40 Reasons Why Manchester Is Wonderful!
Marks and Sparks - Did you know that the first ever Marks and Spencer's store was in Manchester? It opened on Stretford Road, Hulme, in May 1894. Although we're not sure they'd take any 120 year old hand-me-down refunds now...
Corrie! - That theme tune is deeply embedded in the national psyche for a good reason! We LOVE Corrie, and if you don't know your Platt's from your Webster's then it's time to get on board girls!
Michelle Keegan - Using Coronation Street as a platform, Michelle's boosted herself to national stardom and let's be honest, if you're married to the handsome and cheeky Mark Wright, you're not doing a lot wrong!
Oasis - It's the timeless 'will they, won't they' story when it comes to Manchester's Noel and Liam Gallagher getting back together that sometimes seems bigger than Ross and Rachel.
Recording Studio - If you think that Noel and Liam could learn a thing or two from your bunch of musical ladies then our Manchester hen party recording studio is your chance to prove that you're a real Pop Idol! See more...
Hula - Manchester's original Tiki-bar is still the best. Get your grass skirts on and shake your stuff to top tunes while enjoying Hawaiian themed cocktails like the Big Kahuna.
Caroline Aherne - This woman is honestly the sassy aunt of our dreams. Has there ever been a comedienne as cold and cutting as Caroline? Probably not, and we love her for it.
Nick Grimshaw - Grimmy! Waking up has never been easier thanks to Nick Grimshaw and his fantastic breakfast show. He's even an X Factor judge, does life get any better?
The Accent - Possibly the warmest accent in the UK, the Mancunian brogue is full of heart and exceptionally attractive. Don't believe us? Wait until you chat up the men, phwoar...
Alan Turing - One of Manchester's favourite sons, not only did he crack the code that helped the Allies win the Second World War he's credited as the father of modern day computer science. So you reading this is all down to him.
Joy Division - Love Will Tear us Apart doesn't sound like the kind of song you can get lost on the dance floor to, but in the 80s, Joy Division were filling clubs around the country with music lovers wanting to get down to their melancholy sounds.
Crazy Pedro's - Manchester's No1 'full-time party bar' is simply amazing. They do some of the best pizzas in town and it's perfectly acceptable to munch on a bowl of nachos at one in the morning after your last Dirty Sanchez. Find out more...
Canal Street - A wander down Canal Street could easily convince you that you've somehow ended up in Amsterdam. LGBT is the rule of the roost here and in our humble opinion it's absolutely fabulous!
Bijou - This brilliant nightclub is full of vibrant people seeking good times and tasty drinks - and to be fair, they usually find them here!
Chocolate Making - On a Manchester hen party there's no better way to enjoy sweet treats than to get hands on and make your own. Surely trying the chocolate as you make it is just 'quality control'? Read more...
intu Trafford Centre - Manchester's shopping Mecca, the Trafford Centre is a retail treasure trove featuring high street names and designer brands under one beautifully designed roof.
Emmeline Pankhurst - The leader of the revolutionary Suffragette movement was born and raised in Manchester, which surely makes it the undisputed capital of girl power!
A chip what? - A 'Chip Barmcake' might sound like something you'd see on The Great British Bake Off, but it is in fact just a bread roll with hot chips stuffed into it. Once you've tried it you'll never look back...
Curry Mile - If the bride-to-be is partial to the odd Chicken Bhuna then she'd be amazed to hear that Manchester actually has its own 'Curry Mile' featuring over 70 different curry houses. Well some like it hot!?!
The Pen and Pencil - This metropolitan bar is a delight to drink in. The exposed brick walls give way to an airy, laid back atmosphere which makes for a great change from the city's better-known bars. Make no mistake; this is a secret worth keeping.
Football-mad - It's no secret that Manchester is completely football mad, but in one 1997 divorce case in Leamington Spa, a woman actually cited her husband's obsession with Manchester United as grounds for divorce. That's a red card if we've ever seen one...
Matt and Phreds - This jazz bar is seriously cool. Order a Pixies Potion and wear your darkest mascara and your best party dress, you're sure to look absolutely smouldering in the low lights of this stylish joint.
