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Written by Luke Bull

October 15, 2022


The best conference venues in Bristol


Conferences, conferences, conferences. Maybe if you say it three times you’ll finally find a venue that’s in a convenient location, has enough space, the right amount of facilities and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.


Or maybe you could keep reading.


Bristol, in all its pastel terraced and cobbled street glory, is always a good idea. Culture, history, entertainment, the lot. Their buildings really tell a story. Home to the historic and the modern, Bristol buildings really hold their own.


Their conference venues are nothing to sniff at either. Taking inspiration from the the city’s Old English name (bridge and stow – meaning “meeting place”), let us show you some of the best Bristol conference venues for your next meeting of minds.


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1. A historic Bristol conference venue: Engine Shed

Bristol

The Engine Shed is one of Bristol’s most iconic buildings. The venue is a hub for businesses, entrepreneurs, academics and social innovators to come together and collaborate.



Located in the heart of the city’s historic transport hub, Temple Meads Station, the Engine Shed is one of the most easily accessible conference venues in Bristol.



Their private rooms provide the perfect venue for meetings and conferences, with options for theatre, seminar, and boardroom-style seating for up to 80 visitors, as well as breakout and networking spaces.



2. Engage your guests in this Bristol conference venue: Brunel’s Old Station

Bristol

Brunel’s Old Station is a Grade I listed Victorian building that’s only a short walk from Temple Meads Station. The venue has an impressive character and architectural significance, all in all, a great backdrop for your next conference, seminar, or meeting.



One of the largest venues in the South West, Brunel’s Old Station is guaranteed to inspire you and your colleagues. With three rooms to choose from, capacity for 800 delegates, and two attractive breakout rooms, Brunel’s Old Station is an ideal conference venue in Bristol.



3. A Bristol conference that’s conveniently located: Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

Bristol

The Bristol Marriott Hotel is a modern multi-storey venue situated amongst the bright lights and vibrant atmosphere of Bristol city centre. The hotel offers on-site parking and is easily accessible from the M4, Temple Meads Station, and Bristol Airport.



In the hotel, you’ll find six meeting rooms, with the capacity to host events for up to 300 guests. Newly renovated, flooded with natural daylight and equipped with the latest technology, the Bristol Marriott Hotel is a no-brainer for a quick conference.



4. Get artsy at this Bristol conference venue: Auditorium, Arnolfini

Bristol

The Arnolfini is an international arts centre and gallery located on the Harbourside in the heart of Bristol. Founded in 1961, the unique venue has been the go-to venue for contemporary art exhibitions, performances, music and dance events, poetry readings, and more.


Situated in a scenic and central location close to Temple Meads train station, your delegates will come away feeling refreshed, inspired, and connected.



With super-fast Wi-Fi, three large flexible spaces, and two breakout areas, the Arnolfini can accommodate conferences for up to 214 delegates.



5. A Bristol conference that’s got you covered: Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Bristol

A Victorian hotel, blending classic period charm with the very best in contemporary comforts, the Mercure Bristol offers six conference rooms equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, AV equipment, space for up to 500 guests, and air conditioning to ensure your delegates are comfortable and that your event goes on without a hitch.


Located in Bristol city centre, and just a short taxi ride from Bristol Temple Meads station, the Mercure Bristol Hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings and events.


Their largest function room, the Wessex Suite, seats up to 500 guests, making it the perfect venue for large conferences.



6. A low-key Bristol conference venue: Future Inn Bristol

Bristol

Located opposite Cabot Circus, Future Inn is a modern hotel with contemporary style.



The Conference Centre takes up the entire top floor and has six meeting rooms, with some holding up to 300 delegates.


Being located on the 6th floor, all six of the rooms get plenty of natural daylight and pretty good views of the city. With free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, blackout blinds, and supplies (of the stationery, not the food variety) it has pretty much all you’d need for a successful conference.



7. Get down to business at this Bristol conference venue: Hotel Du Vin

Bristol

The Hotel du Vin Bristol is a sleek boutique hotel housed in a restored collection of sugar warehouses, offering 18th century architecture, chic contemporary interiors and an inviting atmosphere.



Featuring five versatile meeting spaces for you to choose from, Hotel du Vin Bristol welcomes groups of 5 to 100 delegates. Their experienced team can cater to all types of events, ranging from company meetings, seminars, and conferences. Free Wi-Fi can be found throughout the entire venue.



Visitors can easily access the venue by train and parking is available onsite.



