The Priests house restaurant, wedding and function venue Yorkshire Dales
 Priests House

Historic Yorkshire Dales Venue for Weddings, Private Functions & Fine Dining & Function Venue


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The Priests House, Barden Tower, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AS                   email

Historic Yorkshire Dales Venue for Weddings, Private Functions & Fine Dining Venue


...a quiet meal, an intimate and exclusive civil wedding, a private function or a genuine medieval banquet the heart of Yorkshire

" Nestled in the shadow of the impressive ruins of Barden Tower with superb views of the valley and surrounding hills, this historic grade 1 listed restaurant has a fine reputation for excellent cuisine and service. Whether for a quiet meal, an intimate and exclusive wedding, a private function or a genuine medieval banquet this is a quite unique North Yorkshire venue. Having walked through the orchard, entered the imposing entrance to the bar area and into the medieval dining room, with real log fires, dark oak beamed ceilings and paned windows you know this is a place with a special ambience steeped in local history."
A truly fabulous Yorkshire Dales location

The Priests House is located in the heart of the fabulous Wharfedale valley at the northern edge of the Bolton Abbey estate, considered by many to be amongst the most beautiful of the Yorkshire Dales areas. There are fabulous views from all corners of this historic grade 1 listed site, with the imposing ruin of Barden Tower visible from many a mile away.

The house has a main dining room and a separate upstairs room, ideal for small, private functions. The setting feels, and genuinely is, medieval especially true on cold dark nights, with the candles flickering and real log fires roaring. However, beneath this historic facade, the venue has been tastefully decorated in a subtle modern style resulting in a quite unique ambience. With the increasing popularity as a destination function venue whether for a medieval banquet or an intimate and exclusive civil wedding, booking ahead is the only sure way of avoiding disappointment. Sunday lunches are proving especially popular.

An intimate wedding venue

There is nowhere in North Yorkshire more romantic as a place to marry, whether a civil partnership, a small private civil ceremony and reception or a larger marquee event for over 100 guests. We only undertake one wedding on any day, whether large or small so you will have exclusive use of this superb historic country house and immediate grounds.

The house itself can accommodate up to 50 for the ceremony and 34 for a wedding breakfast. For larger receptions we have invested in our own large traditional pole marquee which can be erected specifically to suit the size of the event. You can be assured of a superb wedding no matter the size of the party, whether it be the ambience, the cuisine, or the excellent service. Certainly the Priests House is increasingly becoming on of the destination wedding venues in Yorkshire.

The Priests House is not a hotel and we cannot offer individual accommodation. However, on the other side of Barden Tower is the Barden Bunk Barn, self catering accommodation sleeping up to 24, which proves very popular with many patrons who have booked a function in the restaurant.

Intimate Weddings

Perfect for romantic and intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions in a
truly fabulous Yorkshire Dales setting.
Ideal for your special celebration, whether an anniversary, birthday, corporate dinner or a unique medieval banquet experience.
The Barden Bunk Barn sleeping up to 24 is an ideal  onsite stop over.



A venue for all seasons. No matter whether summer, autumn or in the depths of winter, the setting is truly inspirational and romantic.