The 24 best UK hen do
destinations for 2023/2024

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Ladies, we know that the last few years have been a shambles. After all, we’ve lost count of the times we’ve nearly resorted to throwing our toys out of the pram. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Weddings are back in full flow and more importantly, maid of honour, which means you can get back to planning the perfect hen party. And if anyone deserves a celebration, it’s you…

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So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top UK hen do destinations for 2023/2024 that guarantee a great time whether you’re looking for a more cost-effective hen do or luxury options.. If you’re still in the early phases of planning the hen do, then don’t forget to check our additional guide on the best cities for nights out in the UK.

Top hen party destinations in the UK


Pros: The accent is hilarious after a few.

Cons: You’ll never be able to pull it off. Ever.

If you want to incorporate some culture, rest and relaxation into your hen party weekend, Bath should definitely be on your radar. The largest city in Somerset, Bath is a world heritage site and home to the only natural hot springs in England that you can bathe in. Plus, there’s a simple way to take in all the sights – a bus tour… Or, a bar crawl – whatever floats your boat.


Pros: Irish men.

Cons: You won’t understand a thing they’re saying.

Belfast may have had a troubled past, but it’s undergone a major transformation into a trendy party town with lots to offer for tourists and various activities. You’ll find everything you need in the Cathedral Quarter, which has traditional pubs alongside cocktail bars. Live music and cover bands is belting out your favourite songs, and there’s always something happening – whatever night you’re there.


Pros: It’s easily accessible for those all over the UK.

Cons: There’s always someone who believes it’s in the north.

Touted as the UK’s second city, Birmingham is lovely in the summer when you can stroll along its canal network, sampling food and drink from the numerous bars and restaurants that line its banks. Base yourself near New Street Station. From here, walk five minutes to The Mailbox shopping centre, which has high-end designer stores and a spa. If you walk through it, you’ll find it’s connected to the canal – there are hotels all over this area, too.

Brecon Beacons

Pros: It’ll be a hit with the older guests.

Cons: Slut drops probably aren’t a thing here.


The beautiful
National Park is perfect for unwinding if you don’t fancy spending your hen weekend in one of the UK’s party cities. Take in the scenic views with a bus tour or get some fresh air with a walk. There are numerous tours to and from Cardiff, which is less than an hour’s drive away. While you won’t find much nightlife here, some gorgeous pubs serve some seriously good nosh.


Pros: Who needs Ibiza when you’ve got Brighton?

Cons: It’s the UK so it’ll probably rain

It’s diverse, fun, and makes for an amazing hen do. Yes, we’re talking about Brighton. Spend the morning exploring the beach, pop into the many cafes for traditional afternoon tea – and if you’re looking to really get the party started, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a bar. As night falls, this colourful city comes alive. Head to the North Laines for a great night out with a friendly atmosphere. Alternatively, visit West Street to continue your hen party into the early hours.


Pros: It’s the perfect place for a bar crawl

Cons: Cider will get you very drunk…

You’re in for a treat if you’ve chosen Bristol for your hen party weekend. Its historic Harbourside area is definitely the place to be, with waterside bars, restaurants, shops and attractions. And with the sun beating down on you, if you close your eyes, it’s like being at one of Ibiza’s beach clubs.


Pros: The Welsh know how to party

Cons: Your mate will definitely think she needs her passport

For a party weekend in Cardiff look no further than Mermaid Quay. With cinemas, a comedy club, shops, bars and restaurants, and a stunning waterfront, you probably won’t need to go anywhere else. With hotels dotted all around the city, there’s no shortage of places to stay. A few minutes north you’ll find Cardiff Castle, an excellent and cultural way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


Pros: You’ll never be bored

Cons: It’s not really the place for strippers…

A hen party weekend in Cornwall will likely be less about the shopping and partying and more about the adventure. There are many activities – from learning to surf to… hold on, did somebody say wine tasting? Yes, there are several wine tours you can go on in Cornwall and what better way to celebrate a big day than quaffing some bubbles with your besties? The buzziest part of Cornwall has got to be Newquay, with tons of bars, restaurants and shopping options to choose from.

The Cotswolds

Pros: There’s plenty of guest houses with hot tubs.

Cons: Choosing where to go isn’t going to easy

If you’re all about the scenery, one of the most popular tourist spots in the region is Bourton-on-the-Water. This beautiful village is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Cirencester is the best place for shops and restaurants and Stow on the Wold is the best for foodies. And if you’re looking for nightlife, Gloucester is just a 30-minute drive away. Moreover, this is the best place in the UK to find a hen party hot tub break.


