There is a great range of diverse venues of varying sizes in Bristol and the surrounding areas. From 20 to 1000 guests, there are numerous options of venues in and around the city which are ideal for hosting conferences in.

This blog will focus on venues suitable for conferences for 300 guests and above, how to get to and from Bristol and how we can help you in your journey towards hosting your next conference in the city or its surrounding areas.  

Venues

The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, despite being part of the same company offer very different products. The Marriott Royal, freshly renovated and classically beautiful, can host conferences for up to 300 guests whilst the Marriott City Centre, has a more urban feel and is ideally located in the heart of the city. With capacity for up to 600 guests, it wears the crown of being Bristol’s largest conference space within a hotel.

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The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, is a Grade II listed building which has received extensive renovations in the past 2 years. It boasts event space for up to 500 guests theatre style, along with 9 breakout rooms, all located in easy reach of each other. Discover the hotel and event space with their 3D tour here.

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is located a stones throw away from Bristol Temple Meads train station and has car parking for conference guests. A corporate style venue for conferencing with a unique restaurant full of character set in an original 17th century kiln, formally used for making Bristol glass, the hotel can accommodate conferences for up to 300 guests.

The Bristol Harbour Hotel, is a beautiful hotel which originated from two old banks joined together. Lloyds Bank’s former banking hall has been transformed into a luxurious event space that can seat up to 400 guests theatre style.

Home to a dedicated conference centre, the Bristol Hotel can seat up to 400 guests in their Ballroom with great views onto Bristol’s characterful Harbourside. As part of the Doyle Collection, the hotel has a lovely boutique feel to it. Explore their conference centre via their 3D tour here.

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Located in picturesque South Gloucestershire, De Vere Tortworth Court is a Grade II* listed mansion house that’s full of character. Offering an array of individually styled rooms, from the stunning orangery to the more formal Westminster Suite. Their largest room can host conferences for up to 400 guests. The venue also boasts ample free car parking and extensive grounds that can be utilised as part of your event.

We the Curious is Bristol’s science centre and full of interactive experiences. The events space complete with a roof terrace is located on the top floor, with a stunning view of Bristol Harbourside on one side and Bristol Cathedral on the other. The space is flooded with natural daylight and can seat up to 300 guests theatre style. Conference delegates can benefit from an explore in the science centre after hours. Adjoining the centre is their planetarium in which your delegates can view the stars and planets or, for a less corporate feel to a session, it is a brilliant location for a seminar with a difference.

Sporting venues

Ashton Gate Stadium is the home to Bristol Sport and the largest conference centre in the South West of England with capacities for up to 1000 guests. Having already fully refurbished their event space, they have exciting expansion plans on the horizon for a new Sports & Convention centre including 2 onsite hotels – discover more about the development here .

The Bristol Pavilion benefits from being in a peaceful area with plenty of car parking space and is only located 1.5 miles away from the city centre. Ideal for events for up to 300, the conference centre has wonderful views overlooking the cricketing arena.  The Bristol Pavilion is also lined up to host three of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup matches.

Academic Venues

University of Bristol is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the UK. In addition to its educational purpose, outside of term time, the university is a fantastic venue for conferences. With the ability to seat up to 800 guests in the Great Hall, it truly is a spectacular venue for events.

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Image - University of Bristol

The University of the West of England offers a great versatile space of 4000 square meters that can be used as a whole or divided into sections depending on your conference needs. Ideally located in close proximity to the M4/M5 motorways, Bristol Airport and with ample car parking space, it allows your guests to easily access the university without entering the city.

Transport

Travel by plane - With flights to and from 120 destinations, Bristol Airport ideally links Bristol with the rest of the UK and Europe. Just a 15-minute drive away from Bristol City Centre, with local buses coming into the centre of Bristol every 10 minutes, it couldn’t be easier for your delegates to fly in and out of Bristol Airport.

Travel by train – Bristol Temple Meads train station is located at the heart of Bristol and is only a 1 hour 45 minute journey by train from London Paddington. Should your delegates be travelling from London, GWR provide a fantastic discounted rail fair for any return journey - discover more here.

How we can help plan your conference

Finding a venue, booking accommodation and connecting with the right suppliers is far from an easy task. We are here to make your experience of hosting an event in Bristol as easy as possible. From putting together a bid document to gathering quotes and availability from multiple venues & hotels to setting up a bespoke booking website for your event, we are here to help. Enquire here today to see how else we can assist you with your conference or event.

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Offering the ultimate urban escape, the new Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, fuses two iconic former bank properties to offer contemporary luxurious accommodation with impeccable design and a spectacular events space.

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Versatile and dynamic 4000 sq m space, providing you with the choice of utilising it as a single dramatic area, or dividing the space.