Once the congratulations and niceities have been exchanged following on from a proposal, the real fun begins. And by that, we mean the stag and hen do. Whether you’re Best Man or Maid of Honour, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular destinations. Some are new, some are old but we promise they’re all good. Whatever your style or budget, the options are endless and we hope this list will provide you with some inspiration for a party weekend away that is high on banter but low on price.
Popular Hen Do Destinations
Best for fish’n’chips, festivals and seafront nightlife
A popular choice amongst groups, Brighton is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK. Just an hour away from London on the train, return tickets will cost around £30, leaving you more money to spend on the good stuff. Explore the beach (or the bars that surround it) and watch this city come alive in the evening. From the North Laines to West Street, a weekend away doesn’t get much better than Brighton.
Best for hovercraft racing, quad trekking and party bus nightclub tours
Previously dubbed the European Capital of Culture Award, Liverpool has everything you need for an unforgettable weekend and drinks start from less than £2. Expect fantastic food, great activities and even better nightlife - after all, it is the home of the Beatles. With over 200 bars and restaurants to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice but starting at the beautiful Albert Dock always guarantees a good night.
Best for tapas, sunshine & football
Barcelona offers the perfect mix of culture, nightlife and great weather. With that city vibe so close to beach relaxation, there’s nothing out there quite like Barcelona. A local drink comes in at around €3 and with flights in the height of summer costing around £52, a group weekend here, won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Best for beach clubs, day parties and trendy accommodation
Glam, fun and the home of many famous faces, Marbella is for those looking for the perfect combination of relaxation and party. Compared to other sunny party hotspots, flights to Marbella are much cheaper and with local drinks starting from just under €4, you’re bound to have good fun. If you’re looking for the Ibiza vibe but for less money, Marbella is a great option.
Best for Red Light District, canal river cruises & brewery tours
Much more than just bikes and canals, a hen weekend away in Amsterdam guarantees beautiful sights, amazing bars and even better clubs. Flights to this European city are some of the cheapest around and with drinks starting at €4, you’ll definitely get some great stories for those wedding speeches. Even better, explore the local culture with an unlimited booze cruise along the canal. It’s a win-win situation.
Popular Stag Do Destinations
Best for pub crawls, friendly locals & seriously cheap beer
Budapest has a great reputation for being a great night out but also incredibly cheap. With local beer from €1, you can really get your bargain bender started especially in the ruin bar scene. Even better with food from €3, you can easily line your stomach. As you walk around this beautiful Hungarian city, it’s hard to imagine that you’re in one of the least expensive cities in Europe, but you are.
Best for the biggest club in Eastern Europe, beer spas & strip clubs
Continuously topping the list as one of the most popular party destinations for weekends away, Prague promises a good laugh. With loads of activities deals to be found, you might even be able to to pry yourself away from the bars to explore the culture. But when you’ve had enough of being tourists, pints come in at a handy €1 - and that’s a round we’re happy to get.
Best for vodka, river boat cruises & white water rafting
Krakow is one of Europe’s best bargain destinations. Favoured by many groups looking to party, there’s loads of cheap activities, bars, restaurants and accommodation to be found. A local beer will set you back around €1 and with food from €3, you can at least start the night sophisticated. This is one weekend away that won’t leave you dreading looking at your bank statement.
Best for paintballing, quad biking and wild nights out
A night out in Newcastle is like no other. After all, the geordies are famous for their antics on the toon. From the popular Quayside to the trendy Diamond strip, this northern city really does have the whole package. Did we mention the Northern drink prices? Drink start from £2 and the locals here are always up for a laugh.
Best for jet skis, boat parties and bar crawls
Bournemouth has become a weekend away favourite in recent months. With enough bars to satisfy even the biggest groups, the following morning take in the fresh sea breeze to rid you of any hangovers. Easily accessible via train, tickets cost around £60 and it has the added bonus of being on home soil. With loads of activities, nightlife and restaurants to choose, Bournemouth is a true credit to British night’s out.