michelham priory

Hidden away in the Cuckmere Valley in Sussex at the foot of the South Down is the stunning
Michelham Priory. The estate is surrounded by the longest water-filled moat in England, encircling
the enchanting priory on its very own island. The priory has a long established history of warmly
welcoming and generously entertaining lords and ladies with lavish banquets and merry parties!

As one of the preferred caterers at the venue, we’re delighted to feature this wonderful venue on our list of the best venues in Sussex. Get in touch for information about the food and drinks options at this venue.

Weddings run at Michelham Priory from February to Mid December each year. Ceremonies and receptions for up to 130 guests take place in the grade II listed Elizabethan Barn. Just outside is the stunning Moat Terrace where the drink and canape receptions take place in view of the longest water-filled moat in England.


• Maximum 80 ceremony guest and 130 guests for the barn
• Food and drinks costs are in addition
• Biodegradable confetti is permitted in the gardens
• Bands are permitted
• Michelham Priory will remain open to the public until 5pm unless you book our exclusive use package.
• You can have part or all of your day at Michelham Priory
• Free Parking
• Hire includes set up time the day before and collection the day after

For more intimate occasions, the newly licensed Prior’s Chamber is the perfect location, seating up to 60 guests in a beautiful Medieval room. The chamber is complete with period furniture, stained glass windows, tapestries and a huge fireplace. Afterwards, head outside to the main lawn for a drinks reception before heading and continue your celebrations with a reception in the barn, where more guests could join you.

Rural Michelham Priory is perfectly situated near the market town of Hailsham between the Sussex villages of Arlington and Berwick. The Priory is easily accessible from the A27 and A22 and signposted with heritage signs.

The venue has its own team who will advise you on the venue and arrange a viewing – please contact the team on weddings@sussexpast.co.uk.


Like what you’ve seen? We’d be delighted to be part of your event. Get in touch with us now to find out more, ask questions, book a meeting or viewing and get plans underway!