Thursday, May 16, 2013

When it comes to hosting international meetings, the United Kingdom boasts an array of practical conference venues with easy access and superb facilities. From contemporary, purpose built conference centres in the biggest cities, to rebuilt old mansions in the countryside, the UK offers opportunities for occasions of all sizes and requirements.

General Considerations

It's of vital importance that your venue is easily accessible for all attendees both local and travelling from abroad. There should be an international airport within short commuting distance, and a train or bus station for local delegates. It's best to arrange a pick up service as part of the conference package so people don't have to rely on public transport in a place they're unfamiliar with.

Make sure the nearest airport is served by more than just low cost airlines as these may be deemed inappropriate for business travel by some.

Smaller Cities & Towns

Scotland's former capital is home to Stirling University that is set at the foot of the Ochil Hills and overlooks the famous Wallace Monument. The university offers competitive rates for gatherings held both in its academic facilities and Management Centre with specialised meeting spaces. Accommodation can also be arranged.

There are numerous other university towns dotted throughout the country that offer similar services. Consider Sunderland, Durham, Chester, Swansea, Plymouth and more.


Some of the most stunning venues are located in countryside areas but are easily accessible by motorway, or rail in some cases. There is an array of old stately homes dotted throughout North East England, such as Rockliffe Hall in Darlington. South England also boasts quite a few.

Further north you'll find destinations such as Gleneagles where delegates can indulge in a round of golf in their spare time, and the Macdonald Highland Resort in Aviemore.
Wales also boasts its fair share of manor houses turned hotels or conference centres.

Some of these venues offer spa facilities on the spot that can be great for unwinding after a busy day's work.

Big Cities

Most of the UK's big cities are home to at least one specialised events and conference centre. For example, in Edinburgh the Edinburgh International Conference Centre plays host to regular meetings, and Bristol Conference Centre caters for similar occasions further south.

Alternatively, hotels are a great choice. All major cities are home to both independent and chain properties that can cater towards very large groups if booked in advance.

Consider a Birmingham city hotel or accommodation in Cardiff.

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