Event venues that will go down in history!

If you want your next event to go down in history take a look at our top list of conference and event venues with an exciting heritage to draw inspiration from.

  

It's not only castles and historic houses that have stunning meeting and event spaces available for hire - we can point you in the direction of plenty of unusual and unique venues in South East England offering an exciting twist for your next meeting or event. 
 

Can we tempt you with a private dinner in the venue where HRH Prince Charles was married or in a 900-year-old English castle with views at every turn of the surrounding moat?  Maybe you prefer a Neo-Classical style mansion full of rustic charm or under the wings of a Harrier Jump Jet?  All is possible in the South East of England, just a stone's throw from London.

Marwell Hall within Marwell Zoo
Marwell Hall within Marwell Zoo

3 Spaces | Max Capacity 120 delegates

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Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex
Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex

Max Capacity 100 | 8 Bedrooms | 2 Bedroom Self Catering

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Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds Castle, Kent

Max Capacity 200 | 20 Bedrooms including 8 State bedrooms

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Marwell Hall within Marwell Zoo
Marwell Hall within Marwell Zoo

3 Spaces | Max Capacity 120 delegates

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The Grange Hampshire

Near Winchester

Hampshire

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The Grange Hampshire is the epitome of elegantly distressed chic. Once the home of Alexander Baring, a hunting lodge for the Prince Regent and the meeting place of Churchill and Eisenhower pre the D-Day landings, today it is a space to make your own.  A semi-derelict neo-classical mansion with a plush 590 seat auditorium and its own vineyard, with access to fabulous countryside, cottages for overnight stays, and a farmhouse with drawing rooms.  Sophie and her team are experts at helping businesses achieve the results they need from their events and will help design bespoke itineraries that make the most out of the available space 


‘The team offer a range of team-building exercises grounded in the heritage of the estate and its sustainable focus


4 Spaces | Capacity for up to 590 guests | 4 Self catering properties | Camping Space

The Old Ship Hotel

Brighton

Sussex

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The four-star Old Ship Hotel is an historic Georgian hotel that overlooks Brighton beach. Just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Pier, Brighton Pavillion and The Lanes, parts of the hotel date back to 1559 and it features 10 flexible meeting rooms, including the historic Paganini and Regency Rooms, and can seat up to 250 delegates theatre style in the largest room. Close to Brighton mainline train station and only 31 miles from London Gatwick Airport it has excellent transport links, 154 bedrooms (49 with sea views), private dining opportunities in the 400-year old cellars and is the perfect South Coast conference destination.

12 Function Rooms | Max Theatre Capacity 250 | 154 Bedrooms

The Royal Pavilion & Museums

Brighton

West Sussex

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Universally acclaimed as one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the British Isles, the Royal Pavilion is the magnificent former seaside residence of King George IV. Decorated in the Chinese taste with an Indian exterior, this Regency palace is quite breath-taking. Restored Regency gardens, tearooms, guided tours and gift shop. Tactile and signed tours by appointment.  Sennheiser for the hard of hearing. The Royal Pavilion is part of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Estate.  Within this estate there are various venues in which to hold corporate events, meetings, lectures and so much more. 

8 Function Rooms | Max Theatre Capacity 180

The White Horse Hotel

Guildford

Surrey

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Dickensian Glory at the refurbished White Horse hotel is set at the head of Dorking’s famed High Street, amidst the rolling Hills of the North Downs and Surrey’s world-famous Denbies Vineyard Estate, The White Horse hotel has been restored to its former Dickensian glory following a £4 million refurbishment. Combined with 56 en-suite bedrooms, 3 function spaces, extensive dining facilities in the restaurant and bar, inspired by Dickens (who was reported to have written some of the Pickwick papers whilst staying here many years ago) showcases classic cocktails, local ales and wines making it an ideal venue for meetings, private dining and events in Surrey.

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester

Hampshire

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Fifteen centuries of English history lie behind the iconic Winchester Cathedral. It stands at the heart of historic Winchester, once the seat of Anglo-Saxon and Norman royal power.   Alongside the Cathedral itself the extensive grounds offer a variety of alternative venues to suit the size and style of your event as well. Their friendly and professional event team is always here to help, both with the planning and on the day and can put together a bespoke event package to suit a wide range of budgets.

5 meeting spaces | Capacities of 80 theatre style

Winchester Guildhall

Winchester

Hampshire

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Guildhall Winchester is a magnificent Victorian building situated in the heart of Winchester, and one of the largest and most flexible meeting spaces in Hampshire.  Only an hour away from London, 11 miles from Southampton Parkway Airport and a short walk from the Train Station, the Guildhall is an historic part of the Winchester, boasting an attractive and convenient location with City Centre car parks and a range of hotels in close proximity.  With 14 flexible and varied venue spaces, choose from the King Charles Hall built in 1871, the Mayors Parlour –housing photographs of Mayors dating back to 1900, or the quirky Courtyard with low ceilings and pillars used as the cells of a police station in 1873.