Pros: Ideal for those adventurous hens

Cons: One weekend isn’t enough


The county of Devon has some stunning locations to choose from. The south coast in the Sutton Harbour area of Plymouth has a lot going on. For gin lovers, spend the day at the Plymouth Gin Distillery, but don’t make too many plans for afterwards. Many bars and shops keep you busy in the town centre too. Barnstaple is good for the more adventurous. Here, you can learn to surf off the north coast’s rugged coastline, try a new water sport or take out a canoe.


Pros: Cheap drinks and cheap laughs

Cons: Everyone sounds like Keith Lemon


West Yorkshire’s largest city, Leeds is also a university city, so you’re guaranteed lots to do. Nightlife seems to be concentrated right by the Kirkgate Market area, which is a must-visit. You’ll find a few comedy clubs if you can’t decide on a nightclub and several Escape Room experiences. As for things to do, the shopping is of course plentiful.


Pros: There’s nothing like a night out up north

Cons: You’ll never be as glam as Liverpudlian…

There’s so much to do in Liverpool, you won’t know where to start. So first of all, get a view of the city from the Royal Liver Building 360, which opened its doors after over 100 years. If you’re a big music lover, try the British Music Experience in the Cunard Building. As for its nightlife, Liverpool is crammed full of top-quality bars. You’ll also find tons of excellent music venues dotted around the centre.


Pros: It’s the capital city for a reason.

Cons: Your group won’t be able to agree on an area.

London is the ultimate weekend away. But instead of spending it with your head inside your hotel loo, why not get outside and get to know it? Start at Trafalgar Square, and go to Covent Garden, a lovely place to browse independent shops and grab some lunch. Now head down through Leicester Square and Piccadilly, through Chinatown and up Regent Street towards Carnaby Street and Soho for some boutique shopping. Of course, there are plenty of bars to stop at on the way.


Pros: Mancs are the friendliest people ever. Fact.

Cons: You’ll never get over it.

If you and your mates like a good laugh, Manchester will come up with the goods. There’s Chill Factore for some indoor skiing, The Crystal Maze Live Experience for some nutty fun, and The Printworks for the ultimate night out. This entertainment complex and iconic building, houses, among other things, a cinema and sixteen bars and restaurants. Oh and there’s something about a football team, but whatever.

New Forest

Pros: It’s unlike any other hen do

Cons: The activities aren’t the best on a hangover

When you think of the New Forest, you don’t think ‘PARTY!’ however there are a few options if you want to try and ramp it up. Paultons Park, a theme park with over 70 rides. And, if you’re a bunch of outdoorsy types or you want to try something new, Avon Tyrell Outdoor Centre offers 40 different experiences including a zip wire, archery, kayaking and climbing.


Pros: It’s the Toon!

Cons: You might see the Geordie Shore lot…

Newcastle has loads to offer for a party weekend. Start off at Eldon Garden Shopping Centre and get your shopping fix out of the way. Have yourself a nice big lunch, then head back to your hotel to get all dolled up for the evening. A Silent Disco Adventure around the streets of Newcastle is always a laugh, but there’s plenty more places to go along the Quays.


Pros: It’s probably one of the prettiest weekend aways you’ll ever have

Cons: Where exactly is it?!

More a relaxing getaway than a buzzing city break, Norfolk has beautiful scenery, coastlines, and lovely beach destinations. However, if you’re staying in Norwich, there’s plenty to do, including escape rooms, ghost walks, paintball, spas and of course shopping. Come dinnertime, you’ll be spoilt for choice too.


Pros: It’s quintessentially English

Cons: You’ll have never felt so un-posh (is that even a word?!)

Home to plenty of culture and a large selection of bars and restaurants, Oxford pretty much ticks all boxes when it comes to a hen party weekend. Harry Potter and Downton Abbey fans will probably want to follow in the cast’s footsteps but don’t worry if this doesn’t appeal to everyone. Westgate Oxford features global brands, a five-screen boutique cinema, rooftop bars, and dining.


Pros: There’s plenty to do

Cons: It’s not quite Leeds

The historic city of York is a gorgeous place to spend the weekend. There are more attractions per square mile than any other city in the UK, so if you want to fit lots in, plan your itinerary beforehand. Take in the largest, medieval, gothic cathedral in England; visit York Dungeon; take a city cruise through the centre – all before hitting the town in the evening.

So there you have it. 19 of the best hen party destinations for 2022. Now all that’s left to do is choose a few hen party activities to keep everyone entertained and why not take a look at our selection of hen party games for an unforgettable night?

Countryside hen party locations

From beautiful, fairy-tale forests to breathtaking islands, we’ve rounded up the 10 most enchanting destinations in the UK that will really impress your bride-to-be. Plus, remember you can now arrange your very own Nude Life drawing session at a location that suits you. You can thank us later.

Are you planning a hen party? Check out our reputable hen party life drawing classes. If you are looking for a different kind of hen party, that will be talked about for years to come, our life drawing classes create a totally unique and unforgettable experience for your bride-to-be and all her hens.

