Conference venues in Sunderland
The name Sunderland comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon meaning of soender, which means to part, which is a reference to the valley carved by the river, wear that Sunderland is built upon. The city has its own university- the university of Sunderland, which has been awarded the best university in England for providing the best student experience in 2006. In March 2006 the city adopted the HMS Ocean as its ship and St Benedict Biscop as its patron saint.
Sunderland station receives regular trains from, Newcastle, Middlesborough. Durham, Leeds, Manchester, London and York. Several major A-roads go through or near to Sunderland, including the A1.
There are several conference venues within the city, what follows are but a few.
The Quayside exchange is a grade II listed building and offers first class service. The outer lighthouse belonging to the national trust was the first ever lighthouse built to be powered by electricity. It now hires its building out for conferences and meetings. The university of Sunderland and Sunderland football club stadium also offer conference facilities.
The Seaham Hall serenity spa and hotel offers function/meeting rooms and the ability to convert to a theatre with its 50-inch plasma screen. The Sunderland Marriott hotel has a max capacity of 300 delegates and is the only four star hotel in Sunderland. The best western Roker hotel offers dramatic views over the North Sea conferencing for 350 people.
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