Whether you are seeking a venue for a course, conference or smaller meeting, we have a range of facilities available to hire at competitive rates. All rooms include a range of A.V. equipment and flexible room layouts.

Event and Training Facilities at Citadel Hill

The iconic Citadel Hill Laboratory overlooks Plymouth Sound and Hoe and is a short walk from the historic Barbican. The working laboratory provides a venue for a range of events, courses, university field trips, conferences and meetings. The venue is easily accessible by foot from Plymouth City Centre and is serviced by regular buses. Limited parking is available onsite and there are a number of nearby paid car-parks and on-street metered parking available. Due to it's close proximity to the city centre, Hoe and Barbican, visitors have a range of accomodation options to suit most needs. 

As well as the Wolfson Training Centre and Resource Centre, the Citadel Hill Laboratory has a number of smaller meeting rooms and spaces available for hire, including laboratory and research vessel facilities

The location provides easy access to a wide range of marine habitats including estuaries, rocky and sandy shores and open water, making it an ideal base for accademic field courses.  The MBA RV Sepia is available to provide support or specimens for training courses, field trips and workshops. The MBA Research Aquarium provides constant supply of seawater; wet laboratory facilities; and systems to maintain living organisms.

The laboratory is also home to the National Marine Biological Library, which is available for MBA Members to visit and use. Tours of the library and archives can usually be arranged for non-members attending events upon request.

Video conferencing facilities are available and high-quality on-site catering is provided by the MBA Common Room.  Free wifi is available in all rooms for course and event participants. 

So, whether you are looking for a an informal space for an evening reception with fantastic views of Plymouth Sound, or a venue for advanced scientific skills training, the Citadel Hill laboratory could be your perfect venue!  


Booking Information

Please get in touch to check room availability and obtain a quote based on your requirements. 

Email or call: +44 (0) 1752 426493 

The Wolfson Training Centre

The Wolfson Training Centre, located on the ground floor of the National Marine Biological Library is a medium-sized meeting and training room. with views of Plymouth Sound and the Hoe. It is perfect for a board meeting, video conference meeting, lecture or workshop.

The centre is equipped with A.V. equipment, including multiple display screens and video conferencing equipment, as well as a large ‘write on’ wall, perfect for visualising meeting outputs, ideas and brainstorming. The room is also fully air conditioned.

Catering can also be provided on request.

Capacity: 45 in lecture format (no tables) 20 - 30 in board meeting or classroom format.

Rates: From £180 per day. Please contact us for availability and Bookings.

The Marine Life and Environmental Sciences Resource Centre

The Centre provides a spacious and flexible venue combining facilities for workshops, conferences and lectures with laboratory benching and equipment for practical work and field courses. The Centre can be partitioned into connecting meeting and laboratory areas or remain as one large space.

The centre has provided a venue for university field courses, conferences, training workshops, International courses, school events and more.

The following are among the resources available:

  • Fully equipped laboratory (inventory available on request)
  • Digital overhead projectors and flexible screen options
  • Networked computing facilitiies
  • Display and poster boards
  • Direct access to our Research Aquarium Facilities
  • Furniture for seminars, workshops and lectures 

Catering can also be provided on request.

Capacity: 60 in lecture format (no tables); 35 classroom format; 100 standing for reception/ exhibition. Laboratory caters for 20, but can be extended to 35 if dividing wall is opened.

Rates: From £230 per day includes use of full Centre and basic A.V and basic laboratory equipment.

Additional items available to loan, hire or purchase if requested. These include laboratory consumables, networked computers and poster boards. 

Please contact us for availability, prices and Bookings.

MBA Common Room

With glorious views over Plymouth Sound, the Common Room is the heart of the laboratory and can be hired for a range of functions, events and meetings.

Catering can be provided by the Common Room catering team. The space is equiped with A.V. Facilities and can be used for talks, meetings and presentations as well as reception buffets and social events. It provides a less formal setting than some of the other rooms for talks and workshops and regularly caters for evening and breakfast events.

Capacity: 80+ with various room layouts include banquet, caberet, lecture, board meeting, lecture with tables and reception.

Rates: Non-exclusive use of the room is usually included in the cost of catering. Availability and cost of exclusive hire or hire without catering are available on request.

The Common Room Provides a large, flexible, informal space for a range of events and activities. 

The Common Room Catering Team Provide excellent food for any formal or informal occasion. 

The Common Room provides spectacular views of Plymouth Sound.