Excellent Wedding Venues In East Sussex
Unforgettable Weddings at Battle Abbey
Battle Abbey is a fantastic and unique fairytale wedding venue in East Sussex, situated in the beautiful and historic town of Battle. It’s also probably more affordable than you think…
- Licenced for ceremonies and receptions
- 75-250 capacity
- Licenced til midnight
- Outstanding catering
- Historically important location
Battle Abbey is a fantastic and unique castle style wedding venue in East Sussex, situated in the beautiful and historic town of Battle. The memories of your special day will remain with you forever and it is important to ensure that every details is perfect with no compromises! There are few venues that can offer such magic memories, bespoke service and superb photo opportunities as Battle Abbey. It’s also probably more affordable than you think…
The Abbey offers the distinct benefit of offering a complete wedding day in one location with a truly flexible space in which to stage your ceremony, reception drinks, wedding breakfast and evening event, and with enough space to avoid the need for turning round rooms with guests in occupation. Every wedding we hold is unique, entirely bespoke for you (on average we only hold around 17 weddings a year) so don’t hold back when discussing your ideas with us! With an elegant, sacred feeling space for ceremonies and drinks served on the top terrace overlooking one of the most famous battlefields in England surrounded by over 1000 years of history, Battle Abbey really has the wow factor you’re looking for.
We can seat up to 120 guests in the fantastic wood panelled Duke’s Library for your wedding breakfast, 150 for ceremonies and accommodate up to 250 for barbeque or garden party events and evening entertainment. We don’t have many restrictions but due to the size of the venue we recommend a minimum of 75 guests for the day.
All our Canapés, Starters, Mains and Desserts are prepared on site using fresh and, where possible, local ingredients from East Sussex.
The cost to hold a wedding reception or ceremony and reception at Battle Abbey ranges from £4,000 (out of season midweek date) to £6,000 (summer season Saturday) and will include exclusive use of the Abbot’s House site and surrounding outdoor space. These prices effective until end 2025. Pricing for drinks and food will depend entirely on your choices. We can lay on anything from a barbeque or hog roast up to a five course sit down formal meal. If there’s something you particularly want, just ask!
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‘We would personally like to thank Debbie and her team for co-ordinating our amazing wedding at Battle Abbey in April 2023. Debbie’s communication throughout the whole experience was outstanding and even on the day her and her team work tirelessly to make sure our wedding went without any hiccups. Thank you again for everything that you did to make our day so special.’
‘Just a note to say a huge thank you from Liam and I, as well as from my parents as well. From beginning to end you and the team at BAS have been so brilliant, and helped with everything. You made the planning process so easy and simple and the actual wedding couldn’t have been smoother. All our guests have commented on how amazing the venue was, as well as multiple people saying it was the best wedding food they’ve ever eaten! The service was faultless and everyone couldn’t have been more helpful. Thank you again for all of your help, I would recommend you to anyone looking for a wedding venue! Thanks again and much love’
‘I can’t thank you and your team enough for making our special day so precious. You are all absolutely amazing. We’re still buzzing, I keep going over and over the day in my head! Battle Abbey school blows my mind away every time I look at the photos and videos. It’s oozing with history and I can’t help but get emotional. All my guests have said it’s the best wedding they’ve ever been to and I totally agree. Debbie you are a credit to Battle Abbey school, you are full of passion which makes you a very special person indeed. I cannot recommend you enough. Again, thank you so much for making our day as spectacular as Battle Abbey school is and it’s staff. Lots of love.’
‘We would like to thank Debbie and the Battle Abbey School team for making our wedding day exactly as we could have wished for it to be and more. The site organisation, incredible food, consistent service, reliability and added value made it seamless and even more special without any stress or concerns to Rach and I during the day and build up to our big day. Debbie and the Battle Abbey School team are an asset to Battle Abbey School and the heritage of the site. Their professionalism, attitude and down to earth nature was highly appreciated by Rach and I, but also positive comments in the days that followed our wedding, from our wedding guests, just at how good the Battle Abbey School team were and their impeccable service noted by all and how good the food was x 79 day time guests. We and our guests would recommend Battle Abbey School to any potential wedding couples as a wedding venue for not only its grounds and buildings but for its service and professionalism provided throughout. Big thank you to everyone involved for being part of our special day’.
