Oddfellows - This ultra trendy bar and restaurant is a must for any glamorous girls’ night out. Grab a cocktail and head to The Secret Garden, a top night out to be had by all.
Kuckoo Rocks - If you want to enjoy some of the decadent glamour that Chester nights out are famous for then Kuckoo takes some beating. Great sounds, superb cocktails and the bar staff aren’t bad on the eye either.
The Church - One of our favourite Chester nightspots and something completely different. Great food, live music and a superb atmosphere. The perfect spot to start a great night out.
Chez Jules - This is fine French cuisine with a touch of class. If you get in early there are fantastic deals to break bread and toast the nearly-wed on route to a fantastic night out.
moules a go-go - Whether you’re just looking for a light lunch or want somewhere with a real sense of fun and style then you’ll find wonderful staff and en extensive menu that offers a little something for everyone.
Sights & Sounds
Chester has a wealth of options to choose from, from the fantastic shops, world renowned zoo, roman amphitheatre to the Blue Planet Aquarium. If you’re looking for some fresh air, the morning after the night before then Grosvenor Park is a nice clean area to take a stroll and rest your hangovers. Alternatively head along to Ness Gardens which is a truly spectacular spot to stretch your legs and get some great photos.
Fans of live music should definitely make a pilgrimage to Telford’s Warehouse. Not only do they have a canny knack of finding the best up and coming artists but with a rather fine food, extensive drinks menu, beer garden overlooking the river and great atmosphere this has to be one of the city’s best venues.
In the Diary
April - Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle. This really is a festival with fine taste. Muddy fields and rock goods are all well and good but this foodie heaven features the UK’s best chefs and over 150 exhibitors.
June - Dragon Boat Festival. It’s like the Boat Race with attitude. Fit blokes and hardy lasses take to the water in a series of great races and fun along the River Dee.
October - Chester Literary Festival. Ardent bookworms will love what is one of the best literary festivals on the UK calendar with a host of celebrated authors due to put in an appearance.
Top of the Shops
Lily Vintage - Fantastic vintage and retro clothes from this quirky and fun independent store. We’re big fans of Lily and think you will be too.
Altered Chic - A superb gift, design shop where you’ll find all manor of great gifts and ideas for the bride-to-be’s big day.
The Grosvenor Centre - If you do find a need to go fantastic with the plastic then you can give your credit card a workout at the Grosvenor where you’ll find the big high street chains.
Girls About Town - Getting around Chester...
Chester has superb rail links getting into the city. The most effective way of getting about is by trusty bus. You can buy Zone travel cards and day passes giving you unlimited travel over a set period.
However for nights out the city centre is neatly compact enough to navigate by foot.
There is no end to the Chester hen party shenanigans available, from a spooky Psychic Experience to elegant vintage Afternoon Tea, a sizzling Burlesque Dance Class to shaking it up with Cocktail Mixing the world really is your lobster. Thrill seeking hens will particularly love the Trampoline Cave Adventure or you can just relax with a Pampering Day.
Chester is without doubt one of the UK’s top locations for fantastic nightlife and Chester hen weekends really are spoilt for choice. However it can get busy so to ensure you’re not left standing in line we can arrange pre-paid, Guest List Nightclub Entry at the city’s hottest venues.
If you’re thinking of a quick bite and raising a glass or two to the nearly-wed and want to avoid all that “Who had what?” scrutinising of the bill you can have everything prepared in advance with pre-paid Restaurant Reservations.
Or you can take to the water on a fantastic River Party Cruise, with a great sound system, bar, DJ and dancefloor as you head along the River Dee.
28 Reasons Why Chester Is Brilliant!
Beautiful, Beautiful Chester - American tourists have actually voted Chester as Europe's fifth prettiest city, beating Paris, Rome and Venice along the way!
Chester Rows - The beautiful rows are truly unique not only in Britain but all over the world. The first-floor walkways have allowed two-floors of shopping since the 13th century, possibly earlier - we wonder how medieval ladies shopped in ye olde times?!?
Bar Lounge - For relaxed food, drink and all-round good times, a visit to the amazing Bar Lounge is a must. The décor is seriously swish, and the cocktails are even fancier!
Beth Tweddle - Britain's most successful gymnast spent her formative years in Chester after moving here from South Africa when she was only 18 months old. So if the girls spontaneously feel like performing a cartwheel, don't stop them!
