Conference Centres in Cambridge

Ideally located close to London and with an international airport of its own, historic Cambridge is a popular conference destination. The city is home to a diversity of conference facilities, from purpose-built facilities to unique venues at the world-famous University of Cambridge and local boutique hotels.

University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities. Some of the greatest minds have passed through the halls of the university's many colleges, which also provide venue space for conferences and other events throughout the year. Each college typically offers conference and meeting space as well as accommodation and dining facilities. Some of the largest conference spaces at the university are the Guildhall Halls. Featuring fine Victorian and 1930 architecture, the venues are located in the heart of the university. Flexible spaces have the latest technology. The Large Hall can accommodate up to 600 people or 40 exhibition stands, while the up to 200 or 15 stands fit within the Small Hall.

Designed with distinctive Scandinavian design, the Møller Centre at Churchill College provides a unique setting for conferences. The purpose-built management training and conference centre has 23 spacious rooms with capacities ranging from 40 to 140. Each meeting room has air conditioning and state of the art IT and audio-visual equipment. Among the available rooms is a tiered lecture theatre for larger audiences. All rooms have direct access to networking. A dedicated events team is able to provide catering, team-building activities and services. On-site accommodation is available with 71 bedrooms that all feature working areas. There are also leisure facilities including a roof terrace, restaurant and bar.

The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre is another purpose-built venue associated with the University of Cambridge. Located on the banks of the River Cam and surrounded by parkland, the centre is build next to a Grade II listed country home. Hinxton Hall traces its roots to Michaelhouse College, which owned the estate in 1506. A hunting and fishing lodge was built in the eighteenth century, the first building on the site. The home was constructed in 1784 and over the years it has been used by U.S. soldiers during the Second World War, a research laboratory and now a conference centre. In addition to a restaurant and event space, there are 11 meeting and conference rooms that have capacities of between 10 and 300 people. The largest space is the Francis Crick Auditorium, which seats up to 300. Part of refurbishment work throughout the conference centre, the recently completed Kitchen Garden has added a striking glass and steel roofed space for events. There is also on-site residences and parking.

Imperial War Museum Duxford

The Imperial War Museum Duxford houses world class exhibits and hosts popular air shows as it tells the history of aviation. The award-winning museum is located at the historic Duxford Aerodrome, which was operated by the Royal Air Force during the First World War and used by the United States during the Second World War. Opened in 1977, the museum is also one of the largest exhibition and events venues in the region. It offers one of Cambridge's most unique settings. The museum and conference centre is located south of Cambridge on Junction 10 of the M11 motorway.

The modern Marshall Auditorium has a capacity of up to 200 for presentations and seminars, while the Airside Suite overlooks an active runway. The Vulcan, Spitfire and Boxkite Rooms accommodate between 12 and 40 people, or can be combined into the Concorde Suite and provide space for between 40 and 116 people in one room. Three additional meeting spaces seat between 8 and 30 people. Accommodating up to 800 people, Conservation Hall is the venue's largest space and boasts aircraft exhibits. AirSpace is the centre's spectacular centrepiece with more than 30 aircraft, including the Concorde, Lancaster and Spitfire. The Imperial War Museum Duxford's 300-acre site also has outdoor spaces as well as one-site team building opportunities, including aircraft-related experiences ranging from flights to hands-on tours.

Cambridge Hotels

In the heart of Cambridge's city centre is the Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel. Within walking distance of Cambridge's most popular attractions, the hotel is the city's largest. Offering bespoke meeting packages, the Hilton Cambridge City Centre has a self-contained conference space with six meeting and event suites for up to 250 delegates. The hotel's meeting and event spaces offer flexibility that to a pillar-free design. There is also a sophisticated naturally-lit atrium that is perfect for exhibitions, receptions and breakout spaces. The DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre has five function rooms with space for between 12 and 150 delegates. Each room is equipped with state of the art audio and visual technology. With a riverside setting, the hotel offers a stylish setting for conferences and other events. There is also free wireless high-speed internet and catering packages.

There are also a number of smaller boutique hotels with stunning conference facilities. The four-star Hotel Felix is a five minute drive from the historic city centre. Situated in a Victorian villa built in 1852 with two modern wings, the trendy hotel offers four meeting rooms along with 52 bedrooms and the Graffiti Restaurant. Quiet grounds also provide a lovely location for team building activities. Featuring air conditioning and plenty of natural light, each room has a view of gardens and trees. Adaptable rooms can seat up to 60 people. The Hotel du Vin Cambridge is located on picturesque Trumpington Street. With plenty of charm and architectural character, the hotel is located in a converted Grade II listed university building. There are two individually decorated meeting spaces with capacity for between 8 and 24 people.