The UK’s BEST Stag and Hen Cities

Every January we see a huge increase in searches (except for when the world was on pause in 2021) for both stag and hen dos, which is no surprise given that the most popular time for people to become engaged is between Christmas and New Year!

As exciting as planning stag and hen dos can be, it can also be stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to choose the best location and activities to suit everyone and all at a budget that everybody is comfortable with! We wanted to help cut some of the stress out, so we created a list of the most popular UK cities for stag and hen dos according to search data. We also included some key statistics for each of these cities, and even recommended activities for each location, ensuring there is something for everyone.

1. Liverpool 

Liverpool definitely gauges the most interest for stag and hen locations, with around 1000 average monthly searches for ‘Liverpool Hen Dos’ and 880 monthly searches for stag dos. 

It’s no surprise that Liverpool is so high up on our list as the city is known for being one of the most popular stag and hen locations due to its many attractions, culture, and of course, great nightlife with around 212 bars and clubs around the city.

Tom Bourlett, head of marketing at Fizzbox.com, said: “With the city hosting Eurovision in May, the accommodation has become almost non-existent for that weekend, so we would recommend avoiding this month if your heart is set on Liverpool.” 

Recommended activities: 

For the partyers: BYOB to Alcotraz Prison cocktail bar for an immersive experience.

For the activity lovers: Attend a cheeky nude life drawing class. 

For the foodies: Eat at former Masterchef winner’s restaurant Röski.

For the culturists: Visit the birthplace of The Beatles and enjoy some live music.

2. London 

The capital was previously the most popular location for one last hoorah before the big day but has since been knocked down to the second spot. 

London is filled with many different activities with its wide range of museums and landmarks, various shows and events, and many great bars and restaurants. However, London is a huge city, and it is extremely important to bear this in mind when planning the weekend. 

Tom added: “The key to having a good hen party in London is to ensure each activity you book (and the accommodation ideally) are located in close proximity to each other. You don’t want to be travelling from one side to the other, or spending half the day on the tube.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Party the night away and see the sights on a Thames Boat Party.

For the activity lovers: Make it a spooktacular time and explore the London Dungeons.

For the foodies: Enjoy a tasting menu in the cloud at The Shard

For the culturists: Take a private tour of the Tate Modern.

3. Manchester

In the past few years, Manchester has been growing hugely in popularity, with many opting to move up north from the capital to this vibrant city. 

Manchester is known for its incredible shopping district, football fans, music and vivid culture. There is a wide range of activities in the city, whether it’s a boozy trip down Canal Street or a football-filled day. 

Alex Prossers, stag do planner for The Stag Company, said: “Manchester is a top Stag location. It has a great choice of classic Stag events, as well as some fantastic unique options that are really worth trying out. As an event planner, it is one of the easiest locations to plan as it has endless options waiting to be taken advantage of!”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Go to see the Adonis Cabaret for a night of sexy male strippers, drag queens, and comedy (with free club entry available after!)

For the activity lovers: Visit an escape room and test your group’s problem-solving skills.

For the foodies: Enjoy a four-course meal on the East Lancashire Railways traditional, Pullman style carriages. 

For the culturists: Visit the National Football Museum, the world’s biggest and best football museum. 

4. Edinburgh 

In the past, the Scottish capital has been underrated as a stag and hen location, but today it is a popular option for many. 

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, filled with history, culture, and beautiful architecture. There’s also a ton to do in Edinburgh, with around 1,700 attractions throughout the city.

Alex added: “It’s a big city, but it’s very easily accessible. It offers some fantastic outdoor events, which despite being in a big city are easy to get to. It also has one of the best nightlife scenes in the UK, not to mention it’s the home of Scotch Whisky!”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Show off your performing skills in an epic lip-sync battle.

For the activity lovers: Take part in a classic clash of the clans and play some classic highland games.

For the foodies: Travel the city and see the sights via bus whilst enjoying a traditional afternoon tea.

For the culturists: Explore Edinburgh castle via the Royal Route and take in the history.

