Top 10 conference venues in the UK

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1) Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse Liverpool
Conference venues in Liverpool don’t get much better than the splendour of Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse. Beautifully decorated and overlooking the stunning Liverpool Docklands this venue is located 20 minutes from John Lennon Airport and eight minutes from Liverpool Lime Street Station. This event space is set within the historic UNESCO world heritage site, inside one the city’s most iconic buildings. The Rum Warehouse ground floor seats up to 473 people classroom and 994 theatre style. There are three large breakout spaces, each with space for over 50 guests, as well as a break out room and boardroom for meetings.

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2) Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
Home of aviation and with a brand-new event space opening in February 2018, discover the sleek and modern charms of Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. This state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre pays homage to its aviation heritage and cutting-edge technology advances. Seating up to 2,500 guests and with an incredible 12,500sqm of exhibition space, choose from ten purpose build function spaces rooms. Around a 50-minute train journey from Gatwick Airport or within easy reach of Farnborough Main station that links to London Waterloo within 30 mins.

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3) IET Birmingham: Austin Court
A fusion of modern design and period features can be seen at this conference and events venue in Birmingham. IET Birmingham: Austin Court, located in the heart of Birmingham city-centre enjoys spectacular waterside views and state-of-the-art facilities. Take a walk through the beautiful courtyard garden whilst the glass atrium floods the space with natural daylight, with sixteen flexible spaces on offer they can accommodate a variety of events. The largest space available is the Kingston Theatre accommodating up to 150 guests theatre-style. Austin Court is ideal for intimate conferences and all just moments from Birmingham New Street Station.

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4) Guildhall
With a rich history of more than 800 years, the Gothic grandeur of London’s Guildhall provides a spectacular setting for conferences. In the heart of the City of London, these impressive rooms suit all corporate occasions. The Guildhall’s Great Hall is their largest space, hosting up to 760 people theatre style, 320 cabaret, the high ceilings and distinctive features never fail to impress. The Guildhall has six other key spaces each with vast capacities, the Art Gallery is ideal for an exhibition space and all is only a short walk from London Liverpool Street and St Paul’s Station.

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5) Camp and Furnace
Liverpool’s Camp and Furnace provides spectacular industrial spaces, once an Edwardian foundry, coach builders and an industrial blade making factory. Camp and Furnace has become well-known for it’s independence and maverick edge since launching in May 2012. Stylish industrial spaces, perfect for conferences with a difference with space for up to 500 delegates theatre style in The Furnace Room and with state of the art AV equipment. The Camp Room has space for up to 400 delegates and there are many of additional rooms for meeting spaces. The Camp and Furnace is a great conference venue under 10-minutes’ drive from Liverpool Central station.

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6) Edinburgh Corn Exchange 
If you’re looking for conference venue near Edinburgh City centre, look no further than the award-winning Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Voted Scotland’s Best Large Venue twice in a row, and winner of the Best Specialist Venue in Scotland – Best Bar None National Awards 2018, it’s clear Edinburgh Corn Exchange stands out from the crowd. This Scottish conference venue holds up to 1,500 guests theatre style, 650 cabaret style in a grade A listed building. Edinburgh Corn Exchange is a versatile flexible space that can be tailored to your bespoke requirements and has a total of six fantastic event spaces to choose from.  It is a two-minute walk from Slateford train station which connects Edinburgh to Glasgow Central, boasts 300 complimentary parking spaces, and fantastic public transport links both to Edinburgh International Airport and Edinburgh city centre.

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7) Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock’s exposed beams and brickwork provides a fantastic backdrop for a variety of conferences. This vast Victorian conference venue in East London is a 15-minute walk from Tower Hill and seven-minutes’ walk from Wapping. Hosting up to 1,500 guest’s theatre style and 650 cabaret style, it’s a rarity to find a space this big in the heart of London. There are a variety of spaces to explore, each varying in size over two floors, as well as a courtyard perfect for you to unwind and network with guests. Tobacco Dock is a unique space that can provide the ideal blank canvas for your next conference.

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8) The Ricoh Arena
For vast conferences, the Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Exhibition Hall is 6,000sqm with two level entry doors, staging and can seat over 1,000 delegates. The Ricoh Arena has 80 multi-functional rooms and three luxurious lounges which can be used as breakout spaces or for meetings. The Ricoh Arena is easily accessible, 20-minutes from an international airport and a 50-minute train journey from London Euston to Coventry railway station.

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9) Vox Conference Centre
Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham is certainly impressive, embracing all things new and exciting. Vox Conference Centre uses cutting edge technology and genius award-winning catering to break away from the mould. Each of Vox Conference Centre’s impressive spaces are fully flexible, they are committed to tailoring each experience to your requirements. With spaces for two people to a conference of 900, Vox Conference Centre can certainly accommodate. It is either a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International railway station or why not take the fast Air-Rail link to Birmingham International station from Birmingham airport.

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10) Royal Armouries Leeds
For conference venues in Leeds, consider the Royal Armouries Museum and New Dock. Moments from Leeds City Centre is a modern waterfront conference space. Enjoy your conference at the Royal Armouries Museum, a remarkable space with an interesting history. Adjacent to the Royal Armouries Museum is the contemporary New Dock Hall, which can be transformed based on your bespoke requirements. With spaces up to 500 theatre style or 250 cabaret in the main hall and many other rooms available as breakout space, all are within an eight-minute walk from Leeds Station.

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