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Conference and Meeting venues in Devon

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The county of Devon has long been epitomized as an exquisite holiday destination being recognised worldwide as the English Riviera.

Meeting planners, however, regard Devon as an exceptional conference destination offering a vast variety of meeting venues able to cater for all conferences, meetings and events with prime locations including Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Barnstaple, Bideford and Newton Abbot.

Devon is one of England’s largest counties and boasts 2 separate coastlines, with over half of the natural landscape being protected or designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it an ideal escape destination for conference retreats, secluded strategy meetings and of course teambuilding events and corporate activities on both land and water. With conference venues ranging from city centre meeting rooms and rural country house hotels to state-of-the-art conference centres and historic buildings, Devon meets the requirements of even the most demanding conference organiser whilst offering meeting delegates a spectacular and diverse setting.

Despite the feeling of getting away from it all, Devon is easy for conference delegates to reach having excellent transport links to, from and within the county. By road, the M5 runs into Exeter and links with major motorways including the M4 whilst A roads such as the A361, A30 and A38 connect to other main locations including Plymouth. Served by trains from across the country, there are regular services from London Paddington and Waterloo whilst international meeting delegates can take advantage of Exeter International Airport. A business and pleasure destination, Devon provides the ideal venue whether hosting a major conference or exhibition, large corporate event, small banquet or wedding.

Devon county meeting venues offer versatile conference and banqueting facilities being able to accommodate both large and small delegate groups depending on the needs of the meeting planner. For example, outstanding conference and exhibition centres such as the award-winning Exeter Conference Centre and the Riviera International Centre, which boasts a glowing reputation built on 20 years experience of hosting successful corporate events, and academic venues such as Exeter University and the University of Exeter provide vast meeting spaces with capacity for up to 1,500 delegates alongside smaller meeting rooms and exhibition spaces. A variety of sporting venues within the county also cater for first class conferences, meetings, training events and weddings such as Newtown Abbot Racecourse and Conference Centre, Exeter Racecourse and Exeter City Football Club. Cultural venues well equipped with state-of-the-art conference and event technology and experience in providing flexible spaces to suit diverse corporate needs include the striking Plymouth Pavilions, Athenaeum and Theatre Royal as well as Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre Complex, Torquay’s Princess Theatre, Bideford’s The Plough Arts Centre and the multi-purpose Exeter Corn Exchange. Historic venues such as stately home Ugbrooke Park in Newton Abbot, Crownhill Fort in Plymouth and Bovey Castle in Exeter provide a diverse range of meeting and conference rooms which make spectacular backdrops for weddings, conferences and corporate hospitality events, whilst unusual venues such as Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium will also certainly impress delegates. Devon hotels are known to provide exceptional meeting facilities, often also catering for teambuilding events and corporate activities, whether rural country house hotels, historic buildings or modern town centre venues, such as the Northcote Manor Hotel in Barnstaple ideal for intimate conference retreats, the hill top situated Durrant House Hotel in Bideford with its 7 meeting and banqueting suites, Ilsington Country House Hotel set in Dartmoor National Park, or the prestigious Palace Hotel Torquay incorporating the 1,300sqm Arena suited to large exhibitions, conferences, training and corporate events. Major hotel groups represented in Devon include Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Thistle Hotels, Choice Hotels, Akkeron Hotels and Holiday Inn.

All in all, the county of Devon offers something for everyone, from the most discerning meeting planner to the most adventurous conference delegate, in a remarkable area sure to inspire. 

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Exeter     Max. capacity: 150   Bedrooms: 156

4-star hotel offering 156 en suite rooms. Situated in the city centre, 3 miles from Junction 30 of the M5 and 2 miles from the main Exeter business parks. Within walking distance of the Quayside, the hotel is also a great base for exploring the Devon coastline and Dartmoor, 2 conference suites and 7 meeting rooms with natural light.


Jurys Inn Plymouth

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 100   Bedrooms: 247

Our client designed and client driven Dedicated Meeting Rooms are the ultimate solutions for small and medium-sized meetings. Top-of-the-range communication systems and in-room amenities are supported by Dedicated Management teams, ensuring every detail is realised


China Fleet Country Club

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 450   Bedrooms: 41

If your company is considering hosting a conference, seminar or informal meeting we are the perfect place to visit, within 15 minutes of Plymouth city centre, and situated on the banks of the River Tamar we are the ideal venue for both Devon and Cornwall businesses.


Jurys Inn Exeter

Exeter     Max. capacity: 70   Bedrooms: 170

Jurys Inn Exeter is the perfect City Centre Location for both our business or leisure guests. Jurys Inn Exeter is located on Western Way and is less than a two minute walk to Princesshay, Exeter’s newest shopping quarter with more than sixty shops and Seven restaurants.


Regus Exeter Business Park

Exeter     Max. capacity: 70   Bedrooms: 0

The Regus center in Exeter is located on Exeter Business Park, 2 miles from the city center and just 2 minutes from the M5.


Regus Plymouth Sutton Harbour

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 10   Bedrooms: 0

Rent Meeting Rooms in Sutton Harbour Marina enjoys a unique location alongside Plymouth's widely celebrated and historic Barbican and in close walking distance of Plymouth Hoe and the central part of the city, including the new Drake Circus Shopping Centre.


Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel

Exeter     Max. capacity: 250   Bedrooms: 98

The largest conference and meeting facility in Exeter City centre, with 9 meeting rooms in total seating up to 250 guests in banqueting or theatre style. An elegant Victorian building with 98 bedrooms situated close to the mainline railway station, opposite Central Station and 1/4 mile from Exeter St. David's mainline station.


The Deer Park Country House Hotel

Honiton     Max. capacity: 200   Bedrooms: 32

Are you desperately seeking a conference venue in Devon with a difference? The award-winning Deer Park Country House Hotel has an awfully good solutionDo take a moment or two to explore Deer Park Country House Hotel in Devon. With 80 acres of glorious grounds, beautiful boutique hotel bedrooms, a pretty Italian garden.


Sandy Park Conference and Banqueting Centre Exeter

Exeter     Max. capacity: 825   Bedrooms: 0

Exeter's award-winning Conference, Banqueting and Events Centre and home to 2017 Aviva Premiership champions, the Exeter Chiefs.Sandy Park has the flexibility to host everything from large exhibition events to small meetings, all within easy reach of the beautiful cathedral city of Exeter and the stunning scenery of the Exe Estuary.


Cedars Lodge Inn

Barnstaple     Max. capacity: 200   Bedrooms: 37

The Cedars offers a choice, the Cedars suite that can be split into 2 main function rooms or the Orangery as a perfect setting for your event we have a limit of 200 theatre style. FREE WiFi throughout the hotel with 35 bedrooms and FREE parking. The Cedars Barnstaple has easy access via the A361


Crowne Plaza Plymouth

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 450   Bedrooms: 211

211 bedroom hotel with Executive rooms offering sea-facing views. 6 air-conditioned conference rooms catering for up to 450 delegates. There is a full on site leisure club including a gym, steam room, sauna and 14 metre indoor pool and a Marco Pierre White Steak House Bar and Grill on the penthouse floor with panoramic views. Complimentary WiFi.


Buckerell Lodge Hotel Clarion Collection

Exeter     Max. capacity: 100   Bedrooms: 54

When you arrive in the grounds of the Buckerell Lodge you know you have arrived at a place where you can really relax. Set in 4 acres of landscaped gardens and surrounded by mature trees. There is ample free car parking onsite and free wifi throughout the hotel. With 54 Bedrooms and six Function rooms to choose from why not call us now.


Sidmouth Harbour Hotel

Exeter     Max. capacity: 120   Bedrooms: 52

Located just 20 minutes from Exeter town centre, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel sits on the edge of the Jurassic Coast and provides a welcome alternative to the traditional meeting and events venues. Our coastal location allows our guests to get away, clear their minds and hold their event in truly impressive surroundings.


Arundell Arms Hotel

Lifton     Max. capacity: 100   Bedrooms: 21

Situated in the middle of the West Country and reached by fast roads from all directions, this is an ideal conference venue in Devon. There are three meeting rooms, the largest can accommodate 100 delegates. All the meeting rooms have ground floor access and natural daylight. We are easy to reach and have free parking for 60 cars.


The Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 140   Bedrooms: 135

The Copthorne Hotel Plymouth has 135 bedrooms and 5 meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 140 theatre style. Business facilities are available for use by delegates.This venue has 1 restaurant and 1 bar.


Best Western Passage House Hotel

Newton Abbot     Max. capacity: 120   Bedrooms: 90

This is one of the best equipped hotels in Newton Abbot, offering a range of amenities for everyone to enjoy, from superb conference facilities and excellent Devon accommodation, to a health spa and leisure club.


Classic British - Dartington Hall

Torquay     Max. capacity: 220   Bedrooms: 50

Dartington Hall is a Third sector venue, just 20 minutes from Exeter and Plymouth. Having a conference here is a unique opportunity to meet and work in inspiring surroundings.All profits generated through the use of our venue go to support the charitable work of The Dartington Hall Trust.


Exeter Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Exeter     Max. capacity: 200   Bedrooms: 0

Exeter Racecourse is a renowned conference centre surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. Exeter Racecourse is the perfect place to host a conference, meeting, dinner or wedding with a host of flexible rooms, lots of outside space, easy access and free car parking. Can accommodate up to 300 in theatre style or 180 cabaret.


Riviera International Conference Centre

Torquay     Max. capacity: 1500   Bedrooms: 0

Situated in the heart of Torquay on the English Riviera, the Riviera International Conference Centre is a purpose-built conference and exhibition complex making it the ideal venue for any type of event from 5 to 1500 delegates.The setting by the sea is inspirational, the venue is modern and flexible, our team is dedicated and experienced.


St Mellion International Resort

Plymouth     Max. capacity: 400   Bedrooms: 80

St Mellion offering 10 Conference suites, a 4 star, 80 bedroom hotel, Free Parking and Wi-Fi with on hand event co-ordinators. St Mellion set within 450 acres of stunning Cornish countryside with 2 x International award winning golf courses, excellent leisure facilities and an unbeatable service.