Multi-award winning wedding venue set to be toast of the South West

Blackfriars Priory is set to add yet another award.

Blackfriars Priory that has seen hundreds of happy couples tying the knot, is set to add yet another award to its collection after being named a finalist in the South West Tourism Awards.

The beautiful and historic venue owned by English Heritage and managed by Gloucester City Council whose small and dedicated team host around 30 weddings a year, is nominated for Wedding Venue of the Year.

The 13th century monument, which is one of three best rated historic landmarks in Gloucester, is up against the prestigious Pump Rooms in Bath and the Gara Rock Hotel in Devon. The winner will be announced on March 23.

The priory that boasts a private courtyard garden and the oldest most well preserved medieval library in the country, has won a string of accolades since being taken on by the council in 2012.

Last year the team celebrated wins in the Best Venue category, and the Wedding Planner category at the local, countrywide and global rounds of the International Wedding Awards.

Blackfriars also won a platinum award in the Best of Bridebook Awards and trophies in the Hitched Wedding Awards and the Matrimony Awards.

It also made it to the final in the South West Wedding Awards, a who’s who of wedding venues in the region.

Founded in 1239 on a site that had once been part of a Norman castle, the priory has undergone extensive restoration and is used for concerts, weddings, exhibitions, festivals, events and even yoga sessions.

The venue is now getting booked for weddings taking place this year and in 2024, with prospective brides and bridegrooms coming from as far away as Kent, London and Lancashire.

Cllr Andy Lewis, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure at Gloucester City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Gloucester and also for the team at Blackfriars Priory who work so hard to make each and every wedding unique. Blackfriars is a jewel in Gloucester’s crown and I’m pleased that it is getting the wider recognition that this very special place deserves.”

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