4. Quality accommodation from hostels & b&b's to top hotels & self catering
5. Huge range of quirky, independent fashion boutiques
Relax with the girls on a fantastic Bath hen weekend!
You’ve chosen really well, without doubt Bath has to be one of the top picks in the whole of the UK for a stylish hen weekend. Its stunning Georgian streets and crescents, Roman history, cultural wealth, cafes, bars and restaurants make it worth a visit anyway but visiting for a pre-wedding send off with the girls... it doesn't get much better! We liked it so much we based ourselves here right in the city centre, so if anyone knows about getting the most out Bath - we do.
WHY: Reasons to choose a Bath hen do
It's known as one of the UK's most beautiful cities, up there amongst the top 3 or 4 with Cambridge, Chester and Edinburgh. Bath's home to an exceptional range of wining and dining that complements an enormous selection of quality, group pleasing activities and some gorgeous accommodation options. This unusual combination of range and quality puts Bath near the top of the list of Europe’s very best hen do destinations. Click through to the Bath hen do planning page and you’ll see dozens of exciting options for keeping the bride happy and the girls busy!
WHAT: Bath hen weekend adventures
Bath is a city where chocolate making can fill your morning, Grease dancing can exhaust your afternoon and cocktail mixing can spill into your early evening! You could easily follow that with dinner at a top restaurant like Carluccios or Jamie’s, some fun at the comedy club and finish with guestlist treatment at the city’s excellent nightclubs. What a day! Planning your Sunday? If you haven’t already squeezed it in, a trip to Thermae Bath Spa is a must - bathe in the same natural waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago, just a bit more polished. In between all of that there’s top shopping, charismatic cafes, quaint pubs and plenty of bars to visit. Sit on one of the outdoor tables on popular George Street, explore the newly developed Southgate shopping centre or even catch Bath Rugby in action (it’s popular with hens, especially if you can arrange to meet a couple of the players!). Whether you’re looking to dive right into activities or spending a more relaxing weekend exploring the spa and sights, Bath’s got more than enough hen weekend options for everyone!
STAY: Choosing your accommodation in Bath
We have a fantastic range of Bath hen weekend accommodation and as the city is so compact that unless you prefer to be out of town, they’re all within walking distance of the city centre. You can choose between self catering, hostels, country houses, B&Bs or 2, 3, 4 and (from 2014) 5 star hotels. Whatever you and the girls want for your stay in Bath we’ve got a great selection - check out the whole range at our Bath accommodation page.
PARTY: A guide to hen weekends in Bath after dark
Bath is a bustling, modern city at night, with an enviable range of bars, pubs and nightclubs. You’ll find quality venues throughout the city whether you’re at the top end of town or down at the recently renovated station end. For example George Street is populated with fantastic, late cafes, early evening bars and restaurants, and from there down the various historic streets you’ll find plenty of hidden gems, including gin bars and underground cocktail venues. You could start your evening with a trip to a comedy club before making the most of our clued up pub and bar recommendations, all topped off with VIP nightclubbing in one of Bath’s liveliest nightclubs. For the full list of our recommended group-pleasing ideas for hen weekends in Bath check out the entertainment page!
WHEN: The best times to visit Bath
In the summer the city glows, the Bath stone reflects the sun to literally light up the buildings into the evenings, bars and restaurants spill into the historic streets and there's genuinely a really pleasant atmosphere. In the winter the cosiness of the city pulls you in, providing visitors with a warm welcome and a wealth of great venues to settle into. It's small enough to be manageable but large enough to give you and the girls a whole host of hen do options. There are a few exceptions but for the most part our recommended activities are usually available whenever you visit and the nightlife stays busy year round. Spring and summer enjoy the best climate, usually with sun and good temperatures, during these seasons Bath’s many parks fill with sunbathers and while the temperature drops over the winter months, it heats again up with mulled wine and the famous Bath Christmas Market.
SO: What are you waiting for...
Hen weekends in Bath are an exceptional choice. We’re ready to help you plan something special, so why not send your enquiry in today?
40 Reasons Why Bath Is Brilliant!
Thermae Spa - Bath was quite literally built on the fame of its spa which is one of the best in the country and a must for any Bath hen weekend. Find out more...
Mary Berry - Watch out for your soggy bottoms girls! Bath is the hometown of The Great British Bake Off's top judge, Mary Berry. This city really is one of many 'layers'!
Amy Williams - Another local girl done good, Bath born skeleton racer Amy Williams shocked the world by winning Olympic gold in the 2010 Vancouver winter games.
Acorn - This delightfully kitsch vegetarian kitchen is the perfect place to grab a delicious guilt-free lunch. Ingredients are fresh, dishes are colourful and the food is truly scrumptious.
Same Same But Different - For a different dining experience then this wonderful restaurant's creative flair will both please and amaze your group of hungry hens!
Bath Abbey - The abbey is one of the city's many outstanding buildings, it's also tantalisingly close to some fabulous tea shops.
Afternoon Tea - Treat the nearly-wed to the perfect afternoon refreshments in seriously stylish fashion. See more...
