National Centre for Early Music

£1,500 - £4,450 for Venue Hire
Up to 130
Exclusive Use
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Our beautiful medieval, grade-one listed renovated church and beautiful city centre private gardens offer the perfect backdrop for your special day!
National Centre for Early Music Pricing & Costs

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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 150 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
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included

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Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
Included in all 2024 packages; • Exclusive hire of the NCEM • Use of our Bösendorfer grand piano (tuning is an optional extra) • 2 handheld wireless microphones for speeches • Sound system for background music • Venue Manager on the day • Up to 12 x 5ft diameter round tables • Up to 7 x 6ft trestle tables • Up to 130 black and blue conference chairs • Projector, screen and laptop if required • PA system for background music and wireless microphones for speeches • Staffed 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
Furniture included
Day before set up available
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
National Centre for Early Music Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Event Venue
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Confetti Permitted


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

Food and Drink

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

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
National Centre for Early Music Full Description
The NCEM provides an exclusive use, stunningly historic and unusual venue for your wedding reception or celebration. Our medieval, grade one listed building is set within gated private and peaceful gardens, and can offer the perfect setting for you both to spend the perfect day with your loved ones. We can accommodate up to 130 for a seated meal and 150 for an evening reception. We work with fantastic Bradshaws of York, Caterers of Distinction, who offer a wi. 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 and open space, 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 for any music taste. The idyllic setting, both inside and out, provides a perfect backdrop for all your special moments.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Emily Lynn
Hello & Welcome to the National Centre for Early Music (or NCEM for short!). I'm Emily the Events Coordinator here and I love all things weddings. I'd love to welcome you & your partner to view our beautiful historic church. Get in touch today to find out more and book your viewing. I look forward to welcoming you soon!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Robbie and Sarah
Happy couple married in November
March 2023
Perfect Unique Wedding Venue
We booked the venue to hold our evening reception for our wedding. We booked the evening before and whole day of the wedding. The venue is beautiful and simple. It made us able to create the vision we wanted to make it unique to us and the fact it had a music link worked brilliantly with our wedding theme. They were brilliant as helping us throughout the process of planning and on the day were amazing to the point we barely noticed them! They just got on with the job and made sure everything ran smoothly and we could enjoy our wedding. We would highly recommend this venue, its just perfect especially for any couples who just want their evening do in a different location.
Response from the venue
Thank you, Sarah & Robbie! It was an absolute delight to be part of your perfect day : )
Venue responded
Elliott & Lauren
Happy couple married in August
March 2023
We had the most perfect wedding day!
We had the most perfect wedding day and having our reception at NCEM definitely played a big part in this. We always loved the appearance and space of the centre and the fact it was a historical site meant a lot to us. The site was the perfect size for the number of guests that we had (70 with a further 15ish to the evening celebrations), and we also loved that we had a garden space on the day so that the guests could move about where they wanted. We also had a Ceilidh band followed by a disco in the evening and the size of the venue was perfect for this – we were comfortably able to move around without being squished in. We liked that the space was neutrally decorated inside whilst maintaining an historic feel – this made the venue really easy to decorate as because it was so beautiful inside anyway, we didn’t need to do too much to it to prepare it for our big day. We decorated the venue with candles, flowers, and fairy lights and that was enough as the centre is so lovely already. Better than the appearance and space of the NCEM venue were the staff that helped us along the way. From the day we requested a look around the venue up until the day itself, Emily from NCEM was always there and ready to assist us. No matter how many questions or how silly they were (and believe me when I say I asked some silly questions!) Emily always helped to advise us and found out extra details for us when we requested them. We do not think we would have had the amazing day that we had if it wasn’t for Emily’s help in the run up to the day and also Chris, Mark, and Debs’ assistance on the day itself. Every single person just mentioned was a delight to work with, all so caring and nothing was a problem. Whilst areas of planning a wedding is stressful, working with the venue was never stressful at all and we are so thankful for that. We would strongly recommend NCEM as a wedding venue for other couples, it is a stunning venue and the help from the staff really make this a place to get involved with. We wanted to say a massive thank you to the wonderful staff for making our wedding day as special as it was!!!
Georgia & Joseph
Happy couple married in May
March 2023
Friendly and accommodating staff, with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Friendly and accommodating staff, with a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A large space you can make your own but also it is naturally beautiful so doesn’t need much decorations. The staff took the time to understand and provide for the needs and wishes of the individual couple and their guests. Emily and Hannah tried very hard to support and make the most of a more intimate wedding due to covid restrictions. Very easy to move around for family member in wheelchair. Great outside space. A special thank you to Lindsay Whitwell who was the venue manager for our wedding, she is the most bubbly, caring and ensured our day was fantastic. Her enthusiasm, easy going attitude and clear love of the job just eased my worries about the day and her high spirits are infectious, she is a huge asset to your team.
Rose & Adam
Happy couple married in September
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
Happy couple married in September
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
Happy couple married in April
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!
National Centre for Early Music Location & Contact Details


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

Travel Notes

When visiting the NCEM, please use our Percy's Lane entrance. We have a small car park you are welcome to use during your visit also on Percy's Lane.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 Jct 44 & 47

Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport

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