Conference Centre in Hertfordshire

Rothamsted Conference Centre and Rothamsted Manor are uniquely situated to host events of all types, including conferences, meetings, awards, team-building, weddings. Our first class facilities at the Centre and Manis served by excellent transport links. Open in Lockdown for essential events only

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Venue type

room category Conference Centre
room category Academic
safe meeting Covid Safe Meeting

Venue capacity

room category x 15 Meeting rooms
room category x 36 Boardroom
room category x 0 Bedrooms
room category x 30 U Shape
room category x 300 Theatre
room category x 80 Cabaret
room category x 36 Classroom
room category x 200 Private dining

Rothamsted Conference Centre is part of the historical, world-renowned Rothamsted Research campus, located in Harpenden, in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. The venue was purpose-built to provide high-end conferencing and events facilities for local, national and international businesses as well as the world-wide science community.

On arrival at Rothamsted Conference Centre, you will find over 200 free car-parking spaces available. Walk through the door into our spacious Plaza area, which is ideal for networking, buffet lunches and drinks receptions, as well as exhibitions and poster displays. Our long bar area means we can serve hot and cold drinks during conference breaks.

Just off the Plaza is our much sought after, state-of-the-art auditorium which seats 300 delegates in theatre style. With its full surround sound, flexible lighting and projection room, the auditorium is ideal for large conferences, presentations, seminars, business briefings, product launches and demonstrations. It also works well as a cinema and is home to Rothamsted Conference Centre’s movie nights.

Our spacious Fowden Hall is one of our most versatile rooms. It takes up to 250 people reception style or 100 guests for a banquet. The Fowden works well for all sorts of events; conferences, meetings, workshops, poster sessions, lectures, awards ceremonies, exhibitions, seminars, team events, VIP dinners, fashion shows, banquets and parties. It has a stage area, a mezzanine floor with seating, and a sprung dancefloor. It has five different entrance points. For a more private event, it has its own separate entrance and lobby area, perfect for a reception table to welcome your guests or for a VIP entrance area. Lastly a partition wall can be opened into the Fowden Foyer and this is ideal for clients who want to encourage delegate flow from the Hall. It can be used with our Plaza so is perfect for networking, lunches or exhibitions before or after your Fowden Hall event.

In addition to our large function rooms, we have seven small and medium-sized meeting rooms which can be set up in theatre, reception, boardroom, classroom, u-shape or cabaret style, depending on your needs.

Rothamsted Restaurant is a fantastic location for gala dinners, banquets and parties. We can comfortably seat 120 people for dinner, plus we have a bar and plenty of outside lawn space – perfect for those warmer evenings or for afternoon picnics or BBQs.

During the year, we hold lots of events for the public including dining evenings, themed lunches, family fun days and murder mystery nights. Lastly, we have regularly been used as a filming location for many popular TV dramas. Recently, these have included ITV’s Endeavour and MotherFatherSon.

But, what makes us different to other conference venues? Here at Rothamsted, we enable and facilitate innovation and collaboration, through the conferencing and events we run and host. All the revenue from Rothamsted Conference Centre is ploughed straight back into the research conducted by Rothamsted Research, into securing agricultural productivity, developing superior crops and future agri-food systems. In plain English, they are working hard to help feed the world sustainably and tackle climate change.

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    on site
    On site facilities
    • Walking
    • Wedding Licence
    • Lawns
    • Auditorium
    • Training room
    on site
    Off site facilities
    • Swimming Pool
    • Medical Facility
    • Shopping Mall
    • Fitness suite
    • Theatre
    on site
    • Computer Equipment
    • Remote Clicker
    • PA System
    • Flipcharts
    • Video Conferencing
    • White Board
    • Wi-Fi
    on site
    • Academic
    • Conference Centre
    Boardroom Cabaret Classroom Classroom with back projection Dinner Dinner Dance Exhibition Reception Theatre Theatre with Back Projection U-shape
    The Glynne Suite (previously Room 102) 18 - 18 - - - - 60 30 - -
    The Warrington Suite (previously Room 103) 18 - 18 - - - - 60 30 - -
    The Brenchley Suite (previously Room 104) - 48 - - - - - 125 80 - -
    The Auditorium - - - - - - - - 300 - -
    The Glynne & Warrington Suite 30 30 36 - - - - 120 70 - 30
    The Plaza - - - - - - - 200 - - -
    The Fowden Hall 36 80 - - 100 100 - 250 200 - 30
    The Hive - 48 40 - - - - 100 50 - -
    Room 006 16 - 14 - - - - 40 14 - -
    The Pirie Suite 17 - - - - - - 30 - - 12
    The Dining Room 8 - - - - - - - - - -
    Rothamsted Restaurant - - - - 120 120 - 250 - - -
    Restaurant Conservatory - - - - 60 - - 75 - - -
    The Great Drawing Room at Rothamsted Manor 24 - - - - - - 120 100 - 30
    The Library at Rothamsted Manor 18 40 - - - - - 76 60 - 18
    By road

    Serviced by excellent transport links, Rothamsted's green and spacious estate is just 15 mins from London Luton Airport and 25 mins from London St Pancras International. Harpenden is about 7 miles north of the M25 London Orbital Motorway and close to Junctions 9/10 of the M1. From the M1, take J9, follow the signs to Harpenden. Ample free parking.

    By train

    Nearest Train Stations

    Harpenden (0.45 miles)

    St Albans (4.2 miles)

    Luton Airport Parkway (4.59 miles)

    By air

    Nearest Airports

    London Luton Airport (4.86 miles)

    London Heathrow Airport (23.76 miles)

    London Stansted Airport (26.31 miles)


    West Common
    AL5 2JQ
    United Kingdom

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