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The Ultimate Newcastle Hen Do Guide

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Newcastle Hen Party Ideas

Overflowing with lively, idiosyncratic nightlife zones, fabulous shopping thoroughfares and more booze than you can shake a stick at - Newcastle is a hen party all-rounder. It's no surprise it's been our number one destination for over a decade.

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Explore Newcastle Nightlife by Area

Widespread, yet totally walkable, Newcastle’s nightlife is broken up into several different zones, each with their own unique charm. From Geordie Shore’s renowned Diamond Strip, to the student-heavy Jesmond, to the rough and ready Bigg Market – Newcastle nightlife is a hen party playground.

Lots of people drinking in the beer garden of Newcastle Quayside Quayside

Recently regenerated, Newcastle Quayside reflects the changing face of our Geordie homeland; formerly industry-heavy, it’s now a lavish spot to sip cocktails. After dark, the Quayside is where you’ll find (and become part of) Newcastle’s ‘It crowd’.

Home to iconic landmarks such as The Tyne Bridge, The Sage, The Millennium Bridge and many sophisticated, swanky bars and restaurants – Newcastle’s Quayside is the place for a trendy hen party.

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Livello Grey/Dean Street

The two lively streets are hubs of activity at all times of the day, all year round - transforming from a shopper's paradise, to a lively nightlife thoroughfare as soon as dusk falls.

Lining the historic pavements of Dean Street and Grey Street, lie several trendy boutique bars and fashionable drinking venues – running from the world-famous Grey’s Monument. These super hip haunts are in a class of their own, and are the perfect place to get in a round of hen party cocktails.

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A line of people outside Perdu at night Diamond Strip

Synonymous with the Geordie Shore lot, the Diamond Strip is one of the most popular nightlife stretches in The Toon. Having hosted many an A-lister's night out - Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Drake and The Saturdays to name but a few - it's the top place to celeb spot.

These massive party venues are the number one spot to slap on your false tan, get canny mortal and tash on with a fittie…

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People on the dance floor at Filthy Bigg Market

As far as rowdy, unruly nights in Newcastle go, the Bigg Market is exactly where to head. Bursting with heaving, hen-heavy haunts, enticing cocktail offers and a raucous atmosphere ‘til the early hours – any hen party here is going to be a Bigg one.

Formerly the site of Newcastle's zoo, it's where herds of wild party animals go to eat, drink, mate and repeat - so, nothing much has changed...

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The exterior of Spy Bar, Jesmond Jesmond

Home to hundreds of rowdy, affluent students and their favourite bars, Newcastle’s leafy suburb, Jesmond, is the perfect place for a night out on a budget. Jesmond’s 'main strip', Osborne Road, has back to back bustling bars with electric atmospheres 24/7.

This district is also home to the very best Happy Hour offers in the whole city - including the opportunity to 'push the button' and get your round for free - meaning that hen party kitty will stretch much further than you think.

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Pubs, Clubs and Bar Crawls in Newcastle

Newcastle nightlife has earned itself a huge reputation in recent years, and deservedly so. Whether it's swanky, sophisticated cocktail bars, or bouncing Geordie Shore clubs - we've rounded up the best places to celebrate your hen party in Newcastle.

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Best Hen Party Activities

From a classy day at the races, to a racy night of cocktails on the notorious Diamond Strip – our hen party activities in Newcastle will leave you screaming for more.

Three cocktails and a cake stand, with two women in the background Six Baltic - Champagne Afternoon Tea

Take your hen party to dizzy heights with a sumptuous afternoon tea at the top of the iconic Baltic art gallery. Panoramic views of Newcastle with dainty treats and champagne? Don’t mind if we do.

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A long row of martini glasses being filled from a metal cocktail shaker Diamond Strip Cocktail Workshop

Synonymous with the Geordie Shore lot, The Diamond Strip is one notorious district to party. Start your hen night the way you mean to go on, and learn all the tips and tricks of the mixology trade, in one of The Diamond Strip’s top bars.

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Horses and jockeys racing down a dirt track Newcastle Racecourse - Ladies Day Premier Enclosure Tickets

Prepare to don your finery – Newcastle Ladies Day is one classy affair. Sip champagne with the elite, have a flutter on prize winning racehorses and top up the hen party kitty with your winnings.

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A woman having her hair touched up by a male stylist Geordie Shore Style Hair & Make-up Session

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em… Prepare for a night out in Newcastle, Geordie Shore style. Think big lashes and even bigger hair – you are going to look propa mint.

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An inflated bungee run with a black and white 'Geordie Games' logo over the top Geordie Games

Think It's a Knockout meets The Highland Games, and you're halfway there. From Kebab Shop Duels to Geet Massive Sumo Marras, you're going to be fully fledged Geordies in no time. Whey aye.