‘I wanted to thank you and your team SO much for facilitating such a wonderful and extraordinary day on the 29th. We were overwhelmed by your warmth, efficiency, communications skills and the sheer quality of every aspect of the presentation of the venue and the catering. They all exceeded our highest expectations! Thank you so much. I know that our son and daughter-in-law had the best day of their lives! All the best. And thank you again!’
‘We honestly thought our wedding would be a difficult one as we had to balance our parents’ wish of a Chinese wedding and our childhood dream of a castle wedding but it was much easier than we thought with Debbie & Aaron’s help. From the lead up of the event to the actual wedding day, Debbie and Aaron have been extremely helpful, organised and accommodating. A heartfelt thank you for making our dream day come true and we must say it would not be possible without you!
On behalf of all (yes, all) of the guests and even other service providers, we would like to also thank you for the incredible staff on the wedding day. The food was absolutely beautiful and delicious. The best testimony would be that the bride liked it so much that she asked for (and got) a second dessert! Dan was exceptional, he has always made himself available, friendly and a super problem solver. The team is amazing and we really appreciated their competence and attention to details. We are delighted that every guest praised the food and the fantastic service they have received. Last but not least, you have cleared up everything and packed every props for us to take away – no post wedding fuss at all!
All in all, it was a very memorable day and thank you and your team for making our day so wonderful and special. We feel truly blessed to have picked Battle Abbey as our wedding venue.’
‘We couldn’t have wished for a better location for our wedding than Battle Abbey School. It has a wonderful sense of history and learning and an atmosphere where the past and the future come together. We got married in the centuries-old Abbot’s Hall overlooked by a monumental painting of the Battle of Hastings, then had drinks and ice creams overlooking the battlefield followed by dinner in the wood-panelled school library and dancing back in the hall, with cheese and cake available in a separate bar area. It was very convenient to have everything in one overall location but also interesting for the guests to move through the various beautiful settings, with so much to discover along the way. We booked the venue just over six months before the wedding, so had a relatively short lead-in time, but we never felt under any pressure to make decisions or meet tight deadlines. Instead the organisers calmed our nerves, put us at our ease and worked to accommodate all our requirements. Debbie Grant, the event manager, was so lovely to deal with – professional and efficient but also warm and friendly throughout. And all the staff were brilliant, right down to the students who helped serve the meal, which wasn’t straightforward given the number of guests we packed in! All the food was delicious too, from the canapés to the mountain of cheese in the evening. We were so impressed to come back the next morning and find everything pristine, all our things packed up ready to collect and the rooms all set for the event due to take place that day. They all worked so hard to make it work – a very tight ship! Overall we thought the venue was good value. Inevitably it ended up being quite expensive given we had over 150 people, but we found ways to save money, like supplying our own wine and making our own cakes, and reducing the options for the main meal (which also saved us having to chase everyone for menu choices). The cost of the venue hire was significantly cheaper than a lot of less attractive, characterful places. It’s not easy to find somewhere to accommodate 150 people for the ceremony and the meal as well as the party, but we didn’t feel like we had to compromise on anything with Battle Abbey – we wouldn’t have picked anywhere else. We were grateful to English Heritage as well, who made us feel so welcome and, in return for a donation, supplied some fantastic volunteers to give talks for the guests about the history of the place and provided weapons and helmets etc for a bit of dressing-up. It was a truly unforgettable day – thank you to Debbie and all the team for making it so special.’
