Cambridge

JUST UNDER an hour’s train hop from London, Cambridge oozes history and charm, writes Emma Allen. Interesting venues range from beautiful university buildings and museums to galleries and boutique hotels. Over 3.4million tourists visit every year and big employers like Novartis, Pfizer and Microsoft mean booming IT and bio-tech industries are driving its status as a meetings destination.

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WOW FACTOR
The Hall, King’s College
Address: Kings Parade, CB2 1ST
Tel: 01223 331410
Web: www.kings.cam.ac.uk/conference-dining
For grandeur on a large scale, this is hard to beat. Built in the 1820s, its dramatic Gothic style and imposing ceilings accommodates up to 294 on the main floor for dinner with 40 more on balconies. PRICE Exclusive hire from £1,400

QUIRKY VENUE
The Cambridge Union Society
Address: 9a Bridge Street, CB2 1UB
Tel: 01223 566421
Web: www.cus.org
This impressive Victorian Gothic building is centrally located with five meeting spaces seating 12 to 430. The Debating Chamber, with college crests and badges of honour, can seat 160 for dinner. PRICE DDR from £10 per person

ON A SHOESTRING
Hughes Hall
Address: Cambridge, CB1 2EW
Tel: 01223 334898
Web: www.hughes.cam.ac.uk/conference-facilities
One of the smaller University colleges, this has a dedicated conference suite overlooking Fenners Cricket Ground. Its Pavilion Room seats 80 theatre-style and two seminar rooms each seat 28. The new Council Room, with French windows to the gardens, seats up to 20. PRICE Room hire from £73 a day

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Hotel Felix
Address: Whitehouse Lane, CB3 0LX
Tel: 01223 277977
Web: www.hotelfelix.co.uk
This 50-room four-star boutique hotel offers an award-winning restaurant and four meeting spaces including the Atlas room for 50 theatre-style. There's ample free parking, a terrace and garden, all one mile from the city centre. PRICE DDR from £40 per person

WIRED UP
Robinson College
Address: Grange Road, CB3 9AN
Tel: 01223 339100
Web: www.robinson.cam.ac.uk
One of the few colleges to offer year-round conferencing, this is a modern, purpose-built venue a short walk from the city centre. With excellent AV and tech facilities, its 270-auditorium suite has had a £70,000 upgrade and there is free wifi in all public areas. PRICE DDR from £38 per person

OUT OF TOWN
Imperial War Museum Duxford
Address: Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
Tel: 01223 497501
Web: www.iwmduxfordevents.com
Located eight miles from Cambridge, this is Britain's largest aviation museum and also the region's largest exhibition and event venue. It has conference space including the Marshall Auditorium, for 200, and the Air Space Conservation Hall where up to 500 can dine under the wings of Concorde. PRICE DDR from £40 per person

GETTING THERE
A frequent rail service is available to Cambridge from London King’s Cross & Liverpool Street stations (from 56 mins) with other good connections available from Scotland, the North and Birmingham. By road, the city is easily accessible from the M11 and A14. Cambridge Airport lies just to the east of the city while London Stansted is around 30 miles away.
For further venue information, contact Conference Cambridge. Tel: 01223 768740; www.conferencecambridge.com