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Spotlight On: Bristol

Visit Bristol describes the city as a destination full of creativity and culture, combining a rich maritime heritage, state-of-the-art attractions, and world-class events.

Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with two main railway stations, an international airport and close proximity to both M4 and M5 motorways – making Bristol an ideal but often forgotten conference destination.

Bristol impresses with a wide range of hotels and conference centres, whether you are looking for a small independent boutique venue, a quirky out of the box event space or the luxury and sumptuousness of a Victorian building. Furthermore, this fascinating city is home to some innovative team-building experiences. Whether it is building race go-carts, stand-up paddling, or creating your own graffiti, Bristol will make it happen.

Conference & Exhibition Venues

If you are looking for a large spacious room for a dinner, conference, or ball, the Ashton Gate Stadium might just be what you are looking for. Being able to accommodate up to 1,000 people theatre style and 850 for a seated dinner, there are endless opportunities within their 34 meeting rooms.

Their recent renovation has really put the home to the Bristol Bears and the Bristol City Football on the map and even within this short period, they have proven themselves as a great addition to the South-West meeting portfolio.

Other larger conference and meeting facilities include:

Meetings & Event Venues

With over 103 meetings and event venues, Bristol has suitable venues for every style of event.

Within the city centre some options include the Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, Radisson Blu Bristol, one of the three Mercure properties – Brigstow, Holland House, Grand or one of the two Marriott properties -. City Centre or Bristol Royal. On the outskirts of the city centre are venues like Engineers House or Double Tree by Hilton Cadbury House.

New Openings:

Clayton Hotel Bristol

An exciting new venue, due to open in 2021, the new Clayton Hotel Bristol will add an extra 250 bedrooms, bar, restaurant, as well as an extensive conference space to Bristol’s exciting portfolio. Ideally located in the city centre, closer to the commercial hub and within walking distance of the leisure districts, this 120,000sq feet property will leave its mark on this everchanging city.

Leonard Hotel Bristol

Also arriving in 2021 is The Leonardo Bristol this will be a 200-room hotel and will be part of the Glassfields development on Temple Way, close to the city’s business district.

Accommodation

Whether a boutique hotel such as NR 38 Clifton or the Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin; a funky and vibrant hotel like Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa; a convenient hotel near the motorway such as DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North or a waterfront aparthotel as SACO on Broad Quay – Bristol has got you covered!

Quirky venues

Famous not just for its significance as a British port but also the world’s biggest manufacturer of hot air balloons, there are many sides to Bristol.

We Are Curious at The Science Museum is located 20 minutes by foot from Temple Meads Station and sums up the character and diversity that makes Bristol so appealing. 7 different rooms and a charming outdoor terrace are at your disposal to assist your event with a unique venue.

Looking to take advantage of Bristol’s riverside location, The SS Great Britain, is perfect for summer parties and drink receptions as well as for dinners and conferences for up to 250 delegates. Or why not consider the unique and inspiring Floating Harbour Studios which is located on a converted 1905 steel Dutch barge moored in an enviable secluded spot on the water in the heart of the city.

Receptions & Dinner Options

M Shed – located on the harbour side, only a 10-minute walk from the city centre and absolutely packed with stories. The museum has been designed to preserve its 1950s transit shed character and offers an irresistible wow factor for dinners for up to 180 guests.

The Hotel du Vin – located in a 1700s sugar warehouse, this venue charms you with its exposed wooden beams, a viewpoint over their own landscaped courtyard, and lends an unobtrusive elegance to any event and reception for up to 120 guests.

If you are feeling inspired to host a future event in Bristol, please contact Bien Venue to discuss the event in more detail or use our online venue finding tool on our website – www.bvevents.co.uk

Looking for more inspiration?

Have a look at our back catalogue of ‘Spot Light On’ and our other blogs – https://www.bvevents.co.uk/news/ Previous ‘Spot Light On’ include Liverpool, Chester, Sydney, Cape Town, Krakow, Qatar, Cyprus, Las Vegas, Denmark, Barcelona, Geneva, South of France, Brighton and Ireland.