11 spaces | Capacities of up to 520 theatre style

Leeds Castle

Maidstone

Kent

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Built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur Leeds Castle and most famously owned by Henry VIII.  Leeds Castle in Kent is considered “the loveliest castle in the world”. It offers an historic setting for meetings and conferences in the 900 year old Castle and Tudor Maiden’s Tower. Set in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, with luxury bedrooms Leeds Castle is the perfect venue to mix business with pleasure. One mile from Junction 8 off the M20, within easy reach of London. 

7 spaces | Capacities of up to 100 theatre style.

Marwell Hall at Marwell Zoo

Near Winchester

Hampshire

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Once the home of Sir Henry Seymour, brother of Henry VIII's third wife, Marwell Hall takes centre stage at the award winning Marwell Zoo.  With three beautifully decorated spaces of varying sizes, some retaining links to their Tudor past, this venue enables you to combine history and heritage with fun team building experiences for your delegates to enjoy.  Alongside our conference packages we offer various exciting additional activities including sunset safaris, explorer trails and team building games.  Booking your event with us carries a range of added benefits. These include entrance to the zoo, unlimited free parking, organiser loyalty scheme and complimentary Wi-Fi.

 

3 Spaces | Max Capacity 80 delegates

Mercure Dolphin Hotel

Southampton

Hampshire

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A stunning grade II listed 4-star hotel located in the heart of Southampton – offering a modern and contemporary feel, while retaining its traditional appeal. Situated in the heart of the city, Mercure Dolphin Hotel is the oldest hotel in Southampton and is steeped in tradition and packed full of character and history. The hotel offers guests a truly memorable experience. The hotel has two meeting rooms which both offer tonnes of natural daylight and are of a good size with high ceilings, providing the perfect venue for any meeting or event.

2 Meeting/Event Spaces | Maximum Capacity Theatre Style 100 | 99 Bedrooms

Monkey Island Estate

Bray,

Berkshire

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Located on a picturesque island on The River Thames in the charming village of Bray, famous for its Michelin-starred restaurants – The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn.  The Estate features custom furnished guest rooms and suites feature gorgeous views of the River Thames or the stunning grounds.  The island has a rich history and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers and famous performers.  There is a variety of dining options ranging from seasonal cuisine in The Monkey Island Brasserie to Afternoon Teas on the picturesque terrace.  This is a superb venue for hosting weddings and a range of events.

Their unique feature is the ‘Floating Spa’ located on a bespoke-built barge.

Oakley Hall Hotel

Basingstoke

Hampshire

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Built in 1795, Oakley Hall has a distinguished and fascinating past. The author Jane Austen was a friend of the Bramston family – the then owners – she was a frequent visitor to Oakley Hall and it is mentioned fondly in Austen’s letters to her sister Cassandra.  The 18th Century Georgian manor house is a beautifully contemporary and elegant venue, with 8 stunning function spaces illuminated by striking chandeliers and 50 luxurious bedrooms including the charming Garden Cottage.


Adjoining Oakley Hall’s splendid Grade II listed Manor house, the stunning Garden Pavilion has recently opened.  One of Hampshire’s finest, most glamorous yet versatile conference and function spaces, it is capable of varying configurations, with a day conferencing capacity of 400 delegates.


9 meeting spaces | Max Capacities 106 Main House |  400 in Garden Pavilion | 50 Bedrooms

Royal Engineers Museum

Gillingham

Kent

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The Museum makes an ideal location for meetings, seminars, conferences, networking events and dinners.  The Field Marshals’ Room is well-equipped for training sessions or business meetings with wifi, built-in projection and large screen.  The room also houses the regalia of the four Royal Engineers who attained the rank of Field Marshal giving it a distinctive ambience and dignified grandeur that will contribute to making your meeting memorable.   

 

Hiring the Courtyard Gallery for a private event opens up a plethora of possibilities for an imaginative occasion. The large exhibits including armoured vehicles, a Harrier Jump Jet, V2 Rocket and a large section of the Berlin Wall provide a stunning backdrop for a networking event, canape reception or a dinner in unique surroundings.  Should you wish, we can also arrange for guests to have a private viewing of all, or part, of the Museum.

Spitbank Fort

Portsmouth

Hampshire

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These unique man-made structures located in the Solent, off the coast of Portsmouth were first put in place to protect the country from a possible French invasion. Now, these two private Island hotels, No Man’s Fort and Spitbank Fort, are available for exclusive use for private events and conferences. Looking out onto the Solent with the top deck providing unrivalled sea views whilst the bedrooms encompass original features to create a stylish yet nautical atmosphere.

