Top 6 UK Conference Destinations 

Looking for a UK conference venue but don’t know where to start?

With live events and conferences returning and restrictions lifting, it has led to a booking surge in venues across the UK with many predicting the return of the ‘roaring 20’s’.

Read on to hear more about the top UK conference destinations to visit in 2021, 2022, and beyond.

Newport

Newport has recently become home to the UK’s newest International Convention Centre. Flooded with natural daylight the purpose-built facilities include an exhibition hall, a 1,500 seat auditorium, meeting rooms, and an abundance of networking areas.

The Newport ICC is just minutes away from the M4 whilst also accessible via train station and two international airports are nearby, making it conveniently located for your delegates travelling from anywhere in the UK and further afield.

After a hard day of networking, delegates can relax by wining and dining in seven exceptional restaurants nearby followed by a good night’s sleep in one of fifty hotels in the local area.

Liverpool

With a spectacular skyline, beautiful buildings, and an impressive array of galleries, museums, bars and restaurants it’s easy to see why Liverpool is the place to be.

This trendy and flourishing destination has become increasingly popular for those running conferences, exhibitions, or corporate events. ACC Liverpool is part of the Liverpool event campus, an interconnected arena, convention, and exhibition centre – located on the banks of the world heritage waterfront.

Since opening in spring 2008, ACC Liverpool has held more than 1,100 conferences and hosted over 900,000 delegates and its well-connected railway system, central location, proximity to a wide choice of hotels and an international airport provides convenience and accessibility.

Belfast

This city’s impressive architecture is bursting with an abundance of restaurants, bars and shops and was listed as Lonely Planet’s place to visit in 2018

Located at the heart of Belfast is the ICC, with feature facilities of a 2,200 seat auditorium, two interconnecting multipurpose halls spanning over 2,500m2, a studio theatre, 20 meeting rooms, and internal and exterior networking areas.

The ICC Belfast is just a five-minute drive from George Best Belfast City airport and a two-minute walk from the train station with a host of hotels, from the lavish five stars to a quick overnight stay, there is accommodation to suit any need. Many of the hotels are based within the city centre and a short 10 minute walk from ICC Belfast.

Glasgow

Glasgow is one of the world’s most exciting, upcoming, and culturally vibrant cities. The SEC Armadillo is a purpose-built venue located within the Scottish Event Campus with the capability to host major national and international conferences with first-class technical facilities.

The campus is located just outside of Glasgow’s city centre and is accessible by car, train, bus, and foot- with a The Clyde Walkway running right past the SEC!

Glasgow's hotel sector is also growing faster than any other UK city with over thirty new hotels opened since the city hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014. This has resulted in Glasgow becoming a very popular choice when it comes to major conferences and events.

Birmingham

Described as ‘A city beating at the heart of the country with a quiet confidence like no other’, Birmingham is home to an array of venues that can cater to a wide range of group sizes and preferences. These include Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall, and The NEC Birmingham- known for its high profile events and most recently for being the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital.

Its central location provides convenient access from all over the UK by car, train or bus, not to mention an international airport with daily flights to destinations all over the world.

Telford

Telford may not be the first place that comes to mind when choosing a conference location. However, situated in the heart of the UK is the Telford International Centre, following a £250 million investment, the purpose-built Convention Quarter was created with modern day event organisers in mind.

The TIC is surrounded by the stunning Shropshire countryside provides breath-taking views and scenic distractions. Also, found on-site is a range of hotels, restaurants, bars, and leisure facilities to suit all your delegate's needs.

Telford is hugely accessible and can be reached by car or train. For those arriving by air Birmingham International Airport is located less than an hour away by road or The from Birmingham International airport. There are also rail connections from Birmingham International Station, which is accessible directly from the airport.

Hybrid

Hybrid events offer the best of both worlds, not only to enable your business to reach audiences regardless of their location and create unique flexibility for your audience too. Hybrid events also offer a built-in contingency plan should situations change.

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