Car-puccino - In 2010, a car fuelled completely by coffee grounds grinded its way up to Manchester from London. The vehicle, known as the 'Car-puccino', refuelled every 60 miles and used up the equivalent of 11,000 espressos. We think someone's got a caffeine addiction...
Fifth - As one of Manchester's most buzzing nightclubs, Fifth has earned itself a reputation for big nights and awesome times. Fancy dress is optional, but actively encouraged and laughed at!
Danny Boyle - One of the nations most prolific directors and the creator of one of the most beautiful Olympic opening ceremonies of all time is a born and bred mancunian, although we've no idea how he got the idea for The Beach living here?!?
Splitting hairs - Manchester has seen a few world firsts, but perhaps none so important as this. In 1919, at Manchester University, Ernest Rutherford was the first man to split the atom. Nice one, Ernest!
The Manc Apple... - While the 2004 remake of classic film Alfie was based in New York, a large proportion of the outdoor scenes were actually filmed in Manchester with entire streets changed to look American complete with US cars and yellow taxis. That's movie magic for you.
'You studied what at Uni?!?' - Manchester is the only city in the world where you can get yourself a degree in 'Mummy Studies'. This involves examining ancient Egyptian corpses, not Supernanny, regrettably.
Mamicum - This is Manchester's Roman name from back when it was just a lowly settlement. It directly translates to 'breast-shaped hill', proving that Manchester really is the breast place ever!
The Lime Tree - This stylish restaurant is slick, classy and full of style. The tasty dishes you'll find here will more than satisfy your bunch of hungry hens.
Karl Pilkington - Do you think we could legally adopt Karl Pilkington? He's so cute and really we think he just needs a good hug and a break from the constant ribbing from Steven Merchant and Ricky Gervais...although to be fair, he doesn't help himself!
Chris Addison - His observations on modern living are absolutely hilarious and his bumbling character of Toby Wright in The Thick of It is simply adorable.
Take That - Manchester is also home to the greatest Boy/Man Band ever. And any Manchester hen do could well the Greatest Day.
Madchester - Some of the biggest bands of the 90's came out the Manchester party scene that can still be felt in what is without doubt some of the best nightlife in the UK.
Richmond Tea Rooms - Quintessentially Manchester, the tea rooms are one of our favourite places to visit and the perfect stopping point during a busy hen weekend to catch your breath and be a little more civilised.
Sakura - The girls will adore this incredibly stylish nightclub that's a real hit with the city's working professionals and students alike.
Rolls-Royce - The first 'Royce' car was built in Manchester and a year after that, Henry Royce met Charles Rolls and the rest was history!
The Guardian - Did you know that the famous newspaper actually began life as the Manchester Guardian?
Makeover Photoshoot - Give the girls and most importantly, the bride-to-be a massive confidence boost with a fabulous makeover before strutting your stuff in front of the cameras for your own sensational photoshoot. Read more...
Australasia - For a taste of the land down under, head to this popular restaurant serving Aussie classics and splendid cocktails like the Spiced Vanilla Sling.
City Life Manchester - Everything you need to know about the best events in town.
Manchester's Finest - Independent restaurants, bars, music, food and drinks galore!
About Manchester - Be in the know on Manchester's past, present and exciting future.
Manchester Wire - Get the lowdown on the best things to see and do in Manchester.
- 1. The Millennium Quarter, which houses spectacular shopping temples
- 2. Manchester's revamped canals mean striking, unforgettable canal boat tours
- 3. Armani and Kurt Geiger have uber-modern flagship stores here
- 4. Superb dining, from ornate pubs to great value chains
- 5. Heaton Park has 250 hectares of stunning surroundings
"...Had a brilliant weekend in Manchester and GoHen made it so easy to organise. Fantastic and I will use them again..." - Read more >
Tracy Afford -
Manchester hen party,
It's time for a hen party in Manchester!
If you're looking for a quiet time on a Manchester hen do then sorry, you're two Ken Barlow's and a Vera Duckworth away from the right spot. Manchester is THE place to party. It really is as simple as that and any hen group is in for a massive weekend!
