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A Guide To The Top Conference/Event Venues In The UK

Hosting a conference or similar event can be a stressful time, especially if you aren’t sure about where to host it. But worry no longer. Here at ITR we have compiled a selection of the top UK venues that are perfect for this type of function. We personally recommend each of them, so you can be sure you'll receive a top quality experience should you opt to use one.


NEC Birmingham

In an average year NEC Birmingham will host well over 500 events, and is seen as the number one event venue in the UK. Alongside the main hall there is also smaller meeting rooms that are perfect for intimate events. All of them are air conditioned, offer natural daylight, are fully furnished and have free WiFi.

  • Maximum Delegates: 401+
  • Minimum Delegates: Under 100
  • Parking: Included in package

London Excel

Without even a second thought, it’s easy to see why London is the natural meeting point for the world’s businesses. London Excel owns a number of different buildings that are perfect for all sorts of events, such as ICC London, ICC Auditorium, ICC Capital Suite, ICC Capital Hall, ICC London Suite, Event Halls, Platinum Suite and Gallery Meeting Rooms.

  • Maximum Delegates: 5,000
  • Minimum Delegates: 20
  • Parking: Dependent on venue, check website for more details

Ricoh Arena

Utilising state of the art conference, banqueting, sports, exhibition and hotel space, Ricoh Arena is an incredible location to host any type of event. Being within a two hour drive for 75 percent of the UK, it is situated in Coventry and is only a stones throw from the M6. This location is unique as it also has a hotel with 2,000 rooms.

  • Maximum Delegates: 1000+
  • Minimum Delegates: 20
  • Parking: Onsite car park available

ACC Liverpool

ACC Liverpool has become a landmark venue in this location, having hosted some of the biggest national and international events. They have a number of destination partners that can help you grow your event. There’s also the opportunity to seek financial advice so you have a better idea of what the risk might be.

  • Maximum Delegates: 7,500
  • Minimum Delegates: 20
  • Parking: Onsite car park available

Manchester Central

Situated in the heart of the UK and easily accessed by a number of transport methods, Manchester Central brings together a collection of award winning events and conference venues for you to make the most of. There’s three separate conference halls, twenty five meeting rooms and an 800-seater auditorium, so you’ll definitely have enough room.

  • Maximum Delegates: 8,000
  • Minimum Delegates: 24
  • Parking: Onsite car park with 720 spaces

Wyboston Lakes

Wyboston Lakes showcases a top notch event venue that’s under an hour from London. Whether it be for a product launch, team building or a day events, there are very few locations that will offer the same level of sophistication in such a beautiful space.

  • Maximum Delegates: 270
  • Minimum Delegates: 8
  • Parking: Onsite car park with 260 spaces

Olympia London

Since 1886, Olympia London has allowed people to use their space for a number of different event types. Here you will find a collection of spaces that have been renovated to be as beautiful as they are efficient. With seven separate spaces that can cater to a variety of delegate numbers, this venue really is one that can be all things to all people.

  • Maximum Delegates: 10,000
  • Minimum Delegates: 300
  • Parking: Onsite car park available

Alton Towers

Well known for thrilling roller coaster rides, Alton Towers also has a number of event spaces available for hire. There are hotel rooms with designated meeting rooms and halls designed for conference purposes. There’s also the opportunity to hire out the whole park for yourself and a minimum of 5,000 people.

  • Maximum Delegates: 15,000
  • Minimum Delegates: 15
  • Parking: Onsite car park available

Rockliffe Hall

At Rockliffe Hall there are eleven different meeting rooms that include exterior spaces as well. There’s also the opportunity to go fishing, shooting, white water rafting, car racing or even play golf, making it a great venue for team building. Located in County Durham, it’s also ideal for those based in the North East of England.

  • Maximum Delegates: 250
  • Minimum Delegates: 10
  • Parking: Onsite car park available

Natural History Museum

A prestigious location situated in London is the Natural History Museum, a building well known throughout the world. There are a number of beautiful halls that are a pleasure to host any type of event in. Security, toilet attendants, an event manager and porters are just a selection of amenities that are offered as standard.

  • Maximum Delegates: 1,200
  • Minimum Delegates: 200
  • Parking: Car park available around the corner from venue

Grand Connaught Rooms

Situated only a five minute walk from Covent Gardens, Grand Connaught Rooms offer a high quality experience in central London. There are 37 different rooms that can be used for training, meetings and conferences. Each have their very own style that can be impressive and engaging.

  • Maximum Delegates: 1,000
  • Minimum Delegates: 200
  • Parking: Car park available around the corner, guests are able to use a 50% discount

The Best Conference And Event Venues In The UK

Above are a handful of the best venues ideal for any type of conference or event. Each have their own benefits and unique features, so definitely check out the full websites for more information. Remember, it’s important to make a positive impression on current and potential clients, and your choice of venue can greatly assist you with that.

What do you think of this blog? Are there any other event venues in the UK you suggest? Let us know in the comment section below, or on Twitter: @itrEvents.


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