The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan Hotel

4 Star Hotel
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Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
The Black Swan is wonderfully, romantic coaching inn dating back to the fifteenth century. Today, the Black Swan has been transformed into beautiful boutique hotel which boasts an eclectic mix of unique antiques and artwork with classic contemporary design.


The Black Swan has been transformed into beautiful boutique hotel which boasts an eclectic mix of unique antiques and artwork with classic contemporary design creating the perfect place for a unique wedding venue which will hopefully remain as dearly in your heart.

Whether you are planning a small, intimate wedding or a larger exclusive house party style celebration there is always a sense of occasion at the Black Swan. Beyond Helmsley’s bustling market place, the Black Swan offers a wonderful choice of varied private rooms each with their own distinct character along with private walled gardens which are nestled snuggly behind the hotels frontage.

The Black Swan offers a selection of packages, inclusive of everything that you need for your own fairy tale day. If however you can’t find what you are looking for, our Wedding Co-ordinator, Nicola,  would be delighted to offer a bespoke service to cater for your every need.Whatever style of wedding you opt for you can be assured that your every need will be personally dealt with by our dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator to ensure that your wedding day is unique and special in every way.

Venue Type

  • Country House
  • Exclusive Use
  • Historical
  • Hotel


  • Classic
  • Rustic


  • Civil License
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly

Meet the Dream Maker

Nicola Bolden
Wedding Co-ordinator
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What people are saying!

Average Rating: 5 out of 5 - based on 48 reviews
on Thu, 22nd of August, 2019
We held our wedding reception at the Black Swan back in May & just wanted to say what a wonderful day we had at your hotel. We wanted a church wedding and with the All Saints Church just next door to the hotel it couldn’t be more perfect. The hotel itself is warm and characterful. The Gallery

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restaurant where we had our wedding breakfast looks out over the beautiful gardens and the snugs were great for our more elderly guests to relax. We visited the hotel many times leading up to the wedding and each time the staff were friendly and welcoming and I can’t praise Nicola the wedding coordinator enough, she is excellent at what she does. A few months before we went for food tasting to choose our wedding breakfast, we knew then whatever choices we made it would be excellent as they were all delicious. On the day the food was plentiful and exceptional at that! Many of our guests commented on the amazing food.
On the lead up to the wedding I was anxious everything was going to go ok. I shouldn’t have worried as Nicola and the team ensured everything went smoothly. For any couples debating on whether to get married here I couldn’t recommend the hotel enough, it was the perfect venue for us and we can’t wait to return for our first wedding anniversary.
on Fri, 9th of August, 2019
We visited a few venues in and around North Yorkshire but fell in love with The Black Swan straight away thanks to its gorgeous garden, efficient staff and general warm and welcoming feel. We returned with our parents before booking and they too were blown away.

From these very first visits

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the wedding coordinator, Nicola, was on hand to answer any questions and guide us through the entire process. Nothing was too much trouble and she made us feel as though the day was as special and important to her as it was to us.

When we returned for a tasting (at an extra charge) we were spoilt for choice thanks to the quality of the food and knew it would please all our guests - which it most certainly did.

On the day itself our 50 day time guests were all extremely complimentary for the dishes we'd picked - ham hock terrine, beef and strawberry shortcake - in fact it was lucky we had 20 more people on the evening otherwise I don't think the night buffet of bacon and sausage sandwiches and salads and desserts would have been touched even though they were tasty as we were all still full.

Just as she had been in the run up Nicola was a godsend on the day, keeping us organised so we knew were we had to be and when, not to mention setting up the room for the ceremony and then wedding breakfast with the extra decorations we'd brought. Honestly by the end of it she felt like part of the family.

We booked a wedding package at the swan which included a cake and the supplier Rhian was amazing. I have honestly never tasted cake so moist and flavoursome and she was very kind in giving us a tasting beforehand too.

We also used the hotel's recommended flower supplier, busy Liz's who had a consultation with us in advance and were great in bringing their ideas and listening to what we wanted.

The whole thing was everything we dreamed of and more. It had a really relaxed feel and guests were complimentary about their bedrooms which came at a reduced rate.
on Mon, 29th of July, 2019
Thank you to Nicola at the Black Swan who made my son's wedding day so very very special.
From the moment we met Nicola she was so friendly and helpful, nothing was a trouble to her. She guided us into making the arrangements for the wedding, Nicola mentioned every little detail to us about the

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wedding package.
What a day it was, we had access to 3 rooms, all beautifully decorated and attention to detail and the lovely pretty garden.
Every time we made a visit to the hotel, Nicola was always so kind, friendly and encouraging about what a special day it would be.
I took lots of décor to the hotel including flowers, and I was overwhelmed how nicely Nicola and Sue had decorated the rooms in such a professional and brilliant way for us. Attention to detail was so evident.
Throughout the day we were looked after by Nicola, Sue, the manager and staff., nothing was a trouble.
We felt like Nicola and Sue were part of the actual family, they were absolutely superb.
I would recommend the Black Swan to anyone for a wedding reception.
Our day was so relaxed, I am speechless really about how lovely the Black Swan is and I think it is down to Nicola who is the nicest person you could wish to meet. What an asset she is to the Black Swan.
Thank you xxxxxx
on Fri, 8th of February, 2019
Nicola Bolden, you are Superb!
We were married here on 11th January 2019. We chose the Black Swan, as bikers Helmsley has a special place in our hearts and as the hotel is so dog-friendly our boys could be part of our special day.

Nicola was wonderful throughout and there is no doubt in our

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minds she was a major factor in how perfect our day.

This hotel is old and a little worn as other reviews have said, however, we too are a little old and appreciated the level of customer service, genuine care and attention to detail that we received.

We’ll see you soon and again many thanks to you all x
on Fri, 4th of January, 2019
We cannot recommend The Black Swan - and in particular Nicola - enough. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming, right from our first visit.

Nicola has always been so helpful and patient, allowing us to do our own thing but always there to help when needed. We've really valued her guidance.

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The team were also really good at looking after our guests who were staying at the hotel - a few hiccups in booking were quickly smoothed over, with the minimum of fuss.

The food was absolutely amazing, and they catered for our vegetarian and gluten free guests beautifully. We had so many complements - a few have said it was the best wedding they'd ever been to, and what a lovely time they'd had, which means so much to us.

I was surprised how many small touches were included in the package - things like place cards/menus, the table plan, candelabras, can all add up if you have to provide them yourself!

The day itself went so smoothly - literally nothing went wrong! Having Nicola and her team has meant that the planning process was a joy rather than stressful, which I have really appreciated. Thank you Nicola!

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