Who says the boys have to have all the fun? Hen parties and hen weekends are just as important and need to be just as fun as the stag efforts – it’s all about letting your hair down with the girls before the big day. Thankfully, there’s more than a few options for you to pick from up and down the UK – meaning that whether you’re into full-day pampering or an adventure or two, you won’t have to look too far across the British Isles to get a sample of the best hen experiences on offer for lower and lower prices. Here’s our pick for the best hen party destinations the UK has to offer right now.
A Weekend at the Coast
If you and the troop are keen on some traditional fun or some serious beach-based partying, you can hardly go wrong with a trip down to Brighton.
Brighton is the seaside city of choice for hen and stag parties alike year on year, meaning that if you’re up for local sun, sea and sand – in the best weather Britain has to offer – get yourself and the girls down to the UK’s biggest beachfront cinema, or even down the famous lanes to sample some of the marvelous and exclusive boutiques for a bit of retail therapy.
It’s also an affordable option which you can ramp up if you have the money available, and keep nice and simple if not.
There’s also plenty of bars and clubs in Brighton, too – it’s famous for its gay district – which means there’s an electric atmosphere every night of the year!
Party Buses and Culture Vultures
One of the UK’s most famous tourist spots for city breaks and more besides is Liverpool.
It’s the birthplace of modern pop music thanks to its famous connection with The Beatles, and hen parties and hen weekends here are always sure to be a riot.
Liverpool’s famous party bus tour will take you and the girls across the city to visit all of the major nightclubs and party spots once the sun goes down.
If you’re more interested in getting into the immense culture on offer here, there’s plenty of sights, sounds and experiences up for free if money is tight – get yourself across the Mersey to learn more about the history of British pop music and the history of Liverpool’s famous docks.
Yorkshire Laughs for Yorkshire Lasses
If you thought Yorkshire was all cobbles and no fun, think again. Yorkshire hen parties are something very special indeed – both Leeds and Sheffield are well-known for cramming in a ton of different experiences into relatively compact spaces, plus they’re absolutely buzzing with big clubs and unbeatable nights out.
Leeds is home to tons of cocktail bars and masterclass opportunities, as well as a stack of physical games and activity days you can take on for larger groups if cash is no object. Sheffield, meanwhile, is home to plenty of al fresco activities and is home to a number of escape room games and more besides – meaning that whether you’re looking to wet your whistles or to challenge the old grey matters, you’re spoilt for choice across Yorkshire.
York, too, is a great spot across the counties for anyone looking for a more traditional weekend away.
York is crammed full of historical importance and may seem quaint on the face of it, but there’s still stacks to get into and to enjoy in terms of clubs and party venues. It’s also really well-connected – meaning that you can easily make your way to and from the city and surrounding areas.
Go Wild in Wales
Cardiff is Wales’ capital – and it’s also pretty much its party capital, too.
Whether you’re out on the town sampling the best cocktails or party bars the city has to offer – or if you’re spending a weekend away taking on the various white water rafting experiences on offer, Cardiff is absolutely the best choice for anyone looking for a high octane hen weekend with plenty of variety and non-stop laughs – and what’s more, it’s all nice and compact, too – so you’ll have it covered on foot in no time.
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Ladies of London
Finally – how could we not include London on a list of great hen locations? There’s far too much to list here – but if you’ve a little more money in your hen budget for shopping, karaoke, party bars and more besides, the capital is the best place to go!
If none of these places gets you excited about where to head to on your hen party, why not check out the best Hen Party locations in the world piece and see if we can tempt you with a trip away.