Once home to one of history’s most ground-breaking engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel...
- Bristol, the largest city in England’s southwest, has its roots in engineering. In the 19th century the city was home to one of history’s most ground-breaking engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who created some of his most staggering feats of engineering in the area.
- Bristol is an innovative city famed for ideas, inventions and forward-thinking. Creativity is abundant everywhere, from the way the city manages large events, spreading them seamlessly across a cluster of facilities known as Bristol Harbourside, to the expanding food and art scenes enjoyed in the city.
- Architecture and design of historical interest is found all around Bristol, from the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge to Brunel’s famed SS Great Britain, the city is brimming with heritage. Yet, its celebrated individual, offbeat character shines through – an alternative Bristol outcrops unashamedly among the city's streets. See it in Bristol’s wealth of art collectives, community-run cafes and vibrant music venues.
- Bristol’s leading event spaces represent its rich heritage, with some truly superb options including historic, academic and sports venues. Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first luxury ocean liner, offers conference facilities and luxurious banquet rooms. The magnificent Victorian-era Passenger Shed, at Bristol's Old Station, one of the oldest train stations in the world (also built by Brunel) is the largest event space in the city, accommodating 650 delegates in 1,500sqm of space.
Aerospace Bristol, offer a truly unique opportunity for meetings, events and fine dining under the wings of supersonic passenger jet Concorde , in the Concorde Gallery, for up to 500 guests at a seated-dinner. Bristol University (one of the world’s top universities) and University of the West of England, both offer high standard event spaces.
In the city’s Clifton area, close to Brunel’s world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, is Bristol Grammar School, founded in 1532, with a theatre for 145, and the magnificent Grand Hall for banquets of up to 380.
Bristol Airport, just eight miles southwest of the city centre, offers direct flights to destinations across Europe, and London is just over 90 minutes away by train.
Bristol offers a wide choice of hotel accommodation for business events. Most of the leading brand business hotels have properties in the city and many offer large meeting and event spaces for around 300-400 delegates.
You can easily get around this compact city on foot, yet, Bristol offers as much to see and do as many larger cities. There are festivals taking place throughout the year, award-winning cycle tracks, world cuisines of every type, stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art from the mysterious Banksy, which can be viewed during guided walking tours of this city’s unique creative culture.
For expert help organising your event in Bristol, contact Visit Bristol