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This North Yorkshire city has won a bucket load of accolades including European Tourism City of the Year, the Most Festive City, the Safest Place to Visit and the Best Place to Live in the UK. Fancy having a hen weekend in York to find out what all the fuss is about? You’ll be so glad you did!
What to Expect During a Hen Party in York
York has a unique feel and everything’s in easy reach. Explore the quirky shops, River Ouse and iconic landmarks such as The Shambles, a medieval street that inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, and York Minster, one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals.
You might assume that the nightlife in this historic city is a little stale, but you’d be so wrong! There are two universities in York, so you just know you’re in for a wild night with a range of traditional boozers, buzzing bars and banging nightclubs!
Head here with your best girls and prepare to party against a stunning backdrop of cathedrals and castles. Looking for hen party ideas in York? You’ve come to the right place, girls! From fun dance classes to rifle shooting, cocktail making to nude life drawing, we’ve got everything you need to make your special weekend even more special.
Outdoor Hen Do Activities in York
Get outdoors to feel the wind in your hair and breathe in that fresh air during your hen do in York. If you like your activities rough and ready, how about trying a bit of quad biking? You’ll explore more than 70 acres of countryside on top of a beasty Kymco quad bike, taking on mounds, corners and muddy puddles during a 30-minute thrill ride.
Nude Life Drawing - If you fancy a giggle with the girls, try York hen party life drawing for something cheeky you won’t forget in a hurry! An expert art tutor will give your group top tips on how to draw all the lines and curves of the nude male body. Your inspiration won’t come from a photo though; you’re going to have the real thing right in front of you! After lots of blushing and giggles, settle into this laid-back session and compare your masterpieces at the end. Will you create a lifelike sketch or a hilarious scribble?
Grease Experience - Bit laid back for you? Why not get your pulse racing, learn some new moves and unleash your inner dancefloor diva? If you’re fans of the iconic movie, Grease, don your Pink Ladies jacket and learn the famous moves. A professional dance tutor will teach you a choreographed routine where you’ll bust out rock ‘n’ roll and jive moves. You could even perform it again at the upcoming wedding!
Bubble Mayhen - If you’re a group of sporty hens, why not inject some friendly competition into your York hen weekend with Bubble Mayhen? This brilliantly bonkers activity gets each of you climbing inside your own big, inflatable zorb. It’ll encase the whole top half of your body, leaving just your legs sticking out at the end like a big lollipop! The aim of the game is to split into teams to play hysterical games that see you bump and barge into each other with hilarious results!
Axe Throwing - If you’d like something even more action-packed, how about trying your hand at axe throwing. This exciting activity is constantly growing in popularity and sure to get you all embracing your inner thrill seeker! You’ll receive a safety briefing and full tuition before you start throwing a range of axes at the targets. Do you reckon you’ve got what it takes to hit that elusive bullseye? No experience is needed; just come prepared to unleash your inner Viking queen!
Buff Butler - If you’re planning on hosting your York hen do at home, why not hire a butler in the buff to help things go smoothly? He’ll answer the door in a very cheeky, bottom-baring apron, collar, cuffs and bowtie and will take coats, serve drinks and canapes and even host party games to help this to be a night to remember!
The location is spectacular but a little way out. I wasn't aware there were so many other activities available here, would have considered doing more. Staff were brilliant.
Such fun. The instructor was great.
Thank you so much for a really fun afternoon! Everyone had an awesome time and we’ve made some great memories!
Brilliant! Nanette was a wonderful teacher, very supportive and fun.
Legendary actress Dame Judi Dench and Full Monty actor Mark Addy were born in York. Explore the country of Yorkshire further and you might find even more famous faces including Game of Thrones actors Sean Bean and Sir Patrick Stewart, comedian Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon), presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Spice Girl Mel B, singer Zayn Malik and our fave Dr Who Jodie Whittaker. It’s safe to say that this country creates some truly awesome people! Who will you spot on your hen do in York?
Sitting down to some delicious food is a great way to celebrate your York hen night. There’s more to this city’s culinary scene than chocolate and Yorkshire puds (though obviously, they’re both pretty great!). Choose from an enormous range of restaurants to really tantalise your taste buds and get your mouth drooling! York’s annual Festival of Food and Drink attracts more than 150,000 people who descend upon the city to taste local produce and take part in workshops.
From filling plates of pasta to a big American burger, there’s something for all tastes here whether you’re looking for super sophisticated fine dining or cheap and easy chain restaurant eats.
Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in York
Afternoon Tea - Who can resist the tempting combo of quality time with the girls and tasty food? An afternoon tea hen party in York pairs the two, giving you a delicious range of sweet and savoury treats from finger sandwiches to scones with jam and cream, washed down with tea or even a glass of prosecco to make things feel extra special.
Bottomless Brunch - Fancy a boozier treat? Bottomless brunch is one of the most popular activities of the moment and it’s easy to see why. You’ll treat your taste buds to a delicious brunch dish, from eggs benedict to a full English breakfast, burgers to steaks, and wash it all down with totally unlimited glasses of prosecco, cocktails and more. What’s not to love?
Las Iguanas - 21 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8ADLas Iguanas bar and restaurant injects a bit of Latin American spirit into your York hen party with sizzling dishes and award-winning drinks. Choose two-courses from their extensive set menu and toast your betrothed bestie with a complimentary drink each with a choice of wine, beer or a cocktail.