Daniel Craig - You can't mention Chester without bringing up the fact that this is in fact the birthplace of the sexiest Bond of them all. We'll have a vodka martini please, shaken, not stirred...
Chester Zoo - Cheeky monkeys, cute (but not so cuddly) bears and fearsome tigers make Chester's amazing Zoo a fabulous attraction for your bunch of animal-loving hens.
Cruise - Far from setting your night on Cruise control, this glitzy club will see you and the girls take the controls for a night of fabulous fun with Chester's party-loving locals!
570 Years of Racing - Chester's race course is Britain's oldest sporting venue to still be in use today. The first race took place in 1539, with then-mayor Henry Gee being the source of the term “Gee gees”.
Horse Racing - Fancy a day at the oldest races in the country? We can arrange tickets and dining options to thrill your Chester hen party on a special day of racing fun. Discover more...
Fiesta Havana - For a night of fiesta-style thrills and spills, head to this scintillating bar and simply samba your night away! P.S. Their mojitos are some of the best we've ever tasted.
Harsh words? - In 1403, it's said that Henry Prince of Wales decreed that no Welsh persons should be allowed within the city under pain of decapitation. Interestingly, there's no record of the order ever being repealed?!?
White Water Rafting - Are you ready for the challenge of the rushing rapids? Take on an outdoor course and enjoy some truly wet and wild Chester hen do thrills! See more...
City Walls - Chester's medieval walls form the best preserved circuit in Britain. Plus the views from the tops of the battlements are amazing and definitely Instagram-worthy #FYI.
Rosie's - Something of a cult-favourite in Chester, Rosie's has the city's bright young things in a spin on a weekend as they take to the floor to get down to the sounds of chart topping hits and a few golden oldies.
Name-change - The original name for Chester was in fact 'Deva'. The Romans settled here in 79AD, and used the town as a major army base during their stay. Perhaps the local women were simply 'divas' by nature?
Off the Wall - This brilliant boozer is honestly, well, Off the Wall! Modern, trendy and always buzzing, this is where great nights begin!
Amphitheatre - It's the largest Roman relic of its kind in Britain with seats for around 7000 audience members. Maybe this is where the Roman settlers hosted The X Factum?!?
Amber Lounge - The Amber Lounge makes the most of its antiquated ambiance, but there's nothing dated about the on-trend food and cocktails which will make an amazing treat for any Chester hen party.
Chester Cathedral - Big, bold and beautiful, this historic house of worship is truthfully breathtaking. Ornate details add to the stunning décor, and you're sure to fall for the unique blend of medieval and modern history.
Minerva's Shrine - This is the only surviving rock-cut Roman shrine in the Country. Named after the goddess of war, a visit to this historical site could possibly give the bride-to-be a distinct advantage in any marital rows!?!
Missoula - This stylish bar is simply brilliant. It's all too easy to spend an entire evening drinking the delicious cocktails on offer here including the quintessential Pina Colada and Long Island Iced Tea.
Victorian Firsts - It's thought that the first person to walk across the delightful Grosvenor Bridge was a young Princess Victoria, so remember your manners as you cross ladies...
St. Werburgh - Despite having a name that sounds like the noise we make immediately after shotting tequila, Chester's patron saint was a leading lady with an instrumental role in convent reform across England. Talk about breaking the habit...
Trampoline Cave - This is trampolining taken to the extreme. The trampoline cave is every thrill-seeking girl's playground, and it makes for the perfect adventure. See more...
Grosvenor Shopping Centre - For the usual high-street suspects and slightly more upmarket brands, head to this fabulous shopping centre and exercise your passion for fashion!
Haunted Chester - This city is steeped in history, so as you'd expect, it's got its fair share of ghost stories. It's said that Ye Olde Kings Head is home to some rather rowdy guests that refuse to leave after hours, and most recently the ghosts of Victorian children have been seen overlooking investigators in Stanley Palace...
Craft Parties - If you're all about home made presents and cards, then you'll adore this delightful day of Chester hen party arts and crafts fun. Find out more...
Visit Chester - All that's brilliant right now in beautiful Chester.
Chester Culture - Exposing Chester's wonderful arts and culture scene.
