First published 17 April 2020; last updated 21 January 2021.

England’s third national lockdown has meant many Bristol venues have temporarily closed their doors again, until they can safely reopen.

You can still search for a new destination to host future business events though, from the comfort of your home. This handy guide to virtual tours of top meetings and events spaces will give you an idea of the venues Bristol has to offer you and your delegates.

We've also included useful Covid-19 health and safety information from each venue to show how they're adapting and working towards a safer environment for events to take place when restrictions ease.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Having undergone an extensive makeover in recent years with input from local street artists, this historic Grade II listed building now has a stylish and distinctive look. The hotel’s interior draws inspiration from both the city’s independent art scene and the building’s rich historic past creating a classic yet contemporary finish.

View a virtual tour of Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel's event space
Image - Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel


We The Curious

We The Curious science centre has been inspiring minds since 2000 with exhibitions exploring the ‘inner workings of the world around us’. With the UK’s first 3D planetarium attached to the site, it's the perfect space for your delegates to sit back and be immersed in the grandeur of the universe. Their main event space seats up to 460 guests and is located on the top floor of the centre, which allows for beautiful views of the city from the two private terraces.

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We The Curious is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

We The Curious planetarium in Millennium Square
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The Bristol Hotel

The Bristol is part of the Doyle Collection, a family-owned collection of luxury and urban hotels. It hosts an unbeatable waterfront location in the heart of the city. The hotel itself has a boutique-y feel and has 187 bedrooms with harbour or city views providing the perfect city centre haven. In addition to this, the hotel has fully dedicated Meetings & Events Centre, which has a separate entrance and its own lobby and lounge area.

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The Bristol is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

Event space set up conference style at The Bristol Hotel
Image - The Bristol

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 19th century, the SS Great Britain was the world’s first great ocean liner. After being in service from 1845 to 1886 she was abandoned until 1970 when she was towed back to the UK for restoration. She now stands tall in Bristol Harbour.

As well as being a top visitor attraction, Brunel’s SS Great Britain has fantastic event space both on and off the ship. The Great Eastern Hall is ideal for conferences for up to 250 guests while the original First Class Dining Saloon, restored to its former glory, is a wonderful setting for a conference with a difference.

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

Brunel's SS Great Britain on Bristol Harbourside
Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Novotel Bristol Centre

Being just a few minutes from Bristol Temple Meads rail station and within easy walking distance from all central areas (including the Harbourside, Old City and the shopping districts), this hotel has lots to offer event organisers. Meeting space for up to 200 delegates and 131 bedrooms only adds to the hotel’s attraction.

View a virtual tour of Novotel Bristol Centre

Novotel Bristol Centre is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

Long table and chairs set up in meeting room at Novotel Bristol City Centre
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De Vere Tortworth Court

With stunning surroundings, this historic hotel is a place where a centuries-old story meets an exceptionally modern experience. A popular choice for meetings, events, business stays and getaways, the Grade II* listed hotel is close to Junction 14 of the M5, 40 minutes from Bristol airport and just 20 minutes from Bristol Parkway station.

View a virtual tour of De Vere Tortworth Court

De Vere Tortworth Court is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. To find View their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures.

View of De Vere Tortworth Court and surrounding gardens
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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Ideally located in Bristol city centre, the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 150 years. The hotel underwent a complete refurbishment in 2019, in keeping with its royal name and history. Those hosting events will be thrilled with the choice of rooms, including the Grade II listed Palm Court seating up to 120 for a conference and the spacious King Suite seating up to 300 in a theatre style.

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Bristol Marriott Royal is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

View of Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel and Queen Victoria statue with Bristol Cathedral in the background
Image - Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

University of Bristol

With event space capacities hosting up to 800 attendees, the university’s venues and events team hold the key to the door of some of the most iconic building and modern facilities in the city. The stunning venues and first-class service are a great combination for an event with a difference. Offering a wide choice of rooms, lecture theatres, and exhibitions spaces to accommodate small meetings and large events across venues in Stoke Bishop, Clifton and in around the University campus itself. Two of their most iconic venues are Wills Memorial Building and Clifton Hill House.

View a virtual tour of Wills Memorial Building or a virtual tour of Clifton Hill House

The University of Bristol is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Wills Memorial Building set up for an event
Image - Wills Memorial Building

Bristol Harbour Hotel

Offering the ultimate urban escape, Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa offers contemporary luxurious accommodation with impeccable design as well as a spectacular events space. The hotel is formed of two former bank properties right in the heart of the city, with its most impressive events space housed in what was once the banking hall of Lloyds Bank Headquarters. This grand room seats up to 400 for a conference of 320 for a gala dinner. On top of this there is an extraordinary underground spa and fully equipped gym with pool, making one very special venue.

