Top Ten

We were organising hen parties before Britney, Beyoncé and Big Brother came into all our lives. Over 23 years and roughly 45,000 trips later, we like to think that here at LNOF, we have a pretty good idea of where the best locations are. So each year, our team of experts rank the 10 best locations - and this is the cream of the crop for 2023!



Collage of the city of Liverpool overlooking River Mersey, a cocktail class, water wipe out and bubble mayhen

The queen of hen party locations, Liverpool topped our table time for the second year in a row. Why? Because it is hen heaven! This Mersey paradise is packed with classy cocktail bars and incredible restaurants while it is also a culture vulture’s paradise. From The Beatles to the Grand National, there’s always something going on in the city which usually attracts a couple of hundred stags and hens each weekend – meaning the nightspots are almost permanently buzzing. During the day you can try everything from an afternoon drag show to the hilarious water wipe out down in the iconic Albert Docks, while as the night sets in, you could embark on a bar crawl along Mathew Street (home of the legendary Cavern Club) or sample some of that superb Scouse humour at a comedy club. Alternatively, you could live like a local and try one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets. Whatever you choose to do, Liverpool won’t let you down – just check out our guide to start planning your weekend at LNOF’s top rated hen party location. Check out our Liverpool Hen Party Guide for all the info you could need.



Collage of the view of the Tyne Bridge lit up at night with the Sage, Baltic and Millennium Bridge behind, it's a knockout, afternoon tea and honeypot house

Our hometown is runner-up for the second year in a row, but silver ain’t too shabby. Newcastle is a pure belter night out and is one of Europe’s biggest hen (and stag) hotspots, with the city centre absolutely packed come Friday night. From the classy cosmopolitan beauty of the city’s picturesque Grey and Dean Street to the Geordie Shore hangout that is the Diamond Strip , Newcastle has everything you could ever want from a hen party location. Despite being a major city, everything pretty much happens in the space of a few square miles. Most of the accommodation is slap bang in the city centre (including our own exclusive hen party nest, Honeypot House and there is a massive range of glorious, madcap activities to keep you busy from a stunning afternoon tea and the very swish Six to getting the girls together to play a real-life version of Squid Games. And if you have some spare change, why not hire a Geordie Shore star to join you for the big night out?! Check out our extensive Newcastle Hen Guide.



Collage of the city of Edinburgh with the castle, tug of war, willy workshop and a classic red bus.

There’s nothing ‘wee’ about Edinburgh’s popularity. The Scottish capital has always been a hen haven, and over the past 12 months it has cemented itself as one of Europe’s biggest and best locations for brides-to-be. From enchanting. cobbled backstreets filled with boutique shops to the prestige of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh is packed with places to part with your cash – and that’s before you’ve sampled the whiskey (or cocktails). If you fancy some of the 150+ activities then there’s the Highland Games to put the girls through their paces, or if you fancy getting your hands on your very own highlander, then why not book a cheeky butler? Just remember there’s only one way to find out if he’s a real Scotsman! For more information, visit our Edinburgh hen guide.



Collage of the centre of Manchester a nightclub, a DJ session and a party bus.

‘If you want to ‘bee’ the best hen party organiser ever (well, after LNOF), you could do a lot worse than booking a weekend in Manchester. While it has a somewhat unfair reputation for being a bit wet, that hasn’t dampened demand with Manchester creeping up the rankings this year. It doesn’t hurt that the city is unbelievably hip – an afternoon roaming around the Northern Quarter will drive that home, while as always, the beating heart of the city is the incredible live music scene. Pretty much every cool band of the past 40 years (plus Simply Red) has emerged from Manchester, and if you want a weekend of cool party bars, incredible nightlife and bottomless brunches (that’s surely the dream), then Manchester is calling.



Collage of the Temple Bar in Dublin, an Irish dance class, a beer bike and a pint of Guinness.

Irish eyes will most definitely be smiling when the locals see you and the rest of the girls - the locals in Dublin absolutely love hens, and that’s just one of the reasons it has been a staple in our top ten lists for so many years. Dublin is the EU’s party capital, and even if it isn’t exactly cheap, it always delivers as a destination. The city is just glorious, with history on every corner and some of the most iconic pubs and bars in the world. The locals love the craic as much as they love a beer – bop the night away down the iconic Temple Bar or, if you fancy spending the time in the city’s beautiful Italian quarter, go and sink some of the black stuff on a bar crawl North of the River Liffey. As far as activities go, a Pedi Bike tour would let you see as much as the city as possible while Dublin is awash with cracking hotels that make the perfect hen party base for your weekend away. Check out our comprehensive Dublin Hen Party Guidefor more information.



