Cirencester The Royal Agricultural University

The RAU is set within 25 acres of magnificent grounds in the heart of the Cotswold’s and offers guests a diverse mix of spectacular Victorian gothic buildings and contemporary conference and meetings spaces.

Holding your event or conference at the RAU is a truly memorable experience. Whether you are planning a small meeting, a large residential conference, product launch or team building days, they are the ideal option and can host any type of event within this unique setting.

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Accommodation Available
Catering Options Available
Free High Speed WiFi
Onsite Parking Available
Unique Spaces

Transport and parking information

The University is situated a mile from the historic Roman town of Cirencester, within an hour of Bristol, Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham plus just 90 minutes from London. 

Car parking at the RAU is free of charge and the 700 car parking spaces are located next to the main meeting and event venues.

There are frequent train services from London (Paddington) to Kemble (Cirencester). Local taxis available for the three remaining miles to the Royal Agricultural University. The University is easily accessible from Heathrow, Birmingham, and Bristol airport.

Full Venue Information
Summary of facilities and capacities
Vacation availability
December, January, March, April, June, July, August and September
Year round anytime
Theatre style (maximum)300300
Cabaret style (maximum)120120
Exam style (maximum)100100
Boardroom style (maximum)5050
Exhibition space (sq metres)232232
Banquets & formal dinner (maximum)150150
Hotel style bedrooms (max)454
University style bedrooms (max)N/A276
Day delegate rates from £34.60£34.60
24HR rates from £99.95£99.95
Meeting room only rates from £50.00£50.00
B&B rates from £41.50£41.50

Meeting and event spaces that inspire

The University has over 30 unique meeting rooms housed in stunning gothic style buildings that can accommodate day meetings from 10-300 delegates. They also have a dedicated business suite in the 16th century 'Bathurst Wing' and fully equipped meeting rooms and year round accommodation. The University's picturesque grounds also include:

  • Free car parking.
  • Free wi-fi.
  • Flexible spaces for up 300 delegates.
  • 30 meeting rooms and lecture theatres equipped with modern AV.
  • Dining in historic rooms or the modern 'Retreat Cafe'.
  • 56 bedrooms during the winter and spring vacations.
  • 330 bedrooms during the summer vacation.
  • A tailor made approach to each event is standard and you'll be allocated your own experienced Client Manager to coordinate your event from booking to completion. 

Seasonal menus and locally sourced produce
RAU take great pride in their event catering, which is reflected in the high-quality seasonal menus and locally sourced produce they provide including their special sausage, The Royal, and their own brew ale, lager and cider from the Muddy Wellies range.

Summer Accommodation ideal for groups and residential events
Overnight accommodation is located in both the historic college and modern campus residences around the university, many having glorious views over open countryside. They have 330 bedrooms available, offering both single and twin en suite rooms and standard bedrooms where facilities are shared.

The Royal Agricultural University is a versatile and enchanting building, easily accessible to all and available all year round, but don't just take their word for it, go and see for yourself. They look forward to welcoming you.

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