An instrument and software algorithm are described for the purpose of characterization of large single crystals at the Alignment Facility of the ISIS spallation neutron source. A method for both characterizing the quality of the sample and aligning it in a particular scattering plane is introduced. A software package written for this instrument is presented, and its utility is demonstrated by way of an example of the structural characterization of large single crystals of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3. Extensions and modifications of characterization instruments for future improved beamlines are suggested. It is hoped that this software will be used by the neutron community for pre-characterizing large single crystals for spectroscopy experiments and that in the future such a facility will be included as part of the spectroscopy suite at other spallation neutron sources.