Isle of Lewis

Isle of lewis hen party destination

When? Autumn

As the largest island of the Outer Hebrides, this Scottish gem will leave even the most chattiest of hens speechless. Isle of Lewis may offer perfect instagram-shots all year round, but it’s in autumn when the area is filled with fiery orange foliage that it really comes to light. Home to gorgeous woodland, acres of parkland and a number of inspiring castles, this is a fantastic choice if you want to plan a magical hen weekend away.


There’s a four-mile walk from the centre of town that takes you through incredible scenery. Plus, you’ll have definitely earned that glass of fizz afterwards…

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch lomond hen party destination

When? Autumn

The largest stretch of water in the UK , this lake in southern Scotland promises footpaths, cycle trails and plenty of wild animal spotting (and we don’t mean your mate hungover). It’s part of the Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve meaning it’s a great spot for autumn strolling and as you wander through the quaint villages, you’re sure to find plenty of traditional pubs. Plus, look out for The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, which has twice been named “Scotland’s Best Independent Pub”. Need we say more?


The Millennium Forest Trail at Balmaha is a simple 1.5-mile path which climbs through oak groves to give you stunning views over the loch. Afterwards, enjoy dinner and fizz at the award-winning pub.

Castlegal, Ireland

Winter hen party destination

When? Autumn

With plenty of incredible mountain views, oodles of fresh Irish coastal air and the chance of bumping into a native man, Castlegal in Ireland is a fantastic choice for a hen party. Whether you want to explore the local trails or explore the local pubs, there’s plenty to see and do here.


Stay in the Irish countryside and enjoy a glamping experience. With your very own bell tent, fire pit and BBQ area, this will be one weekend that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

Dawyck Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Edinburgh hen do idea

When? Spring & Autumn

Head to Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and marvel at its 65 floral acres. Look out for the Dawyck Beech planted in 1860, and a Japanese katsura tree, whose leaves turn a pale biscuit colour as summer concludes. Plus, head into Edinburgh in the evening to really get the party started.


Wander along the walled garden for incredible views. Afterwards, why not use your floral inspiration and take part in a DIY flower crown workshop?

Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest Hen Do

When? Autumn and winter

Situated between Norfolk and Suffolk, Thetford Forest is the Kate Moss of UK forests. Boasting pine, oak, maple and walnut trees, why not create your very own hen party woodland-theme bingo. Look out for the first hen to fall in mud, the first hen to run from an animal and the first hen to moan that they’re cold.


Experience the forest from the treetops at Thetford Forest’s Go Ape adventure zone.

Wye Valley

Wye valley hen party destination

When? Autumn

As one of Britain’s most picturesque rivers, the River Wye and the Wye Valley can be found on the border between Wales and England. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and an internationally important protected landscape, this is one picture that definitely won’t need a filter.


Enjoy the landscape from the warmth of a wooden cabin or cosy cottage and don’t forget to bring a bottle of fizz for your private hot tub.

The Cotswolds

cotswolds hen party destination

When? Summer and Autumn

Few locations combine prettiness and urban appeal as the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire do. Expect beautiful rivers, characteristic market-towns and villages and tree-shrouded hilltops that look magnificent when autumn leaves start to tumble.


The Cotswold Perfumery in Bourton-on-the-Water is a family-run perfume garden and laboratory that offers two day-long perfume making courses perfect for hen parties of all ages.

Longleat Forest, Wiltshire

longleat hen party idea

When? Autumn and winter

The Center Parcs retreat at Longleat Forest in Wiltshire is arguably the most beautiful of the company’s “villages”. Not only is it easy to get to but it also offers your hen party participants the choice to relax or be active. As well as cycling, swimming and walking activities, there’s also high-ropes where you can gain a close-up glimpse of the changing of the season as they swing and leap in the branches.


Center Parcs at Longleat offers swimming rides, spectacular scenery and ancient woodland.  

New Forest National Park

new forest hen party location

When? Autumn and winter

New Forest National Park has been loved by visitors for centuries and it’s not hard to see why. Boasting 219 square miles of protected space and trees that are more than 800 years old, there’s also the New Forest Walking Festival that promises over 80 guided strolls, and most are free (slightly different from Glasto hun).


After a day of walking and exploring, rest your feet in the sophisticated spa hotel at Lyndhurst.


Guernsey hen party destination

When? Autumn and winter

The second largest Channel Island, Guernsey combines leafy landscapes and coastal paths. Here, islanders are passionate about their food and it’ll certainly satisfy your tastebuds. Whether its fish and chips watching the sunset, al fresco dining at a Parisienne-style café, a pub lunch, afternoon tea, or fine dining, Guernsey is ready to serve.


Throughout the year, the calendar is packed full of Food Events and food festivals, including the legendary Tennerfest in autumn. A short trip to Herm, Sark and Alderney will also be sure to delight the senses.

