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The top 10 hen party destinations in the UK and overseas

The top 10 hen party destinations in the UK and overseas

Written by Katie Byrne

The experts at Freedom share their top picks for bridesmaids who want to organise their best-ever hen!


Freedom have been in the business of organising the most memorable and fun hen parties for over 20 years now, constantly adding new hen party locations and keeping up with trends. But there are some party locations that remain ever popular and it’s not difficult to work out why!

The UK's top five hen destinations

London – in old London town

We’re proud of our capital city and rightly so. What’s not to love about the Royals, culture, super-clubs, Soho, Covent Garden, Harrods, red buses, history, big ben... and on and on and literally on. Oh yes and some of the best shopping in the world should be amongst the list.

Newcastle – away to canny Newcastle

How those Geordies love to party. Whether you’re a fan of Geordie Shore or not, there is no denying that Newcastle is a party mecca. Friendly, welcoming and offering hen parties a heady mix of shopping, dining experiences, clubs and entertainment.

Manchester – affectionately known as ‘Madchester’

Rub shoulders with the cast of Corrie, party like the Man Utd WAGS, max out the credit cards. Manchester describes itself as inviting, original, edgy, happening and different. The buzzing, energetic atmosphere can’t fail to capture your attention.

Bournemouth – oh we do love to be beside the seaside

Let the sea air fill your lungs, let the Dorset sun warm your cheeks and then check out those hunky beach boys. Think hen parties Bournemouth, think beach, beautiful and bountiful. Pubs, clubs and leisure facilities to keep all visitors busy and happy at all times, regardless of what the British weather has in mind.

Birmingham – offering a whole lot more than a vindaloo

The UK’s 2nd largest city claims to offer a world-class cultural scene and a diverse mix of shopping, attractions and nightlife and shouts loud and proud for Birmingham hen parties. BUT could you really visit and not have a curry? 

“Birmingham offers unbeatable value, a great selection of top-notch hotels and all within walking distance of its wild night-life – this city has well and truly earnt its place on Freedom’s Hen Party Map and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!” - Kevin Calderon (Customer and Marketing Manager)

The top five overseas destinations for hens...

Barcelona - "Baaar cel ooooona"

City meets seaside resort with outstanding results. Barcelona consistently proves a popular hen party destination and with its rich history, nightlife, great weather and the beach it’s reign is set to last. Barcelona hen nights equal Cava, paella, tapas, flamenco and finding your way back to the hotel at dawn.

Dublin – when Irish eyes are smiling

Take a deep breath and throw yourself in the party Irish style. From a drop of the black stuff to trendy cool wine bars, Dublin opens its arms in a welcoming hug. Ancient, unique, special and unbelievable friendly. And there's a treat around every corner... Ha'Penny Bridge, secret garden, black pool and the Irish crown jewels to name just a few.

Budapest – thermal baths, goulash and the beautiful Danube

It probably should go down as being wrong not to visit the thermal baths, after all there are almost 100 thermal springs and 12 medicinal baths to choose from. But your ‘to do’ list should absolutely include pleasure boats cruising up and down the beautiful Danube bend, thriving nightlife, exotic food and great wine!

Benidorm – fun in the sun

Sun, sea and sangria makes for a great start to any hen weekend away. Forget quiet, picturesque Spain, you’re here to party and that’s what’s on offer around every corner. Benidorm is the most visited tourist resort on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain. OK so yes, it did have a slightly naff reputation for being populated with the not-so-sophisticated Brit Tourist, but that reputation has been well and truly put to bed.

Marbella – no carbs before Marbs

In a popularity contest Marbella has so much going for that it’s always going to feature near the top. Yes those TOWIE guys gave it a boost, but Marbella has long been the playground of the rich and famous. Bikinis, sunnies, party dresses and killer heels are all a must. Sophisticated piano bars, flamenco shows, live cabaret, rock music, karaoke and some excellent clubs will keep you partying from dusk until dawn.

“For European destinations I really couldn’t call it between Barcelona and Budapest, I love them both equally, they offer heaps of culture, sumptuous cuisine and an array of nightlife – Everything you need!” – Carol Reddin (Sales Manager)

Anyone planning their hen party will find themselves quite literally spoilt for choice… and isn’t that just the best position to be in!

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