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The Crown & Thistle Barn Wedding Venue

Grade II listed coaching inn located in Abingdon

Oxfordshire, Abingdon

£1,000 - £13,325

100 guests

51 reviews

Our renovated Barn function space for 80 seated guests

Adjacent private function room

Our Mediterranean-inspired menu

Completely bespoke wedding package to suit your needs

Our cosy, boutique bedrooms

Seated and Standing wedding receptions

Prices & Key Facts


Price Band: ££ - £££

Typical Price: £5,500

Price Range: £1,000 - £13,325

Based on a typical wedding reception for 80 guests, including venue hire, wedding breakfast, drinks package and evening buffet.

Hire Price Range: £100 - £1,000

Per Person Price Range: £60 - £125


Guests for a ceremony: 80

Guest Capacity (min/max): 20 / 100

Guests for sit down meal: 20 - 80


Accommodation Rooms: 18

Accommodation Capacity: 40

About The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle is a beautiful 400-year-old grade II listed coaching inn located in Abingdon on Thames, within easy reach of Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford & Oxford. The Barn makes a stunning wedding venue and is licensed for civil ceremonies.

With a history dating back to 1605, The Crown & Thistle on Bridge Street re-opened its doors in 2013, following a £1.8m restoration. This Grade II listed coaching inn comprises three individual buildings clustered around a cobbled courtyard, framed by 200-year-old wisteria. Having been sympathetically designed, many of the buildings’ original features, such as timber beams, open brickwork, and window frames that aren’t square, remain throughout the restaurant, extensive bar area, elegant function rooms, and 18 boutique-style bedrooms.

With 18 luxury en-suite bedrooms and a stunning converted function room, which is available for private hire, from meetings and conferences to events and weddings. Our newly awarded wedding license means you and your guests can enjoy both the ceremony and celebrations in beautiful, historic surroundings.

With packages to suit a variety of budgets and tastes, this is the perfect location for wedding celebrations!

The Details

Type of Ceremony

Civil ceremony licensed

Humanist / Celebrant weddings

Receptions Only

Venue Type

Boutique hotel


Small Hotel

Pubs, Bars & Restaurants

Additional Facilities

Honeymoon suite

Dance floor

Live music permitted

Discos permitted

Wedding coordinator

Onsite car parking

Licensed bar

Wedding packages

Bespoke weddings

Venue Setting


Catering Options

Inhouse Caterers


Contact & Location

The Crown & Thistle

Bridge Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HS, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


No, unfortunately, we can only offer exclusive use of the function spaces and the hotel rooms should you wish to book those as well.


No, we only have a license for indoor weddings.

Yes, we do allow corkage. Please enquire for prices.

No, we do not allow for outside catering as we are first and foremost a restaurant.

For weddings, we will always offer access to the room on the morning of and possibly the day before as well but this is dependant on whether we have any other functions the previous day.

Finish Times: Monday - Wednesday - 11PM, Thursday - 12AM, Friday & Saturday - 1AM & Sunday - 10.30PM. To be out by: Monday - Wednesday - 11.30PM, Thursday - 12.30AM, Friday & Saturday - 1.30AM & Sunday - 11PM.

Yes - live bands and DJs must finish by half an hour before the end time, at which point we will switch to house music until everyone leaves.


No - this is the only decoration we do not allow.

Yes, if provided by the guest.

Yes - room 6.

Yes - 18 rooms.

There are other hotels in the area but none that are owned or managed by us.

Yes, the whole wedding party will recieve 20% off the B&B room rate on the night of the wedding.

Yes, the whole wedding party will recieve 20% off the B&B room rate on the night of the wedding.

We will offer access from 9am unless othwerwise requested. If the Barn is avialable the day before, you will be welcome to access the room then.