Virden Retreat Center: Delaware Conference Centers & Meeting Locations In Lewes - Unique Venues
University of Delaware – Virden Retreat Center

University of Delaware – Virden Retreat Center

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Planners looking to enhance meetings and events with the recreation options at the beach will be happy to know UD’s Virden Retreat Center in Lewes has it just right. The Virden Center is a self-contained campus nestled in the natural surroundings of a historic coastal town with access to everything from beaches to State Parks to brewery tours to kayaking – even tax-free outlet shopping. The atmosphere is easy and relaxed – perfect for multi-day retreats, workshops, small meetings, social events, and celebrations. Our personal event managers can help you strategize your objectives and handle all the details from start to finish.

The conference venue has six flexible meeting rooms, indoor/outdoor dining options, and open lawns for taking activities outside or adding a large tented space. Onsite lodges house 23 guest rooms overlooking the wetland preserve – each with a private entrance, private bath, and private screened-in porch. Conferencing on University of Delaware’s campuses offer comfort, convenience and confidence meeting today’s unique needs.

Close to other beach towns like Rehoboth, it’s easy to see why Unique Venues voted the Virden Center Retreat an LGBTQ friendly venue.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 100 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 85
  • Largest Theatre Style: 130
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: N/A
  • Largest Arena Seating: N/A
  • Largest Seated Reception: 100
  • Largest Standing Reception: 150
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 46

Featured Amenities

  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Business Center
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1155 College Drive,
Lewes, Delaware 19958


  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Delaware Coastal Airport - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • BWI, Philadelphia - 90 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: No

Nearby Cities

Rehoboth Beach – 5 | Dover – 50 | Baltimore – 120 | DC – 120 | Philadelphia – 115

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


AV, WiFi, teleconferencing, virtual meeting coordination services

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: No
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No