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Liverpool - Conferences and Events

If you’re searching for a manageable city with top quality venues and restaurants, a raft of new hotels
and a UNESCO World Heritage backdrop to boot, then Liverpool should be high on your list for
somewhere to stage your next conference or exhibition.


Liverpool is undergoing a renaissance with a state-of-the-art convention and meetings complex and at
least a dozen boutiques, four and five star hotel openings either completed or in the pipeline - the
city has probably not been on such an up wave since the days of The Beatles.


Pride of place in the city’s convention industry is the ACC (Arena and Convention Centre) Liverpool,
which includes the BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and Exhibition Centre Liverpool; with the fourstar
216-room Pullman hotel, which opened this spring, as part of the complex. Another two on-site
properties and more within walking distance provide around 7,000 rooms.


The Arena can seat 11,000, but the more manageable Convention Centre auditorium holds 1,350 and
can be subdivided. A total of 21 breakout rooms offer space for 10-600 delegates while banqueting can
accommodate 80-1,800 covers. Add to the 15,000 square metres of combined exhibition space and
parking for 1,600 and it’s an impressive package.


The city has really invested in its meetings business and the Exhibition Centre is proof. The UK’s
newest venue, opened last September, provides 8,100 square feet of space divisible into three halls.


Football inevitably figures, with both Anfield and Everton’s Goodison Park having conference venues.
Liverpool’s can cater for up to 3,500, while its rival offers more intimate space for up to 300. The
city’s museums, particularly those on the waterfront, provide space for up to 1,000. This being
Liverpool, they are in no way stuffy institutions, with the Museum of Liverpool brilliantly capturing the
Swinging Sixties and Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Grade I listed building detailing the city’s
importance as a centre for trade and migration in a tangible way.


In a city whose river frontage is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are going to be many wonderful
venue options for both meeting and networking. Among them is the 1,000-capacity Rum Warehouse,
which boasts a floor to ceiling glass frontage. It sits adjacent to the 153-room Titanic Hotel at Stanley
Dock, while for a select evening reception, the iconic Liver Building’s ninth floor ballroom
accommodates 80 standing. When it comes to that final night dinner, it doesn’t get much more
impressive than the awe-inspiring Liverpool Cathedral, Britain’s biggest, which seats 1,000 in banquet
style and looks down over the city.


Food is important to any event and Liverpool’s restaurant scene is fast earning a reputation for stylish
venues with kitchens that really produce the magic. The much-lauded London Carriage Works, named
after the historic building that houses it, is a modern British option adjacent to the Hope Street Hotel,
while brasseries like Puschka and Hanover Street Social are great lunch stops.


Forget any preconceptions you had about Liverpool, it really is a city on the up. If you’re planning
your next big event, it’s time you checked it out.