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Yorkie Doodle Dandy!

With one of the best new music scenes in the UK, superb clubs and some of the world's
finest chocolate (and there is soooo much choc here). There ain't no party like a York hen party.

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8 Trending York Hen Do Ideas

  1. Horse Racing - A sophisticated day at the races, for sophisticated ladies.
  2. Cocktail Mixing - Learn how to mix fabulous classic cocktails. Shake it baby!
  3. Perfume Making - Create your own signature fragrance like the A-listers you are.
  4. Dungeon Tour - Put the bride on trial at this hilarious tour with spooky twists.
  5. Dirty Dancing - Learn the classic moves. Nobody puts the bride in the corner!
  6. Life Drawing - Stare at a hunky naked male model while pretending to draw.
  7. School Sports day - Relive your school years with non-stop laughs and shenanigans. 
  8. Mystery Wine Tasting - Expert wine knowledge with nibbles, antipasti and fun competition.

A Guide To Your York Hen Weekend

Star Bars

Evil Eye Lounge - It's really not as scary as it sounds, in fact it's one of our favourite places to visit in York. Superb food, fabulous cocktails and a great beer garden so you can sip in the sun. All with Brazilian, Haitian and Asian flavours.

Bora Bora - It's all about taste and the sumptuous cocktail menu at Bora Bora is worth the trip to York alone. We recommend the Red Devil if you're feeling fruity!  

Missoula - Flaming cocktails! No, it's not soft swearing, but Missoula add special flair to all their cocktails and we love them for it. And don't even get us started on the food menu... Hmmmmmm. The perfect start to any big night out.

Best Bites

Chocolate - Both Rowntree (Kit-Kat, Aero, Smarties, etc) and Terry’s (Chocolate Orange, All Gold, etc) were both born in York. The city is a chocoholic’s dream and York’s Chocolate Story is well worth a visit (yes, there are samples!).

Yorkshire Puds - Huge fluffy Yorkshire puddings, filled with gravy and slow roast meats can be found in most quality pubs and restaurants and are absolutely delicious!

Sights & Sounds

Sights - If you love fashion and are partial to stopping off for a cake or two then The Shambles is a must. This ancient streets with their untouched medieval buildings are packed with some fab boutiques and independent shops. Why not stop for Afternoon Tea? York Art Gallery is a fabulous place to get a bit highbrow and enjoy fine art. Or if you're still suffering the effects of a big night out then Rowntree Park is an excellent place to rest your hangovers and catch a little rejuvenating morning sun.

Sounds - Kuda - Undoubtedly one of the North East's glitziest clubs. From high fizz to delicious cocktails and superb DJ's it has it all. And to get your party started in style we can arrange pre-paid entry to the city's hottest club. Find out about Guest List Entry...

The Duchess - If you like your music live and your laughter loud The Duchess has a great line up of local and international touring bands, songwriters and comedians and is one of Yorkshire's premiere venues for live gigs.

In the Diary

April - York's Chocolate Festival. Forget Glasto, V-fest Leeds as far as we're concerned this is the best festival of the year!
June - Apollo. Gods of rock, pop and indie jet in from around the globe for York's biggest music festival.
September - York Fashion Week. Work it ladies! Get ideas and a little taste of next year's must have styles.
September - Festival of Food & Drink. A thoroughly tasty weekend with top celebrity chefs, tastings, demonstrations and more.
October - Illuminating York. Concerts, artists and creative minds light up the city in spectacular fashion.

Top of the Shops

York, it's famous for its chocolate and the wonderful Shambles two things we're definitely fans of and shopping in York is excellent if you're after something a little different from the usual high street chains.
Bowler Vintage - Overflowing with the styles of yesteryear this fab vintage shop stocks everything from shoes, dresses, sunglasses, hats gloves and more.

Vintage Home Emporium - This fantastic retro home store counts TV's Kirsty Allsop among its many fans and we love it!

York Cocoa House - York certainly isn't short of chocolate shops, one of our favourites is definitely York Cocoa House. Fantastic stuff and the aroma...!!!

Glory Days - More wonderful vintage couture but aimed more at the bridal market, but even if you're not planning on tying the not just yet it's still well worth a visit.

Girls About Town - Getting around York...

The centre of York is easy to navigate on foot and all walking distance in any heels (you might need to avoid the cobbled Shambles though). And with hotels right in the heart of the city GoHen.com will put you slap bang in the middle of the best bars, clubs and restaurants. 
If you're feeling energetic then we can recommend the friendly team at Cycle-Heaven to get you buzzing around the town like Hen's Angels. You'll find them at the train station.

