The Hospitium

The Hospitium

The 14th century Hospitium is a two-storey listed building set within the beautiful Museum Gardens, overlooked by the striking ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.

The Hospitium is our most versatile venue, available throughout the day and evening. It is licensed to hold weddings and civil ceremonies and can also host unique conferences, workshops, private parties, trade fairs and more. The medieval rooms and garden-setting are beautiful and atmospheric – get in touch to make your dream event happen here.

Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

For your wedding day you will have exclusive use of the historic two-storey building. Your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception can all be accommodated with ease, so your guests can relax from the moment they arrive.

The Hospitium is licensed for ceremonies and we work closely with staff at York Register Office to ensure your wedding runs like a dream. Our dedicated team will help you to make your special day a joyful and memorable one.

It is a two-storey listed building set within the beautiful Museum Gardens, overlooked by the striking ruins of St Mary’s Abbey - the perfect setting for your wedding photographs.

The ground floor is ideal for your wedding ceremony and can be quickly converted to an open area for a drinks reception after the formalities are completed. Its medieval stone walls and latticed windows give it a historic, traditional air and offer a "blank canvas" for your choice of floral arrangements.

During the warmer months, many couples choose to hold their post-ceremony drinks reception outside on our paved area. This roped-off area looks out over the Museum Gardens and helps create a lovely summer garden party atmosphere.

The first floor, with its high ceiling and half-timbered walls, provides a stunning dining room for your wedding breakfast. We can host seated dinners for up to 135 guests and drinks/buffet receptions for up to 200 guests.

To round off the evening, the ground floor can again be converted into a space for music, dancing and more drinks.

Check out the practical details or browse through our gallery. Read reviews of weddings and civil partnerships at the Hospitium on TripAdvisor and Hitched.

Special Packages

We offer a range of special packages for small, last-minute or out-of-season weddings offering the same quality and standard of service, with great value prices.

Our last minute wedding package at the Hospitium in the Museum Gardens gives you the day you’ve always dreamed of. We have simplified the organisation of your late wedding day and will still create the romantic fairy tale wedding you always imagined.

This package is available for bookings on select 2017 dates within the next 6 months at the Hospitium Monday – Sunday.

To check available dates or to make an enquiry please call 01904 687671 or email

Conferences & Workshops

The Hospitium is a versatile and convenient venue for conferences, workshops, staff away days or other professional meetings. It is just 10 minutes walk from York Railway Station.

The upper floor is ideal for presentations which require an uninterrupted view for delegates. It seats up to 190 delegates theatre-style and 70 cabaret-style. The ground floor is perfect for pre-conference coffee and registration, for lunch, or as a break-out space.

The building can host seated lunches for up to 135 delegates and drinks/buffet receptions for up to 200 guests. We offer a variety of delegate packages and are happy to discuss your requirements and to arrange a site visit.

High-speed, reliable wifi is included as standard and there are up-to-date audio-visual facilities wired into the upper floor. We're happy to discuss any other technical requirements.

As a bonus, you can add free entry to the Yorkshire Museum or a free guided tour of the Museum Gardens for all your delegates during the conference lunch-break. This offer is subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time.

Check out the practical details or browse through our gallery.

Parties & Special Occasions

The Hospitium can host anything from a formal corporate dinner or awards ceremony to a jolly Christmas Party or memorable School Prom.

With the flexibility of two floors, we can host seated banquets for up to 135 guests and drinks/buffet receptions for up to 115 guests. The ground floor provides the ideal space for a drinks receptions and offers an informal seating area for guests, whilst the first floor is perfect for the seated banquets.

The Hospitium is available for private hire throughout the day and evening and, subject to availability, can be accessed prior to the start of events for preparation.

Check out the practical details or browse through our gallery.

Trade Fairs & Exhibitions

The Hospitium's wonderful atmosphere, flexible spaces and central location make it an ideal venue for a craft fair, trade exhibition or pop-up retail show. There are facilities for stalls, stands, electricity, demonstrations and catering.

Baby Naming Ceremonies

Welcome your new arrival into the world in a magical ceremony at the Hospitium. We work with York Register office to host non-religious baby naming ceremonies. A beautiful and tranquil location which can accommodate a drinks reception, afternoon tea, buffet or meal to finish off your day.

Funeral Teas & Memorials

Funeral teas and memorial services are managed with compassion, sensitivity and understanding. The Hospitium is tranquil and our small and friendly team will provide exceptional service.

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