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A blue and white pleasure boat on the River Tyne, with the Millennium Bridge, Sage and Tyne Bridge in the background Club Cruise

Take your Newcastle hen party to the waters, with a three hour party cruise along the picturesque Tyne. We’ll even get you on the Diamond Strip’s Madame Koo guestlist, when you return to dry land.

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A man bowling a ball down a lane at Lane7 Lane7 - Bowling, Buffet & Drink

Bowl, eat, drink, sing karaoke and even try your luck at a spot of beer pong, in Newcastle's very own retro American haunt. Lane7 blows every other sports venue out of the water - come and see for yourselves.

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A black and white image of three women posing in leotards and heels Single Ladies Dance Class

If he liked it then he shudda put a ring on it... except he did, and that's exactly why you're in Newcastle on this hen do. Celebrate with all things bootylicious Queen Bee, with a Single Ladies Dance Class.

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A women lying on her front on a dark towel having brown cream spread on her back by a pair of hands Village Newcastle - Spa Day

When Newcastle nightlife has taken its toll on your minds and bodies, take a moment to indulge in some 'you' time at the Village Spa. With a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room - it's a hen do paradise.

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Actors dressed up as scary characters including zombies and evil scientists Zombie Experience

Play tactical as you and your mates tackle the zombie apocalypse, single-handed. This activity is totally unique, and will be a real talking point for your hen group.

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Best Hen Party Hotels

With over 20 hotels, apartments and hostels dotted around the city centre - we're super proud of our Newcastle hen party accommodation.

A spacious double room in Ramada Encore Gateshead Quays, with wood paneling and wooden floorboards Ramada Encore Gateshead Quays
3 Star Rating

On the Quayside, a short stroll from The Baltic

Situated on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside, the 3-star Ramada Encore is sleek, modern and classy. You’ll have plenty of dining and nightlife options just a stones’ throw away, too.

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The bar area with an illuminated blue star on the wall Sandman Signature
4 Star Rating

Five minutes walk to Eldon Square shopping centre

The high-end, 4-star luxury Sandman Signature is a smart, stylish and sophisticated hen party base. Right in the heart of all the action, you’ll have bars, restaurants and nightclubs literally on your doorstep.

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Two red sofas around a coffee table, with a kitchenette in the background Premier Suites Newcastle
4 Star Rating

Five minutes from the notorious Bigg Market

A real home from home, these comfortable 4-star apartments are located in the heart of Newcastle – making getting about on your hen weekend a piece of cake.

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Tables and chairs and bar stools in front of the bar at Jurys Inn. Newcastle, to a blue backdrop Jurys Inn Newcastle
3 Star Rating

A 10 minute walk to the glistening Quayside

Just minutes from The Diamond Strip and Central Station, Jurys Inn is a swish base for any hen party wanting to stay within the heart of the city.

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The exterior of Holiday Inn Express Holiday Inn Express City
3 Star Rating

A five minute walk to The Diamond Strip

Just a short stroll from the centre of the city, this hotel is perfect for your hen do – with a 24-hour reception, bar, restaurant and WiFi available for your comfort.

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A double bed in front of a black and white mural on the wall, topped with a throw, with black chairs in the foreground Hotel Indigo
4 Star Rating

Five minute walk to The Bigg Market

Located in Grainger Town, just a stone’s throw from the Bigg Market, this lovely boutique hotel is just two minutes from Central Station and even boasts spa-inspired rainfall showers.

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Exteriof of the Hansen Hotel sign and door Hansen Hotel
2 Star Rating

10 minute walk from city centre

Located in Sandyford, just a 10 minute stroll from the city centre, and a 20 minute drive from the airport, Hansen Hotel’s location is in the perfect for a hen party to remember.

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The grand entrance hall of The County Hotel in Newcastle The County Hotel
3 Star Rating

Opposite Central Station, two minutes from The Diamond Strip

Along with offering the perfect location for a Newcastle hen do, The County Hotel boasts traditional, yet stylish rooms and a fabulous in-house bar and restaurant.

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Exterior of the Euro Hostel, Newcastle, at night Euro Hostel Newcastle

Seven minutes' walk to Grey and Dean Streets

This is truly one of the classiest hostels you'll ever have set eyes upon, and it's well within walking distance of central nightlife zones.

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A balcony with two seats looking over the River Tyne Copthorne Hotel Newcastle
4 Star Rating

Overlooking the River Tyne, just a 10 minute taxi from Central Station

Nestled on the Quayside, The Copthorne boasts spectacular views of the River Tyne – and is also super close to all those glamorous Quayside bars.

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Newcastle in Action

Getting to Newcastle

Newcastle Airport to City Centre

Set just outside of Ponteland, approximately seven miles out of Newcastle city centre, getting to and from Newcastle Airport is easy, too. There’s a convenient airport Metro service taking 25 minutes, as well as a taxi rank just outside the terminal.

