Over the years, York has become an increasingly popular choice for a hen party, and we can absolutely see why! A beautiful walled city, right on the River Ouse, rich in culture and history; there are plenty of hen party activities for you to choose from to make your hen weekend in York something truly special, whether you fancy a relaxing hen, or a lively hen weekend! Check out just a few of our York hen do ideas and recommendations to make your last night of freedom in the northern, viking city of ‘Jorvik’ an affair to remember.

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If you fancy a relaxing hen party in York, why not try a bit of retail therapy to kick off your hen weekend. Take a stroll along The Shambles, a charming street filled with gorgeous independent shops in the heart of York, from quaint sweet shops and fudge shops, to unique clothing shops, to ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’, a shop with all things Harry Potter, for any Potter Fans out there!

There are loads of market stalls at the weekend in Shambles Market that you can explore with your bride tribe, and plenty of yummy food to try as you shop! If you want to grab a bite on the go, look no further than Shambles Kitchen, for a yummy wrap, soup or hot lunch! If you’re feeling indulgent, head down to York Chocolate Experience to really satisfy your sweet tooth!

For a smaller hen party, Pairings Wine Bar is a gorgeous little wine bar that is perfect for a cheeky tipple on your hen party in York in between activities, and Piano restaurant serves some delicious vegan food if you fancy yourself as a healthy or hippy hen! Small hen parties only for these two places though, as they can’t necessarily cater for large group bookings.

For larger hen parties, head down to one of the lovely riverside bars on the Ouse York has to offer, whether it’s the Slug and Lettuce, Revolutions, or Pitcher and Piano, you’re spoilt for choice! If you and your hens are in the mood for a cocktail on your hen party in York, then why not check out Evil Eye in Stonegate, a bright colourful cocktail bar and Asian Restaurant that’s guaranteed to leave your hen do with a smile on your face! Or if you fancy something a bit livelier for your hen weekend, try Bora Bora in Swinegate, a cocktail bar and small nightclub to dance the night away!

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If you fancy injecting a bit of culture or history into your York Hen Weekend, you have plenty of options! If you’re feeling brave, why not check out one of York’s famous ghost walks or tours, or head to The Golden Fleece, a supposedly haunted pub in York City Centre! Check out some of York’s famous sights on a York River Cruise, or take a stroll down to York Minster, or around the City Walls if you fancy stretching your legs!