St Augustine's Priory

Priory Road, Bilsington, Ashford, Kent TN5 7AU

Wedding Venue in Ashford | St Augustine's Priory.

Are you looking for a Wedding Venue in Ashford for your big day? Look no further than St Augustine's Priory.Set in the heart of a private estate, St. Augustine’s Priory is the most idyllic of Kentishlocations. Founded in 1253, dissolved in 1535 and restored in 1906, this distinguishedmedieval Priory is steeped in history. Originally home to the Black Cannons of St.Augustine’s Order, it was a hostel for many pilgrims to Canterbury, later a centre forsmugglers, most notably the Aldington Gang, and to this day, still retains an ancient offerof hospitality to the Archdeacon of Canterbury who has the privilege of staying at thePriory ‘two nights and a day, but nothing more.’Set in seven magnificent acres of mature gardens, with majestic outlooks in everydirection, the distinguished old Priory and Edwardian country house are offeredexclusively for weddings, board meetings, private dining, parties and balls in the mostunique of locations. It is also a photographers’ dream.


Imagine a beautiful summer day, your guests being served champagne and canapés onthe lawns, youngsters playing croquet and music gently playing in the background. Andall set amidst the most idyllic of surroundings in the heart of the Garden of England.

Welcome to St. Augustine’s Priory.

“If you are looking for the perfect romantic location, look no further. This venue haseverything you could dream of and much, much more. A gold star weddingvenue.”What better recommendation could any venue have than such a statement from happyclients? So, let us deliver your dream! Our unique wedding experience allows you tocreate the day you always dreamed of. Each and every wedding is a special celebration.We encourage and embrace individual creativity to ensure your special day is exactlythat. Our team of dedicated professional advisors can help guide you through every detailleading up to your wedding and remain nearby throughout your special day to ensureeverything runs smoothly.Ceremonies take place in the aptly named Grand Hall, formerly the Canons refectory,with receptions in our marquee which comfortably seats 120, and dancing in the ChapterRoom. For more intimate ceremonies, parts of the Edwardian house, adjacent to the olderPriory, are also licensed for civil ceremonies. The Drawing Room and the Conservatoryare both available for hire and comfortably cater for up to 50 guests. The house is verymuch lived in by the third generation of family trustees and any ceremony only benefitsfrom a warm and relaxed ‘at home’ ambience.The in­house catering team, led by Robert and Jonathan Emson, work with you to providea bespoke wedding breakfast. Carefully chosen dishes will suit all preferences andpalates, from a gourmet six course meal, to pie and mash ­ the only limit is yourimagination! We can also cater for all ethnic wedding menus. All menus are prepared byour skilled and talented chefs using the finest locally sourced produce. All the meatoriginates from Kent, as do the fruit and vegetables when available, while the fish is fromthe regionally acclaimed Roc­a­Nore fisheries in Hastings.And if you’re still in a quandary as to which wedding venue to choose when turning yourdreams into reality, just look at two recent quotes from happy couples who tied the knot at

St. Augustine’s:

“Words cannot describe how totally fabulous this venue is” “The best weddingever!”


Sophisticated wedding; Corporate event; Private Meeting; Delicious Dining;Whatever the occasion, celebrate it in style.Whether it’s for a business meeting, AGM, private party, charity fund raiser, or a grandball, the exclusive use of The Priory or Edwardian Manor House, guarantees amemorable and bespoke occasion. End of term Proms, seasonal parties, masqueradeballs and themed functions are provided the perfect backdrop by this unique venue.

The Priory

The Priory's Grand Hall is the perfect setting for pre­dinner receptions, while ourmarquee, immediately adjacent to the reception rooms, seats 120 guests, and can bedesigned and decorated to any specific requirements. Extensions to seat more guestscan easily be arranged while dancing and bar services in the Chapter Room ensurecelebrations continue in style.

The Edwardian Manor House

For business meetings, corporate functions, bespoke private meetings and fine dining.The light and airy conservatory is ideal for business functions, board meetings, thesmaller agm, and bespoke private or corporate events. Full catering facilities includingmorning tea and coffee on arrival and afternoon tea can be catered for, with wi­fi facilitiesavailable.The Conservatory, seating up to 50 guests, has stunning views across the private lawnsand beyond, over the extensive paddocks and Romney Marsh, while the elegant DiningRoom, with ancient oak dining suite, can cater for 16 guests, and reflects the romanticgrandeur of a by­gone era. Perfect for corporate or private lunches and dinners, withbespoke menus to suit your taste by our in­house caterers.

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