So you want to find a conference centre in Manchester? Great choice! Manchester is one of the best-connected cities in the UK when it comes to public transport and road networks, and is home to a major airport too.
A major player within the UK, however you look at it. The city boasts two of the finest football teams in the world, and MediaCityUK is a prime example of a successful, forward-thinking development. A number of major TV programmes are now filmed here, making Salford Quays the place to be for those involved in broadcasting.
Despite being bombed in 1996, it is a master of reinvention, and the city emerged from the ashes stronger and smarter than ever before. This included moving some city centre pubs, brick by brick, to a new location not too far away. But nothing is too much trouble for the hardworking folk of this Northwestern city, whose enduring symbol is the worker bee.
This city is indeed a hive of activity. So where better to host your next company conference, meeting, exhibition or corporate event? With several universities and adjoining Salford, plenty of top-notch hotels and some world-class venues, there’s no better place outside London for your next get-together.
Add to that the airport, several train stations, a tram network and the central position of Manchester, and you have the recipe for the ideal conference location. Whether delegates are coming from Cornwall, London, the Scottish Highlands or Belfast, Manchester is as well connected a city as you’re going to find anywhere.
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If you’re interested in finding out about conference rooms, event spaces and meeting rooms in Manchester city centre, read on. Here’s all you need to know about the options open to you. From an insider’s perspective, too, as one of the Venue Finder Pro team proudly called Manchester home for several years.
From the former Manchester conference centre rebranded as the Pendulum Hotel to conference facilities within easy reach of Manchester Piccadilly station, here’s all you need to know about finding the right conference venue in Manchester or Salford Quays.
5 places to find a conference centre in Manchester
It’s a big city. So there’s a wide range of conference rooms and other venues spread across this northern metropolis. Here’s a brief introduction to the areas to hone in on (just like a worker bee).
Manchester Piccadilly is Manchester’s biggest and busiest train station. The area around this and Piccadilly Gardens is bustling, and ideally connected for public transport. Chinatown, the Gay Village and the hip Northern Quarter aren’t too far from here, and there’s plenty of hotels to choose from.
A tram stop at Piccadilly Gardens means you can get to most places within Greater Manchester with ease – and speed. Including Salford Quays, Manchester Airport and The Trafford Centre.
Deansgate and Castlefield
On the Metrolink system, Deansgate-Castlefield is one tram stop, and these parts of town are linked to one another. Manchester Central Convention Complex can be found on Windmill Street in this area. It was converted during the early 1980s from the former Manchester Central train station. So it’s one example of a city centre venue that’s packed with character.
Deansgate is a historic thoroughfare lined with appealing shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The landmark John Rylands Library is also here. Neighbouring Castlefield is a laid-back, canalside area with pubs, concert venues and the remains of a Roman fort.
Thanks to the tram network, it’s a cinch to travel between Manchester and Salford Quays. This is an attractive place to host a conference or event, as it’s now well known for all the TV shows that are made here. Salford University is also just up the road. Located by the water, the Quays have a more peaceful atmosphere than Manchester’s buzzing city centre.
For downtime, there are plenty of pubs, eateries, shops and entertainment facilities at Salford Quays. There’s also a choice of hotels, and Salford Crescent mainline station up the road by Salford University.
Oxford Road is to the south of the city centre, and is Manchester University territory. This area is a major player on the Manchester scene, with all sorts of developments. The King’s House Conference Centre is a popular example here.
Stay over in this part of town and you can dine out on the famous Curry Mile just a little further south – Wilmslow Road in Rusholme. The city centre is also only around a mile north. Due to the academic centres here, Oxford Road has lots to offer in terms of hotels, meeting rooms and conference spaces in Manchester.
Trafford Centre Manchester
Say ‘Trafford’ and you might think of Old Trafford, home of the world-famous football club Manchester United. Who were winning trophies long before being overshadowed by Manchester City. There are some great hotels and venues here – ideal for sports fans.
The Trafford Centre is also another option. Both of these areas lie to the west of Manchester city centre and Salford Quays. The centre is one of the best complexes for shopping, entertainment and dining in the whole of the UK.
Manchester conference centre spotlight – The Pendulum Hotel
Internet searches may still suggest that the Manchester Conference Centre is still a thing. But the venue has actually been rebranded as the Pendulum Hotel. It’s a good example of a venue offering event spaces and meeting rooms in Manchester city centre.
If you’re not sure where to head, The Pendulum is a good option as it lies between the city centre and the Oxford Road area. It’s a short walk from both Oxford Road and Piccadilly train stations.
This Manchester conference venue offers affordable accommodation, all the amenities a business or leisure traveller could need, plus state-of-the-art conference facilities. It’s just one example of what Manchester has to offer the corporate client.