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A conference or convention centre is a large venue which has been designed and built to hold large capacity events. They offer sufficient floor space to accommodate thousands of delegates and are ideally suited for exhibition/trade show and big conferences.

If you are organising a conference and typically require a raked theatre style seating layout, large convention centres tend to have at least one auditorium to accommodate this. Along with this they normally have a multitude of different size conference rooms, large catering areas with various food outlets all under one roof.

As an added benefit, some of the larger capacity convention centres also have venues to accommodate bedrooms on site, whether this is available within a hotel linked to or located next to the conference centre or actually within the same building. These convention centres give conference organisers the ability to arrange both staff and delegate accommodation local to where the event is taking place to allow quick transfer times & easy access between venues.

There are some great convention centres in the UK which could be considered if looking for a large venue for this purpose.

The ICC Birmingham

A major convention centre in Birmingham, The ICC has around 10 conference halls and 10 meeting rooms available for corporate hire. With capacities from 1,500 in the main auditorium to 12 in a boardroom style their event space is extremely flexible and offers lots of options to the conference organiser. The ICC is centrally located close to the M6, M5 and M42. New Street train station is just a short walk away.

With over 6,500 bedrooms located nearby finding somewhere for your delegates to sleep should not be a problem. On the doorstep to The ICC there are at least 5 hotels offering accommodation to suit all budgets.


Excel London

Excel London is located in London’s historic Royal Docks and has good transport links on the Dockland Light Railway to Canary Wharf and the City. Also with over 3000 car parking spaces on site it works well for people wishing to travel by car from outside London.

The space available for events varies with a number of multi-purpose event halls to smaller meeting spaces and conference facilities. Also on site is London’s International Convention Centre which includes a 2000 capacity auditorium along with smaller event spaces accommodation from 10 – 1,000 delegates.

With over 25 restaurants / bars / coffee shops within walking distance there is a variety of choices to suit all tastes. There are a range of hotels located on site ranging from budget to 5 star luxury options.

Excel London

ACC Liverpool

The ACC Liverpool Convention Centre is on a UNESCO World Heritage site located right on the waterfront close to the former Kings Dock.  It is an award winning venue with Europe’s only inter-connected arena, conference and exhibition centres. Accommodating all types of events, the venues room configuration makes it flexible and unique.

The Arena space being the largest event room can accommodate up to 10.600 people and has a flat-floor area of over 3,400sqm.

The Pullman Liverpool opened its doors in 2016 and has been cleverly integrated within The ACC. It offers 216 bedrooms, a Marco Pierre White Restaurant and also has 3 smaller meeting spaces which have a maximum capacity of 100 people.

Liverpool Waterfront

University campuses also work well for both small events to the large conferences, especially if dates fall outside of term times.

Universities can offer a wide selection of different building styles varying from iconic, traditional buildings to a state-of-the-art conference centre. With many locations across the UK these academic venues can be situated in city centres or within the countryside so can suit all requirements.

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