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About The Old Palace wedding venue

A dream wedding reception venue, right in the heart of Worcester city.

The Old Palace has been a centre of hospitality for over 1,000 years. Bishops and Deans have been entertained here for hundreds of years and now the beautiful building is also available for your wedding reception.

The building, which dates from the 11th century, is one of the city's best kept secrets and is a dream wedding reception venue. The magnificent rooms are full of character and history. The fabulous river frontage gardens are an ideal setting for a champagne reception and the perfect wedding photos; all yours exclusively for the day. The Old Palace is just off Worcester High Street, making it an easy walk back to hotels, or public transport.

The venue has an elegant entrance hall with a sweeping staircase for reception drinks as well as the ‘Abbot's Kitchen' which can be used as a separate reception or dancing area.

The Great Hall can seat up to 80 people for dinner, or cater for up to 150 for a buffet, using an adjoining room.

The gorgeous gardens are picturesque, sweeping down to the River Severn with the magnificent Cathedral as backdrop. Some parking is available at the front of the building.

Additional details:

When you arrive at the Old Palace after your wedding ceremony it is time to relax. Whether you choose to arrive by horse and cart or limousine, we will be ready with a drink for you and all your guests and to guide them either into the beautiful gardens or the Abbot's Kitchen where the drinks reception will be held.

You may then choose to have canapés, while photos are taken in the glorious gardenos or magnificent indoors. Once all those precious photos are taken, guests will then be led into the Great Hall, which has magnificent views over the River Severn and Malvern Hills, for the wedding breakfast or speeches. Guests are seated at round tables with white linen and we invite your florist to add the finishing touch in flowers. We can arrange to seat the bridal party at a rectangular top table if required. The evening is for dancing and celebration; the Great Hall has a stone floor which makes it ideal for dancing. You may wish to include a band or disco in your celebrations, which you are very welcome to do. The Old Palace is licensed, by arrangement until 11.30pm for dancing and drinking, after which time it is a gentle stroll back to the numerous hotels on the doorstep. Public transport and a taxi service are also easily found in Worcester City Centre.

The Wedding Breakfast
Fresh, local produce is cooked on site by our catering team. You can choose to have a traditional three course wedding breakfast, opt for a buffet supper or devise your own menu with the help of our experienced catering team. Along with a Champagne or Pimms reception, you can choose from our extensive wine list and include a bar in your celebrations. We'd be delighted to help you to plan your first meal as husband and wife.

The venue is licensed and you can see sample menus here to give you an idea of what your guests can enjoy.

The Old Palace is a magnificent building, dating in places from the 11th century, and was built originally as a home for the Bishops of Worcester. Nowadays it is a centre of Christian hospitality, and boasts a beautiful beamed hall which serves as the main dining area and the atmospheric ‘Abbot's Kitchen' where food and drink have been served for hundreds of years.

Type of Cuisine:

Traditional English


The Old Palace Features

Minimum guestsNo
Maximum guests150
Ceremony / ReceptionCeremony only
Bridal suiteNo
Licensed barNo
Late licensed barNo
Disco facilitiesNo
Asian wedding specialistsYes
External caterersNo
Venue type: Historic Building, Mansion, Restaurant

The Old Palace Location

The Old Palace
Map of The Old Palace
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Directions to The Old Palace

Directions by car:

From the M5, take the A44 into the centre of Worcester, at the Elgar Roundabout, next to the Cathedral, carry on into Deansway. The Old Palace is 100 yds on the left - entrance is through the driveway which appears in a gap in the long brick wall. The Old Palace is before the Worcester College of Technology on the left.
From the South of the city, follow the A44 to the city centre and turn right into the Old Palace car park just after passing the Technology College on the right and fire station on the left.

Directions by public transport:

The Old Palace is a short walk from Worcester Foregate St railway station and the city's bus station.


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