Collage of Belfast, Pedi-bus, fancy tables and chairs in a restaurant and a bartender class.

Bustling Belfast is Last Night of Freedom’s fastest growing hen party destination in recent years, and has become a firm fixture in our annual top 10. A city for those who want something different without leaving the comfort of the UK, there’s tons of culture and history. If you’re a history buff, then there’s tons to get your teeth into – while if you are a TV geek, then this is where they filmed Game of Throne. For those wanting a more traditional hen weekend (I.E. cocktails and fizz), see the sites with a Pedi bus or make some cocktails at Alibi to get the party started. If you want to have a boozy time, we have a lot of alcohol related activities to choose from. There are also loads of fun activities activities to do in between your bar crawls . There’s everything to love about this culture filled city, making it a good place to take the hens for the weekend.



Collage of the city of London, the tower bridge, mini cooper challenge and a woman with hoola hoops.

This iconic city needs no introduction. With a skyline to rival anywhere on the planet, it is impossible to fit in everything London has to offer in a weekend. But give it a go, as London has something for every hen. Indulge in a spot of sight-seeing as you soak in the city’s Insta-worthy landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben, or spend the afternoon trying some of the city’s fantastic hen friendly activities. If your hen is into partying take her to show off her dance moves on the Thames with a party cruise or have a go at the mini cooper challenge if she’s up for being a bit of a motor menace. London also has various unique nightlife areas, from Soho and the ultra-hip Shoreditch to the cool vibes of Camden, so you party in a different postcode each night. And when you finally need to crash, crawl back to one of the many fantastic hotels we have to offer. With all this and more, London could be your dream hen destination.



Collage of the city of York, a boat, afternoon tea and a flower crown making class.

Insta-friendly York has exploded in popularity among hens in the last few years, as the North’s best kept secret is finally out. This is an incredible hen party location. Groups who go here fall in love with what is an utterly whimsical city, captivated by the cobbled streets made famous in the Harry Potter films. Most of the businesses are independent, with outstanding bars such as Evil Eye and the House of Trembling Madness that gives anywhere in the country a run for its money. Be it The Shambles or Fossgate, every part of York is picture perfect, while the walled city’s spooky past (it is apparently the most haunted in the UK) means a Ghost Bus Tour is a must-do activity. Check out our York hen party guide for more information on a weekend in the city.



Collage of Benidorm with the sea, a male stripper, cocktails and a cruise.

It might have a reputation for being Blackpool in the sun, but Benidorm is so much more than that. There’s a reason groups of hens are flocking there in record numbers, with the Spanish town an absolute party paradise. With bars open until 6-7am every day and drinks costing as a little as one Euro, it is the ultimate budget-friendly resort for groups seeking something a bit more – well – wild. Having recently visited Benidorm ourselves in the past 12 months, LNOF can’t vouch for the place enough. The activites are exceptional, while the nightlife has to be experienced once in your lifetime. There’s simply nowhere else like Benidorm.



Collage of Brighton Pier, i360 view, paddle boarding and Brighton at night.

Brighton has benefitted massively from the rise of the staycation, with hens swapping the likes of Spain and Portugal for some British rays. In Summer, it feels like you are in the Mediterranean – even though you have everything you could want from a British resort. With over 120 activities, from the immersive cocktail fun of Alcotraz (please appreciate the worldplay) to the panoramic delights of the i360 Champagne Flight, there are tons if unique and quirky packages to entertain everybody in your group. The city’s nightlife is spectacular, with the son-soaked sea offering the perfect backdrop for your big night out (and a cracking selfie for your reels), while we offer over 30 wide-ranging venues to rest your weary head after a hard day of partying by the Pier!

So, it’s up to you to plan the perfect hen weekend for your best friend’s Last Night of Freedom? Use our top 10 locations for inspiration and take a peek at all our location guides for more info. And, if none of these cities suit you and the girls then take a look at all of the 50 destinations we offer and create a bespoke package for your time away.

Top Ten Destinations (2000 - 2022)

1. LiverpoolAn icon of an arrow pointing sideways(-)
2. NewcastleAn icon of an arrow pointing sideways(-)
3. EdinburghAn icon of an arrow pointing up (+5)
4. ManchesterAn icon of an arrow pointing up (+1)
5. DublinAn icon of an arrow pointing up (+5)
6. BelfastAn icon of an arrow pointing sideways(-)
7. LondonAn icon of an arrow pointing sideways(-)
8. YorkAn icon of an arrow pointing down(-4)
9. BenidormNew
10. BrightonAn icon of an arrow pointing down(-7)
Based on sales data 2022

Last Updated - 24/10/2023

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