National Centre for Early Music

£900 - £1800 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!
Pricing & Costs

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• 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
External caterers not permitted
Furniture included
Features & Capacity


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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available

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
Bridal Changing Facilities

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
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.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Rose & Adam
Happy couple Married on 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 on 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 on 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!
Fabienne & John
Happy couple Married on January
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

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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What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Enjoy the process! Remember to stop every once in a while and soak it all in with your partner.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Photographs of the couples parents on their own wedding days - a lovely subtle but very personal touch!

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Our incredible ornate Romanesque porch from the 12th century. It's a perfect frame for your intimate couple shots as well as an impressive backdrop for the large group photographs.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

The lovely Kate Bottley

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our beautifully ornate Romanesque doorway which dates from the end of the 12th century.