Liverpool

Once a major port, Liverpool is still the UK hub for shipping lines like Maersk, but it’s the media and life science sectors that are now growing strongly thanks to the city’s developing knowledge quarter, writes Emma Allen. The likes of Land Rover Jaguar, Novartis and Unilever all have a big presence in the city too.

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WOW FACTOR
Name: Titanic Hotel & Rum Warehouse
Address: Stanley Dock, Regent Road, L3 0AN
Tel: 0151 559 1444
Web: www.titanichotelliverpool.com

Lavishly converted from a derelict warehouse into a four-star hotel for its opening last June, the £36million 153-room Titanic Hotel is set right on the waterfront at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stanley Dock. The hotel is vast and is attached to the 14,000m2 Rum Warehouse event space, which can cater for up to 1,560 delegates.
PRICE DDR starts at £45pp plus VAT.

QUIRKY VENUE
Name: Liverpool Cathedral
Address:St James’ Mount, Liverpool, L1 7AZ
Tel: 0151 702 7205
Web: www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

The vast, neo-gothic interior of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral (there’s also the Catholic cathedral, known affectionately as Paddy’s Wigwam owing to its unusual shape) makes a suitably awe-inspiring setting for up to 2,000 people. The smaller Lady Chapel is popular for film screenings and performances and can seat 200.
PRICE DDR starts from £27.50 plus VAT.

SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Name: Hope Street Hotel
Address: 40 Hope Street, Liverpool, LD1 9DA
Tel: 0151 709 3000
Web: www.hopestreethotel.co.uk

Reputedly the hangout of celebs like Kanye West and Yoko Ono when they’re in town, this boutique hotel offers five small meeting spaces, including a boardroom for 20 with stunning city views.
PRICE DDR start at £45pp plus VAT.

ON A SHOESTRING
Name: Conference Centre at LACE
Address: Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, L17 1AA
Tel: 0151 522 1092
Web: www.conferenceatlace.co.uk

This modern conference centre is popular with charities and music companies (there’s a recording studio on-site) and it offers good value for money. Two large halls seat 240 and 120, plus there are daylight-filled seminar rooms, syndicate spaces, outdoor seating and a patio. Some overlook the serene surrounds of Sefton Park.
PRICE A DDR package costs of £27.95.

WIRED UP
Name: The ACC
Address: Kings Dock St, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Tel: 0151 475 8888
Web: www.accliverpool.com

The waterfront ACC is the hub of convention space in Liverpool. It houses both the 10,000-capacity Echo Arena and the BT Convention Centre, which incorporates a 1,350-seat auditorium, a 3,725m2 hall and 18 breakout rooms. This September, the venue is set to double its event space with the arrival of Exhibition Centre Liverpool, an 8,100m2 purpose-built exhibition centre plus four-star hotel.
PRICE DDRs vary by venue.

OUT OF TOWN
Name:Aintree Racecourse
Address: Ormskirk Road, Aintree, L9 5AS
Tel: 0151 523 2600
Web: www.aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

A 15-minute drive from the city centre takes you to Aintree Racecourse, home to the Grand National, which also has its own train station just a short walk from the track. The venue has 14 meeting spaces of varying sizes for events, the largest of which is suitable for up to 600, plus 43 adaptable grandstand boxes.
PRICE Packages from £35pp plus VAT.

GETTING THERE
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is nine miles from the city centre and has over 60 UK and European routes. By rail, Liverpool is 2hrs 13minutes from central London with Virgin Trains, with other routes from major UK cities run by London Midland Trains, First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail.Contact Liverpool Convention Bureau on 0151 600 2996 or email conferences@visitliverpool.com