Let’s be honest, conferences rarely rank among the sexiest of events. Try as you might, getting people hyped for expo halls, lanyards and branded pens can seem like a tall order. Fortunately, Manchester has a whole array of conference venues that will give any conference you have the edge. 

Manchester monastery, conference
  1. The conference venue to inspire awe: The Monastery 

You’ll struggle to find a venue quite as impressive to your conference attendees as this Grade II* listed Monastery in West Manchester. The old Franciscan refuge proves the ultimate setting for an unforgettable conference – with sweeping Gothic-Revival architecture you can impress your attendees and deliver a truly unique conference experience. 

The Edwardian Hotel, Conference
  1. The venue for those wanting a hotel-based conference: The Edwardian Hotel 

One of Manchester’s most stately hotels offers fantastic spaces for all kinds of conference events. The building, Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, is a vast space that can accommodate a whole range of different conferences, from large-scale affairs to more intimate and exclusive conferences. 

20 Stories Manchester, Conference
  1. The conference venue with a view: 20 Stories 

Taking the phrase ‘above the competition’ to a literal level, 20 Stories is the perfect place to conference in the clouds. With a 540 person capacity, split across indoors and outdoors, 20 Stories is an ideal choice for those wanting an exclusive conference venue with bewildering views of Manchester. 

Hilton Deansgate
  1. A conference hotel that can cater to a crowd: Hilton Deansgate 

The Deansgate suite of Manchester’s Hilton outpost brings all the quality amenities you would expect from this hotel mainstay. The impressive space can cater to 600 attendees and has high-quality audiovisual capabilities to bring your conference presentation to life. And, of course, you can always get a good night’s sleep in one of the Hotel’s 279 guest rooms. 

Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester
  1. A conference centre with a literal Concorde in it: Concorde Conference Centre 

This aptly named conference space can be found in one of Manchester Airport’s huge hangars. Complete with its very own drooped nosed Concord aeroplane, this vast space enables you to max out your capacity (up to 700 diners) and ensure memorability, just don’t try to fly the plane. 

MICC Manchester
  1. A conference space with all the bells and whistles: MICC

Make it easy for your delegates with a conveniently located Spinningfields venue that has multiple dedicated conference areas kitted out with the latest in conferencing technology to ensure your conference goes off without a hitch. The MICC is all about linking hybrid, in-person and virtual conference types to ensure a truly modern event. Expect flexible room layouts and contemporary and tasteful aesthetics supported by expert conference know-how from all the staff. 

Science and Industry Museum, Conference
  1. A conference centre with an industrious past: Science and Industry Museum

Few venues evoke inspiration and innovation more than Manchester’s own Science and Industry Museum. The historic building is packed with objects that attest to the City’s industrial past, with a textile gallery and 1830s warehouse combining huge spaces with genuine historic pedigree.

Imperial War Museum, Manchester
  1. A convention centre that can educate: Imperial War Museum 

Another mainstay of the Manchester museum scene, the Imperial War Museum is a fantastic space in the heart of Salford’s sleek Media City. The real draw here is the Museum’s 360-degree projection capability – your conference can make full use of this unique facility and have a conference bolstered by a truly immersive backdrop. With a whopping 700 person capacity, too, this is definitely an option for those larger conference events. 

Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  1. A truly vast conference venue: Victoria Warehouse 

A huge industrial space that embraces the raw brickwork and steel girders, turning a 1920s cotton warehouse into a truly versatile event space that would be a striking and grand setting for any conference or corporate event. Sprawling across ​​4,533sqm and sporting a bar and a VIP mezzanine, the possibilities are endless for a truly exceptional conference. 

  1.  A conference hall that will bring music to your ears: Bridgewater Hall 

Holding the attention of a room is never easy – fortunately, Bridgewater Hall’s magnificent auditorium has been designed with a captive audience in mind. The 1800 capacity hall has four levels of seating to give every attendee uninterrupted views of the stage. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better acoustics, as well – the breathtaking space has cut its teeth on concerts and orchestral recitals, meaning your conference speakers will be crystal clear on the big day. 

National Football Museum, Manchester

11. A conference space that will bring it all home: National Football Museum

Few cities compete with the footballing pedigree of Manchester. Testament to this fact is the National Football Museum, located just by Victoria Station. This footballing mecca has dedicated its top two floors to a clean & modern event space that can host a range of meetings, dinners and networking dos. Even if your guests aren’t fans of the beautiful game, the cityscape views and floating staircases will make a lasting impression.

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