Great bars, fantastic restaurants and a music scene that has been the envy of the world, you'll get to experience the biggest and best nights out. In fact we have a feeling it might even be illegal not to enjoy yourself on a night out in Manchester! From Cocktail Mixing, Male Strip Shows and VIP Guestlist Nightclubbing we have everything lined up for a great night out.
"Eh our kid. Let's go massive yeah?" Ever since the heady days of the 80's musical revolution, The Hacienda, the emergence of the massive Madchester sound of the 80's and through to the present day Manchester has barged all contenders aside and declared itself the best party city in the UK with the swagger of Liam Gallagher and style of David Beckham. The football scene and huge musical explosion in the 90's meant anyone who was anyone wanted to be in Manchester so the bars, clubs and nightlife really did top the charts. Anyone who was anyone wanted to be in Manchester, the Spice Girls were often seen partying there and a certain Posh Spice bagged herself a Beckham.
The city is still rightly proud of its big contribution to music and nightlife across the nation but to really experience the best of it you have to head to Madchester. Read more...
It's not all about the nightlife, you're spoilt for choice with more hen party fun than you can wave a novelty shaped straw at. We have hand-picked all our Manchester activities to make sure they meet our high expectations and deliver the maximum amount of laughs and shenanigans.
"Nobody puts baby in a corner..." Dance lessons are hugely popular with hen groups and in Manchester we have dozens of different dance styles for you to choose from. Abba, Retro 80's, Pole Dancing, Zumba, Cheerleading, Street Dance, Thriller, Dirty Dancing, you can even get sizzlingly sexy with some Burlesque Lessons.
G.I. Jane. Active girls will find plenty of Manchester hen party high adventure to get stuck into. If you want to go further, faster or higher than ever before and take on some big hen party challenges; Quad Biking, White Water Rafting, High Ropes Course, Off Road Karts, Go Karting, you'll find everything you need to get your thrills and chase away any wedding planning stresses and strains.
From pampering the nearly-wed to having some cheeky laughs with a nude male model at a Life Drawing Class you'll find plenty to keep you all laughing long after your Manchester hen weekend has ended. Read more...
More Laughs, Less Lolly
The eternal problem with getting all the hens together is often the tender subject of budget. No one wants to feel priced-out but people are often reluctant to mention when the price is getting too high.
At GoHen we appreciate what a huge weekend this is for the nearly-wed and all her closest friends and that's why we work so hard at bringing you the best prices.
We've been arranging Manchester hen parties for over a decade and have built up a huge network of hen hotels, activities, nightlife and restaurants. These long-standing partnerships and the great number of hen parties we arrange means we get superb deals and prices that we can pass on to you. Our aim is to give you a great weekend at a fantastic price so the bride-to-be will have a weekend she'll never forget. That's why 96% of our hens say they would book with us again.
Manchester - Shop 'til you drop!
If you can arrive early or leave late and allow for a couple of hours 'retail detail' on the Manchester hen do you won't regret it, even if it's just window shopping. You'll find a good selection of independent shops and cafes around the Quay's waterfront area, including Lowry's Outlet Mall, Manchester's famous shopping outlet. For more serious retail therapy head to the huge Market Place Shopping Centre, which combines a heady mix of high street names (think Zara, H&M, Next) with independent shops and cafes. The Northern Quarter is well worth checking out and home to a number of original retailers or you could visit the Craft and Design Centre, the hub of the city's arts and crafts community, to pick up some "one-off" gems.
Picking your Manchester dates...
Manchester has a full calendar of events and festivals each year, so whenever you go, there's something on! It's a good city to visit all year round, but - unusually - it's in the winter that tourists are more likely to descend, attracted by the football! Unless the bride to be is a die-hard footie fan, it's perfect for a spring or summer visit. Apart from the sports or music events, which are constant, there are a few other notable festivals and occasions. The Winter Ales Festival kicks off the year in January, March holds the Manchester Irish Festival and the Viva Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, and Spinningfields and the Street Festival occur in May. In June there's the blockbuster Manchester International Festival, the Food and Drink Festival and the Fest Market in October, and the huge, glittering Christmas markets open in November!
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