Bodleian Libraries

Oxford

Oxfordshire

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The Bodleian Libraries has a wonderful collection of rooms for your event. Dine in the magnificent Divinity School, a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a wonderful carved stone ceiling and huge arched windows down both sides which offer a dramatic setting to your dinner. Convocation House, with its wooden tiered seating around all four sides of the room and excellent natural acoustics, is an opulent setting for presentations, meetings & drinks receptions. Blackwell Hall, situated in the Weston Library, provides a modern flexible space for awards ceremonies and large dinners. The Lecture Theatre is well lit and sleek in design, allowing your content to take centre-stage.

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

Near Winchester

Hampshire

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Now home to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire is in a conservation area and records show there was a mill on the site as far back as 903 AD. Bank note paper for the Bank of England was produced here from the early 1720s all the way through to the  1960s. As well as the iconic glasshouses, there are 3 listed buildings on the site, one of which – the Entrance Hall - can be used as an event space.

Situated only 60 miles from London and less than an hour by direct train from London Waterloo – it is a versatile and unique space suitable for corporate events and meetings, private parties, and intimate gatherings.

As the home of all Bombay Sapphire gin, we include within our competitive delegate rate an experience at the distillery and a complimentary cocktail.

5 spaces | Capacities of up to 200 theatre style

Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange

Brighton

West Sussex

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Rich architectural features combined with stylish 1930s art deco detail and floodlit contemporary spaces make Brighton Dome an impressive setting for any conference or event. Originally built as the Prince Regent’s Royal riding house in 1805 Brighton Dome combines the best of Brighton’s past, present and future establishing itself as one of the South Coast’s premier event venues. Offering a choice of five venues catering for 20 – 1700 people and boasting both Grade I and II listed heritage, Brighton Dome is ideally situated amidst the Royal Pavilion Gardens within the heart of Brighton’s dynamic cultural quarter. Ensuring ease of access for guests, Brighton Dome is just a ten minute walk from Brighton Station and only 30 minutes by rail or road to Gatwick International Airport.

5 Meeting Rooms | Max Theatre Capacity 1,700

Brooklands Museum

Weybridge

Surrey

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Discover the pioneers of speed, flight and adventure at the birthplace of British motorsport, aviation and home of Concorde at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge.  The Edwardian Clubhouse is home to seven Art Deco inspired function suites, overlooking the historic grounds.  Combine your meeting or event with a exclusive museum tour or a ride on the famous banked motor racing track in our Vintage-style car.  Get your delegates pulse racing with a ride on the F1 Simulator or the glamour of an evening reception under the wings of Concorde.    Whatever you choose, your delegates are sure to be swept back in time and your event that will go down in history.

7 Meeting/Event Spaces | Max Capacity Theatre Style 250 

Burley Manor Hotel

New Forest

Hampshire

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Burley Manor Hotel is set in the heart of the New Forest and is an ideal country retreat. Burley Manor’s 800 year old estate boasts two rustic barns, 8-acres for on-site team building, stunning Mediterranean food, 40 boutique rooms and beautiful wellbeing treatment centre. The superbly converted barns are simple, yet quirky with a rustic country feel, perfect for relaxed informal gatherings or lavish formal dinners. With lots of natural light and uncovered rustic oak-tables, the event spaces lend themselves perfectly for any kind of meeting, brainstorming session or training day from between 4 and 120 people.

2 Spaces | Max Capacity Theatre Style 100 | 40 Bedrooms

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester

West Sussex

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Whether you are looking to host a medieval banquet for up to 100 in our stunning Vicars Hall, or a networking drinks reception in the beautiful eastern arm of the cathedral, flooded with natural daylight through the floor to ceiling arched windows, Chichester Cathedral has a host of historic spaces available for hire.   Host your next Gala dinner, concert or event in the cathedral nave and wow your delegates from start to finish.  This 900 year old Cathedral combines the unique architecture from its early life,, alongside world famous contemporary artworks.  At your request we can cater for all tastes when it comes to food, choose from working lunches to full three course dining - whatever suits your business needs.

5 Spaces | Capacity of up to 120 guests | 8 Bedrooms | 2 Self Catering Apartments

Cliveden House

Maidenhead

Berkshire

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Cliveden is unique. One of the world's finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parkland with panoramic views over the River Thames.  From the French Dining Room to the Waldo's, the Motor House or Cellars Dining Room the 8 meeting/event spaces are each full of their own character, charm and history.  The standards set 100 years ago by Lady Astor are still rigorously maintained today ensuring the highest quality meeting or event is achieved and every delegate leaves being inspired, rejuvenated and with a story to tell.

8 Meeting/Event Spaces | Maximum Capacity Theatre Style 50 | 48 Bedrooms