The Derby Conference Centre

The Derby Conference Centre is a unique and versatile venue in the prime, central location of Derby. Close to East Midlands Airport, we are easily accessible from the M1 and M42 as well as being just 5 minutes away from both Derby railway stations and the Pride Park Business Park, home of Derby County FC.

Our beautiful Grade II listed building houses a fantastic array of conference rooms, meeting rooms, 50 en-suite hotel bedrooms and our self-catering accommodation available at the India House Hotel.

Once home to the British Rail Training College, our elegant exterior, art deco features and distinctive sunken lounge are the perfect backdrop for a corporate event or place to stay for a weekend away.

Our local team share a passion for providing exceptional customer service and is committed to ensuring that your stay is a comfortable and pleasant one.

We look forward to welcoming you soon. Have a question? Look at our FAQ’s page to see if we can help!

For all enquiries please call our team on 01332 861842.

Meet our team

Managing Director

Matthew Hutchings

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Conference Centre Manager

Richard Jones

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Sales & Conference Office Manager

Rebecca Prime

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Conference & Events Sales Executive

Eleanor Sainsbury

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Wedding Coordinator / Conference & Events Sales Executive

Jessica Wood

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Conference & Events Sales Executive

Natalie Godrich

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Reception & Revenue Manager

Katy Doughty

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Head of Housekeeping

Nicola Holmes

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Conference Food & Beverage Manager

Adam Shore

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Head Chef

Sean Oswin

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Our history

Constructed as the first purpose-built training college for railway staff, the building which now houses The Derby Conference Centre, first opened in 1938. Designed by William H. Hamlyn, who was the London Midland and Scottish Railway’s principal architect, it cost £50,000 to complete and was the first of its kind in the UK.

The School could accommodate up to fifty railway operatives and signallers at once, providing staff with a residential facility in the heart of Derby. For the next 20 years, the building was used to deliver training for the Royal Engineers and The Railway Engineering School.

In 1991, a specialist conference suite was built, extending the capacity of the building and the services that it could offer.

In 2007, the RTC Group, parent company of The Derby Conference Centre, set about transforming the building. The famous sunken lounge, bar, restaurant, conference suites and bedrooms were restored to their former glory, and the building was successfully re-launched as The Derby Conference Centre.

Our vision

Our vision as a hotel, conference and events venue is to charm the customer whilst exceeding their expectation and delivering excellence to a UK-wide audience. Our vision wouldn’t be complete without our mission and customer commitment.

At The Derby Conference Centre, we have a mission to be an organisation that can bring people together by providing a flexible and diverse range of services that offer value for money. We have a commitment to our customers to ensure a high standard and consistency within our services. From the development of our team to the quality of our facilities, we commit to exceeding your needs on every occasion.

Local attractions

There is an abundance of things to do in Derby, from watching football at Pride Park Stadium, shopping at the Intu Centre, to wining, dining at the local bars, restaurants and clubs. There’s also a selection of cinemas, bowling alleys, and more! If you wanted something more outdoorsy, there’s a variety of different parks and sporting activities that you can partake in! If you want to know information on the local surroundings during your stay, our team will be happy to point you in the right direction!


“Customer care is so important and The Derby Conference Centre has definitely got it right; nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff. The car park is secure and gated, which is reassuring when you’re travelling on your own, and the rooms are peaceful and quiet.”