Sure a UK hen do doesn't sound quite as glamorous as a Parisian bachelorette party, but in this blog, we're going to tell you exactly why you should choose a UK bachelorette party instead of chasing rainbows in Ibiza. So, grab your feather boas and tiaras because we're about to unveil 10 of the best hen do locations in the UK where you can throw the ultimate hen do for your bride-to-be. But first, let's uncover the history and unique hen-do traditions that continue to be popular within in the UK.

Why is it called a Hen Night?

a hen party having fun at one of the best UK hen do locations
The term 'hen night actually has an interesting history. The word "hen" originally referred to the female of any bird species, but it was specifically used to describe female chickens. In the 1800s, "hen party" began to be used in the context of gatherings for women, and it eventually evolved into "hen night" in the early 20th century. The use of "hen" in this context likely comes from the idea of women gathering together, much like hens in a flock.

What's the Point of a Hen Night?

Why have a hen night, you ask? Well, why not! The primary purpose of a hen night is to celebrate the bride-to-be's upcoming marriage and bid farewell to her single life. It's a time for the bride and her closest friends to bond, create lasting memories, and let loose before the big day. It's also an opportunity for the bride's friends to show their love and support by planning a memorable event. Plus, who doesn't love an excuse to wear a tiara and dance like nobody's watching?

What Happens on a Hen Do?

Now, onto the most critical question: What do you even do on a hen do? A hen do typically involves a mix of fun hen do activities, relaxation, and bonding with your closest friends. From spa days and dance classes (because everyone needs some hen-dancing in their life) to cocktail making and quirky challenges, the options are as diverse as a flock of hens. The goal is to create unforgettable memories before the big day. And don't forget to include some cheeky hen do games to add some fun and excitement to the party.

How Much Should You Spend on a Hen Do?

a hen do in the UK watching a show
Ah, the age-old question: How much should you spend on a hen do? Well, the cost of a hen do can vary greatly depending on your hens' preferences and budget. However, a rough estimate for a UK hen do weekend can range from £100 to £300 per person. Make sure to discuss the budget with the bride-to-be and her friends beforehand to ensure everyone is comfortable with the expenses because a recent study found that 32% of people have declined a hen do invitation because they couldn't afford it. But remember, a hen do doesn't have to break the bank—sometimes the best memories are made on a budget!

The 10 Best Bachelorette Party Locations in the UK

1. London

watch magic mike on your UK hen do
Kicking off our list of the best hen do locations in the UK is of course London. London, the vibrant heart of the UK, is the playground for your unforgettable UK hen do. Here, you can party like royalty, shop 'til you drop, and indulge in the finest cuisine. Start your day with a luxurious spa treatment at one of the city's upscale hotels – because nothing says "hen do" like a little pampering. But what's a hen do without a cheeky daytime activity? Dive into the delightful world of bottomless brunch, where you can sip endless mimosas or prosecco while munching on scrumptious brunch dishes. It's the perfect way to fuel up for a day of mischief and mayhem.

As the sun dips below the skyline, London transforms into a seductive temptress, offering an electric night out for your hen party. And what better way to spice things up than with tickets to the scintillating Dreamboys show? Get ready for an eyeful of eye candy and enough sizzling entertainment to make your hearts race.

But wait, there's more fun to be had! How about shaking things up with a cocktail making masterclass? You and your cheeky hens can learn the art of crafting delicious cocktails while giggling your way through the process. It's the perfect excuse to let your hair down and raise a glass – or several. And, of course, you can't visit London without experiencing the sensual excitement of Magic Mike Live. Get your tickets to this heart-pounding spectacle that will have you blushing, cheering, and dancing in your seats. It's the cherry on top of your London hen do.

2. Edinburgh

drink champagne with your hen party in edinburgh
Next on our list of the best UK hen do destinations is Edinburgh. A convenient location for those who live higher up the country or those living in England who want a burst of another culture without having to travel far. Start your day with a bang by treating yourselves to a champagne breakfast at the Lookout, where you can savor bubbly and delicious morning bites while soaking in breathtaking views of the city. It's the perfect way to kick off your hen do in style.

Now, for an unforgettable night out, head to George Street if you're seeking upmarket bars or the Cowgate for a more raucous affair. These areas are buzzing with energy and offer a fantastic selection of bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. Make a stop at Tigerlily, one of Edinburgh's best bars for stylish cocktails that's sure to get the party started. For those who want to dance the night away, you can't go wrong with the Liquid Rooms - the city's go-to spot for a night of music and dancing.

Lastly, we can't ignore Edinburgh's eerie side, but let's give the spooky ghost tours a miss this time – unless you're up for a spine-tingling adventure! Instead, get ready to groove with your girls. Consider a ceilidh with live traditional music and lively dancing for a truly Scottish hen do.

3. Manchester

Known for its buzzing nightlife, Manchester is a fantastic choice for party-loving hens. Kick off your evening in the Northern Quarter, where you can dance the night away in eclectic bars and clubs. Try your hand at a cocktail masterclass to start the evening with some liquid courage. If live music is your jam, Manchester boasts renowned music venues like the O2 Apollo and Albert Hall, where you can catch a memorable gig. And speaking of music, why not add a touch of rock 'n' roll to your night with a karaoke session at Boom Box? Sing your heart out with your hens and create unforgettable memories that will have you laughing for years to come.

