National Centre for Early Music

£750 - £1700 for Venue Hire
Up to 130
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
COVID-19 Update
**COVID-19 UPDATE** Our team are still working hard to respond to enquiries and can provide you with any information about weddings at the NCEM. To help keep our staff and clients safe, we are delighted to be able to an in person visit to the NCEM as well as a virtual tour of the venue. Please get in touch with any questions. You can contact, Emily & Hannah at .
A stunning versatile venue for your wedding celebration. Our beautiful medieval, grade-one listed building and private gardens offer the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
• Exclusive use of the NCEM including our beautiful private gardens, Church space, meeting room & foyer • Up to 12 x 5ft diameter round tables • Up to 7 x 6ft trestle tables • Up to 180 black and blue conference chairs • Projector, screen and laptop if required • PA system for background music and wireless microphones for speeches • Staging for band or DJ if required • Cash and card bar serving a wide range of bottled ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
City Hotel
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence


Open Flame Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
City View

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
The NCEM provides an inclusive, stunning and unusual venue for your wedding reception or celebration event. Our medieval, grade one listed building is set within private and peaceful gardens, and can offer the perfect setting for your special occasion. We can accommodate up to 130 for a seated meal and 150 for an evening/informal reception. We work with Bradshaws of York, Caterers of Distinction, who will be on hand to create delicious dishes for your sit-down meal or buffet. They offer an extensive range of options for food and wine to suit your tastes and can cater for any special dietary requirements. On the day you will have exclusive use of the venue and our friendly and welcoming staff will work with you to ensure that your occasion runs smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone. You might choose to enter through our stunning Norman arch on the South side or via our contemporary foyer with views of our beautiful private garden. With lots of natural light, the church offers a bright, welcoming atmosphere, and the wrought iron candelabra and stone arches give a sense of grandeur. At night, the candlelit church offers a beautiful and intimate setting for dining or dancing and the excellent acoustics are perfect for a live band or DJ. The idyllic setting, both inside and out, provides a perfect backdrop for all your special moments.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Rose & Adam
Married in September 2019
September 2019
Magical hidden venue with sublime service
A huge thank you to Hannah, Mark and Lindsey for making our day beyond perfection. They really do go above and beyond to make your day as special and stress-free as possible. The caterers Bradshaws were also incredibly easy to work with and accommodating to our needs. All our guests were wowed by the space, and incredibly complementary about the NCEM, how beautiful it is, the location, the garden space and of course the staff! We could not recommend the NCEM enough! Thank you for the perfect day!
Andrew and Grace
Married in September 2019
September 2019
Perfect venue for our evening reception
We booked the NCEM as our evening venue (they also offer full day hire) and were immensely satisfied. Very conveniently placed just inside the city walls, with a beautiful old church hall as the main space. All the staff were wonderful from the beginning when Hannah looked after us as we toured the venue, and then Mark and Lindsay looked after us so well ok the night. The venue is very well cared for and they have a number of decorations in house that you can discuss with them such as fairy lights and up lights which they can help you set up. All in all we had a fantastic day and the NCEM and all their staff played an important part in making it so!
Ilona and Lukasz
Married in April 2019
April 2019
It really could not have been better
From the beginning, the communication was excellent and we were positive that the NCEM was the perfect venue for us. The help from everyone before the Saturday was appreciated and it meant we could relax and enjoy our big day knowing everything was completed or in safe hands. On the day, all staff were professional, willing and good humoured, even when some guests were lingering at the end of the night! We also had a lot of guests remarking how kind and helpful all the staff were, in particular Mark who helped a guest with her young baby. We had such a fantastic day celebrating with our friends and family and it really could not have been better. Thank you to you and your team at the NCEM for making our day so special!
Fabienne & John
Married in January 2018
May 2018
We would definitely recommend the NCEM to others
The staff were brilliant and very accommodating, right up to the last minute! Our day was very special and the NCEM team and Bradshaw's made it so easy for us - no fuss or complications.
Location & Contact Details


St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9TL, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 Jct 44 & 47

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport

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