UD’s coastal campus offers relaxed meeting spaces and overnight lodging with quick access to Lewes and Cape Henlopen. Could it be more perfect?

Conferencing on our Virden Campus

Surrounded by nature, multi-day meeting and event guests can achieve a beneficial work/rest balance. Everything you need is here.

There’s no substitute for personal service.
Our personal event managers will work one-on-one with you to:

  • Strategize your objectives
  • Select the right space for your meeting or event
  • Handle all the details from start to finish
  • Guide you every step of the way
  • Keep your budget in mind

The Virden Center
Work and Play

Plentiful sun and sea air make The Virden Retreat Center an exceptional venue for social events, retreats, weddings and small meetings. Virden was designed to reflect coastal style with an easy and open layout – indoors and out. Six meeting rooms, tented patio, video conferencing, full registration and planning services, and available catering just about covers everything. Our modest size ensures quick responsiveness from our staff.

Soaking up the Sites
There is no shortage of things to do in and around Lewes. Getting around is easy on bike, foot or boat. Enjoy the town’s history, coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, and museums. Or head to Cape Henlopen and relax on the beach.

The Virden Center Lodges
Sleep Well

Virden’s on-site accommodations make it easy to plan a multi-day meeting or event. We have 23 well-appointed guestrooms with queen and twin bed configurations with private baths.

There is also a Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing.

And finally, end your day surrounded by the tranquility of the wetlands as you relax on your screened-in porch.

Seating Capacity

Contemporary meeting spaces for small to mid-sized gatherings.

Floor Plans

Flexible spaces that fit your needs – view floor plans and room dimensions


From traditional to local fare – we’re happy to discuss menu options with you

Weddings at Virden

Fresh and Light.

Begin with a ceremony under the sun and end dancing the night away under the stars – all while moving effortlessly from indoors to out, taking full advantage of the natural surroundings and coastal vibes. At The Virden Retreat Center, nature creates the magic moments.

On-site suites take the stress out of travel arrangements and catering is top-notch.

Our Wedding Coordinator will help you realize your vision and assist with all the details, ensuring that your wedding is graceful and worry-free.

Virden Retreat Center At-A-Glance

5,200 plus sq. ft. of private and classroom-style meeting spaces

Tented patio

23 overnight rooms in two on-site lodges

Event Planning
An Event Manager will work with you from start to finish.

Full catering services available.

Audio-Visual Services
Everything you could need. View List

Business Services
From copies to stationery supplies, anything to get the job done.

Dedicated event managers
Business services
High-speed WiFi
Full catering services
Tented patio
Hospitality Room
Ample free parking

Outside patio dining area

Catering services available on-site in any meeting area for groups of all sizes

On-site accommodations:

  • 23 rooms, 3 configurations
    • Two twin beds
    • Queen bed with a twin bed
    • Queen bed with a pull-out twin bed
  • Screened porch overlooking a protected marshland
  • TV with 50 channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Private bathrooms with linens and toiletries
  • Mini-refrigerator 
  • Microwave ovens
  • Hospitality Room with kitchenette available for use as an adjoining suite to an overnight room or as a gathering place for after-meeting socializing

Historic town of Lewes

Cape Henlopen State Park

Lewes Beach

Rehoboth Beach

Tax-free outlets and shopping

Craft Breweries

Drop us a note.

We'll help you start planning your next meeting or event.

University of Delaware Conference Services

Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE  19716
(302) 831-2214

The Tower Audion & Atrium at STAR
100 Discovery Blvd., Newark DE  19713
(302) 831-2214

The Virden Center

1155 College Drive, Lewes DE  19958
   Overnight Lodge A: 1183 College Drive
   Overnight Lodge B: 1181 College Drive
(302) 645-4100