Edinburgh & Glasgow

Unique and unusual venues to hire in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo - Mansion House

Max Capacity 250

If you're looking for a truly unique venue, then the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is the answer. The venue offers meetings, conferences, private dinners, drinks receptions, family or corporate away days and weddings as well as a range of exciting team building activities all based in the heart of one of Scotland's most popular tourist attractions.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow

Scottish Event Campus (SEC)

Max Capacity 11000

SEC is Scotland's national venue for public events. It's also the UK's largest integrated exhibition and conference centre; a world class facility set in one of Europe's most vibrant cities and only a short journey from some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

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Organising your event in Edinburgh

Choosing a venue in Edinburgh for your meeting or event could not be an easier decision. As one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Edinburgh is bustling with life and soaked in history. This destination caters to all tastes and travel purposes and there’s an abundance of choice for venues, hotels and cuisine. Edinburgh is known as a centre of excellence for finance, research, medicine, science, architecture and the arts – a hotbed for businesses to thrive. Plus, the compact city environment means that everything is within walking distance or only a short taxi ride away. 

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What unique venues does Edinburgh have to offer?

The city is home to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), an award-winning centre of excellence. The venue regularly draws in a variety of businesses hosting large scale conferences as well as small project meetings for under 10 people. Its outstanding reputation puts EICC on the map for top business destinations and with easy access to the venue from airports, train stations and the city centre, it isn’t difficult to see why over 66% of clients return.

Edinburgh Zoo is one of the wildest and most exciting events venues in the UK, combining the excellent facilities of a purpose-built conference room with the character and intrigue of a leisure destination. The zoo is only 4 miles from the airport and 10 minutes from the city centre - it's as easy to reach as it is easy to fall in love with. What makes this world-leading zoo particularly unique is its giant panda and koala residents: the only place in the UK too see these animals!

The Budongo Trail is open for corporate events and be sure to check out the famous ‘penguin parade’. There are even options to host your event in a room that joins onto the chimpanzee enclosure, or even for guests to have an up-close experience with some of the smaller mammals and reptiles. There's really no experience quite like it to incentivise your delegates.

The Scottish Event Campus

If you’ve decided to host your event outside of Edinburgh, then head to the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in the fantastic city of Glasgow. A one-of-a-kind conference venue, the SEC is the UK’s largest integrated exhibition and conference centre, and with its 10,000 person capacity, this truly is a remarkable and impressive venue.

Centrally located in this dynamic and vibrant city, the SEC has everything you could need from a conference venue – competitively priced conference packages, exceptionally versatile and distinctive floorspace, experienced staff and incredible catering options, all under one roof. Few venues can impress as powerfully as the SEC, making it a number one conference destination for companies large and small.

For more information on any of our conference venues in Scotland, please get in touch with the friendly, expert team at Lime Venue Portfolio.

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Surrounding Edinburgh are the luscious sweeping landscapes of the Lothians - a delightful contrast to the cosmopolitan capital. The area provides vast opportunities for team building and adventurous days out. For the golf fans, there are plenty of great golf courses to practice your swing.

And hey, the weather isn’t as terrible as it’s made out to be! In fact, the annual rainfall is the same as in New York and Rome. 

Booking your conference or event in the rest of Scotland

There are so many globally recognised icons of Scotland. The statement tartan kilts, dancing at ceilidhs, the unique symphony of bagpipes and let’s not forget the famous Loch Ness Monster. But besides the haggis, whisky and our memories of watching Braveheart, what makes this wee country an ideal choice for your next corporate event?

A big benefit is that it’s easy to access internationally. Over 100 destinations around the world link to Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports, many of which at an affordable price.