Strong engineering roots and a thriving start-up culture mean Bristol has been renowned for its ideas and innovation for generations. Our city is one of the country’s best destinations for conferences and is home to some unusual venues offering delegates a truly memorable experience.

We have put together a list of suggestions for Bristol venues inspired by innovation for you to energise your delegates.

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

One of history’s most ground-breaking engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, found his home in this forward-thinking city. He created some of his most memorable masterpieces here, including SS Great Britain, the ship that changed the world.  No one can fail to be impressed by its splendour – the meticulously re-created first class dining suite makes for an awe-inspiring gala dinner venue. There are also a number of event spaces for conferences and meetings both within neighbouring No. 1 Brunel Square and the Viridor Theatre. A new museum dedicated to the great man himself will open in early 2018.

Brunel inspired

Throughout Bristol and the surrounding area, there are a number of Brunel-inspired suites and rooms to hold your meeting. These include the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Future Inn Bristol, Doubletree by Hilton Bristol North and Armada House Conference Centre. Let the engineer’s trailblazing genius influence your team, in the city where he thought up some of the most pioneering ideas of the Victorian era.

Engine Shed

Engine Shed

What better place to hold a creative and motivating meeting than in great Victorian engineer, Brunel’s boardroom at Engine Shed? Part of the original Temple Meads station, these days entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, students and corporates can collaborate and innovate, right next to the railway station.

Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol

Bristol has a long and proud aviation heritage dating back over a hundred years. The new, Aerospace Bristol, opening in summer 2017, will have a show-stopping centrepiece unlike any other venue that has gone before! British icon, Concorde 216 – the last Concorde ever to fly – is taking up residence inside the Hanger, providing a mind-blowing backdrop for guests who will be able to dine under the wings of the supersonic passenger jet or have a drinks reception on the balcony, plus dedicated conference and meeting space.

At-Bristol Science Centre

At-Bristol Science Centre

Jam-packed with hands-on exhibits, creative and scientific discovery, At-Bristol Science Centre is much more than a family attraction (although it’s definitely an excellent one of those too!) The conference room has spectacular views across the city and it’s also home to the UK’s only 3D Planetarium which can be used for private events for that added wow-factor.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Captivate clients with a bit of animal magic and plan an event where guests can hear real lions roaring nearby!  Bristol Zoo plays a significant international role in education and conservation and is home to the world’s first nocturnal house, allowing the study of animals in a more natural environment. While you cannot use the Nocturnal House for a meeting, the stunning Clifton Pavilion, overlooking the beautiful grounds, is a fantastic space for delegates.

The Bristol

Located on the Harbourside, The Bristol has a number of meeting rooms named after some of the great and good of Bristol.  These include the George White Suite and Frank Barnwell Suite, both of whom are critical to Bristol’s aviation past. There’s also the William Jessop Suite, the designer of the Floating Harbour in Bristol that still remains to this day – a buzzing hub of restaurants, ferries, city attractions, markets and festivals.  Elizabeth Blackwell also has a room named after her - born in Bristol in 1821, she was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register.

Radisson Blu

The eye-catching Radisson Blu Bristol - one of the tallest buildings in Bristol - has been designed to inspire guests. The meeting rooms are all named after Bristol-built engines and there are some incredible pictures of the engineers dating back almost a hundred years.  The rooms include the Jupiter, named after the most successful aero engine of the 1920s, and Pegasus, the famous gas turbines of the Harrier.

Alveston House Hotel

Alveston House Hotel

Built in 1797 as a private family home, Alveston House Hotel has had an interesting past. It has been a school for children with learning disabilities and later, an academy for soldiers. The hotel was also owned by a famous aeroplane designer, Captain Frank Barnwell, who built and flew the first aircraft in Scotland in 1910 before going on to be chief engineer at British Aerospace.

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Alveston House Hotel
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The individually designed conference suites are created to produce excellent facilities for events of all types.

At-Bristol Science Centre
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At Bristol Corporate Events

Set on Bristol’s historic Harbourside, At Bristol is one of the most prestigious corporate event venues in the South West.

Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Corporate Events at SS Great Britain

A multi award-winning venue for non-residential conferences, corporate and private events and weddings.

Bristol Zoo Gardens
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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Enjoy holding your event in an award winning Zoo - a venue that will suit events of all shapes and sizes!

Bristol Zoo Gardens, The Clifton Pavilion
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Conferences at Clifton Pavillion at Bristol Zoo

Situated in Bristol Zoo Gardens, this stunning building and conference centre is perfect for an away day, meeting or team building exercise.

The Bristol - a Member of The Doyle Collection
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The Bristol - a Member of The Doyle Collection

The Meetings & Events Centre features 9 luxurious and well-appointed rooms which can cater for 4 up to 500 people.

Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre
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Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

One of the largest conference centres in the south west, and all the experience you need for a successful event.

Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus Hotel
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future-inns

The conference rooms span the entire top floor of the hotel offering panoramic views of Bristol's city skyline and offer flexible space.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North (formally Hilton Bristol Hotel)
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DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North (formally Hilton Bristol Hotel)

A great location for your conference or event offering a wide selection of meeting space suitable for all requirements.

Armada House Conference and Events
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Armada

A dedicated conference centre which specialises in providing high quality service at value for money prices. Centrally located in the city.

Radisson Blu Bristol
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At the Radisson Blu Bristol they have a dedicated conference floor with 5 conference rooms and can cater for up to 120 delegates in a theatre style. Each room has individual climate control and free wifi internet access for all delegates.