The Monkey Suit - This bar has some of the best cocktails in the city, as well a healthy amount of beautiful bunting, and plush chairs for you to sit and gossip in. Throw some energetic live performances into the mix and you've got the perfect place to begin any big night on the town.
Where? 161 Sidwell Street, EX4 6RH
Starz Bar - The collection of movie stills and signed memorabilia on the walls will catch your eye from the moment you enter this movie-themed bar, and local party-goers have called their cocktails the tastiest around - the Don's Delight is certainly up there!
Where? 18 Lower North Street, EX4 3ET
The Old Firehouse - Harry Potter fans will be delighted to hear that J.K. Rowling used this charming pub as inspiration for the Leaky Cauldron. Enjoy a cheeky glass of vino in the bustling atmosphere of one of Exeter's most popular pre-party venues.
Where? 50 New North Road, EX4 4EP
Hub Box - This is one diner worth dropping any diets for! A hunger-conquering pulled pork burger is always a great idea after a night on the town, and the unusual, smart design of the restaurant is actually really fun - we wouldn't be surprised to see this place on Channel 4's Amazing Spaces!
Where? 183 Sidwell Street, EX4 6RD
The Exploding Bakery - If you took everything that makes The Great British Bake Off great and stuffed it into one tiny café, this is what you'd end up with. Hens with a sweet tooth will be in cake-filled heaven here, and a Belgian hot chocolate is the perfect pick-me-up after a busy day of shopping.
Where? 1B Central Crescent, Queen Street, EX4 3SB
Sights & Sounds
Feeling a little rough? A sunlit saunter through Exeter's historic Northernhay Gardens is a great way to get some hangover-busting fresh air so you can start feeling fabulous again. There's a lot of local history behind the sights you'll see as you make your way around this pretty area, but you don't really need to pay attention to appreciate the beautifully well-kept plant life. P.S. Sir Stafford Northcote's statue takes a fabulous selfie!
Exeter has a thriving student population, and as you'd expect there's plenty of late night entertainment in the city to keep them occupied! Timepiece is a favourite with visiting students and working young professionals - this club is always bouncing and parties rarely finish until the early hours of the morning, so don't forget your party feet!
Wannabe rock-chicks would do well to spend an evening in the Cavern. This alternative venue hosts some of the best nights in the city, with live bands and DJs levelling the dance floor with electrifying sets.
In the Diary
February - Laugh out Loud. Enjoy plenty of giggles courtesy of some of the country's finest up-and-coming comedy talent - be warned though, comedians often pick on hen parties...
March - Vibraphonic. Exeter's premiere music festival celebrates diversity and progression in all forms of music - if you can listen to it through headphones, it's at Vibraphonic.
April - Exeter Food Festival. Foodie-hens rejoice! Discover the best food the South West has to offer, see professional chef's do their thing and try some of the tastiest street-eats in the UK.
May - Devon County Show. Embrace your inner farmer girl and enjoy the best bits of Devonshire culture with a range of charming agricultural events.
Top of the Shops
Bristol might be known for its hip, edgy fashion sense and Bath may be filled with vintage style-icons but Exeter has got the best of both worlds. This slightly unusual cross-pollination of styles is largely due to the floods of students that arrive each year, bringing with them their own ideas on what's hot and what's not. Luckily for you hens, this means that there's a huge variety of shops in Exeter to cater for all styles and budgets so you can build a look that's perfect for you (and your purse!)
Exeter Trails - Our top shopping tip is to follow these fabulous routes that'll take you by the city's best vintage boutiques as well as a few other delightfully chic independent shops selling some prize bits and bobs that'd look amazing in your living room!
Princesshay - You'll find familiar high street names and cafes in Exeter's premiere shopping centre, but that doesn't mean you won't find some serious bargains in the sales of Topshop and New Look et al.
Where? 9 Catherine Street, EX1 1QA
Guildhall - Just to the South of the central station you'll discover Guildhall which houses a few grocery and clothes shops as well as everyone's favourite, PRIMARK!
Where? The Guildhall Shopping Centre, EX4 3HP
Girls About Town - Getting around Exeter...
Exeter is surprisingly big, and you certainly wouldn't want to travel everywhere on foot. For those moments where you simply can't be bothered to walk, there's a fantastic bus network that you can either buy single/day tickets for, or a Exeter Megarider which will provide you with unlimited city travel on Stagecoach buses for the paltry sum of £14.00.
There's plenty of hen party fun to be had in the heart of Devon, whether you're looking for adrenaline-pumping thrills or stress-busting giggles, there's something here for your bunch of fun-loving ladies. Enjoy action-packed Watersports, Bubble Mayhen, Coasteering and Virtual Warfare, as well as our chilled-out Pampering Day, Life Drawing and the vivacious Burlesque Dancing workshop. See more...
Exeter isn't as famous as Bristol for its nightlife, but it certainly should be. This student town is always rocking once the sun's gone down, and it's the perfect destination for an evening of hen party frolics with its wide range of bars and clubs. Get your evening off to a sophisticated start with a delicious Restaurant meal before learning how to make your own alcoholic creations in our Cocktail Mixing masterclass. Then it'll be time to enjoy a few in the company of our sexy Hens Hosts before giving the nearly-wed the VIP treatment with Guestlist Nightclubbing. See all our nightlife options...