Whether you want to intrigue your delegates with a glimpse of historic Bristol or offer them a contemporary, cosmopolitan experience, head straight for the heart of the city.

Both Bristol Shopping Quarter and the Old City are within a short stroll of Temple Meads and the main bus station (where the Airport Flyer arrives), making them ideal destinations for your event. Choose between grand, Grade II listed buildings, one-of-a-kind historic sites and big, bright state-of-the-art spaces or even combine various different venues. Whichever you go for, guests will love being so close to all the action.  

Old and storied 

Bristol Harbour Hotel exterior in the evening

Image - Bristol Harbour Hotel 

The Old City, once walled, has long been the heart of trade in the city so perfect if you’re booking a business event. You’ll spot The Old Council House, on medieval Corn Street, if not by its striking neo-classical architecture then by the pretty petals of confetti on the steps. It’s a popular wedding venue, but also a top place to host a special event, with rooms including the Regency-decorated Lantern Room and The Grand Council Chamber, which was opened by Queen Victoria no less. Next door, the luxurious Bristol Harbour Hotel, offers an opulent former banking hall, named the Sansovino Hall as its ornate design was inspired by the eponymous 16th-century Venice library. Both venues are within a few feet of St Nick’s Market - the local’s favourite lunch spot, and home to Brooks Guesthouse, which has funky Retro Rocket caravans on the roof. Tip: Look up at the clock outside the market, it has two minute hands because one is set to ‘Bristol time’ - traditionally 11 minutes behind London time.

Located somewhere between the old and new city is Hotel du Vin, one of our top picks for private dining thanks to its  quiet, candlelit bistro. For non-residential, the Edwardian Armada House is full of character with its high ceilings, wood-panelled rooms and Jacobean fireplaces. And, totally different, The Station – first opened in the 1930s as a Fire Station – has been reimagined by the Creative Youth Network as an art and events space. The main performing area has capacity for 600 (standing) with various smaller rooms for workshops and training, including The Kitchen cafe.

Shiny and new

Bristol Marriott City Centre exterior in the evening

Image - Bristol Marriott City Centre 

Bristol Shopping Quarter is full of surprises. Amid the luxury department stores, high street shops and independent boutiques (where guests will enjoy spending their Bristol Pounds), there’s a peaceful, lavender-lined courtyard leading to John Wesley’s ‘The New Room’. A pleasing marriage of old and new, it is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and the location of a brand new museum complete with informal meeting spaces.

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to conference spaces with rooms here. Opposite Cabot Circus – which has late night shopping, a cinema, restaurants and, most importantly, parking – there’s Hampton by Hilton Bristol City Centre. As well as being a comfortable and accessible place to stay, it’s wonderful for guests who have to keep up with work on the move: there’s a dedicated business centre plus each room has a work desk with ergonomic chair. Future Inns is another good option for overnight stays and is ideal for all sizes of events, with its six meeting rooms accommodating anything from six to 300 delegates. Meanwhile Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre and Mercure Bristol Grand are two of the biggest residential conference spaces in the city, with all the flexibility that entails – both are great for gala dinners. The Mercure Bristol Brigstow has a waterfront Mezzanine Gallery; wonderful for evening cocktails or leisurely dinners. Finally, Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre has a self-contained conference and events centre called The Academy, incorporating seven adaptable suits. Pick from day and residential delegate packages.

Combining the two 

Sometimes a bit of old and new is in order. If your event requires multiple venues we can help you identify places close together and book rooms, or secure bedrooms surrounding a particular venue. Contact Destination Bristol's conference team to start planning your bespoke city centre event. 

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