Bristol: The Colourful Conference City
Bristol competes with London in terms of conference venues. Why book an expensive London venue when you can have your function in brilliant Bristol, England’s sixth most populous city? The city has it all, from Roman antiquity to Victorian splendour.
Bristol is many things – a city, port and vibrant commercial hub with a rich ancient history and thriving arts and culture. For example, there is the Upfest Street Art festival and the Centrespace Cooperative that provides studio space for artists, designers and crafts people. The city can be viewed by bike, foot, water, air, train and car. It has a plethora of pleasurable places to suit every activity and taste. Here are just some of them to give you a flavour of the city.
Bristol Conference Venues
If you want to be in the company of animals, there is Bristol Zoo Gardens, with its enviable array of exotic and endangered species from around the world, or the Bristol Aquarium situated on the harbour side.
Heritage and culture lovers will enjoy the plentiful historic buildings with dazzling antiquities that will leave you breathless for more knowledge, such as the Grade II listed Royal West of London Academy with its impressive galleries of British art, including Constable, Hockney and Turner.
Rugby and football fanatics are also catered for at the Ashton Gate Stadium, which is going through a £45 million transformation and is home to Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club.
The At-Bristol Science Centre is a must for science buffs and will impress you with its award-winning exhibitions and versatile event space.
You can wine and dine at the Brasserie Blanc, the splendid thirteenth-century monastic hall with its historic, literary and architectural backdrops. The restaurant is located in the centre of the city and a Bristol taxi service such as http://www.westcountryminibuses.com/ will be able to take you there.
Healthy foodies can enjoy the hospitality and countryside setting of Yeo Valley Venues, home of the delicious Yeo yoghurt and milk.
If historical ships are of interest, then a luxury liner, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, will ensure a memorable conference.
Last but not least, there is the iconic Clifton Observatory with its outstanding views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city – this is an excursion that must be included in your conference schedule.