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Welcome to The Old Deanery!

The Old Deanery is a Jacobean mansion in the very heart of Ripon, in the shadows of Ripon Cathedral. An independently owned wedding venue, with a small friendly team helping to organise your special day. In addition to the main function room, the building boasts a grand reception area (complete with a red-carpet entrance!), two smaller function rooms, 9 bedrooms and, of course, our magnificent grounds and gardens, perfect for photographs. The wedding photographs on this website were kindly supplied by Jane Beadnell Photography.

Exclusive Use

Take over this Jacobean mansion for your special day.  Exclusive use includes all public areas, grounds, and gardens, providing so many stunning backdrops for photography.  Plus our team to look after your every wish.

Tailor Make Your Day

As an independently owned wedding venue, we can tailor-make every aspect of your day.  We have a framework to relieve as much stress as possible, but tell us what you want and we’re sure we can help make it happen!

Ripon Cathedral

We are licenced for civil ceremonies in our function rooms, but we also work very closely with Ripon Cathedral.  Many of our couples get married there and then arrive via the Red Carpet into The Old Deanery.

We’d love to hear from you!  As new owners, our phone lines are still not yet live, so please email us…


The Old Deanery is privately owned by Chris & Rebecca, with the expert help of manager, David Macdonald. Having taken the keys to the venue in late 2021, we are currently open for exclusive use weddings and events. At present we do not have any plans to re-open as a hotel or restaurant, but we do plan on hosting a few public events, such as afternoon tea parties, to keep The Old Deanery accessible to local residents. In-between events we keep very busy giving the house and gardens some TLC, and you can follow our progress on social media.

Private Events

Imagine taking over a Jacobean mansion for your special event, be that a birthday, anniversary, or even a corporate event.  At The Old Deanery, we offer just that, with the added benefit of a friendly group of people to help you plan, organise, and execute your event perfectly – saving you the stresses that come alongside playing “host”.

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To make planning your day as stress-free as possible, we have designed the framework of a package that can then be adapted and extended to become personal to you.  The beauty of an independent, exclusive use venue is that we can offer the flexibility to tailor-make your perfect day by working with you on any special requirements or extra touches.

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Our Team

Our senior management team are made up of owners, Rebecca & Chris, with the expert help of manager, David Macdonald, who has a wealth of wedding experience, having run a similar wedding venue previously. We also have the awesome Stephanie Moon as our chef consultant, assisting with anything food and drink related!