Conference Venues in Cambridge
Conference Venues in Cambridge
If you're planning a conference, congress, multi-day meeting, training programmes or an off-site team-building event, we have an exciting range of conference venues in Cambridge, from academic venues in historic settings to contemporary properties and hotels.
Whatever type of event you are organising, in-person or hybrid, we can help you. Offering a vast selection of seminar rooms, auditoriums, lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, the majority of our venues also offer onsite accommodation too.
Conferences and Meetings at the Cambridge Colleges
The Colleges of the University of Cambridge offer inspirational and unique options for residential events. Every year, delegates from all over the world enjoy the extraordinary experience of meeting in locations, that, over the centuries, have hosted famous writers, thinkers, scientists, and mathematicians.
Cambridge’s academic venues offer an incredible range of meeting rooms for up to 500 attendees with onsite accommodation available all year in some Colleges and during the University's vacations in others.
College conference accommodation is an excellent option if you need to cater for a wide range of budgets. Choose from single, study conference bedrooms; hotel-style studios and apartments; double and triple rooms; en suite or shared bathroom facilities.
Hotels and Unique Venues
We also offer options for residential meetings and conferences in hotels and unique properties. Cambridge has a choice of wonderful, central 4-star and boutique hotels, all with dedicated meeting rooms. In Cambridge, you’re never far from all of the city’s attractions so delegates can attend an event right in the heart of the city and be within a few minutes’ walk of museums, galleries, shopping, bars and restaurants.
Large Events in Cambridge
For larger events, we make it easy to mix and match venues, we will help you choose a combination of spaces close to one another, whether that's accommodation in a hotel, a dinner in a traditional College and a plenary session in a modern auditorium or any other possible combination; we’ll work with you to ensure that your delegates really will get a true, memorable Cambridge experience. We'll provide you with a single point of contact, a free administration service and identical terms and conditions to simplify the contract process.
We offer a full event management service with a range of flexible options to help you with as much or as little as you need, whether that's pre, during, or post-conference. Our expert, professional conference organisers (PCOs) and digital conference organisers (DCOs) have an outstanding knowledge of Cambridge and its venues; as members of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), they work to high business and ethical standards so you can be sure that your event is in safe hands.
Submit an enquiry today and we’ll take the leg work out of finding a venue for an event with our free, venue-finding service. Our experienced team will check availability quickly and get back to you with your options and then it’s over to you to choose!
We save you time with your search and help you to find the perfect location quickly.
Can I use Cambridge University for my event/meeting/conference?
Yes. Anyone is able to use a Cambridge University meeting space by hiring the venue. Whether it be a conference, event or meeting. Please use our enquiry form to get started.
What is a residential conference?
A residential conference is any meeting or event that takes place across multiple days and involves overnight accommodation for delegates, regardless of whether the accommodation is in the same place as the conference or is offsite in another venue nearby.
How do you host a conference?
We have put together this very simple and quick guide for you. Do tailor it to suit your conference:
- Outline what your objectives are in hosting a conference.
- Determine your budget and needs.
- Find a venue. We can help you find a venue via our enquiry form.
- Develop a program with speakers and sessions.
- Market the conference to potential delegates.
- Analyse your conference post event
How do you run a successful conference?
Running a successful conference takes planning and execution. To help you with the process, we have put together a this basic guide:
- Define your conference objectives and audience, ensuring that the program aligns with their needs and interests.
- Secure engaging and relevant speakers.
- Promote the event to your potential delegates and make it easy for them to register.
- On the day of the conference, ensure logistics are seamless and you have a dedicated team to address any issues that may arise.
For tips on evaluating the success of a Conference, read more in our blog here.
How expensive is a conference?
This depends on the size, duration and requirements of the conference. To see average pricings across our academic venues for 2023, take a look at our price guide.
What is the difference between a conference room and a meeting room?
The main difference between conference rooms and meeting rooms are size and purpose. Conference rooms are typically larger and have AV setups for presentations and lectures. Meeting rooms are smaller, built for collaborative work and more intimate meetings.
What are small meetings rooms called?
Small meeting rooms are often referred to as huddle rooms or syndicate rooms. These rooms may be equipped with audio and video capabilities that can be used for smaller scale meetings.
How do I choose a meeting room?
This depends on what you looking to achieve from the meeting, how many people you are expecting and what your budget is. You can see a list of our venues with details of their rooms here.
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