So, there we have it, our top enchanting hen party destinations in the UK. If you are looking for the more popular hen party destinations, check out our Top UK Hen Party Destinations In The UK blog post.

The top 10 UK hen do destinations

Based on internal hen party data from over 10,000 enquiries, here are the most popular UK hen party locations in 2023. Find out more hen party statistics for 2023.

Location % of hen parties
London 11.75%
Brighton 10.12%
Bath 6.96%
Manchester 5.25%
Belfast 3.94%
York 3.56%
Edinburgh 3.54%
Liverpool 2.83%
Bristol 2.69%
Cardiff 2.67%
Leeds 2.28%
Dublin 2.15%
Cambridge 1.77%
Newcastle 1.71%
Birmingham 1.66%
Bournemouth 1.25%
Chester 1.14%
Norwich 1.03%
Blackpool 0.98%

Smaller, sophisticated hen-do locations


One of the most popular destinations in Cornwall, Polperro is a largely unspoilt fishing village on the southeast coast. The beach here is small and sandy and sports a fabulous little tidal pool ideal for first swimmers. Pretty cottages cling to the steep hillside of this quaint and picturesque harbour.


The Yorkshire Dales are one of England’s most revered natural environments with spectacular waterfalls, cascading hills, broadleaved woodland and meadowland flora. Home to little stone villages and traditional farmland, the Dales (valleys) are ever-changing throughout the seasons.


Lewes is certainly one of Sussex’s most attractive market towns and an ideal visitor destination. It is relatively small, yet filled with historic buildings such as Lewes Castle and the Anne of Cleaves House. It’s also home to Harvey’s Brewery and a handful of their pubs.


Whitstable is renowned for its culinary excellence and pretty seaside charm. This seaside retreat is popular due to its sophisticated and contemporary approach to food and its attractive aesthetic. The town has been celebrated for its seafood since Roman times.


Bury St. Edmunds is an historic market town in Suffolk. Attractive medieval architecture is apparent throughout, and elegant buildings such as the grand Cathedral and Abbey Gardens are free for visitors and locals. Other attractions include the Greene King Brewery, the Theatre Royal and the Apex music venue.

How to choose a destination for your hen party?

Step 1: When choosing a destination for a hen party, it’s essential to consider the bride’s interests and preferences. The location should be in line with what she likes and enjoys.

Step 2: Establish the budget for the hen party and select a location that falls within that budget.

Note: At this point, it might be a good idea to present 2-3 locations and budget options with the other bridesmaids but not the wider hen party group: the phrase too many cooks comes to mind.

Step 3: Look into accessibility. Consider the convenience of travelling to the location, such as the availability of flights and transportation options.

Step 4: Consider accommodation choices. Consider the group’s preferences and financial resources and research various accommodation choices, such as hotels, hen party houses, or villas.

Step 5: Research hen party ideas. Choose a destination that offers a variety of activities and entertainment options that the group will enjoy, such as places to eat, nightlife, or hen party activities. If you’re on a budget, check out our cheap hen-do ideas

Step 6: Before finalising a destination, it’s essential to check the weather in your destination to ensure it matches your planned activities and preferences, considering the time of year and weather conditions.

Step 7: It’s crucial to prioritise safety and security. Take the time to research your destination’s safety measures and security protocols to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Step 8: When choosing a destination, it’s essential to consult with the group and consider everyone’s opinions and preferences. This will help ensure that everyone enjoys the trip.

Things to consider when choosing a hen party locations

What was the most popular hen party location in 2022?

London was the most popular hen party location in 2022 (11.75%).

What are the best cities in the UK for hen do?

Many great cities in the UK are popular for hen parties. Some of the best cities to consider for a hen do include London, Brighton, Bath & Edinburgh.

What are the most popular clubs in the UK?

Some of the most popular clubs in the UK include Ministry of Sound in London, The Warehouse Project in Manchester, Sub Club in Glasgow, Motion in Bristol, and Printworks in London.

What is the age limit for a hen party?

There is, and shouldn’t be an age limit for a hen party! All ages, genders and types of people are allowed to attend. Just ensure that the chosen activities are suitable for all attendees.

How many days should a hen party be?

The length of a hen party can vary depending on personal preference and availability. However, a typical hen party usually lasts between one to three days, with the most common choice being over a weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

Do mothers go to hen parties?

Mothers can certainly be invited to hen parties, even grandmothers have attended many too! But ensure that all activities and events are suitable for all ages.

When should a hen do take place?

A hen do, or bachelorette party, is typically held before a wedding by the bride’s female friends. It usually takes place a few weeks or months before the wedding, allowing the bride-to-be to enjoy a fun and festive celebration with her friends before getting married. Timing should be coordinated with the bride’s schedule.

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