Up to 100
11 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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Our 17th century Grade II red star listed building, idyllic gardens and magnificent location opposite Ripon Cathedral makes The Old Deanery one of the most beautiful wedding venues in North Yorkshire.
Pricing & Costs
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
11:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM

Food and Drink

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

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted


Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Full Description
Our historic building and grounds are exclusively yours for your special day. From the front gate to the bottom of the gardens and everything in between – just you, your guests and our friendly staff. We want you to treat The Old Deanery as your home so leave the paint on the walls and we don’t mind what you do! Bring The Old Deanery to life and inject your own personality into it. Whether it be hanging pictures, lighting up the gardens or dressing the staircase – it’s your day, do what you wish. Open up the doors of the Cathedral Dining Room and Dean’s Dining Room to create an elegant space seating up to 80 guests, or for smaller weddings enjoy the Garden Room for up to 20 guests. All of which are licensed to hold ceremonies, along with our lounge and airy Sanctuary room. Just minutes from our doors are also many places of worship, including the magnificent Ripon Cathedral, allowing for a short walk or a drive around the ancient market square from your ceremony, to your celebration here at The Old Deanery. Couples who choose to celebrate with us will find their very own wedding coordinator, Keri Graham, on hand from day one. Her calming personality and passion for weddings will ensure the planning process is as stress-free as possible, allowing you to enjoy the experience and relax on the run up to the big day! Our wedding packages are bespoke to you – your wedding day is unique so why be restricted by your venue? Whether you’re thinking champagne in the garden, hog roast on the terrace or high tea for your wedding breakfast – you’ll be surprised just how flexible we can be. Please note: due to the extreme trading conditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and continued restrictions indefinitely affecting our wedding & event trade, the Directors have made the difficult decision to cease trading at the end of our current lease period which would renew on 1st July 2021. As a result, we are unable to accept bookings after 30th June 2021.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Keri Graham - Weddings & Events Manager
Congratulations on your engagement! I bet you can't wait to get started on planning your wedding. Here at The Old Deanery, our wonderful wedding team are always on hand to help take the stresses of wedding planning away and create perfection in both the run up to and on your wedding day. Every single wedding is special to us and the relationships we develop with our couples is second to none. We are always on hand to answer any of your questions and very much look forward to meeting you soon!


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Rachel & Rob
Married in September 2018
January 2019
Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for everything you did to make our day so special. I really did feel that I didn't have to worry about a single thing, from the minute we booked, through all the planning conversations, emails and meetings right up to seeing you welcome us back from the ceremony to have dinner. The food was as good as we knew it would be, and I still can't put into words how beautiful the dining room looked. I was completely blown away by how well you had understood us and how much the room felt exactly like we wanted it to. Thank you so so much - if we could do it all again we would!
Martin & Andrew
Married in August 2018
January 2019
Thank you!
From our first visit we knew we had found a special venue, and as our planning progressed we realised we were blessed with a fantastic wedding coordinator. Keri is an absolute professional, who kept us at ease throughout and placated our many many requests effortlessly. On top of this, she was able to advise us on specifics and was brilliant on the day. From our arrival, to the removal of our circus of a wedding four days later, he could not do enough to help. This was again echoed through the other members of the team, who were a credit to the Old Deanery. I could not write this without making a special mention to the chef Lee, who created a fantastic bespoke wedding menu which met our needs perfectly. He was imaginative and open to suggestions, which led to a sharing style meal which we have received endless positive feedback about. All in all, I could not asked for a more fantastic team of people, in a more beautiful venue, to have helped us celebrate our wedding.
Rachael & Mark
Married in May 2018
January 2019
Our Perfect Day!
Date of Wedding - 26 May 2018 The Old Deanery delivered outstanding customer service, from the moment we first met with them to discuss the space as a potential venue. Our experience with all members of staff was utterly faultless, in both the lead up to our wedding, the day itself and throughout the rest of the time we and our guests stayed at The Old Deanery. No ask was too much effort for the staff at The Old Deanery; the Chef worked with us to fine tune our menu so it was exactly as we wanted it. Keri, our wedding planner, was so incredibly thoughtful and went over and above to ensure the whole day ran smoothly. We were so touched at all the additional effort the staff at The Old Deanery went to - from setting up and decorating the venue, to ensuring we had a chance to try the canapés on the day when we were busily chatting with our guests! At the end of the night we were even delivered with ice cold bottles of water to enjoy with the bacon sandwiches they’d held back for us. Every member of staff at The Old Deanery was polite, generous and thoughtful and so many of our guests commented on how the staff at The Old Deanery were the best staff they’d ever met at a wedding! Our wedding was perfect, all because of the magnificent staff at The Old Deanery, I couldn’t praise them any higher for their customer service.? Thank you to everyone at The Old Deanery, you are all wonderful!
Emma & Graham
Married in May 2018
January 2019
You were amazing!
You were amazing throughout the whole planning process and the final day itself. There is nothing we would change about the day and we’re so grateful to you and the staff. ? Thank you so much for so many amazing memories.
Catherine & Luke
Married in April 2018
January 2019
Wedding Reception
Thank you so much for your help and guidance over these last few months. It’s been so much easier knowing you have things taken care of! We know this was the perfect venue for us as soon as we visited. Thanks for making it a special day for us.
Michelle & Richard
Married in April 2018
January 2019
Our Wedding!
Dear Keri and all the team at The Old Deanery. Thank you very much for making our wedding day so special. We have been so impressed with how smoothly and calmly everything was done. Nothing was too much trouble and every single member of staff we met was friendly and extremely helpful. All our family and friends had a wonderful day and that’s thanks to you.

The Old Deanery - Wedding Fair

20th October 2019
Pop down on Sunday 20th October between 11am and 3pm to take a peek at our stunning, 17th Century Grade II listed building dressed for a wedding. FREE ENTRY & a little treat for the first 100 guests!
Location & Contact Details


Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QS, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station

Thirsk or Harrogate

Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford

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

Don't worry, everything will be perfect on the day! We are always on hand to help with anything that you require, from creating table plans, setting up your decorations for you or even looking after your pooch on the day - nothing is too much trouble for our wedding team!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

I would describe The Old Deanery as: 'unique' - there really is nowhere like us, 'beautiful' - our stunning building provides the perfect setting for your day, 'idyllic' - even though we are situated in the heart of Ripon, you really wouldn't know, 'intimate' - whether your guests numbers are 100 or 2, we have several rooms to suit your celebration, 'yours' - The Old Deanery becomes yours for your day, decorate however you wish and celebrate with your friends and family.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Under the willow tree in our secret garden - a photo opportunity not to be missed!

What’s your favourite canapé?

There's so many favourites to choose from, however all our lovely staff highly recommend the Honey & Mustard sausages - YUM!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our lovely staff really do help make your day perfect. Our wedding team are on hand right from the start and can provide you will lots of experience and knowledge to help you create your perfect day.