Hen Days

York is the jewel in Yorkshire's hen party crown, a fabulous city of tasty treats, stylish design and vintage charm. But it also has plenty of action for adventure loving hens. From Dance Classes to High Ropes Course, Afternoon Tea to Cocktail Mixing, Perfume Making and Psychic Experience, it really does have it all. See more hen activities...

Hen Nights

York's buzzing nightlife seen was almost tailor-made for hen parties. The city centre is easy to navigate on foot, even in new heals. Murder Mysteries, Nightclubs, Ghost Tours, Restaurants and even a River Disco Cruise York has  so much to offer...

Choccy Facts

Both Terry's and Rowntree set up their factories in York and while much of industrial Britain was getting rich on wool, textiles, steel and coal, the modern city of York was pretty much built with chocolate (although not actual chocolate sadly as it would melt, but it would taste amazing!).

Nightlife
Micklegate

York's nightlife is dissected in half by the River Ouse and it's the western side, Micklegate, which is the place stag and hen dos tend to flock to. Its extensive range of pubs, bars and clubs means there is something there to suit all tastes and this side is geared up to cater for the party crowds. Its high-energy electric atmosphere, its lively bars and clubs and its overall party atmosphere makes it the perfect place to kick off the bride's celebrations in style.

Stonegate/Swinegate

Though the eastern side of the city also knows how to party, it's a slightly trendier, slightly classier version of its western neighbour. Drinks in the Swinegate/Stonegate area may cost you a little more depending on where you go, but it's a great place to come for an afternoon cocktail and a spot of lunch. There's a great selection of bars which are open until the early hours and a couple of clubs to party long into the night! But both sides are fab in their own right!

Shopaholics
Coney Street & Parliament Street

The main high street areas, this is where you'll find all your favourite brands all within a close proximity of each other and right by a whole host of great bars and eateries for that mid-afternoon cocktail and a bite to eat. Well, you are on a York hen weekend after all!

Location: Coney Street, City Centre, YO1 9NA

Shambles Market

Just off from Parliament street you'll find the Shambles Market which boasts a great selection of foodie stalls, crafty trinkets and other quirky bits and bobs. Certainly worth a visit if you're in the centre of town.

Location: Silver Street, YO1 8RY

Stonegate/Swinegate

As well as it's range of bars, pubs and clubs, the Stonegate/Swinegate area also has a wonderful array of shops interspersed in amongst its stunning Georgian buildings. Just have a wander around and you're bound to stumble across something delightful.

Location: Stonegate/Swinegate, City Centre

York Designer Outlet

If you and the girls love high-end fashion at discount prices (and who doesn't?!) a trip to the York Designer Outlet is a must. Slightly out of the town it will require you to hop in your hen mobile or catch a bus, but it is totally worth it!

Location: St Nicholas Avenue, YO19 4TA

Hotels

Finding a hotel which will please everyone can take an awfully long time. "Well this one does have satellite TVs, a swimming pool and an onsite alpaca farm, but it's quite far out of town, and that one in the city centre is in a great location, but fourteen of us will have to share two beds and the bathroom is just a bucket in a cupboard..."

Don't fret, ladies. Here at GoHen we've spent years finding the best of the best that this city has to offer so you can find the perfect place for your fabulous York hen party trip which doesn't compromise on location. Here's just a small selection of our hen accommodation.

Check out our full range of York accommodation options here.

Restaurants

"What do you mean you won't accept a walk-in for a group of twenty hens on a busy Saturday night?! C'mon ladies, we're leaving! You know what they say, 'twenty-seventh restaurant is the charm'..."

If we had a pound for every group of hens who didn't book up a meal in advance and then struggled to find somewhere to cater for them all, we'd be treating ourselves to a lovely meal right this minute (that's because we'd have booked up in advance).

GoHen are here to help you sort out your eating arrangements in advance so you don't have to worry about trudging around for hours trying to find somewhere to house you all. No hassle, no worrying, just turn up, sit down and tuck in.

GoHen can arrange:

  • A delicious pre-book meal
  • At a fabulous restaurant
  • With a reserved table
  • And pre-paid dining
  • So you don't have to faff around with the bill
Transport

An easy way to get around is shoes, and feet, and walking! The main places hens tend to visit are usually in walking distance of the town centre, though they do have an easy to navigate bus network in place so you can hop on and off with ease.

Reasons to Visit York for your hen do
  1. 1. The shopping- traditional shopping streets mixed with modern shopping arcades
  2. 2. Frequent events and festivals means there's always something going on
  3. 3. The cultural sites, such as Clifford's Tower and York Minster
  4. 4. The Shambles, an old shopping street with timber-framed buildings
  5. 5. The affordability- train tickets can be found cheap and York itself can cater to all budgets

It's time for a hen party in York!

