Location: Kent
Venues St Augustine's Priory
St Augustine's Priory
  • 13th-century Augustinian priory
  • Beautifully restored in 1906
  • Elegant Edwardian house and grounds
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Seven acres of gorgeous backdrop
  • Experienced, dedicated wedding team
  • Top-quality cuisine, fresh ingredients
  • Extensive wine-list with no corkage fee
  • Exclusive TWS offer - free bottle of fizz

Nestled authoritatively within seven acres of majestic gardens and grounds, this grandly imposing and historic priory presents a more than fitting backdrop for ritually exchanging your rings and reciting your sacred wedding vows. Religious or otherwise, the Grade I-listed edifice has been serving as one of the finest bespoke wedding venues in the county for well over a century.

The current team of dedicated wedding event coordinators at St Augustine's have over a decade's experience in providing an ideal individually-crafted celebration for each and every couple. Seasonal offers are a regular feature, early diaries opening on new slots regularly, allowing prospective brides and grooms to book a coveted day at one of Kent's most picturesque venues.

History

Originally founded in 1253, the Norman priory became a victim of the infamous Dissolution of the Monasteries that Henry VIII instigated in 1536 to provide greater coin for the crown. Up to that time and beyond, the priory has been host to a great many things: the Black Canons of St Augustine's Order, continental pilgrims en route to Canterbury, even a fair share of smugglers.

Thankfully the historic location was restored in 1906, and has served unaltered as a prime wedding venue for over a century.

Facilities

Besides the priory proper, which allows for larger conventional wedding parties, the adjacent Edwardian house provides ample space in which to host smaller-to-medium-sized ceremonies.

Once you've finished your ceremony upstairs in the priory, your party can make their way outside onto the lawn for refreshing canap├ęs and bubbly beneath their garden marquee. A private bar is available downstairs, with drinks offered at pub prices.

Priory
Civil Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 100 Guests
The Drawing Room
Civil Ceremony Capacity - 60 Guests
The Conservatory
Civil Ceremony Capacity - 60 Guests
Marquee
Formal Reception Capacity - 100 Guests

Catering

The priory has access to an exclusive catering team preparing finest quality meals for English Heritage sites across the south. They provide a varied range of seasonal menus, sourcing the freshest ingredients for all diets, be they vegan, gluten-free etc.

The catering team will bring with them an extensive selection from their well-stocked wine cellar, so there is the added bonus of there being no corkage fee for wines and drinks at the priory.

For more information on weddings at St Augustine's, visit their main site or click the 'Make An Enquiry' option above.

Address
St Augustine's Priory
Bilsington Priory Estate
Priory Road
Bilsington
Kent
TN25 7AU

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