Bangor University Case Study 

Client - International Congress of Celtic Studies

Event - XVIth International Congress of Celtic Studies – 22-26 July 2019

Delegates - 400 delegates from 25 Countries


The International Congress of Celtic Studies is the foremost international gathering of scholars researching the languages, literature and cultural traditions of the Celtic speaking peoples. Held every four years, the congress convenes experts from across the full range of Celtic studies to share their work and collaborate.


With a small team, the congress organising committee require a venue that not only delivers the accommodation requirements, but that can also support with a dedicated and experienced conference organising team. The delegation must also be supported with quality, budget friendly housing and the venue should be able to support with in house catering and be able to source local entertainment appropriate to the theme of the congress.


Bangor University offered a versatile range of spaces and quality accommodation onsite, the client was impressed by the level of support the Bangor conference team were able to offer as well as the academic support that was forthcoming from the university faculty. The Bangor University conference team worked with the congress committee to deliver a seamless event, supporting travel arrangements for the international delegation, working with local suppliers to arrange meet and greet throughout the arrival day and also provided a reception offering a range of local, ethically sourced food and drink delicacies to set the scene for the four day congress.

All services were provided from the in-house team from AV for all meeting spaces and the gala dinner in the impressive Prichard Jones Hall. The university team also brought together a group of local musicians to entertain at the dinner. The University catering team delivered all the congress requirements, showcasing local produce at all times and all delegates were housed in the University’s high quality and budget friendly accommodation. 


  • End to end conference organising support
  • Quality accommodation
  • Full-service in-house delivery
  • Flexible meeting and social spaces that gave a sense of history and place

Due to the careful planning by the conference team the client enjoyed both an academically productive and highly profitable meeting which led to the funding of student support for the future and a solid basis for planning the next congress.


The event was well organised and added extras such as arranging for local musicians to entertain guests in the evening and the provision of locally sourced food ensured that delegates experienced a sense of place. The organising committee and those attending stated that it was the best congress to date.”

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Conference and events at Bangor University

By train to Bangor train station

Manchester – 2 hours   

London Euston – 3 hours

By road

Liverpool - 1.5 hours
Manchester - 2 hours
Birmingham - 3 hours
Cardiff– 4 hours

By air

Manchester Airport (MAN) and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is 90 minutes away - pick-up service available from on key arrival dates throughout the academic year.

Cardiff Airport (CWL) have weekday flights to Anglesey Airport, North Wales (VLY) 30 minutes away.

By sea

Regular ferry crossings linking Dublin and Holyhead - 30-minute drive from Bangor.


  • Total number of meeting rooms: 10
  • Theatre: 450
  • Boardroom: 50
  • Classroom: 250
  • Cabaret: 270
  • Drinks reception: 350
  • Bedrooms: 800
  • On-site car parking: yes
University building with natural stone work , arches, benches outside  and old windows.
Conference facilities in a grand hall at a university.

Exterior and interior meeting space at Bangor University, North Wales 

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