A unique combination of atmosphere, history and cutting-edge science
The Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre is a beautiful complex within the Hinxton Hall Estate and its 125-acre parkland bordering the river Cam. It is located alongside research institutions that are both at the forefront of the biomedical revolution and home to life-changing scientific history, creating a unique combination of atmosphere, history and cutting-edge science.
The Conference Centre opened its doors in 1998, six years after the Wellcome Trust bought Hinxton Estate, restoring Hinxton Hall and transforming it, and its old stable block and kitchen garden, into a purpose-built Conference Centre. During 2012-2015 the venue was further developed by the addition of an elliptical roof of steel and glass covering 1600m² of new exhibition and breakout spaces. A whole new accommodation block was also built, bringing the on-site accommodation capacity up to 134 modern, comfortable bedrooms.
The Conference Centre is an impressive modern space surrounding the recently-refurbished Francis Crick Auditorium. Underneath the new glass roof lies a large, naturally-lit open venue with an event bar – ideal for informal discussion, networking, poster sessions and evening drinks – and the Campus Cultural Zone. Off the main area are two medium-large meeting rooms (Rosalind Franklin and James Watson Pavilions) that can be set up in a variety of layouts, and two small loft meeting rooms upstairs.
Hinxton Hall compliments the modern Centre with three sumptuous period meeting rooms, lounges, a residents’ bar, and the Conference Centre restaurant.
We are the main venue for Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences events, and our facilities are open for conferences and meetings bookings primarily – although not exclusively – from the biomedical sciences sector.
The Conference Centre is part of Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science, providing meeting, networking and relaxation spaces conducive to learning and sharing.