- 1. One of the best shopping cities in the country
- 2. Countless annual festivals celebrating music, literature, fashion and food
- 3. The striking River Dee makes for an excellent boat tour
- 4. 65-acre home of Chester races, operated here for more than 450 years
- 5. The magnificent Cathedral, with it's carved 800-year-old 'quire' stalls
It's time for a hen party in Chester!
Ladies, it’s time to indulge! And if you’re looking to whisk the fab bride-to-be for a classy weekend in breath-taking surroundings, then a hen weekend in Chester could be just what the doctor ordered! With a lively vibe, fun-packed days and buzzing nightlife, the picturesque city is the perfect location for an unforgettable pre-nuptial bash with the girls. So get ready to don your fluffy robes, shop till you drop and raise a glass of something bubbly in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Why celebrate with a Chester hen party?
Did we mention that Mr skimpy blue shorts Bond himself was born here? Or that there’s over a quarter million square feet of designer heaven to explore in the classy Cheshire Oaks alone? In fact, with bundles of culture and charm winding through the narrow cobbled lanes and a fabulous cocktail of bars and restaurants ready to welcome you into the vibrant city evenings, we’re struggling to think of a single box a hen weekend in Chester doesn’t tick!
And with sensational packages and luxurious accommodation a short stroll from town, GoHen have all the ingredients needed to get your party started in fantastically stylish fashion!
What can a Chester hen do?
As little or as much as you like - the historic town offers up an incredible range of options with over 40 fantastic GoHen activities to fill your Chester days and nights you’ll be truly spoilt for choice! With its picturesque exterior and rich cultural heritage, even a simple stroll through the great walled city will leave you feeling just a little spoilt. Take in a few sights and marvel at the cathedral and striking black and white architecture the stunning city is famous for. Get your gladrags on and sip champagne among the rich and famous with a day at the Races, or lie back and relax for some premium pampering in a top spa.
If you want to clear the cobwebs in the great outdoors then some white-water rafting or paintball in the muddy Cheshire countryside are guaranteed to get the heart racing! And if the day calls for a healthy fit of the giggles, a life drawing session promises a spectacle you won’t forget in a hurry!
Retail in The Rows...
Chester is without doubt one of the best shopping areas in the country and a favourite haunt for the rich and famous to splash the cash. They might not have had WAGS or Hollyoaks back in the Middle Ages when cheese and cloth fairs were all the rage but boy did they know how to build a shop! Nowhere else in the world has anything close to the stunning 700 year old Rows of Bridge Street, which take retail therapy to a whole new level with a host of unique stores in the double-decker galleries. For a more modern shopping experience grab the girls and head to the Grosvenor Centre and Eastgate Street for the big fashion brands we all know and love, or explore the hidden gems of Godstall Lane for a selection of quirky and eclectic gifts. Watergate, Northgate and St Michael’s Row contain a fantastic array of independent retailers and chic designer boutiques and Chester Market is a great place to visit for local food and crafts.
Where Chester parties after dark...
Don’t let Chester’s quaint appearance fool you, when the sun sets on the winding lanes your Chester hen party will have the pick of a vibrant city with a sparkling, friendly nightlife! From Olde Worlde taverns in town to swanky eateries by the river and the glitz and glamour of Northgate Street, there’s a venue to suit every taste. How about partying like the A-list with a limo ride between venues and VIP entry to the hottest parties in town? Or get your evening off to a fab start with some side-splitting laughs at a great comedy club? And for some fun and frolics with an old-school flair, hop aboard a river cruise where you can tuck into some fab food, strut your stuff on the disco dance floor and maybe find your glass of fizz delivered by one of the on-board hunky butlers!
When's the best time for a Chester hen party?
With its rich history and culture, incredible shopping, lively atmosphere and simply stunning surroundings, a hen weekend in Chester promises to be a pretty unforgettable occasion any time of the year. And with a range of great events filling the city’s calendar, from April’s Giant Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival to the May Festival of Racing, the Midsummer Watch Parade and the irresistible Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, where you can picnic under the stars with a glass of Prosecco and take in some great entertainment, whenever you decide to visit this stunning city you can be sure something exciting is going on somewhere!
So what are you waiting for?!
Between its striking backdrop and lively nightlife, Chester richly deserves its status as one of the top cities to visit in England. And with GoHen you can leave us to do the hard work for you, taking care of planning the weekend so you can focus on having fun. So why not give our friendly team a call or send us a brief today?