View a virtual tour of Bristol Harbour Hotel  

Bristol Harbour Hotel is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance and watch their 'Safe Harbour' film.

Bristol Harbour Hotel on Corn Street
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St George's Bristol

An elegant Grand Hall and sophisticated new Glass Studio are available to hire for corporate and private events - from conferences and award ceremonies to meetings, networking events and wedding parties. The Glass Studio and Café Bar, within St George’s new extension, provide exciting and flexible event spaces surrounded by gardens, within the heart of the city.

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St George's Bristol is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Entrance to St George's Bristol with people gathered inside
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Hotel du Vin Bristol City Centre

Housed in the former Sugar Factory, this hotel is a historic gem of a venue. A collection of grade II listed warehouse buildings that date back to the 1700s have been transformed to provide a hotel full of character. With 40 unique bedrooms and stunning loft suites, the accommodation is second to none and is complemented by four quirky private function rooms, plus the Bistro and the Sugar House bar.

View a virtual tour of Hotel du Vin Bristol City Centre

Hotel du Vin Bristol City Centre is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance video.

Dining space at Hotel du Vin & Bistro Bristol city centre
Image - Hotel du Vin Bristol city centre

The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

With a spectacular location in Clifton, overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge, enjoy a leisurely tour of the hotel, bedrooms and of course the stunning meeting, event and private dining suites. Discover for yourself some of the unique historic features including the steam pumps of the former spa, original marble staircase and amazing stained-glass windows. This really is a unique venue.

View a virtual tour of The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance video.

Seats and screen set up in event space at Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin
Image - The Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin

M Shed

Located in a huge 1950s transit shed right on Bristol’s Harbourside, the M Shed museum explores over 2000 years of Bristol’s history. It offers an excellent contemporary event space on the top floor of the building with an amazing roof terrace overlooking the harbour. M Shed is perfect for small workshops through to large scale events and of course, summer rooftop parties.

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M Shed is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

M Shed and three cranes reflected on the water at Bristol Harbourside
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Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

An inspirational setting for sophisticated entertaining in the heart of the city. The impressive Edwardian Baroque building is an established city landmark that provides an elegant setting for entertaining on a grand or a modest scale. The architecture of the building provides a wonderful backdrop for any occasion, while access to the outstanding range of exhibitions and collections offers a unique and memorable experience.

View a virtual tour of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

Exterior of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery lit up in the evening
Image - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Aldwick Estate

Aldwick Estate is a refreshing alternative to traditional conference venues. Set amid the rolling Mendip Hills and surrounded by the charm of a working Somerset Vineyard, the two Barns are perfect for conferences and events of up to 220 attendees. There is even the opportunity to have a vineyard tour or tasting as part of your event.

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Aldwick estate is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest health and safety guidance.

View of lawns and buildings at Aldwick Estate
Image - Aldwick Estate

Engineers' House

An impressive Grade II listed conference venue located in the prestigious suburb of Clifton Down. This Bristol conference venue is AIM accredited, the industry national standard for quality of service and facilities you can expect to find. They can cater for up to 170 delegates in their 25 meeting rooms and offer free parking for up to 140 cars.

View a virtual tour of Engineers' House

Engineers’ House is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. Find their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures and view their health and safety video.   

Exterior of Engineers' House in Clifton Down
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Berwick Lodge

Escape to the countryside to host a celebration, business event or your own private party. Located in close proximity to the M5 and Bristol, Berwick Lodge is easy to reach. But as soon as you enter the long sweeping drive leading up to the house, surrounded by beautiful countryside either side, the tranquil feeling of escape sets in. A perfect venue for private hire.

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Berwick Lodge is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. Find their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures

View of Berwick Lodge and surrounding lawn and trees
Image - Berwick Lodge

Engine Shed

Built in 1841 and once used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as an office, the Engine Shed has become a collaborative hub for businesses, social innovators, entrepreneurs and corporates by creating space for them to meet and by running projects and events to inspire and challenge. Their capacities range from 8 to 200, with space for a variety of meetings and events.

View a virtual tour of Engine Shed

Engine Shed is continuing to monitor the current situation and is adjusting their protocols accordingly. View their latest COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Table and chairs set up in meeting room at the Engine Shed
Image - Engine Shed

Ashton Gate Stadium

Home of Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Bears, this is a state-of-the-art 27,000 capacity stadium with conference facilities, a sports bar, café and shops. Ashton Gate is now the region's largest multi-purpose conference, exhibition and banqueting venue and features a wide range of function rooms available for both corporate and private hire.

Feeling inspired by these venues? Discuss hosting your event in Bristol or the surrounding areas with the Meet Bristol team on conference@meetbristol.co.uk or make an enquiry here

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