Hen Weekends across the UK: Five City Breaks for an Unforgettable Party

Hen Weekend in London, England
Hen Weekend in London, England (photo via insider-london.co.uk)

Love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner and the summer of weddings just a few months away. While the bride may be up to her eyeballs in wedding invitations and table plans, as the maid of honour it’s up to you to organise a cracking hen party for her to remember forever. While it was once tradition for the girls to dress in their glad rags to head out on the town for a night, nowadays it’s often just as doable to book a full-on weekend of fun-filled shenanigans in a top notch city on an affordable budget.

By being a little savvy, and booking great value activities, as well as choosing to stay with Travelodge, you can ensure that the bride and her favourite girlfriends will have a weekend to remember, without breaking the bank. The first thing that you need to decide on is the city that will be the recipient of your hen do debauchery. Once you have chosen that it’s time to settle on an itinerary! First thing’s first though, here are some ideas for city destinations, located across the UK.


As far as popular hen party destinations are concerned, Brighton is one of the best. Located on the south west coast, this seaside town has plenty to offer during the daytimes (its shopping in The Lanes is second to none!) but it’s what goes on after dusk that makes this city really come alive. There are plenty of bars for you to sample, while catching a cabaret show at the Brighton Ballroom is an absolute must.


Head to the Scottish capital if you’re looking for a perfect blend of partying and culture. There are plenty of local sights and attractions to enjoy, while the rural countryside and rugged wilderness that is on its doorstep would be ideal for any bride who loves a little outdoorsy adventure.


Alternatively, head to the English capital for a chance to appreciate the Big Smoke in all its glory. This incredibly diverse city has something for everyone, from West End shows and an unrivalled nightlife, to pampering opportunities and fine dining in one of many Michelin-starred restaurants.


With its thriving music scene, cracking nightlife and more shopping opportunities than you could possibly manage in a weekend (that sounds like a challenge!), Manchester is a nucleus of activity for hen and stag dos of all varieties. Live entertainment is a real highlight of the city – perfect for any hen who loves her music.


Fancy a city with a difference? Head to the medieval northern city of York for a chance to delve into the history and culture that the city possesses, as well as being a few steps away from the area of Mickelgate which will make your hen party feel right at home. Need a little macabre twist to satiate the bride’s love for the supernatural? Add a ghost hunt onto your stay for something truly memorable!

If the bride’s hen weekend is in your hands, start planning today so that you can tailor-make a weekend that will suit her and her dreams down to a T!

My name is Gareth Leonard, a Marketing Director turned World Traveler with a passion for slow, meaningful travel. I have been traveling the world full-time for the past 9+ years and document it all on Instagram and YouTube. Come join me!

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