The charming city of York is steeped in history and brimming with iconic buildings and monuments, many of which have facilities and venues available for corporate hire. York Minster is the best-known attraction in the city, but the National Railway Museum and Jorvik Viking Centre also draw visitors from far and wide. Unsurprisingly, tourism is fundamental to the city’s economy, but so too are the health, education, finance, transport and IT sectors
Built in 1906 for the North Eastern Railway headquarters, the hotel’s Grand Boardroom still clings on to the golden age of travel with opulent wood panelling and chandeliers. The venue can host up to 120 people and adjoins the smaller Chairman’s Suite which has views of the city walls. Five other rooms hold between eight and 30 and the Ruinart Champagne Terrace can accommodate a marquee for up to 220 guests.
Home to the world’s largest collection of locomotives as well as six multi-purpose meeting rooms, seating up to 140 delegates, the museum’s unique themed venues include the Platform, which can host up to 800, and the 24-person-capacity Valiant Carriage. Meeting rooms are all purpose-built and the largest, the Duchess of Hamilton Suite, splits into three spaces.
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Name: Priory Street Centre
Address: Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York
Tel: 01904 621133
This centrally located venue has nine rooms, simply decorated but with a range of AV equipment and on-site technical support at little or no extra cost. Rooms range from the 175-capacity Main Hall down to the ten-person Foxwood room, or the Micklegate which offers ISDN videoconferencing.
Set within the University of York, this £11million purpose-built, high-tech venue has a 290-seat auditorium and nine syndicate rooms of varying size. The venue’s two lecture theatres can be hired individually or combined to create a larger space, and have flexible concertina-style seating. Technical facilities include large screens, projectors, PCs, roving and lapel microphones, and all lighting and AV equipment can be controlled from the podium.
This city centre hotel has four rooms: the adjoining Library and Drawing Room for larger groups of up to 40 delegates; the ground-floor Green Room which hosts up to 50 people theatre-style or up to 24 boardroom-style; the cosy Morning Room with capacity for up to 12 guests; and the Alcove, located next to the Ivy Brasserie, a private dining space for groups of up to 16 guests.
This historic house and estate is set within 1,000 acres of the picturesque Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, around 15 miles from York city centre. Rooms can be hired by the day, half-day or hour and arranged for talks and lectures, small focus groups, or private meetings. The Grecian Hall can accommodate up to 70 delegates, while the Long Gallery and Great Hall have capacity for up to 200 and 120 people respectively.
Getting there:York is less than two hours from London by train, and around two and a half hours from Edinburgh. There are also direct services from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and the South West. The nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford, around 50 minutes away by road.