Which UK city is best for a hen do: Newcastle or York?

Planning a hen party and torn between York and Newcastle? We’ve got your back. Keep reading to learn more about hen parties in these iconic cities before finding out which one is our favourite.

Newcastle: Best bits

Newcastle is well known for being one of Europe’s best party cities, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s a hot location for hen parties.

With Michelin-starred restaurants, incredible bars and impressive nightclubs, this bustling city is alive all night and makes the perfect choice for wilder hen parties. Whether you choose a tipsy afternoon tea or take your seat on the famous party bus, you won’t be short of things to do. 

  • Planning a Newcastle hen party

Newcastle is a huge city, so planning your itinerary might be difficult. To help you, here’s a few of our top hits for Newcastle hen weekends:

  • Book a party cruise along the Tyne
  • Go to a drag show
  • Try one of the lively independent nightclubs
  • Book a butler in the buff to get the party started

York: Perfect for a hen weekend

With York recently being listed as a key player in the ‘Premier League for hen parties’, this ancient city makes an excellent spot for the big night.

One for the foodies, beer-drinkers, shoppers and wine connoisseurs, there’s so much to see in York during the day and night. Whether you’re aiming for a wholesome hen weekend with plenty of group activities or something a little bit wilder, York caters for every kind of hen.

  • Our top York hen party ideas

If you do choose to book your hen weekend in York, we’d recommend that you:

  • Walk the city walls together
  • Try one of the city’s independent cocktail bars
  • Tuck into a bottomless brunch at Bill’s
  • Dance the night away at Flares

Our verdict: Book a hen party in Newcastle

All in all, we’d vouch for choosing a Newcastle hen weekend over one in York.

Both make fantastic destinations to spend an unforgettable weekend with your best friends, but purely when it comes to nightlife, Newcastle easily takes the top spot.

With the clubs aside, Newcastle is easy to get to from all four corners of the UK, especially if you’re travelling by train. Convenience shouldn’t be the biggest factor, but it certainly helps when you’re getting everyone together.

How to prepare for a Newcastle hen party

If you’re heading to The Toon, don’t forget to get familiar with the Metro first. Book your accommodation well in advance and make sure you know how to get back from the city centre – before you start drinking.

For hens travelling from further south, you might want to pack a jacket, too! If you’ve been to Newcastle recently, why not share your favourite spots in the comments section?


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