If you desire historic and exclusive surroundings in which to take your wedding vows look no further than the Ancient High House. Built in around 1595, the ornate timber framed building is reputed to be the largest surviving Elizabethan timber framed town house in England. Couples may choose to take their vows in the Tudor Gallery or the Civil war Room where King Charles 1st stayed during his brief visit in 1642.


Drinks can be served in the Ancient High House immediately after the ceremony. However because the Ancient High House does not have a license for alcohol, you must provide your own alcoholic beverages. Glasses can be provided.


While we are unable to host Wedding receptions at the Ancient High House our staff will be pleased to advise of local venues.


The Ancient High House is available for weddings all year round.


The cost of hiring the Ancient High House for a wedding is £427.00 (Excluding Registrar’s fees). This ensures sole use of the rooms for 2 hours.


The maximum number of guests is 20 excluding the Wedding Couple, Registrar and Assistant.


Floral arrangements are permitted. We can liaise with your florist to take delivery in advance of the service.


If music is required you may supply it on CD to be played according to your instructions.

How to Book

Before booking, a preliminary visit is advised to ensure that the Ancient High House is suitable for your requirements. Check the availability of your chosen date with the Registrar. (Contact Registry of Births, Marriages & Deaths at Staffordshire County Council on 0300 111 8001).

Telephone the Ancient High House on 01785 619131 to make an appointment to discuss your requirements. A deposit of £50 is required to secure your date. The balance is due one month before the wedding date. All cheques should be made payable to ‘Freedom Leisure’.

When you are ready to confirm your booking you can click on the link at the bottom of this page to print off a booking form.




In the event of a cancellation the deposit will only be refunded if the cancellation is made more than 2 months in advance of the ceremony.

Terms and Conditions

The Ancient High House is a registered museum whose primary purpose is to preserve the building and its contents for future generations. Furniture and other contents cannot therefore be moved without the advance agreement of the manager.

The throwing of confetti is not permitted within the house.

The enclosed information is correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.

Should you require further information please telephone (01785) 619131.