Inconnection's Top UK Venues for Conferences and Events

26 June 2019

Every year we plan, deliver and manage conferences and events for our clients – from multinational sales organisations operating worldwide, to UK-based businesses looking to bring a nationally dispersed workforce together.

We know that unforgettable conferences and events start with high-impact venues – the right space, the right location, the right facilities… and maybe a bit of ‘X Factor’ too. That’s why we’ve put this list together – a quick look at our seven favourite UK venues for conferences & large events.

Manchester Central


Sprawling and iconic, Manchester Central is housed in the former Manchester Central railway station.

This landmark Victorian building still has its vaulted arches, station clock and golden-age-of-travel atmosphere, but it’s no throwback. This is a world-class, industry leading venue for events, with facilities including an 800+ seat auditorium, a 10,000 sq. m central hall, and flexible meeting, break-out and exhibition spaces.

With a great location in well-heeled Deansgate, the complex also has the pick of Manchester’s hotels on its doorstep – in fact, over 2,500 rooms are within a five-minute walk of the complex.

St George's Park


90 mins from London by train, and under an hour’s drive from Derby, Birmingham and Nottingham, the FA’s National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art facility, and the best large events venue in the midlands.

The centre boasts a range of event spaces, as well as an on-site flagship Hilton hotel, and optional extras including a tour of England’s training ground, training with licensed FA coaches, or arranging a corporate match on the site’s full-size indoor pitch.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange


A unique, historic venue, Edinburgh Corn Exchange was built in 1909 and reopened as a venue 90 years later after extensive renovation.

The character, variety and size of spaces at the Corn Exchange make it the perfect choice for conferences in Edinburgh.

The pick of the events spaces is the Exchange – Edinburgh’s largest purpose-built banqueting space. The room has a unique lighting set up that can be used to create different atmospheres and almost any shade or colour, as well as a roof projection system that offers unique branding and presentation opportunities.

The Royal Lancaster 


Voted Best UK Meetings Hotel for four consecutive years by readers of M&IT Magazine, the Royal Lancaster is hard to beat for large events in the capital.

Able to accommodate up to 3,000 delegates across a range of events spaces, the hotel is also renowned for its world-class catering from Events Head Chef John Robinson.

The location is exceptional too, nestled in the heart of fashionable Lancaster Gate, overlooking Kensington Gardens and just minutes from the bustle of Oxford Street.

Chilford Hall


Chilford Hall, set in 40 acres of rolling countryside and boasting its own vineyard and winery, is one of the largest exhibition and conference centres in the east of England.

Located just 20 mins from Cambridge, Chilford Hall offers a range of events spaces, from atmospheric historic buildings to sleek contemporary halls.

The estate also offers 12 acres of dedicated outdoor spaces ideal for activity days, drinks receptions, fireworks displays, or even as a start point for local helicopter tours. The vineyard, established in 1972, is the true USP though, and offers winery tours and tastings.

Celtic Manor

Newport, Wales

Just half an hour from Cardiff and Bristol airports, and under 2 hours from Heathrow, Celtic Manor is fast becoming a one-stop-shop for corporate events.

Voted M&IT ‘Best UK Hotel' eight times in the last nine years, and C&IT ‘Top UK Conference Hotel’ for five consecutive years, there’s a huge range of events space here, rooms to suit all budgets, and exceptional facilities including three world-class championship golf courses (including one specifically designed for 2010’s Ryder Cup).

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