Leeds is famed for its party nightlife. It has been ranked as high as 5th in the best places to visit in Europe, the UK's third largest city has come amazing and truly unique venues for hens looking to make it a night to remember. Here's a quick rundown of the best areas to head to.
Call Lane offers something for everyone without breaking the bank. That makes this energetic area of the city hugely popular with students and locals. There's a healthy selection of independent pubs and clubs as well as a number of the more famous bar and restaurant chains. It's just like being at home, except everyone sounds like they're on Emmerdale... Hang on, that is that bloke from Emmerdale!
Getting there; Call Lane is right in the heart of the city centre.
Cool, funky, a little bit boho, a little bit hipster, this is another haunt full of your favourite venues from back home. But there's also a great number of indie haunts, so put the Nando's menu down and take the road/burger less travelled (and support local traders as well as reducing carbon emissions), Leeds-style. You can actually stay in the one building virtually all evening!
Getting there; Another city centre location that's hard to miss.
Ok yes, it looks like a shopping centre. But that's most probably because it is a shopping centre. Its also home to some of the city's coolest bars and if you're a cocktail connoisseur then you won't want to miss the amazing selection on offer at The Botanist.
Getting there; City centre, just north of Call Lane.
An area perfect for stag sand hens. Large groups tend to be welcomed with open arms and once again you'll find the big name brands if you prefer to stick with tried and tested venues and menus.
There are also some great clubs, ask our team about VIP entry.
Getting there; a 15-minute bus journey from the city centre. Take the 54, 56 or 97 bus routes, northbound from the city centre.
Approximately 2 miles from the city centre it is a bit of a stretch but it's worth it. There's a funky artisan and artistic venues that are popular with students and those looking for a break from the bustle of the city centre. Perfect for those that like to dance to the beat of a different drum... or DJ.
Getting there; Approximately 34 minutes by bus or 29 minutes by train, north of the city centre.
A little way from the centre of things, this is another popular student area. That does mean the drinks are cheaper, the venues quirkier, the drinks and music funkier. Easy to reach from the city centre and the perfect place to visit for any former uni students, return to their former haunts for their big weekend.
Getting there; 25 minutes by bus or train north of the city centre.
The city's largest shopping centre, you'll find all the biggest high street names and big brands. By evening it's a busy entertainment complex with a cinema, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Packed with designer names such as Gant, Diesel, All Saints and more, this is a place you can spend a pretty penny to get lots of even prettier things. A little more high-end but ultimately a great stop for any fashionistas.
Packed full of independent traders you'll find a huge range of artisan goods. There's also a great choice of vintage and retro items to covet or take home. It's also a nice spot to stop for some afternoon refreshment.
Situated in a Grade I listed building there is a sense of shopping history here, it's the very spot where Michael Marks (of Marks & Spencer) set up his original Penny Bazaar. Open 6 days a week and home to over 400 stalls there is plenty to see.
Finding the right place to lay your heads can make or break a hen weekend, get it right and you'll be within dancing distance of the best bars, clubs and big nights out. At GoHen we've already done all the legwork to bring you the best choice of hen friendly hotels and accommodation.
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You simply can't have a hen weekend without a little indulgence. That means good friends and good food. Our advice is always plan ahead and we're happy to help. We have a great selection of restaurants offering global flavours from Brazil to Beijing and all stop in between.
- GoHen recommended restaurants
- Reserved table
- Pre-order dishes in advance
- Less waiting time
- Pre-pay, no messy splitting the bill on the night
Despite the size of the city (the third largest in the UK), the city centre itself is surprisingly compact and very easy to get around on foot. Up until 11pm (approximately) there is a good travel network of buses and trains running through the city. The cheapest way to get around is using the Metro Tickets and Passes.
Leeds does not operate trams or have an underground system and there are no public bikes but you can hire bikes easily from Bike & Go if you're feeling energetic.