5. Bristol

Ten years ago, Bristol wasn’t considered a hen or stag destination, but Fizzbox reported that by 2021 it was the second biggest-selling hen party destination, and search data shows it’s just as popular today for both stag and hens. 

The reason for this city’s rise in popularity is thanks to its many eating and drinking options, bustling nightlife and variety of activities. In 2019, Bristol was actually voted as the best place to live outside of London for those aged under 26. 

Alex commented: “Bristol is fast becoming one of our most popular locations. We’ve sent more people to Bristol this year than any other city. Bristol is also great value for money with the accommodation being the cheapest in the whole of the South and South West!” 

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Take part in a cocktail-making experience at the beautiful The Florist.

For the activity lovers: Participate in the West Country Games for an active, fun-filled, competitive day. 

For the foodies: Become a pro at sushi making with a sushi masterclass at Yakinori.

For the culturists: Take a Banksy walking tour and spot some of his early work around the city.

6. York

The beautiful city of York isn’t as known as some others on this list for stag and hen dos, but search data shows that it is still a widely popular destination for a pre-wedding party. 

Despite being a smaller city, York still has many options for activities and a range of bars and restaurants. The city is popular for tamer stag and hen parties, with many historical sites and stunning architecture. 

Tom advised: “While York is a great place to visit for your hen weekend, many venues aren’t fans of hen parties, so you should avoid wearing hen t-shirts with nicknames on them, as this is a quick way to get rejected from bars and restaurants.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Spend a day at the races, filled with bubbly and bets.

For the activity lovers: REALLY test your football skills with a game of Electric Shock Football.

For the foodies: Experience a Michelin-starred tasting menu at Roots restaurant.

For the culturists: Wander down the Shambles, explore the Minster and take part in a ghost hunt.

7. Cardiff 

The Welsh capital is a popular location for hen and stag dos, it’s particularly popular as it’s a great way to get out of England while keeping it affordable.

Cardiff is particularly popular for those looking for a wild night out, with an array of eclectic clubs and bars, and one of the best nightlife scenes in the UK according to many. The city is not only made for those who like to party, there are many other unique experiences available in this vibrant city. 

Tom commented: “Cardiff is great for those looking for a wild night out, with some of the best clubs in Britain and some great drink-based activities. Bottomless brunch is the most popular hen do activity in the area, with many great themes and live music, and works as a great ice breaker activity to help the group all get to know each other better.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Enjoy a Drag Bottomless Brunch hosted by Fabulous Beyond Production.

For the activity lovers: Go whitewater rafting at Cardiff International White Water.

For the foodies: Taste a range of Welsh food and drink with the Cardiff Tasting Tour, or if you prefer a range of cuisines, try the Cosmopolitan Cardiff food tour.

For the culturists: Visit the Wales Millenium Centre to enjoy some top-class live music and theatre shows from around the world.

8. Bath

Although Bath is not known for its nightlife, this city has become popular for its beautiful historic buildings and scenic city views, great for a hen-do getaway. 

Bath is a great alternative to the usual wild stag and hen dos, with lots of options for activities, whether it’s exploring the rich historic city and the Roman Baths, or an afternoon tea or a bottomless brunch. The city also has plenty of great bars and fun alcohol-induced activities for those that seek a slightly wilder night.

Tom commented: “Unlike the rest of the UK, the majority of people who book a hen do in Bath book a hen house or cottage rather than a hotel. There are a number of great cottages providing bedding for 10-16 people. The knock-on effect is that mobile hen activities are very popular in Bath, such as cheeky butlers and murder mysteries.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Take part in a Paint by Wine workshop at Studio LX.

For the activity lovers: Quad Bike & Clay Pigeon Shooting Experience.

For the foodies: Afternoon Tea at The Ivy Bath Brasserie – try the Champagne Afternoon Tea!

For the culturists: Explore the city’s historic Roman Baths and Spas, or visit Bath Abbey.

9.  Nottingham

Situated in the heart of the country, Nottingham is a great city to meet up and reunite with friends, and therefore has become a popular choice for stag and hen parties.

