Both a city and a county, Bristol is a vibrant and eclectic destination in which to host conferences, meetings and events.
Bordered by Somerset and Gloucestershire, Bristol has been considered part of each county in previous years but since the 14th Century has in fact been a county in its own right. Now recognised as the largest city in the South West of England, blending old and new as well as city, coast and countryside settings making it perfect for outdoor pursuit teambuilding events and corporate activities, it is an ideal conference destination with a wealth of venues able to accommodate all capacities and events.
Event Venues in Bristol
With the River Avon at its heart, its heritage as a major sea port and the engineering and design of Brunel still evident, Bristol offers a varied spectrum of meeting spaces including world renowned sporting venues, grand historic buildings, contemporary boutique hotels and state-of-the-art conference centres, many boasting ‘green’ credentials as the county prides itself on sustainability.
Conference Venues in Bristol
Bristol is home to great number of large and extravagant conference and well-known meeting venues. Thistle Bristol City Centre The Grand, Doubletree by Hilton Bristol South Cadbury House, Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol and Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel are all brilliant examples of some of the pure luxury that is on offer for meeting and event planners looking to create a comfortable, yet very productive environment for their next business function.
Well known for it's arts and music culture, Bristol has a vibrant culture, which is reflected in the cultural landmark, M Shed. M Shed is a popular museum that also doubles as a fully fledged conference centre, with state-of-the-art audio visual facilities.
Slightly more out of town are a few rural venues, where you and your delegates can enjoy some classic South-West cider! Folly Farm Centre and Cross Hands Hotel are wonderfully traditional venues on the outskirts of Bristol that cater for smaller numbers of delegates.
Bristol is an easy to reach conference destination with convenient access for all modes of transport. There is excellent motorway connectivity (M4, M32 and M5) for those travelling by road whilst rail links provide connections to many major UK destinations including London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Exeter.
Meeting Planner's first choice
Event organisers will face a difficult decision when selecting a conference space as the breadth of venues available makes it difficult to choose, each offering its own benefits and attributes. For instance, sporting venues offering conference and banqueting facilities include Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and the Ashton Gate Stadium which itself offers several flexible meeting and exhibition spaces for up to 900 delegates. The Bristol Hippodrome is a cultural venue whose striking auditorium has capacity for 1,956 delegates and caters for large exhibitions, conferences and corporate events.
Engineer House Conference Centre
Those wishing to be inspired should take a visit to the Engineers House Conference Centre is another historic masterpiece set overlooking Westbury Park. Thornbury Castle is a timeless landmark that is sure to provide an impressive backdrop for any corporate event or wedding. A popular destination for both business and pleasure, Bristol offers a diverse selection of traditional and contemporary hotels well equipped to cater for all occasions. These include The Grand by Thistle, Arnos Manor, Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, country house hotel Ramada Bristol City and Mint Hotel Bristol. Major hotel groups represented in the county of Bristol include Accor, Brook Hotels, Classic British Hotels and Ibis.