A destination synonymous with The Beatles and a certain river, Liverpool offers a mixture of culture, history and city life with a stunning UNESCO world heritage waterfront. Its main events space, ACC Liverpool, hosted more than 427,000 visitors last year at 307 events day; including at conferences, exhibitions and arena events. The International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) worldwide rankings place Liverpool at number 119 in its list of global cities, as it hosted 21 international association meetings in 2015. It is in 65th place within Europe. According to CVENT. there are 82 special event spaces in Liverpool so event planners are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a conference venue. For those conference organisers looking for an alternative to London, Liverpool can offer delegates world class hotels and event venues, along with plenty to see and do during their stay (a lot of it Beatles inspired!), boasting the largest collection of museums and galleries outside of the UK capital.
Travel – Getting Around Liverpool.
Arriving at the city by air could not be easier, as the city’s airport is located just 7.5 miles from the city centre. John Lennon Airport flies to over 70 destinations across Europe and North Africa, but for those wanting to fly from other destinations, Manchester’s International Airport is just 45 minutes away. Liverpool is also just two hours from London by train, and once you arrive, getting around is pretty easy. Liverpool is a compact city and most of the main hotels and attractions are within walking distance. For those that fancy biking around the city during their stay, Liverpool is part of a cycle hire scheme for visitors. Once you sign up to the city-wide scheme, bicycle hire costs just £1 per hour or from as little as £3 per day and there are more than 130 bike stations where you can rent them; making it the largest city bike hire scheme outside of London.
If opting to travel by train, Merseyrail serves 66 stations across the city, with four underground stations. For visitors who fancy enjoying an iconic mode of transport on their visit to Liverpool, the ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ is a great way to take in the local scenery whilst enjoying onboard commentary.
Hotels – Where to Stay in Liverpool.
30 James Street is an exquisite hotel that pays homage to Liverpool’s connection with the Titanic. Located in the city centre, opposite the famous Albert Dock, 30 James Street recreates the luxury enjoyed by passengers onboard the Titanic. Offering six ‘cabins’ that sleep from four to 20 people, the other rooms/suites are divided into six floors or ‘decks’ including; the London Floor, Titanic Floor and Oceanic Floor. Every room or suite has its own individual name depending on which floor or ‘deck’ it is on and they are opulently and stunningly decorated, with beautiful furnishings and some even have their own kitchenettes! There is also a restaurant, a rooftop champagne bar with views across the city skyline and a spa. Prices start from around £45 per night.
The Shankly is a hotel that gets its name, and celebrates, the famed Liverpool manager Bill Shankly and displays plenty of memorabilia in tribute to one of football’s greatest managers. Rooms sleep from 1 – 8 people, and they are tastefully and individually decorated, with little reminders of the hotel’s namesake. Bill Shankly keepsakes and football momentos are displayed throughout the reception and restaurant for football fans to enjoy. There is a bar and restaurant, and room prices start from around £99 per couple.
Places to stay don’t get more quirkier than what Liverpool’s Hollywood Barges have to offer! Visitors can choose between their three boats which are moored at Albert Dock; The Titanic Hotel, The Joker Boat and the Yellow Submarine. The Titanic Hotel can sleep up to nine and is extravagantly decorated with crystal chandeliers and even has its own casino/poker table! The Joker Boat, which looks like a Batman inspired narrow-boat, was specially built for the 1980s film for the Joker character (played by Jack Nicholson). It now sleeps six people in unique surroundings in Liverpool city centre! The Yellow Submarine sleeps up to eight people, and as you would expect, includes plenty of Beatles’ inspired memorabilia and decor; the lounge has gold discs by the Fab Four, as well as designer furniture from Paris and New York!
Unique Conference and Meetings Spaces in Liverpool.
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Cavern Club, so why not book it for your corporate event? The Cavern Live Lounge is available for private hire, and is the room where Sir Paul McCartney performed in 1999. A flexible space, the live lounge can accommodate 170 seated or 350 standing, with a range of services from security to a private bar!
For those wanting wow-factor combined with history, St George’s Hall is perfect for large-scale events and conferences. This stunning venue has a wide selection of rooms, depending on your event, with the Great Hall able to host up to 800 people and the Concert Room 500. There are also a variety of smaller rooms for more intimate meetings or breakout sessions. This Grade 1 listed events venue will not fail to impress your delegates with its grandeur and decor, and is classed as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world.
The Rum Warehouse is a rustic waterside events venue that is situated in The Titanic Hotel located on Stanley Docks. The venue can cater for up to 1000 delegates in one space or more than 1500 over two floors. There are also a range of smaller spaces and boardrooms, perfect as breakout rooms! This modern and tastefully decorated conference space has floor to ceiling windows that make for a stunning backdrop to any event and it is only a five minute walk from the city centre.
In-keeping with The Beatles theme, the iconic Liverpool hotel Hard Days Night hires out corporate spaces for a range of events. Accommodating up to 150 attendees theatre style, there are three meeting rooms available. There are also two hotel suites – the John Lennon or Paul McCartney Suites – on the top floor of the hotel that can be booked for smaller meetings. Both rooms are decorated with either Lennon or McCartney themed decor.