The UK’s Top Conference and Association Meeting Destinations Part 5 … Hosting Your Conference in Cambridge


Ranked at number 65 in Europe for the number of international association meetings by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)’s 2015 report, Cambridge is a picturesque historic English city.  Famed worldwide for its university (which is ranked in the top five in the world!), Cambridge is just 50 miles north of London making in an ideal conference destination.  Home to one of the largest biomedical research centres in the world, Cambridge is also “at the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen with industries such as software and bioscience and many start-up companies.”  Cambridge offers delegates world class conference facilities set amongst cobbled streets and quaint buildings, with plenty of culture and history for those that want to discover it during their stay.

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Travel – Getting Around Cambridge.

Cambridge is less than an hour from London, making is easily accessible via any means of transport.  For those coming from further afield, London Stansted airport is less than 30 miles away which serves 150 destinations in over 30 countries.  Cambridge has its own small airport that flies regularly to Scandinavia, and to other locations depending on the season.

Once you are in Cambridge, there are plenty of options for getting around.  Public transport options are numerous and frequent, including the city’s buses.  Visitors can purchase a City Megarider ticket which entitles passengers to unlimited travel on Citi Buses for seven days.

Cycling is popular in Cambridge, which is one of the top biking cities in the UK offering cyclists over 80 miles of dedicated lanes and routes.  But for those that want to experience a local traditional mode of transport, then visitors can hire a boat and enjoy punting along the many waterways in Cambridge.  For those who want to sit back and relax, then perhaps a chauffeured boat ride would be more the thing!

Hotels – Where to Stay in Cambridge.

Well, those visiting one of the most famous university cities in the world might like to actually stay in student digs during their stay.  But don’t worry, you won’t have to rough it as the accommodation on offer is often set within beautiful historical buildings and extensive grounds.  The University of Cambridge offers a variety of bed & breakfast accommodation out of term-time.  As well as allowing guests a cost-effective stay, visitors will get the chance to eat in the dining hall, drink in the student bar and stroll through the university grounds.  

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a city hotel, then Hotel Felix could be just the destination for you to rest and get some down time.  Located just a 20-25 minute walk away, this hotel feels like it’s a million miles away from the centre of Cambridge as it is situated within its very own grounds.  A retreat that will appeal to those who appreciate historic surroundings, the Hotel Felix offers guests a restaurant, plenty of parking and in-room beauty treatments!

For those wanting quaint, old world charm in a traditional English Bed & Breakfast, then Peacocks Tearooms and B&B  could be just the thing.  Sat on the banks of the canal in the small town of Ely, it is just a 15 minute train ride from Cambridge.  Peacocks Tearooms transports guests back in time with its own unique vintage style rooms and decor.  The two suites have their own lounges, with one overlooking the canal and the other with views of the garden making this venue the perfect place to unwind after a day of talks and networking.

Unique Conference and Meetings Spaces in Cambridge.

Madingley Hall is perfect for those wanting a quiet and charming location for their conference or meeting.  The venue benefits from 14 different spaces, depending on your space requirements or preferences, that can host between five and 90 delegates.  The venue can also offer accommodation for attendees in one of its 62 en-suite rooms that enjoy views over the surrounding woods, gardens and courtyard.  Just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, this venue dates back to the 16th century and boasts extensive gardens that delegates can enjoy.

If your delegates don’t mind a short drive (25 minutes from Cambridge Train Station!) then Duxford’s Imperial War Museum may be just the venue for you!  With 12 rooms and spaces to choose from there is something for everyone – depending on whether you need a room, suite or hall for your event or meeting.  Able to accommodate 8 – 1,000 delegates, The Imperial War Museum boasts an amazing Aircraft Hall and American Air Museum for larger events wanting Wow Factor!  Your guests will just love attending their event sat amongst huge aircraft.

20 minutes by train or a 35 minute drive from Cambridge, the quaint and rustic South Farm is a stunning venue with a difference.  Ideal for smaller conferences and events of up to 200 attendees, South Farm is set within stunning countryside and boasts extensive grounds and gardens and its own 20 acre nature reserve.