to be able to offer a range of ceremony location options – hosting elopement weddings or intimate ceremonies for 2 guests up to 58 guests.

Each ceremony location offers something different; they have their own character, charm and quirks! Set within a six-acre site, the Museum’s buildings, collections and grounds offer a unique way to entertain your guests, and you can take advantage of the beautiful setting (and stunning North Yorkshire countryside nearby) for your wedding photographs. They can certainly offer something unique and memorable for you and your partner.


Their dedicated and friendly team will help you every step of the way to make your civil ceremony, civil partnership or vow renewal an unforgettable occasion.

They welcome traditional, non-traditional and historical ceremonies. Whether they are hosting your wedding day, or helping you to celebrate your continuing love, they promise a unique and personal experience.

There are nine unique ceremony locations at the Museum, each presenting an individual and characterful space:

Manor House

Their stunning thatched 16th-century building, with its original wooden cruck-frame construction, makes an impressive setting for your ceremony. This location is truly versatile and can be set to create a cosy ceremony for a few of your nearest and dearest, or comfortably accommodate larger gatherings. With exposed original oak beams and stone floor, the Manor House can be styled traditionally with a centre aisle, but can also lend itself to a more informal and intimate layout.

Ceremony size: up to 58 guests.

Stang End

Their 18th-century cottage, Stang End, is a charismatic option for smaller groups. With its traditional thatched roof, feature fireplace and leadlight windows, this location offers a relaxed setting for your ceremony.

Ceremony size: up to 8 guests.

The Pavilion

A wooden-clad space with a vintage feel, the Pavilion could easily be dressed to suit several styles. It’s perfect for a traditional afternoon tea or a 1940s-themed party. This ceremony location can also be used to host the reception packages they offer, so it is an ideal choice if you really want to go to town with a particular theme or to allow extended celebrations on your special day.

Ceremony size: up to 28 guests.

Pickard’s Cottage

Affectionately known as the ‘white cottage’, this charming, thatched building is a firm favourite with visitors. A much-loved family house for generations, you get a real sense of home and comfort there. With the open fire aglow, the cottage kitchen presents an atmospheric, Victorian-esque setting.

Ceremony size: up to 3 guests.

The High Shop

Adored by visitors young and old, their 1950s village store is a small, but perfectly formed, option for those seeking a nostalgic and notable ceremony choice.

Ceremony size: up to 2 guests.

Iron Age Roundhouse

The Museum’s Roundhouse is a reconstruction of an Iron Age dwelling, presenting a truly distinctive setting for your ceremony. The curved walls, natural materials and central fire create a relaxed and rustic feel. They think it affords the perfect setting for adding a ‘tying the knot’ or handfasting element after your ceremony. Summertime provides a particularly beautiful backdrop to this ceremony location, with the Roundhouse situated next to their traditional and colourful cornfield.

Ceremony size: up to 28 guests.

Crofter’s Cottage

This cottage is a carefully created reconstruction, built and furnished to represent a humble abode inhabited by a Medieval crofter, complete with central fire. There’s a real countryside charisma to this ceremony location; with its silver thatch, earth floor, shuttered windows and attractive cottage garden.

Ceremony size: up to 10 guests.

Undertaker’s Office

A remarkable and inimitable location, the Undertaker’s Office can only accommodate the most micro of ceremonies. A quirky choice, not for the faint-hearted!

Ceremony size: up to 2 guests.

Daylight Photographic Studio

The oldest surviving example of such a studio in England, this building was originally the workspace of photographer William Hayes and used to host his own wedding reception in 1904. A traditional portrait backdrop and wall of glass (constructed from photographic slides of course!) have been used to capture the memories of many couples’ nuptials. Why not continue the tradition and create a record of your love story there too?

Ceremony size: up to 10 guests.


Their informal reception options (celebratory drinks and serving of your wedding cake) can be added to any wedding or ceremony booking.

For smaller gatherings, they can provide use of Bright Raven’s (up to 25 people), while larger parties may be accommodated in The Pavilion (up to 32 people).

Alternative reception options are only available when booking Exclusive Use. If the Museum’s unique atmosphere is inspiring you to arrange a banquet fit for a Tudor in the Manor House; a ’40s tea dance in the Pavilion; or a hog roast in the Iron Age Roundhouse, let the team know! They are happy to discuss the possibilities and practicalities of working with your external suppliers or wedding planners.

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