4. Liverpool

For music-loving hens in the UK, Liverpool is a must-visit hen do destination - especially if they're Beatles fans. Begin your musical journey at the world-famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles first found fame, and enjoy live performances and nostalgia-filled memorabilia. Take a Beatles-themed tour to discover the band's roots and iconic landmarks. Mathew Street is the epi-centre of Liverpool's nightlife, offering a variety of bars and clubs for dancing and live music including:

For a twist of culture (if you're not too hungover), visit the Tate Liverpool or the Walker Art Gallery. Once you've absorbed all the culture with your hens, head to the vibrant Albert Dock area where you can stroll by plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

5. Brighton

visit brighton as one of the best hen do destinations in the uk
Brighton's evenings are legendary, and there's no shortage of exciting options. Begin your night with a pre-dinner cocktail at a chic cocktail bar like The Plotting Parlour or The Cocktail Shack. Sip on expertly crafted drinks while you and your hens soak up the stylish atmosphere. As the night unfolds, head to the Lanes, a bustling maze of narrow streets filled with pubs, clubs, and live music venues. Dance the night away at clubs like Horizon or Pryzm, where you can groove to the latest tunes with your beloved girl squad.

For something a bit more alternative, explore Brighton's vibrant LGBTQ+ scene in Kemptown. Dive into inclusive bars, quirky cafes, and beachfront hangouts, all while celebrating love in its many forms. You'll find plenty of opportunities to dance, mingle, and have a fantastic time.

6. Leeds

Leeds is the ultimate UK party capital, perfect for hens ready to dance the night away. When visiting Leeds with your hens, you should head to the vibrant Call Lane, home to numerous bars and clubs with music ranging from hip-hop to indie rock. Consider booking a themed karaoke room at Mix for you and the girls to belt out your favourite tunes while sipping cocktails. If you're looking for something unique, Leeds offers escape rooms and immersive experiences like Gin Journey Leeds, where you can explore the city while sipping on gin cocktails. Don't forget to explore the street food scene at Trinity Kitchen and grab a bite between dance-offs. At the Trinity, you can find street food from all corners of the world that's sure to please a group with diverse food tastes.

7. Newcastle

Newcastle offers an energetic and lively atmosphere for hens ready to party. Start your day with a hilarious dance class, such as a Geordie Shore-style dance class, to blow off steam and get in the hen party mood. Explore the bustling Quayside area, known for its stunning views, bars, and restaurants. Enjoy a night out on the town at the Bigg Market, where you can find an array of pubs and clubs. To nurse off the hangover the next day, consider a day trip to Tyneside's beautiful beaches or the stunning Northumberland coast where the fresh air will nurse you all back to health in time for the wedding.

8. Bristol

Bristol, the ultimate party destination, sets the stage for a cheeky and unforgettable hen do. Kick off your Bristol adventure with a cocktail-making class, perfect your aim with prosecco pong, and then dive into the city's vibrant nightlife at venues like Thekla, SWX, or Pryzm. Add a naughty twist to your evening with cheeky dare cards, a risqué scavenger hunt, and even some nude life drawing for a giggle-filled artistic experience. And for the pièce de résistance, no hen do is complete without a butler in the buff experience to wait on the bride-to-be and the hens from the comfort of your accommodation.

9. Essex

a hen party in essex getting a makeover
Essex, known for its lively atmosphere and glamorous nightlife, is a fabulous addition to our list of UK bachelorette party destinations. This county offers a unique blend of fun and sophistication, making it the perfect choice for hens looking to celebrate in style. Why not get an Essex makeover at Brentwood Beauty where you and the girls can get your brows done, facials and even permanent make-up? That way you'll all be looking the part for the wedding. After your makeover, enjoy a delicious brunch at one of Essex's charming eateries like Sheesh, where you can enjoy delicious food and perhaps even a glass or two of prosecco. Then, spend the evening at one of the county's renowned clubs, such as Faces or Sugar Hut where you may spot a TOWIE star or two. Essex is famous for its lively nightlife, and you and your hens are in for a night of music and dancing that you won't forget.

10. Glasgow

a hen do in a limo on their way to a club
Glasgow is famous for its unrivalled energy, amazing night outs and friendly locals (you know it was actually named the UK's friendliest city?) making it one of the best UK hen do destinations.

Kick off your Glasgow hen do with a round of ForePlay Crazy Golf, where you can hit balls through famous Glasgow landmarks. After your golf sessions, get tipsy during a hands-on cocktail-making class at Revolucion De Cuba. By this point, you'll surely have worked up an appetite. Treat yourselves to dinner at SUGO in the city centre - because who doesn't love cheap, fresh and delicious pasta? When the time comes to hit the clubs, head over to The Garage, a legendary nightlife destination in Glasgow. Dance the night away to a mix of musical styles, from pop to indie, ensuring there's something to please every taste among your hens. And if you really want to make an entrance! Consider hiring a party bus to transport your hen party in style as you hop from one exciting venue to the next. It's an unforgettable experience that will make you and your hens feel like true VIPs.

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