Pentney Abbey, Swaffham


Civil Licence
Church Nearby
Exclusive Use
Small weddings
Car Parking
Onsite catering
100 capacity

The feel

Situated in picturesque Norfolk, just one hour from Norwich and easy to reach from London, Pentney Abbey is a stunning wedding venue complete with 35 acres of gorgeous grounds and a rich history. All of Pentney Abbey is exclusively yours on your special day, from the prestigious Gatehouse and Barn to the Banquet Hall, providing lots of options for your ceremony and reception. Escape to this countryside retreat for your celebrations and you can leave the city behind for the night too with space for you and up to 16 guests in the charming on-site accommodation and plenty more rooms available locally.

For your ceremony the Gatehouse is perfect. Dating back to as early as 1380, this historic building is guarded by a romantic rose garden and archway and accessed via a short staircase. Inside you and your guests can take in the incredible restoration work that catapults you back to Pentney Abbey’s heyday – think grand exposed beams, lots of space and ornate stone windows revealing views of the Abbey. A secret antique spiral staircase leading to the licensed ceremony room, which seats 80 guests, promises a bridal entrance no one will forget.

Thinking about an outdoor wedding? The rose garden is a great spot with the Gatehouse forming a stunning backdrop to your celebrations. The photographs at Pentney Abbey will be amazing.

With room for up to 100 guests, as well as a live band or DJ, The Barn at Pentney Abbey serves as a great location for your wedding breakfast and reception. Stone flooring and exposed timber beams are in keeping with the rest of the venue’s grand aesthetic and this space has its roots in the times of medieval banquets. Our professional in-house catering team will work with you to create a bespoke menu for you and your guests to enjoy here. There’s a bar here as well and access to a patio that can be used in the summer. For night owls, there’s a fire pit in the courtyard too.

There are eight bedrooms in total at Pentney Abbey, accommodating up to 16 of your friends and family who can stay for breakfast in the morning too. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the luxe yet cosy Farmhouse, which also has a dining room and kitchen and more space in Fig Tree and Walnut Tree Cottages. The bridal suite will welcome you and your partner after your special day, with a wood burning stove and a sumptuous seating area.

  • Nestled in Norfolk’s picturesque countryside, just one hour from Norwich and perfect for destination weddings with a direct train from London in under two hours
  • Fully licensed for weddings with space for up to 80 guests in the romantic Gatehouse
  • Space for 100 guests in the Barn, ideal for receptions
  • Stunning bridal suite and bridal preparation room
  • Accommodation on-site for up to 16 people and lovely local guest rooms nearby


Venue type: Barn, Garden, Historic, LGBTQ+, Outdoor, Unusual
Ceremony capacity: 100
Reception capacity: 100
Service capacity: 100
Civil Licence: Yes
Church Nearby: Yes
Exclusive Use: Yes
Accommodation: Yes
Small weddings: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Dry hire availability: No
Onsite catering: Yes


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Elizabeth Barker and Ross May

14 Dec 2019

Thank you for everything you’ve done for us both on our wedding day and in…

Laura Wilson and Will Smart

7 Dec 2019

Our day was so perfect thank you! Thank you so much you made everything go…

Charlotte Lennon and Sean Carr

23 Aug 2019

We just want to thank you for everything you did to make our wedding so…


Pentney Abbey
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