If you’re planning to hold your hen party in a city away from home, picking the destination can be one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make. To make it easier for you, below are our favourite cities in the UK to have a hen weekend.
With its combination of old and new, Edinburgh is a great spot for any group of hens who want to get away from the big city for their big night out. Walking to the peak of Arthurs Seat is an fantastic experience and is ideal for getting the weekend started with a breath of fresh air; from there, it’s just a short wander down the royal mile and into the buzzing centre of the Old Town.
Planning you hen night for August? While it might be a little more pricey than normal, the Edinburgh Festival is the perfect experience for a weekend away. The two-week festival features a huge variety of shows, events, and activities, so you’ll never find yourself without something to do.
The top reason to visit Edinburgh for your hen weekend – the great blend of old & new; and the contrast of city & outdoors will mean that you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
Since the 18th century, Brighton has been one of the UK’s most popular holiday spots, and is perfect for a hen weekend away. On hot summer weekends, you’ll find the city overrun by other hen and stag parties, so it’s safe to say that you’ll never find yourself without something to do. Among the must-see’s is Brighton Pier – a 1700ft pleasure pier extending into the English Channel. All year round, the pier features rollercoaster rides, amusement arcades, a karaoke bar, and you can even get a portion of traditional fish & chips! Another famous landmark is The Royal Pavilion – this Indian-style royal palace was built in the 1700’s and is definitely worth a trip for anyone interested in architecture.
For groups of hens who’re love great nightlife, Brighton is the right place for you – it’s home to more than 150 bars and clubs – themed in everything from circus-style bars to traditional English-pubs, there’s definitely something for everyone at your Brighton hen parties.
Our top reason to visit Brighton for your hen weekend – it’s one of the most popular beach resorts in the UK – you’ll get the chance to do a bit of sun bathing!
It’s recently been announced that Wales is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for hens and stags. It’s no surprise that Cardiff has become one of the biggest spots in the UK for that last night of freedom – with its long history and highly pedestrianized city centre, it’s perfect for a night out. With more than 100 bars, clubs, and restaurants within walking distance of the town centre, you’re guaranteed a great night.
Cardiff continually hosts International sporting events, from cricket and rugby to speedway racing and is home to Olympic standard rafting and kayaking courses. In July and August the 2012 Games will make their mark on the city, with several Olympic Football matches being held at the Millennium Stadium. So if you are looking for an action-packed get away or just interested in taking in a high-profile sporting event, Cardiff offers no end of options.
The National Museum Cardiff houses some fascinating artistic and archeological pieces, whilst those with an eye for architecture will enjoy the sights of the historical Cardiff Castle. As a city of culture, Cardiff also provides a vast shopping experience with medieval arcades, trendy shopping centres and vintage markets to choose from. If you are looking to be entertained on your big night, check out one of the many comedy nights, go to see a musical at the New Theatre or take your pick of diverse live music events.
Our top reason to visit Cardiff for your hen weekend – Home to a number of top quality venues, Cardiff hosts some of the best events in the UK. From world-class music concerts to massive sporting events, festivals and theatre, there is always something going on to keep everyone entertained.
And there you have it – the top cities to hold hen parties. We’d love to hear your thoughts & suggestions in the comments.
Albie dedicates her life to travelling, and goes backpacking every chance she gets. When she’s not writing city guides and travel articles, you can find her at The Broke Traveller.