Business Travel in Durham
meetings don’t have to be such a bore, if you find
the right location a trip out of the office can be a very
pleasant experience indeed.
Don’t just look to the larger UK cities with their
tower blocks and traffic jams, opt for a scenic venue
with historic surroundings, and for that there’s
nowhere better than the city of Durham.
In terms of getting there, Durham is well connected with
two airports close by, Newcastle International [map],
which is six miles from the city centre and Teeside
which is about 10 miles away. Both these airports have
regular flights each day to and from London and other
cities in the UK and Europe, including Barcelona, Paris,
Brussels and Amsterdam.
Durham also has good road and rail links from other
English cities, with the A1 leading directly from London
and trains operating direct from London King’s Cross,
Manchester and Leeds.
Once you arrive in the city, you will find a number of
business and conference facilities that should meet all
The University of Durham [map] has plenty of lecture halls and meeting rooms that are
available for hire all year round in some of the city’s
most historic buildings. There's Collingwood College which has 210 en suite bedrooms, the Penthouse
Suite Conference Centre that overlooks the magnificent
Botanic Garden, whilst Grey College has 100 rooms
and Holgate House Conference Centre has stunning
views of the cathedral.
With panoramic views of the castle and cathedral, St
Aidan’s College offers business visitors the Lindisfarne Conference Centre, which has its own
catering and bar facilities that can be used for day events,
training sessions and launch parties.
Just a short walk from the city centre, Trevelyan College’s
conference centre includes the Sir James Knott Hall,
which has seating for 300 delegates, and the Dowrick Suite,
with seating for 100.
Undoubtedly the most impressive business facilities in
the university, if not the whole city, are offered by
the University College, with rooms in the historic Durham Castle [map] available for hire. Among
them is the medieval Great Hall, where you can host conferences,
along with many other prestigious suites that can be used
for smaller meetings.
Located on the outskirts of the city centre, the Ramside
Hall Hotel and Golf Club [map] also has numerous top-class facilities that can cater
for everything from a major conference to one-to-one interviews.
Here you'll find the Bishops Suite, a multi-purpose
conference and banqueting suite, which divides into five
separate areas – the Reception Foyer, Conservatory,
Beaumont Suite, Neville Suite and Hatfield Suite, while
the Fountain Room overlooks beautiful gardens and is suitable
for smaller functions.
Decorated with ornate plaster ceilings and large crystal
chandeliers, the Ballroom and Ballroom Foyer are delightful
multi-purpose conference suites within Ramside Hall with
good lighting and all the usual business resources.
Ramside Hall also has four boardrooms for smaller meetings,
while the wonderful bedrooms, fitness club and golf course
make it an ideal base for business visitors, who may be
heading into the city centre for a conference or seminar.
Another hotel with a great reputation for business and
leisure facilities is the Marriott Durham Royal County [map], which has six meeting rooms and the larger
Cromwell Room for conferences.
After a hard day’s work, you’ll want to relax
and unwind, so why not head to one of the many top restaurants
in the city centre, such as the Numjai Thai Restaurant [map] or Hide Café-Bar and Grill [map] on Saddler Street.
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