Quite why the Grand old Duke and his ten thousand men were faffing around on that hill instead of enjoying the very best that this fantastic party city has to offer is beyond us. Still, that's men for you, messing around trying to look a bit important. Smart hens however take care of all the planning long before they reach York and that's where GoHen come in. Sometimes getting a hen party together really is like marshalling an army, “ain't nobody got time fo' that!”. So allow us to take all the stress out of your weekend, leaving you to get ready for a fantastic hassle free hen weekend in York.

A Grand Old Time in York

York is a perfect hen party destination; beautiful and perfectly proportioned, York is surprisingly compact which means everything is within easy reach. Of course as we only use city centre hotels you can be sure you'll be well within walking distance of the best shops and nightlife even in your party heels. York is famed for its unique charm and this historically important city really is stunning. It's also a great place to party, despite a relatively small population compared to many cities, the charming cobbled streets and great buildings contain over 300 pubs and bars as well as numerous cafes for mid-morning fuzzy-head pit-stops. If a special weekend in a beautiful location with plenty to do is what you're after, then a hen weekend in York with GoHen could well be just what you need!

When You Are Up You Are Up!

Whoever said “It's grim up north” had clearly never been to York. This charming city really is quite stunning and has everything a hen party could need. Great people, great nightlife, some fantastic activities and is a city with a real soul and a terrific sense of humour.
Some of the best nights out happen purely because you're all so relaxed you can't help but get into a perfect party mood. York is a city that will relax you instantly, people are charming, prices aren't too crazy like some other cities and as well as the great nightlife there is just so much to choose from during the day. You can mix some hilarious York hen party action with plenty of time for the nearly-wed and all the hens to relax. Whether you want high-action hen activities like
Mud Buggies or a cheeky Burlesque Dance Class or some indulgent relaxation such as Chocolate Making or Cocktail Mixing, we have over 50 great activities for you to choose from.

When It's Time to Get Down Get Down

York comes alive after dark, with lively pubs, glitzy bars and popular clubs, plus it's known as the real ale pub capital of the UK so you know the nightlife has something going for it! There are, in fact, 5 breweries situated in and around York, but don't worry it's not just for the men as the number of great bars and cocktail venues have also increased in recent years. If you're after a packed party night then head to the Micklegate area, where there are pubs, bars and clubs open until 4am. Alternatively the Coney Street area has around 11 bars over the 3 miles of pedestrianised stretch and the lively riverside bars stay open until 3am! Make sure to mix some excellent evening activities in as well - we've got the saucy Butlers in the Buff, the mysterious ghost tour and a fun murder mystery experience to really get you in the mood for celebration! Check out all of our York nightlife ideas.

York Hen Party Shopping Tips

When you visit York, expect great retail therapy. If you're after some fancy hen weekend bargains head to the York designer outlet, where those in the know shop for cut price high-end gems. If you're looking for straight-up, glamorous high end fashion, homemade gifts and elegant antiques then York high street is the place for you. There's a fantastic mix of designer labels, high street names and independent shops dotted around this area and it's perfect for picking up some wonderful unique buys. Wander the web of small and charming shopping streets and explore the excellent shops which include big brands such as Mulberry, Marks & Spencer and Fenwicks or pay a visit to the daily open air market which has over 100 stalls and traders selling fresh produce, crafts and clothing.

Stay: choosing your York accommodation

If you've decided to celebrate your hen in the beautiful county of York then it's time to think about your accommodation. All the best activities, shopping and nightlife takes place in the city centre so you'll want to be based near this, and fortunately we offer a range of excellent, group-pleasing accommodation for you and your hens. Why not celebrate your weekend in one of our luxurious 4 star hotels, or cut costs and base yourselves at one of our basic 2 stars? Alternatively if you're after a proper country retreat we've got some fantastic self-catering properties that you can lie-back and relax in! Check out our full range of accommodation.

When: the best times to visit for a hen party in York

There's a fantastic range of festivals, shows, fetes and carnivals in York all year round, perfect for exploring on your hen party. In February there's the Jorvik Viking Festival and then in April indulge at the tasty York Chocolate Festival! In June, visit for the York Festival of Ideas and then in July, the York Early Music Festival and the Festival of the Rivers are really great cultural occasions. In August there's the lively Yorkshire Medieval Festival. Visit in September for the York Festival of Food & Drink or in October for Illuminating York and finally in December for fantastic Christmas markets and the Early Music Christmas Festival! There are also fantastic activities to suit all year round - in summer you can enjoy our York treasure hunt, go karting and laser clay shooting and then in winter make the most of cocktail mixing, pole dancing and chocolate making! See our full range of hen activities.

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