Jane Austen - This was famously the home of legendary women writer Jane Austen. If you've never read Pride & Prejudice then stop what you're doing, head to your local book shop and pick it up. Mr. Darcy is dreamy...
Jacqueline Wilson - The wonderful children's author behind The Story of Tracy Beaker, is another of the city's favourite daughters. Bath really does produce amazing women, perhaps there's something in the water?
Wild Café - Possibly the greatest breakfasts in town and it's in the running for the tastiest lunches too with a creative menu of traditional foods with a unique Wild Café twist!
Somerset Challenge - Get set for our famous Somerset Challenge. Try your hands at Welly Wanging, Drunk Pub Skittles and the eye-wateringly hilarious Cider Run! See more...
Beau Street Hoard - In 2007, a hoard of 17.500 Roman coins was discovered in the foundations of the Gainsborough Bath Spa.
Mary Shelley - Another brilliant writer who found herself in Bath. Shelley was inspired by this amazing city to finish writing her classic novel Frankenstein.
Girls Only - Add some cheeky laughs with our Ladies Only hen party. Drinks, games, gifts and some adult only toys, lingerie, shoes and more. Find out more...
Club XL - Bath's biggest nightclub is simply brilliant. With two floors of clubbing fun to get stuck into, you and the girls will have a fabulous time throwing shapes to current chart hits and a few golden oldies!
Farmers Market - Bath actually hosted the first ever modern farmers market in 1987. It's held on Saturday mornings in the retro surrounds of Green Park Station.
Uranus - The rather brilliant William Herschel discovered Uranus in his back garden on New King Street. And that was the start of hundreds of nerdy bottom jokes.
Komedia - A top comedy club in the evening, once the comics have left the stage out come the DJs for a night of big tunes that range from cheesy pop classics to Motown hits! Komedia is a great night out.
Royal Crescent - This instantly recognisable Bath landmark is beautiful, and the lawns and park are the perfect place to stretch out and rest any tender hen heads.
The Raven - One of the city's most charming pubs. Head to The Raven to enjoy a hearty glass of red with one of the beautiful Pieminister pies; the Heidi Pie is simply delicious.
Zero Zero - One of Bath's most vibrant nightclubs, Zero Zero is where the city's bright young things go to let their hair down come the weekend. Grab a cocktail in the upstairs bar and head downstairs for a dance!
Les Miserables - Pultney Bridge (situated above the weir) was the filming location for Javert's suicide in 2012's Les Miserable. Sadly hunky Hugh Jackman didn't take up residence in GoHen's hometown.
Bath on Film - As well as Les Miserables, an adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion was filmed here and Hollywood hit The Duchess.
Clever architects - The Circus is the same diameter as Stonehenge and is actually linked with the Royal Crescent with the former representing the sun while the latter represents the moon.
The Cork - Centrally located and always buzzing, The Cork is a great place to begin any evening of Bath hen do frolics.
Protected City - UNESCO has designated the city of Bath itself as a World Heritage Site, so go careful on those cobbles girls!
Po Na Na - Po Na Na is a real favourite with the party-loving locals for the Moroccan vibes and the big, floor-filling tunes!
Gabrielle Aplin - Bath-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin is a real rising star on the British music scene, having achieved number one success with her Christmas 2012 cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love.
The Oliver - Bath has its own currency known as the Oliver. It can be used in local businesses in lieu of cash, but you can only earn them through volunteerism and community involvement.
The Saracens Head - This beautiful pub is chock full of wonderful quirks, which you'd expect from a boozer that's been open since 1713! It's said that even famous author Charles Dickens used to be a regular during his visits to Bath.
Second Bridge - A night spent on the dance floor at Second Bridge is the stuff of hen party dreams. Great tunes, friendly crowd and fantastic cocktails. What more could a hen party need?
Punting - This could be the perfect way to relax on a Bath hen do afternoon. Glide down the Avon with the ladies and see some incredible views of this historic city. Read more...
Andrew Lincoln - Whether he's decapitating zombies in The Walking Dead or romancing the undeserving Kiera Knightly in Love Actually, Bath educated Andrew Lincoln is an ab-solute delight to behold on the big screen!
Roman Baths - The root of Bath's fame, find out how the ladies of Roman times liked to relax with an exciting and informative tour of the ancient and beautiful Roman Baths.
Gin Tasting - Wine isn't the only drink that's worthy of being in your glass on your Bath hen weekend. Try a variety of delicious gins and tantalize your taste buds with some tasty cupcakes! See more...
Sally Lunn's - This historic eating house is seriously stunning. Nestled away just off the high street, a world famous 'Sally Lunn Bun' is a part of the tradition of any visit to Bath.
The Marlborough Tavern - This beautiful pub is well worth heading off the beaten track for. Just behind the Royal Crescent, you'll find delightful dishes and one of the most attractive wine lists in town.
Porter - Trendy, smart and drop dead gorgeous - to be honest we could be describing either the Porter or the beautiful men that work and drink in this classy bar!
Natural Spa Party - Get back to nature with this wonderful spa party using only 100% natural ingredients and enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation. Read more...