‘We can’t begin to thank you all enough for all your hard work on what was a perfect day! Everyone has had nothing but praise for how everything ran on the day. From the food to the overall running, it was flawless. The food was amazing and we have heard nothing but multiple compliments for it. My brother who is the one of the fussiest eaters I know, finished it all! His only complaint was that the portions were too big! All the staff were approachable and engaging with our guests, again I’ve heard nothing but praise for you all! You were all so calm and made the day feel relaxed because of this we were able to enjoy our day even more. We’ve had a few of our guests say that it was the best wedding they had ever been too. Debbie, from the moment we booked our wedding you have been amazing. When we came to look at Battle Abbey we were worried that it would be too posh for us! You were welcoming and down to earth, this was one of the reasons we booked this venue. Nothing we asked was too much and you have met our every need for the day. You’re quick responses to queries and stayed in contact with us throughout the process helped keep us on track and ultimately let us have the amazing day that we had. We will be recommending Battle Abbey as a wedding venue to all our friends who want to get married! It was the best day of our life’s and we thank you all for your part in making that happen!’
‘We had a number of venues to look at but once we saw Battle Abbey School, we fell in love with the venue and what it has to offer. The venue sells itself and doesn’t need to be overdressed. The Abbey and the grounds are spectacular, the photo opportunities endless. Our guests reaction to the venue was priceless, we had provided the details (they will have googled) but it doesn’t prepare you for the beauty of the venue. We felt so at ease following our meeting with Debbie, who was clearly very experienced and could address every query rapidly. Debbie’s kindness, support and flexibility is invaluable, she is such an asset to Battle Abbey School and great fun too. Debbie and her incredible team had everything in hand on the day. The team were all so helpful and friendly, they went above and beyond to ensure we had the perfect day. It ran so smoothly and flowed so well, we thoroughly enjoyed our special day without any added pressure. All our guests were made to feel so valued and welcome. We had so many comments on the venue and the quality of the food, which was delicious and the friendly staff. The bar was well stocked. We had all our requests met and everything we wanted for our perfect day’.
If you are contemplating booking Battle Abbey School as your wedding venue, go for it. You will not regret it. We can honestly say it was our best decision and we can highly recommend Debbie and her amazing team of staff’. Thank you so much for yesterday! We had an ace day and are definitely feeling it today! Your team were perfect, we had lots of compliments for the food and the venue! Thanks for everything!’
‘Just a quick thank you for doing so much to make Lucy and Andy’s wedding such a very special and happy occasion. Of course the place is beautiful, with a happy feel about it, but you and your staff were so efficient, cheerful and reassuring that it really helped everyone to relax and enjoy everything. You obviously have a pride in the Abbey and inspire your helpers – I can’t believe how immaculate everything was on the morning of the wedding, and then on the Sunday when you were preparing for the concert. I must admit I did wonder why Lucy and Andy should decide on Battle Abbey for their wedding – I’m so glad they did!’
‘Debbie and her team were very well organised and did everything as we had asked. They were available if we needed anything and made sure everything went smoothly. We had a wonderful time in this beautiful venue and so did our guests. We could not have dreamt for anything better!’
‘Words cannot describe how fantastic our wedding was, we had an absolutely brilliant day. Not only was Battle Abbey the perfect and most beautiful setting for our wedding, but Debbie and the entire team helped us all the way along the process and ensured the day went smoothly. The food was delicious, Debbie ensured that our day was unique and went above and beyond to meet our requests. A massive thanks to the whole team at Battle Abbey.’
‘THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! The day really was everything we’d hoped & waited for. That was down to you and all that worked that day! The venue looked beautiful, all my guests commented on how nice the food was and how great the service was. You all definitely made it a day us, our families & friends will never forget!’
‘We had the most perfect day ❤ Debbie & the team at Battle Abbey are absolutely brilliant. From the very start, Debbie fully supported us and communicated clearly on every aspect of our Wedding plans. Everything we asked for & more was sorted with no issue. We can’t thank Debbie & her team enough for all they did, we are so grateful 🙂 We highly, highly recommend Battle Abbey for Weddings.’