Blackfriars was established in 1239 as a Dominican friary and remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Whilst its horseshoe of stone buildings surround a sheltered courtyard, its peaceful and tranquil location belies its hidden location right in the heart of the city. It’s a truly unique wedding venue in Newcastle, providing the perfect picturesque backdrop for a beautiful wedding or civil partnership.

Blackfriars is approved by Newcastle City Council for marriages and civil partnerships so you can enjoy both your ceremony and reception in one place. We have dedicated wedding coordinators to help you plan your day and take care of all your wants and needs so you don’t have to worry.

We are able to accommodate most wedding formats. Just imagine the ceremony of your dreams in our ornate Banquet Hall or unique Tasting Room, followed by a relaxed Champagne reception in the sheltered courtyard or historic Parlour Bar before heading back into the Banquet Hall for a delicious and memorable wedding breakfast and evening party. Blackfriars really does have it all and is the perfect venue for your big day!

To arrange a viewing of the Banquet Hall or for further information including prices, contact our Reservations Team on 0191 261 5945 or email us.

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Our Spaces

We have a number of spaces to hire for your ceremony, reception drinks, meal and evening event.

Banquet Hall

Blackfriars’ ornate medieval Banquet Hall was the celebrated venue used by King Edward III to receive royal Scot, Edward Balliol, in 1334 and boasts authentic banners, chandeliers, stained glass windows and large oak tables.
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Parlour Bar

Blackfriars' Parlour Bar was the original Parlour for the Dominican Friars used to welcome guests.
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Tasting Room

Our unique Tasting Room is located above the restaurant in the original Tanners Guild meeting area, featuring their original antique 19th century seating, and caters for a range of corporate and private events including wine, beer and whisky tasting.
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King's Suite

Once offering accommodation for visitors to the friary, our King’s Suite, located above the Banquet Hall, is a multi-purpose function room private dining, reception drinks, buffets and meetings.
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Outside Courtyard

Blackfriars benefits from a sheltered courtyard available for reception drinks throughout the day until 7pm for up to 50 guests. Please note although this is in theory a public space, visitors to the area have always respected private parties, even if they admire from afar.
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