Guy Fawkes Inn - 25 High Petergate, York, YO1 7HPHistory buffs will love a bite to eat in this medieval inn, the birthplace of Guido Fawkes, the notorious plotter. Their AA Rosette kitchen serves up a seasonal menu with fresh dishes using local ingredients from hand-battered haddock and chips to pies, sirloin steak to lamb chops. There are also veggie and gluten free options so now one’s left out.
Fancy Hank’s - 39 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LSHead over to the historic Minster Quarter and get transported to the deep south of the US for your hen do in York. Expect American goodies such as loaded pickles, buttermilk fried shrimp, mac and cheese, burgers, s’mores and more. You’ll chow down in a laid-back and friendly atmosphere and, what’s more, the prices won’t break the bank; great for bargain-loving hens!
If you thought York was too pretty to party, think again! Being an old city, you’ll find loads of traditional pubs here but that’s not all; there’s also a thriving live music scene, swanky cocktails and dance ‘til you drop nightclubs. There are two universities in the city and we all know that students love to party, meaning you can expect to experience some wild nightlife at affordable prices on your hen night in York. We all love that combo, don’t we?
Cocktail Making - There’s no better way to start your celebrations than with a spot of fun cocktail making for a hen do in York! Alcohol has a wonderful way of breaking the ice, bringing down barriers and getting everyone chatting, which is especially handy if some of the hens don’t know each other very well. You’ll all bond and have a laugh as a professional mixologist teaches you how to create the tastiest cocktails, from Caipirinhas to Cosmopolitans! You’ll whip up loads of delicious drinks, sipping on everything you make and playing some hilarious games from blindfold buddies to tandem cocktail making!
Gin Tasting - Mother’s Ruin is the drink on everyone’s lips at the moment. Why not learn all about its fascinating history and get your hands on plenty of samples with a gin tasting? You’ll taste a range of different brands and types and can even learn how to create mouth-watering gin-based cocktails, perfect for a sophisticated bachelorette bash.
Evil Eye - 42 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
If you’re fans of gin and quirky décor, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven with a trip to the Evil Eye Lounge during your York hen do. This seriously cool bar and gin shop boasts a menu featuring more than 1,000 different gins. Not surprisingly, that’s a Guinness World Record! This city is jam-packed with traditional boozers, making this place a weird and wonderful break from the norm.
Flares - 6 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6JB
Embrace full-on retro cheese with a night out at Flares on your York hen do. Expect banging tunes from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s that you can throw shapes to until the early hours. This club is really popular with stag and hen parties so you can celebrate in a feel-good atmosphere. What’s more, fancy dress is allowed. What will your theme be?
Revolution - 1 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL
Revolution always know how to throw a good party. Here, you can celebrate at a beautiful waterside location, bust some moves on the dance floor or simply chill out in the garden terrace, enjoying one of their tasty cocktails. This is also one of the many venues in the city that offer cocktail making and gin tasting masterclasses. What better way to warm up for the last night of freedom?
JORVIK Viking Festival
You can celebrate a hen do in York at any time of year. February is host to JORVIK Viking Festival, two weeks of fun that pays homage to the city’s rich Norse heritage. During the largest festival of its kind in Europe, you can expect loads of Viking-themed events including live history encampments, tours, talks and combat performances.
York Fashion Week
York Fashion Week takes place in March each year with seven days of runway shows, exhibits, workshops and lectures all aiming to support local and international talent such as retailers and designers. If you’re a budding fashionista, this will give you tons of inspiration.
York Chocolate Festival
If you’re visiting in April, you’re in for a real treat! The York Chocolate Festival celebrates everyone’s favourite sweet treat with workshops, markets, demonstrations and a fairground. If that’s not enough, you can even get your hands on free samples!
York Food and Drink Festival
Foodies will love York Food and Drink Festival in September where you can sink your teeth into a range of events including wine tastings, food tastings, talks, cookery demonstrations and workshops in some of the city’s most fabulous venues.
Christmas Hen Parties in York
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas once you enter a hen do in York in November and December. It might be chilly but you can just throw on an extra layer and get stuck into the fun! To immerse yourselves in the Christmassy magic, visit the Christmas Festival with live entertainment, fairs and stalls selling food, drink and gifts. York’s been voted the Most Festive City in the UK, so you know you’re in for a special weekend if you visit during the season to be jolly!
Getting to Your York Hen Do
York is easy to get to by car, train or coach. It’s around a 45-minute drive in Leeds, an hour and a half’s drive from Manchester, a three hour and 45 minute drive from Glasgow and around a four hour drive from London. You can get trains from a number of big, mainline stations directly to York train station. Don’t worry if you’ve got a long journey ahead of you; use the time to plan what you’ll get up to first on your hen do in York. Trust us, you’re in for a fantastic time.
Getting Around During Your York Hen Do
Exploring the city by foot is a must during your hen do in York and luckily most places of interest are close together. However, if you’re girls who love their heels, you might find the winding, cobbled streets get a bit much. No worries though because you can jump on a bus or hop in a taxi in a flash. You can even hop on a boat to explore the River Ouse and soak up the stunning sights in style from a unique viewpoint.
As you can see, this gorgeous city has so much to offer! If you’re tempted by a York hen do, read through our awesome activity listings now and see what takes your fancy. Arranging a hen party is no easy task but we’re here to take all the hassle away with a selection of top things to do that’ll have everyone in your group bonding, laughing and making memories. Go on, give that bride-to-be the epic send-off she deserves!