Service Approx. Travel Time Price
Metro If you’re getting the Metro into the city centre (to Haymarket, Monument or Central stops), it’s going to take you around 25 minutes. Trains depart every 12 minutes, from 5:37am on weekdays and Saturdays, and 6:26am on a Sunday.

£4.70 - Single Ticket

£5.00 - Daysaver

Bus There are several buses from the airport, heading into Newcastle city centre. Among those, the 74, X77, X78 and X79 operate several services throughout the day. You can also purchase a Network One Day Rover, costing a mere £7, which covers the Metro, bus and even the ferry.

£4.70 - Day Ticket

£5.00 - Network One Day Rover

Taxi It’ll only take you 20-25 minutes to get into the centre of Newcastle if you take a taxi. The airport’s booking desk, located just outside Domestic Arrivals, will call you a taxi if you require. Alternatively you can call Blueline on 0191 262 6666, LA Taxis on 0191 287 7777 or ABC Taxis on 0191 232 3636.

£12 - £15 - Approx.

Getting Around Newcastle

Whether you use the extensive, reliable Metro system, or decide to brave the Baltic North East climate and walk (pack flats, ladies) – once you’ve arrived in The Toon, getting about on your Newcastle hen weekend is seriously easy.

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Metro

Metros start their regular journeys bright and early, some around 5am (we don’t expect to see you there, don’t worry) and terminate around midnight. The Metro is also cheap, with a single journey starting at £1.70 and all zone DaySaver costing as little as £5.

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Bus

Covering all areas within the North East and even further afield, the extensive bus network has connections in and around the city – as well as to the shopping Mecca, the Metro Centre. Most day passes will cost you around £7 – leaving plenty money in that all-important hen party kitty.

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Taxi

There are multiple prominent taxi ranks peppered around the city, including large ranks by Grey’s Monument, Haymarket Bus Station, Pilgrim Street and Central Station. Journeys in and around the city will cost as little as £5 (saving painful feet later in the night), and we can recommend companies such as LA (0191 287 7777), Blueline (0191 262 6666) and ABC (0191 232 3636). If you’re arriving into Newcastle International Airport, there’s a taxi rank just outside Domestic Arrivals for your convenience.

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Walk

Should you have packed like sensible hens and brought a pair of flats for your bag – Newcastle is totally walkable. Most of the nightlife zones are mere minutes from each other, and the city’s fabulous shops and iconic sights are easily accessible by foot.

Newcastle Weather

Geordie lasses regularly brave the Baltic North East climate with nee coats or tights – whether or not you decide to join them on your hen weekend is up to you – before you decide, here’s what you’ll be in for…

November 2017

Pack pom pom hats and gloves for a November hen weekend in Newcastle – things are about to get chilly. Maximum temperatures hit 8°C and lows are as cold as 3°C. Brr.

JAN
6°C
FEB
6°C
MAR
8°C
APR
11°C
MAY
13°C
JUN
16°C
JUL
18°C
AUG
18°C
SEP
16°C
OCT
12°C
NOV
8°C
DEC
5°C

Random Toon Facts

Celebs in Newcastle

It’s not just us more mortals who appreciate a good old knees-up in The Toon; Newcastle has seen some huge names grace its nightlife scene. You might even rub shoulders with an A-list celeb or two on your Newcastle hen party…

Cheryl Cole on a night out, dancing with some other women Cheryl Cole

Frequently painting The Toon black and white, wor Chezza is regularly spotted in the likes of Livello, Bonbar and Tup Tup Palace.

Singer, Drake, walking into a club with a drink in his hand Drake

When superstar rapper, Drizzie, hit Newcastle, he partied in the Diamond Strip’s Eastern-styled Tup Tup Palace.

Katy Perry wearing a blue dress and waving Katy Perry

Californian global star, Katy Perry, was spotted letting her hair down in Newcastle’s Pink Triangle of gay bars and clubs – right in the city centre.

A head shot of Joey Essex wearing a blue shirt Joey Essex

TOWIE star Joey Essex made an appearance in House of Smith on the Diamond Strip, with a group of reem mates.

Singer, Ed Sheeran, with a girl on either side of him Ed Sheeran

On his last visit to Newcastle, Brit and Grammy award winning artist, Ed Sheeran, partied in Tup Tup Palace’s VIP area.

All of the original Geordie Shore cast smiling into the camera Geordie Shore Stars

When they’re not recovering from their hangovers, the Geordie Shore lot are out partying on Newcastle’s notorious Diamond Strip. If you’re celebrating in the likes of Madame Koo, House of Smith or Florita’s – keep your eyes peeled.

LNOF in Newcastle

Based in sleek and trendy offices on Newcastle’s Quayside, we are proud to know our Geordie hometown like the back of our hands. And, as we’ve thoroughly tested each and every one of our activities in The Toon, we know just how fabulous they are. Cocktail class on a Monday, strippers on a Tuesday... It’s a tough life at LNOF HQ.

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 07/06/2017. Probably.

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