York Hen Party Guide

York City is located in North Yorkshire, and is an amazing hen party location! With a comprehensive range of hen party activities that will rival anywhere in England, this city of rich heritage lends itself to some unique experiences you and your girls can avail of. One such experience that takes full advantage of the preserved medieval streets are Ghost walks, which will make you understand why York has been named “Europe’s most haunted city”.

As well as this, York has a thriving nightlife that has the city bouncing on weekends, as the trendy pubs and vibrant nightclubs available in the city making for a hen night to remember! To top it all off, there are some outstanding accommodation options both in the city and in the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. This leaves you with the luxury of picking a spot to stay in that perfectly suits your packed schedule.

With all this and more, York is city destined not to disappoint!

York Hen Party Activities


No hen party activities are more synonymous with York than a day at the races. Dubbed ‘Ascot of the North’, Knavesmire is a racecourse that has stood for over two centuries. So don your fancy hats and extravagant dresses, and have a stylish day watching the horses over a fine meal and cocktails!

A jaunt from York city will take you out into the Yorkshire countryside will take you to Carlton Towers, a Victorian estate that has loads of unique hen party activities. The main attraction is Cooks, the estate’s in-house school of cookery. Here, you and the girls can take a wide range of cooking and baking lessons, picking up tips and making fantastic treats to enjoy during your Afternoon Tea at Carlton Towers.

An equally scrumptious activity at Carlton Towers is the Wine & Tapas Evening, as you and the girls will be given a guided tour of Cooks by a wine expert, before sitting down in luxurious surroundings for an evening meal of spicy Spanish Tapas and wines that are specially selected to compliment your food!

Perhaps these activities could leave you will a calorie overload, and if that’s the case—you’ll need to get into the great outdoors to burn them off! You can do this at Carlton towers as well, as a Clay Pigeon Shooting range is on the grounds of the estate. Under the supervision of a expert instructor, you will try your aim as you attempt to shoot clay discs out of the air before they hit the ground—using air rifles! As if that wasn’t enough, you can also drive 4x4’s! Go off on a wild excursion through the 250 acre estate, mastering these powerful vehicles and having a gay old time doing it!


For those into the occult—you may be interested to know that the city of York has been dubbed ’Europe’s most haunted city’. There are ghost walks from the medieval street known as “the Shambles” every evening at 7:30, for exquisite yet chilling storytelling which takes you on a tour of York’s most haunted locations. These stories and performances will make you both laugh and scream, but either way—you’ll all be involved! Another ghost tour available is the "Original Ghost Walk of York", which sets off from the King’s Arms Pub at 8pm. You can get there early to enjoy a few drinks before setting out into the chilling night. As well as this, Private parties are available if you have a large group, with the times being more flexible this way!

Finally, shopping is major in York City, with Coney street and Low Petergate being two top locations for all the highstreet’s biggest names. There are loads of other places to shop as well, so you’ll not be stretched when looking for some retail therapy in the city.

P.S - If you love food, Newgate Market is a farmer’s market that’s great for sampling great local food and getting a bargain or two.

York Hen Night Ideas


There are number of cool nightlife venues in York that are worthy of your hen night. this first is The Kuda, which is a 3 floor venue with a large balcony area overlooking the main dancefloor. Hen parties are becoming “tiki” mad, with Hawaiian themes becoming one of the most popular among hen parties. If your hen party is also “tiki” mad, then you’ll like the Kuda even more, as the basement has been converted into a ‘tiki’ bar—complete with VW campervan!

Another great nightlife venue in York is Fibbers, bar that has live gigs from local and national touring bands from 8pm. The reason why this is such a good venue however, is you not only get treated to great bands from 8pm, but also get to stay on for the nightclub that the bar transforms into at 11pm. With Fibbers often attracting high profile DJs for one off shows as well as cheap drinks and promos, Fibbers is a worthy venue!

Other locations that are good nightlife options are Club Salvation, which often hosts themed party nights if your hen party is opting for a fun theme, or Popworld—which is famous for playing classic pop music from your childhood!

York Hen Party Accommodation


There are a range of truly stunning hotels available for you and your hens to stay in during your weekend in York. According to the Telegraph, even some of the cheaper accommodation options greatly exceed expectations. The consensus here is, quality accommodation isn’t at a premium in York.

This is also evident from the self-catering accommodation options in the city, with stylish apartments and houses filled with all the amenities you need to be looking your finest on your hen night out.

For luxury accommodation in rural; Yorkshire, Carlton Towers are an excellent choice. With 16 lavish rooms exclusive for the use of your hens, this Victorian estate is an option for the most extravagant of hens.

For more info on staying in York, check The Telegraph’s Guide.

Image Credits: Carlton Towers | Free City Guides | GMP Design

So there you have it! With compelling nightlife, extremely fun hen party activities and top notch accommodation options—York is a wonderful choice for your hen!