All you need to know about England’s cities
Host your event in an ancient historic city such as Bath or York, or be by the coast in Brighton, Bournemouth or Portsmouth – wherever you are you’ll find a range of venues of every size and shape, from large-scale conference centres, medieval castles and cathedrals, to quirky spaces only found in England. All are well-connected to major transport hubs, and offer great value for money.
Pair world-class venues and service with the country’s unique appeal: England is the home of Shakespeare, The Beatles, iconic countryside and much, much more, making it stand apart as a destination for any event.
Download our city fact sheets on the below destinations:
Bath - With the whole of Bath a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, this compact city is brimming with history and heritage. Home to the only hot springs in Britain, Bath has grown from a popular Roman spa town into a vibrant city which offers stunning architecture and a wealth of cultural attractions.
Birmingham - With one of the youngest populations in Europe, Birmingham is a dynamic, creative city which is constantly evolving. As the UK’s natural meeting place, the city is also a crossroads for culture and diverse cultural influences are easy to spot everywhere in the city. Birmingham’s endless energy springs from the fresh-thinking and innovation that drives it as a leading lifestyle and business destination.
Brighton - Brighton is aptly described as a place with great energy, optimism and creativity where you can leave feeling refreshed and inspired. With grand Regency architecture and the impressive Royal Pavilion marking out its cultural heritage, this compact city benefits from having a spectacular coast on one side and the South Downs National Park on the other. Known as London-by-the-sea for its efficient transport links to the capital, Brighton is half an hour by train from London Gatwick Airport and less than an hour’s journey from London Victoria Station.
Bristol - Bristol is the largest city in south west England and in 2017 was again voted the best city to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.
Cambridge - An elegant yet compact city, Cambridge boasts a blend of history, scientific discovery, hi-tech innovation, culture and beauty. With the stunning architecture of the renowned University of Cambridge Colleges, green parks, wide open spaces and the River Cam that winds through its heart, Cambridge is a unique and inspiring destination.
Hull - Hull and East Yorkshire offers a superb selection of traditional, contemporary and unique venues, in a diverse range of locations – from the historic waterfront city of Hull, to the rugged East Yorkshire Heritage coastline and the tranquil Yorkshire Wolds countryside famously captured by artist David Hockney.
Leeds - With a number of exciting venues working in partnership to deliver a conferencing city, including three major universities, first direct Arena and the Royal Armouries, it’s easy to see why Leeds’ is the fifth most popular conferencing destination in the UK
Leicester - Leicester is a vibrant city bursting with arts and culture - just a 30 minute drive out of town and you will find yourself in Leicestershire’s stunning countryside.
Liverpool - From unique convention spaces to stunning downtime places. From our glorious maritime history, worldrenown musical heritage, two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams and not one, but two, majestically different cathedrals Liverpool is guaranteed to get delegates talking. With UNESCO heritage site status, four universities and a stunning waterfront, Liverpool has two international airports on the doorstep and is also just a two hour train journey from central London.
London - A gleaming 21st century capital with a fascinating 2,000-yearold history, London’s royal palaces, iconic landmarks and world-class attractions never fail to impress. Add to the mix its vibrancy, diversity and appetite for reinvention and it’s little wonder that London is such an inspiring host city for any event.
Manchester - Home to the largest academic campus in Europe with an array of unique venues and an award winning convention centre, Manchester’s extensive conference choice has helped to establish the city as one of Europe’s most exciting business tourism destinations.
Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes (MK) is unique, its identity and design were created with business in mind. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK with a population of over one-quarter of a million people and this is expected to reach over 300,000 by 2026.
NewcastleGateshead - NewcastleGateshead is a destination of icons – from the seven spectacular bridges crossing the River Tyne, including the famous Tyne Bridge and the tilting Gateshead Millennium Bridge, to Antony Gormley’s contemporary sculpture Angel of the North. There’s also landmark architecture at every corner, including the Grade I listed Theatre Royal, the modern BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead.
Nottingham - Once voted the friendliest city in Europe, Nottingham is most famously known around the world as the home of the Robin Hood legend. Today it is a destination for culture, heritage, shopping, sports and the arts.
Oxford - Oxfordshire has unique meeting venues, from a UNESCO World Heritage site to historical Oxford University settings and state of the art contemporary conference and exhibition venues. This, combined with its great social and leisure opportunities in the city and its surroundings, makes it a great choice for the meeting of lively minds.
Sheffield - From transforming the world with Stainless Steel production back in 1913, to producing Olympic legends like Jessica Ennis, Shefﬁeld is a city bursting with ideas and energy.