For a smaller city, Nottingham has a great range of popular clubs and bars for those looking for some nightlife. With plenty of activities to choose from and shops located in the city centre, Nottingham has a lot to offer for a celebration.

Alex commented: “Nottingham has a fairly small city centre which makes it easy to navigate and taxis if needed, are exceptionally cheap compared to most other locations. It then has some fantastic event options with outdoor activity sites as well as being one of the few cities across the whole of Europe to have a Hooters. It’s no surprise that Stags flock to Nottingham!”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Cocktail-making classes at Revolution Cornerhouse, Paris Bar or Revolucion De Cuba

For the activity lovers: Take on fun games inside a zorb with Bubble Mayhem.

For the foodies: Be sure all the party’s tastes are catered for in the Nottingham Street Food Club.

For the culturists: Explore Nottingham’s City of Caves!

10. Leeds

The unofficial capital of Yorkshire is another great destination for stag and hen dos, thanks to its creative and cultural energy, independent food scene and it’s vibrant calendar. 

Leeds is bursting with life, there are a ton of activities to do there – the city has award-winning national theatre and dance companies, and an incredible arena. It’s also great for shopping, whether you’re looking for independent stores, high street retailers, or luxury brands. 

Alex commented: “Leeds is a great location with so many benefits which make it a top Stag location. Transport links into the city make it easy to get to, low accommodation prices, cheap beer and a variety of activity options – what’s not to like?! It’s also a great city for larger group sizes.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Decide on a fancy dress theme and take part in the Otley Run.

For the activity lovers: Take a 90’s, Spice Girls, or Beyonce dance class!

For the foodies: Book a food tour to visit some of Leeds’ best independent pubs, restaurants, and street food. 

For the culturists: The city of Leeds is currently hosting a year-long celebration of their culture which includes a ton of cultural events across the year.

11. Cambridge

When looking at search data, Cambridge is particularly popular for hen dos rather than stags. 

Cambridge is a beautiful city on the River Cam. It is a historic and culture-filled city – host to the University of Cambridge which dates back to 1209 and is among the best universities in the world and home to more Nobel Prize winners than any other city. It is also an affordable city, despite it being around 60 miles from the capital. 

Tom commented: “Cambridge is the perfect destination for history buffs and those who love to explore. From punting along the river to indulgent spa day treatments, Cambridge offers a picturesque landscape for you to celebrate your send-off.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Book a gin-tasting session at The Cambridge Gin Laboratory.

For the activity lovers: Enjoy the stunning views that aren’t accessible on foot with a guided punting tour on the River Cam. 

For the foodies: Visit one of the eight Michelin Restaurants for a luxury meal.

For the culturists: Take a tour of the Cambridge university campuses and embrace the history and architecture.

12. Oxford

According to search data, Oxford is a more popular location for stag dos. Similarly to Cambridge, this city is most famous for being the home of the prestigious University of Oxford.

Oxford, aka The City of Dreaming Spires, has been a home to royalty and scholars for over 800 years. It is also famous for being a filming location in the widely popular Harry Potter film series. Today, the city is a lively community with a mix of ancient and modern architecture and activities, there’s plenty for visitors to do and enjoy. 

Alex said: “Although Oxford isn’t one of the mainstream Stag Cities, it has a lot going for it! It has a fantastic local events site that offers some of the best adrenaline and outdoor events on offer. It’s another centrally located city which makes it easy to get to from different parts of the UK.”

Recommended Activities:

For the partyers: Have a few drinks and laughs at the Glee Comedy Club.

For the activity lovers: Go Quad Bike Trekking across the beautiful landscape of the city.

For the foodies: Visit one of Oxford’s oldest pubs ‘The Perch’ for some classic British pub grub

For the culturists: Explore the university and Harry Potter filming locations on a tour.

There are many great locations around the UK for Stag and Hen do’s! Whether you want a city break in any of the above popular choices, or a relaxing countryside getaway – the possibilities are endless in this beautiful country.


Posted on January 12th, 2023, by the TPC-Content-Creator