8. A Bristol conference venue that's full of character: The Radnor Rooms

Bristol

First established in the 1920’s as a thriving pub, but having fallen into disrepair in recent times, this Grade II listed building has been restored and adapted in recent years. Today, The Radnor Rooms is a haven for creatives and businesspeople, and is available for hire for your next conference room.



With its chandeliers, exposed brick walls, hand-crafted cornices and large sash windows, this Bristol conference venue is ready for you and 129 other guests.



9. A must-visit conference venue: Bristol Harbour Hotel

Bristol

Located opposite Saint Nicholas’ Market, the chic Bristol Harbour Hotel is set in the Venetian-style Grade II listed buildings of two former banks.



The Bristol Harbour Hotel offers three event spaces – The Sansovino Hall, The Vaults, and The Harbour Kitchen – with enough space for up to 300 guests. All spaces are flexible to suit your needs and come with complimentary Wi-Fi, TV, and coffee (of course).



The venue also offers paid onsite parking and is conveniently connected to nearby train stations and airports.



10. A premier conference venue: Lansdown Suite, Ashton Gate Stadium

Bristol

Ashton Gate Stadium is the home of Bristol City Football and the Bristol Bears. The stadium offers a wide range of meeting rooms, making it the ideal venue to hold your meeting, conference, or any other corporate event.



For conferences, we recommend the Lansdown Suite. The Suite can hold up to 1000 delegates, and even better, the Suite can be divided into three separate, versatile spaces. Win win.



The best conference venues in Bristol

Conference planning can be stressful - finding the venue doesn't have to be. Bristol has no shortage of beautiful conference spaces ready to impress and inspire your guests. Whether you're looking for an intimate conference room near you or the largest conference venue in Bristol, we've got the best ready for you to browse and book. If you need some ideas for where to have your next convention, check out our comprehensive collection below. We've got everything from unique, creative spaces to huge venues with all the facilities you need for a successful conference. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Bristol venues respond to your enquiry.

Your guide to booking Bristol’s conference venues

Bristol is home to some fantastic conference venues, from huge centres to unique conference rooms. Navigating the booking process for such a corporate event can often feel nightmarish. It doesn't have to. With this guide, you'll be impressing your colleagues and industry buddies in no time at all.

Getting there, getting out

Bristol is a wonderful place to hold a conference. It has excellent transport links, including the Bristol Temple Meads railway station, and the M32 and M4 motorways. The city has a number of conference centres and business hotels, including the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, the Novotel and the Holiday Inn.

Speakers

The most important aspect of a conference is the speakers. Make sure that your talks are interesting and of interest to all attendees. Whether you're arranging a conference or a training day, you can expect a lot of big names to be thrown around. The biggest conference venues in Bristol are likely to be the hotels, or the Queen's Building, which is the central conference centre at Bristol University. You'll want a conference centre that's close to the roads and public transport, and a venue that's easy to find.

Food and drink

A conference can go on for a long time, and it's important to plan enough food and drink for everyone, across the duration of the conference. Dining facilities can be separated into different dining styles, which will serve a large range of tastes and requirements. Conferences generally include a dinner and a breakfast buffet and can be expanded to include lunch, afternoon tea and refreshments.

Good conference catering provides another opportunity for delegates to meet, relax and learn more about one another. It's a chance to step outside the conference rooms, put the business cards away, and share a drink and a meal with like-minded people.

Booking your conference venue

From huge conference centres to intimate conference rooms, the actual booking of your hosting venue shouldn't be a mountain. You can do it the old fashioned way (telephones, emails, carrier pigeon etc.) or you can save a lot of time and book through HeadBox. We'll take your exact specifications and approach the best Bristol conference spaces - that way you'll only hear from those who can meet your requirements.

Bristol has more than just conference rooms, meeting rooms and event venues. The city is also home to a number of luxury hotels too. All of our reputable and vetted partners will be able to provide you with customised event packages.

That's the beauty of a conference in Bristol - it's in the very heart of the South West of England. You can be in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and even Wales within two hours.

Bristol conference venues are perfect for corporate events, conferences and exhibitions. Many have their own cafes and restaurants and if you don't want to spend the whole day at the actual venue, Bristol has a wealth of attractions to keep you entertained.

So, use our website to hear from the best Bristol conference venues and we'll make it one to remember.

For conference venues in Bristol, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:

Brunel's Boardroom, Engine Shed – For smaller conferences and workshops, impress your guests with this Bristol venue.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a conference venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Bristol conference venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best conference venues in Bristol and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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