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6 Must-See Conference Venues in Belfast for Outstanding Events

Updated: Jun 3

On the hunt for conference venues in Belfast to host your next event? The only problem you’re likely to have is being spoilt for choice. After all, the Northern Irish capital has been crowned the world's best conference and events destination at the annual C&IT Awards for five out of the last six years. That’s right, Belfast is the Beyoncé of destinations for work do’s.

Team Belfast has proven its award-winning abilities to go up against the rest of the world and go straight to the top”, said Lord Mayor Cllr Ryan Murphy. “Belfast continues to punch well above its weight in a highly competitive market, demonstrating its strengths, a team spirit and a prized warm welcome that makes more and more people want to come back”.

So then, Belfast’s got you covered, whether you're planning a corporate conference, a lavish dinner dance, or you just need a small meeting room for a half day brainstorming session.

Let’s take a whistle-stop tour of six of The Venue Hunters’ top picks of the leading conference venues in Belfast.

1. Europa Hotel - The Heartbeat of the City

Elegance meets history at the Europa, towering among the best and brightest conference venues in Belfast for over 50 years. No wonder it’s known for attracting celebrities and hosting prestigious events.

Moreover, it’s recently had a full refurbishment of its event spaces. And its contemporary bistro, bustling bar, and popular piano lounge all come together to make it the epitome of class and sophistication.

Key capacities:

  • Bedrooms - 272

  • Theatre Style - 500

  • Formal Dining - 600

  • Reception / Mix and Mingle - 750

Functions room set up for a gala dinner at the Europa Hotel Belfast.

2. Merchant Hotel - Luxury in the Cathedral Quarter

The Merchant Hotel offers five-star service and surroundings in a stunning Grade A listed building, in the heart of Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter. The luxurious bedroom accommodation blends Victorian splendour with art deco decadence, while the rooftop event space and the recently refurb-ed events floor make it one of the most captivating conference venues in Belfast.

Key capacities:

  • Bedrooms - 63

  • Theatre Style - 200

  • Formal Dining - 150

  • Reception/Mix and Mingle - 200

Theatre style conference layout at the Merchant Hotel Belfast.

3. Hilton Belfast - Riverside Elegance

World famous hotel brand Hilton’s fabulous property continues to be one of the most wanted conference venues in Belfast, located on the scenic banks of the Lagan River, close to the city centre.

Plus, it’s stunning riverfront restaurant and 24-hour fitness centre combine luxury and leisure.

Key capacities:

  • Bedrooms - 202

  • Theatre Style - 450

  • Formal Dining - 300

External shot of the Hilton Belfast and Lagan River.

4. Fitzwilliam Hotel - Boutique and Chic

The Fitzwilliam Hotel is an AA five star rated boutique haven in the heart of the city. It’s renowned for its unique experiences, including cocktail masterclasses, murder mystery, and ‘crafternoon’ tea.

Plus, its commitment to sustainability is another great big tick in its box, ensuring your events are both fabulous and eco-friendly.

Key capacities:

  • Bedrooms - 146

  • Meeting Spaces & Private Dining - 30 guests

Boardroom style meeting at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast.

5. Titanic Belfast - A Historic Showstopper

Get your Kate or Leo on, and step back in time at the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, where the iconic but doomed Titanic was designed and built.


Add outdoor spaces into the mix and it’s unsurprising Titanic has secured its place among the city’s most compelling venues.

Key capacities:

  • Theatre Style - 300

  • Receptions & Banqueting - 800

Gala dinner set up at Titanic Belfast, in the spot where Jack waited for Rose at the stairs in the movie.

6. ICC Belfast – The Ultimate in Conferencing & Events

ICC Belfast is Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre, designed for large-scale, state-of-the-art, world-class events. For this reason, it’s the go-to spot for both national and international conferences, besides corporate events and spectacular Christmas parties.

Key capacities:

  • Theatre Style - 2,000

  • Formal Dining - 1,000

Auditorium at ICC Belfast

Ok, so I’m biased. But Belfast is more than a city. It's an experience. And it’s my absolute pleasure to introduce you to my home city’s charm. Trust me, it goes a long way to making your next event a legendary one.

Drop me a line when you’re planning your next event.  The Venue Hunters free venue finding service means you can explore all these incredible conference venues in Belfast and more, without sending a single email or picking up the phone to a hotel or venue.


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