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 hertiage to draw inspiration from.

  

It's not only castles and historic house 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 with views over Henry VIII Tudor warship or a banquet in an Old Brewery Store on the site of the oldest brewer in England?

 

If gin is your tipple, the stunning venue spaces at Bombay Sapphire's Gin Distillery definitely get your conference delegates talking.

Host an event at one of Europe’s Oldest Libraries

Bodleian Libraries | Oxfordshire

The Bodleian Libraries opens is wonderful collection of rooms for events. Dine in the magnificent Divinity school, a masterpiece of late gothic architecture with a wonderful stone carved celling and huge arched windows down both sides which give a dramatic impact to your dinner. Convocation house with it’s wooden tiered seating around all four sides of the room and excellent natural acoustics, is an opulent setting for presentations, meetings & drinks receptions.

6 meeting spaces | Capacities of up to 450 guests

An Exotic Beauty : The Royal Pavilon & Museums

The Royal Pavilion & Museums | Brighton

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 Mary Rose museum is no ordinary meeting space; where else could you hold a board meeting or corporate dinner surrounded by the recovered timbers of Henry VIII’s flagship?

Cutting-edge audio-visual and conferencing facilities along with exceptional catering combined with a unique sense of history make this an outstanding business venue. A choice of inspiring spaces can accommodate up to 150 people, from the smaller Wardroom suite to the atmospheric Admiral’s Gallery. One-day delegate packages include a dedicated event manager, full multimedia facilities, complimentary wi-fi and a buffet lunch.

2 meeting spaces | Capacities of up to 150 theatre style

Truly magnificent is the only way to describe the elegance of Horsley Towers within De Vere Horsley Estate. Steeped in history, it was designed and built in 1820 by Sir Charles Barry; the architect renowned for designing the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle. Ancestral home to the Lovelace family this unique  building now operates as a conference and banqueting venue for successful events in historical surrounds. The Great Hall adds majesty to any event with warm oak panels and original cantilevered roof.  Discover our hidden secrets with the beautiful ornamental chapel and intricate cloisters, together with the private bar and terrace and 28 deluxe recently refurbished bedrooms. The Estate boast a further 152 bedrooms, indoor pool & gym, Steam Bake & Grill restaurant and further modern training & conferencing facilities.

51 training and meeting spaces |  Capacities of up to 200 theatre style

An historic Georgian Hotel : The Old Ship

The Old Ship Hotel | Brighton Beach

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

Built in 1119 by Robert de Crevecoeur Leeds Castle and most famously owned by Henry V111.  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

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Experience Rich Architectual Features : Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange | Brighton

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

Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild built Waddesdon between 1874 and 1885, as a weekend retreat to entertain friends and family and display his exceptional collection of art. Famous for his ‘Saturday to Monday’ parties, which served exceptional food and wine; guests included royalty, politicians and celebrated artistic and literary figures.  From banquets to intimate dinners and exclusive wine tastings, team-building activities and product launches, today Waddesdon hosts them all. Just 30 minutes from the M40 and located between Bicester and Aylesbury.

13 meeting spaces | Capacities of 110 theatre style 

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

Bradbourne House

Maidstone | Kent

Be captivated by this breathtakingly beautiful house with its long and interesting history. A grade 1 listed Tudor house, it underwent sympathetic developments in the early 18th century creating an elegant and and classic country house.  Set in 20 acres of Kent countryside, and situated just of Junction 4 of the M20, Bradbourne House has 4 meeting/event spaces and is available for exclusive use, team building, corporate away days, award ceremonies and more.  Whether you choose the Great Hall, Breakfast, Committee or Green Room our exquisite catering and attention to detail and quality service will ensure that your next event is truly a success.

 

4 Meeting Spaces | Max capacity 100 seated, 200 standing.

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 7 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 beautiful 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

A Victorian Guildhall in the heart of Winchester

Guildhall Winchester | Winchester, Hampshire

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 11 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

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

The Essence of English Hospitality at The Olde Bell

Maidenhead | Berkshire

As one of the oldest inns in the world, The Olde Bell is a unique establishment that has captured the essence of English hospitality and complimented it with chic tableware, divine textiles and simple understated luxury.  From the London glitterati to meandering souls that crave a classic countryside retreat, guests can be assured of a sublimely chic experience whether they choose to eat, drink or sleep at this medieval inn in the riverside hamlet of Hurley near Windsor. Whether you’re looking for a distraction-free meeting room for a day, a space to hold a grand product launch, or anything in-between, our experienced events team will create a package to suit your budget and impress your audience! The Olde Bell is ideally located less than an hour from central London. With its unique & flexible spaces, beautiful grounds, comfortable bedrooms, and delicious food, the Inn has everything you need to host the perfect corporate function.

 

6 Function Rooms  Max capacity 180 Theatre Style

Royal Engineers Museum

Gillingham | Kent

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.

Highfield Park

Heckfield | Hampshire

Highfield Park is a 17th century Queen Anne Mansion House located in the Hampshire village of Heckfield on the Hampshire/Berkshire border specialising in conference, meetings, events and weddings. With 58 bedrooms and 20 flexible meeting rooms it offers more than just a hotel, ideally situated between Reading and Basingstoke, easily accessible from the M3, M4 and M25 motorways Since 1819 it has formed part of the Duke of Wellington's Stratfield Saye estate which was presented to the Duke by the British people. Highfield Park has been home to many people of notoriety including Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister and many famous names including Mohammed Ali and Richard Harris have stayed as guests at Highfield.

Monkey Island Estate

Bray | Maidenhead

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.

Dine in Royal Splendour at The Windsor Guildhall

Windsor | Berkshire

This elegant grade 1 listed building, designed by Sir Thomas Fitch and completed 1689 is steeped in history and a dominant feature of the town.  Set among the splendour of historic Windsor with its easy access, famous visitor attractions and superb shopping and dining offer, Windsor Guildhall is an ideal venue for meetings, gala dinners and weddings. There are two rooms available.  The imposing Council Chamber houses a fine collection of royal portraits spanning the years between Queen Elizabeth I and HM Queen Elizabeth II.  The Chamber also features two impressive solid brass chandeliers, each weighing over 6cwt, which are on permanent loan from HM The Queen. The intimate Ascot Room was chosen by HRH Prince Charles for his civil ceremony in 2005 and again later the same year by Sir Elton John for his civil partnership. Whether you are searching for a venue for a wedding or family celebration, gala dinner, drinks reception or meeting, Windsor Guildhall is sure to impress. 

2 Function Rooms  Max Capacity 100 Theatre Style

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