We Love Bath - Get news and event details straight from the people who live here.
The Pig - This is the ultimate Bath guide for foodies.
Bath Echo - Stay in-the-know when it comes to all the best city events.
Bath.co.uk - Up to date information on Bath's best events and nights out.
Sub 13 - Bath is a seriously cool city with a real sense of style. Nowhere displays that better than Sub 13, a hen friendly bar with a great atmosphere and fantastic cocktails. Should feature on the "to do list" of any Bath hen do.
The Cork - Whether you’re heading down into the cool of the vaults or staying on the alfresco terrace The Cork is without question one of Bath’s best bars. With a fine cocktail menu and incredible food, this is a top destination to eat, drink and be merry.
Circo - Circo’s Lemon and Cheesecake Cocktail is worth a trip to the city alone! The ambience, style and flavour Circo serves up all add together to make this an award winning Bath venue.
Hall & Woodhouse - With uber cool décor and an amazing roof terrace, Hall & Woodhouse is one of the funkiest bars not just in Bath but the whole of the South West. With a fine menu and wine list to match it’s the perfect spot to start any big night out.
The Cosy Club - Every bit as welcoming as the name implies at The Cosy Club you’ll find a great menu served up with a side order of fantastic atmosphere and a double helping of chic design.
Gascoyne Place - With a taste for all season and palettes Gascoynes is a truly marvellous foodie experience for discerning diners with a focus on the best local produce and flavours.
Sights & Sounds
Bath is rich in fantastic architecture and a walk around the city really is a great way to cure any tender heads the night after the day before. The Royal Crescent and Bath Circus (used for the famous "Who Will Buy" scene in the musical "Oliver Twist") are quintessentially English and not to be missed.
Great Pulteney Street is another famous musical backdrop, having set the scene for the recent big screen adaptation of "Les Miserables" featuring Hugh Jackman.
The Roman baths that give the city its name can be found right in the city centre next to the quite spectacular Bath Cathedral but queues can get a little long at peak season.
One more "must see" if you’re visiting Bath is Pulteney Street Bridge, one of only two structures of its kind in the world (the other being in Florence). Close your eyes for a second and it really is just like being in Bath (?!?).
The very best of Bath’s musical scene can be found quite literally hanging around on street corners. Bath has a number of designated pitches where buskers and street performers can be found 7 days a week with some amazing music.
If you manage to catch The Showhawk Duo you’re in for a particular treat.
In the Diary
April - Comedy FestivalBath really is having a laugh in March. Some of the UK’s finest mirth-makers give the city the giggles with events cropping up in some very unexpected places so keep an eye out. May - Fringe FestivalCuttingedge acts from around the UK and across the globe attend the Bath Fringe Festival. There really is something for everyone and if you can time your visit to coincide you won’t be disappointed. September - Jane Austen FestivalIf you’ve ever had dreams of finding your own Mr Darcy then this is the perfect place to start your search as hundreds of fine folk dress in costume and take to the city streets. October - Great Bath FeastBath does many things well and eating is certainly one of them. If you’re of a foodie persuasion then this is the festival for you with the best tasty treats from across the region. December - Christmas MarketThe UK’s best Christmas market. There, we said it. If you’ve ever fancied a bit of real, traditional Christmas shopping then Bath is the finest market you’ll see, with hundreds of artisan traders flocking to the city centre.
Top of the Shops
All the usual suspects and big name high street stores can be found in the city centre, head down to Southgate for designer brands like; Kurt Geiger, Tommy Hilfiger, Joy, Calvin Klein and 71 Queens.
Bath is particularly good for jewellery and has some fine stores in amongst its lanes and side streets.
If you like a retro feel then there are two fantastic spots to see.
For vintage clothes take a walk along Walcot Street where you’ll find a number of vintage clothes shops (it is a bit of a stroll but well worth the legwork) with some great clothes and jewellery.
Bath Artisan Market is held at weekends in Green Park Station, fine food and some great retro design items and clothes make it a must for fashion conscious visitors.
Girls About Town - Getting around Bath...
One of Bath’s many joys is that the city centre is so compact, pretty much everything you’ll need it well within walking distance. However if you do feel the need for transport then a Next Bike is an eco friendly and fun way to get out and about. You can pick up bikes all around the city centre and simply return them to another bike docking site.
Our Somerset Games is becoming almost mythical! The source of so many great hen party laughs it’s no wonder it has become such a hit. A day of non-stop fun, challenges and all manner of shenanigans that you’ll be talking about well after your weekend is over.
Alternatively if you’re looking for something a little more sedate then why not stop for a spot of afternoon tea instead.
Here’s a quirky fact for you, all of Bath’s nightclubs are tucked underground, this is to reduce noise and so not to disturb the good folk of this beautiful city. Essentially all the late night venues can be found in old vaults and cellars giving them a unique vibe. The music is excellent and the clubs feel all the more intimate for their ancient structures. If you’re looking for an idea for your night out we’d recommend a comedy night. Absolutely perfect fun for any hens who like a laugh.
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