Conference Services & Facilities
Our extensive conference services and facilities include:
Our founder, Thomas Holloway, devoted the last years of his life to creating the Royal Holloway art collection.
The self-made millionaire, who made his money in patent medicines, paid well over £80,000 (more than £6 million in today’s money) for the 77 paintings, which make up the collection.
Housed in our Grade 1 listed Picture Gallery, the collection features works by renowned painters including John Everett Millais, William Powell Frith and Edward Burne-Jones, as well as Sir Edwin Landseer who created the notorious ‘Man Proposes, God Disposes’. This particular work was thrown into the limelight earlier this year after Sir John Franklin’s fabled ship depicted in the painting was discovered off the coast of Canada.
The Gallery opens its doors every Wednesday, from 10am-3pm during the autumn and spring terms.
As well as the weekly opening hours, the College Curator Dr Laura MacCulloch, gives a series of art talks. Each talk focuses on a different work of art and reveals the stories behind the paintings, when they came to the College and who collected them. The art talks are free and open to all – please click here for details of all forthcoming tour dates.
Audio visual services
The College has an on site audio visual (AV) department offering data projectors, TV screens, a range of microphones, flip charts, recording and streaming equipment, PA systems and maintenance and help with your chosen AV services. If you have any specific technical requirements that are not covered under your chosen package, please let us know and we can find a solution.
A hole-in-the-wall cashpoint is available 24 hours a day outside the Windsor Building.
Food and drink
In addition to any pre-arranged catering, delegates are free to enjoy our on site food and drink outlets.
Open every week day, The Boilerhouse Café offers a range of sandwiches, wraps and snacks, as well as Starbucks coffee, tea and speciality beverages.
The Crossland Suite looks over the beautiful South Quad of the Founder’s Building and offers a selection of breakfast items, homemade soups, salads, pizzas, cakes and pastries, as well as hot and cold drinks and a fully licensed bar.
Advance arrangements can be made to provide delegates with access to our complementary high-speed wireless internet service, ‘CampusNet’. Each conference is issued with a unique guest username and password which will allow you to register on the Wi-Fi network and provide you with access for the duration of your stay. For those without laptops or mobile devices, advance arrangements can be made for delegates to access a PC in the College’s Computer Centre.
Cashless laundry facilities are available across the campus, operated by a top up card which can be purchased at Hub Reception. Our customer service staff will be able to advise delegates of their nearest facility.
We hope that you have a happy and healthy stay on campus. However, if you should become unwell or suffer an injury, there are several options. The nearest Accident and Emergency department is at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. For first aid enquiries only, the College has its own Health Centre situated in the Founder’s Building. It is open from 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday. An out-of-hours answer phone will provide you with details of an on-call doctor, should you need medical assistance when the centre is closed. Medicines can also be purchased in the Store on Campus.
Sport and recreation
Royal Holloway should feel like a home away from home for our conference delegates. Those that like to unwind with a bit of exercise or get the day started with a gym session are in luck: all residential conference delegates are free to use our 46 station fitness suite, which is open daily.
Our 135 acres of beautiful wooded parkland can provide the ideal backdrop for team building events and open-air activities.
In the past, companies have used Royal Holloway’s outdoor space for treasure hunts, football tournaments, sports days, team games and even rickshaw rides. Find out more.
Store on Campus
If you’ve forgotten anything, feel free to visit our Store on Campus, located in the centre of the campus, close to The Hub and the accommodation located in Tuke, Williamson and Butler buildings. It is open daily and stocks a wide selection of drinks, food and any essentials you may need. You can also find newspapers and magazines, toiletries, medicines, cards, stationery and stamps.