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Unique Conference Venues

Leeds has an abundance of exciting event spaces which provide a unique backdrop for an inspiring conference or dinner venue.

There’s no shortage of venues with a difference in Leeds, all of which provide the perfect backdrop for hosting a memorable conference experience. Beyond the traditional hotel venue space, Leeds has a number of options for something truly unique.

For example, here in Leeds you can host a dinner at first direct arena, a drinks reception among the armour of the Royal Armouries or an exhibition overlooking the pitch at Elland Road, home of Leeds United. There’s also the UK’s only dual-aspect conferencing space available at the newly redeveloped Headingley Stadium.

In addition to the above, 2019 has seen the launch of the Unique Venues of Leeds, which is the outcome of a collaboration between 6 of the alternative venues in Leeds – Horizon, Northern Ballet, Leeds College of Music, The Studio, Duke Studios and Shine. All of these unique venues offer great range of spaces for hire for conferences and events. From smaller, more intimate and quirky spaces for meetings to functional, purpose-built or performance facilities that offer drama and entertainment.

If you’re looking to host a conference somewhere with a little more character, and leave a lasting impression on your delegates, take a look at the suggested unique venues below.

Royal Armouries - Tournament Gallery

Royal Armouries - Tournament Gallery

Max capacity: 1,200 theatre style

Set in a modern waterfront development, the Royal Armouries Museum provides an iconic setting for your conference or dinner amongst one of the world’s greatest museum collections. Offering a range of flexible event spaces from 10 to 1,000 guests the Royal Armouries have vast experience of hosting dinners of all sizes and for all occasions. For a totally distinctive experience, one of the museums five galleries each offer the perfect setting where guests can enjoy an exciting display of dramatic interpretations and live action events.

Emerald Headingley Stadium - Birds Eye View

Headingley Carnegie - Birds Eye View

Max capacity: 450 theatre style

Able to cater for up to 350 people, the Headingley Experience offers a range of first-class conferencing facilities within the surroundings of some of sport’s most memorable moments across cricket, Rugby Union and Rugby League. With the exciting re-development undertaken at this venue, it’s now the UK’s only dual-aspect conference space, and certainly will create a stand out place to host a conference of all shapes and sizes.

Leeds United

Leeds United

Maximum cpacity: 1,500 theatre style

Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium is one of the country's leading venues offering a wide choice of flexible meeting rooms in a unique setting. As one of the largest conference and exhibition centres in the North it boasts over 50 diverse and flexible suites that can be tailored to meet specific requirements catering from 2 - 1600 people.


Aspire dinner

Maximum capacity: 400 for dinner or 1000 for a reception

The Aspire building, honoured with a blue heritage plaque - is rich with historic interest and stands where the original Leeds General Infirmary was built in 1771. Demolition of the infirmary occurred in 1893.

The original head office for the Yorkshire Penny Bank was then built on the site, a Victorian building which opened in 1894, designed by GB. Bulmer. just before the Boer War (1899 - 1902).

Aspire was privately acquired and lovingly restored to it’s former beauty in 2007, Rich with historic interest and architectural features while sympathetically and successfully combining all the modern day facilities this prestigious building now plays host to Leeds premier events space.

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet - Studio Conference

Max capacity: 230 theatre style

Northern Ballet is a unique city centre venue that not only offers world-class dance facilities for its two resident companies, Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre, but also provides an exceptional, culturally significant location for conferences and events. Their award-winning and eco friendly building comfortably host events of all kinds up to their maximum capacity of 230, with a range of spaces available, from a Board Suite through to their Studios and their Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre.


Horizon - Create@

Max capacity: 250 theatre style

Say hello to Horizon Leeds, a leading-edge conference, learning and meeting space with three flexible spaces plus a communal refreshment and workstation area, all of which can be adapted to suit a wide range of events. Horizon champions new technology, superb locally sourced catering and vibrant, creative spaces full of natural light. Horizon Leeds is owned and run by NHS Employers, a not for profit organisation with charitable status. All of their meeting and conference rooms have natural light, air conditioning, dimmable LED spotlights, cloakroom facilities and integrated electronically branded welcome points.

Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music - The Venue 960x360

Max capacity: 354

Leeds College of Music is the perfect destination for your event; situated in a thriving quarter where you will find world-class shopping, food and drink, nightlife and culture.

As an AIM accredited venue, they offer great facilities for you and your delegates, accommodating a wide range of meetings and conferences.

The state-of-the-art 354-seat auditorium provides a flexible and inviting space that can accommodate conferences, debates, formal presentations, auditions, screenings or meetings. The space is fitted with theatre lighting and sound equipment, and high-power projection onto a large motorised screen. The Venue also houses two Steinway & Sons Model D grand pianos.

The Rooftop Bar provides 2,150 sq ft of flexible space for breakouts and catering on the same floor as The Venue auditorium. You can book this space independently of The Venue for a wide range of events, from meetings to private parties. With modern architecture and breathtaking panoramic views across the city, this award-winning space will bring the wow factor to your event.

The Studio

The Studio Leeds - View

Max capacity: 180 theatre style

If you're looking for a vibrant city centre event space to meet, train or entertain then look no further than the studio. Situated just a short riverside stroll from Leeds central station the studio features 7 contemporary, well-equipped event spaces accommodating from 2 to 185 guests, each with panoramic views of the city and countryside beyond.

Duke Studios

Duke Studios - Not Bored Room

Max capacity: 250 standing, 100 seated

With incredible views over Leeds city centre, Duke Studios is a multi-purpose events space which lends itself to being a complete blank canvas for events and gatherings of all kinds, shapes and sizes. The raw, industrial feel of the space lends itself well to be the exciting backdrop to any event. With an adjoining outside area - 'the Yarden', there’s a wealth of space to use for your conference when selecting Duke Studios.


Shine - Conference Room

Max capacity: 150

Shine is an inspirational place that has raising aspirations and creating opportunities right at its heart. As a leading social enterprise project in Leeds the team firmly believe in making a difference and by hosting your event with them, you make a contribution as all profits are invested back into the projects that are being delivered in the local community. Shine, a former middle school, offers 15 multi-purpose rooms that can be used for cabaret and boardroom style meetings, conferences and workshops. Take your pick of rooms from the Headmasters Suite, Tuck Shop, Staff Room or Language Lab! The spacious communal areas and art gallery can be enjoyed for launches, receptions and networking.


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