Whether you’re the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, or a close friend, a hen party is the perfect opportunity to let loose, bond with your favorite people, and embark on an adventure before the big day. As the spotlight shines on the bride’s journey to marital bliss, hen parties offer an opportunity for her closest companions to come together and create cherished memories.
The truth remains that everyone enjoys celebrating in their own unique way, always aiming to keep things fresh and exciting. This is perhaps why new and interesting ideas keep popping up each year, with the latest trend being these 2024 Bachelorette Party ideas. So, if you’re looking for something fresh and distinctive, whether it’s creative themes, fantastic destinations, enjoyable activities, or heartfelt moments, we’re here to help you plan an extraordinary start to married life.
While many people now choose to go abroad for hen parties there, are numerous reasons why you should stay in the UK. The British Isles are home to some of the most vibrant cities in the world, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Belfast, and Glasgow to name but a few.
However, for the purpose of this article, we decided to focus on Edinburgh and look at some of the attractions for a bride to be and her entourage. Edinburgh is a city with a wealth on history and culture but let’s be honest, history and culture are not usually at the forefront of requirements for people when planning a hen party. Below we have listed five very good reasons why choosing Edinburgh for your hen party will result in a trip you will never forget.
One major benefit of Edinburgh is that it is easily accessible by road, rail and air from anywhere in the UK. There are always deals available on the rail network if you decide to travel by train and arriving at Waverley Station will land you right in the heart of the city a stone’s throw from the iconic Royal Mile. If you decide to take the aerial route you will be able to take advantage of the minibus hire at Edinburgh airport to get you into and around the city.
There is a wealth of accommodation available in Edinburgh, whether you are looking for a high-end hotel or a simple air b and b there is something to suit all tastes. There are also a wide range of apartments available and centrally located that cater especially for hen parties, sleeping up to twenty people at a very affordable rate. Most of this accommodation is within easy reach of the main attractions such as pubs, cocktail bars, nightclubs and shops.
Shop Till you Drop
Princes Street and George Street are at the heart of Edinburgh shopping and are the reason the Scottish capital is widely seen as one of the busiest and best shopping capitals in the world. Along these thoroughfares you will find some of the most exclusive designer brands on the planet. This area is home to not only large department stores, but also boutique shops along with several chic bars where you can take the weight off your feet and chill with a cocktail.
Alternative Activities and Tours
So, maybe you need something to keep you out of the pub for a couple of hours at least, if so, you are in the right place. Edinburgh boasts a few activities that are not only fun but can help give you a break from drinking, which is of course if you want one. You could try taking the ghost bus tour or visiting the Edinburgh Dungeon. If you fancy doing something energetic you could even think about taking part in the mini highland games.
We thought we’d save the most important one till last, I mean let’s face it the nightlife is probably the part of the weekend on which you are focusing. Edinburgh is quite rightly considered the party capital of Northern Britain, as there is only London that has as large a concentration of bars and nightclubs over several areas. Areas such as the Grassmarket and George Street have an eclectic mix of traditional Scottish pubs, trendy upmarket cocktail bars and restaurants. If you fancy taking in a show while you are in town there are lots of options in the theatres and concert venues in the West End of the city.
So, if you are unsure of where to go for your hen party, we hope the information listed above will give you some food for thought.