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'This is Manchester, we do things differently here.' - Tony Wilson

Not many cities could live up to such a statement, but this iconic Northern city is everything you imagine and so much more! With a vast and varied selection of hen do activities, wild nightlife and a unique history, there is a so much to see and do. There is no question to why Manchester has remained one of the most popular hen weekend destinations in the UK.

Boasting the birth of music mavericks and the inspiration for literary legends, Manchester claims the discovery of everything from Oasis to the the first LGBT bar, to the humble Eccle's Cake. If that doesn't peak your interest, how about a visit to the brilliance of Manchester's Printworks, where the historic publishing building has been renovated in a hive of nightlife and entertainment.

Just one of the many city centre attractions we know your party will love, this guide will take you through everything you need to know.

Put together by our hen weekend experts to take the stress out of planning, read on to find out everything Manchester has to offer!

Why choose Manchester for your hen party?

If this isn't THE hen party city, than we do not know what is.

There are many reasons Manchester has become one of the bestselling locations for hen parties, and upon your arrival you will quickly learn that not only are the cities four main districts, each with its own unique vibe of nightlife, packed full of bars and clubs, and entertainment that will make your party stand out amongst the rest, but an industrial history that adds a beautiful twist to this bustling city!

Amongst the booming nightlife and party scene, a Manchester hen party can be more than cocktails and games.

In the summer, Castlefield comes to full bloom. Enjoy the canal-side parks with great food and prosecco, and admire the industrial city in all it's glory!

Let's Go... Shopping!

With one of the biggest selections of hen activities in Manchester, the shopping district in this fashion forward city makes it a note only a fantastic place to browse both designer and high street shops, but a whole new range of independent retailers!

Affleck's Palace

For the wild and weird, this is the place to be! A congregation of the unique, retro, trendy and different, there is a lot to experience in Affleck's!

Intu Trafford Centre

For your top trending high street stores, designer fun and best restaurants, the Intu Trafford Centre is a place to kill a few hours and have fun with your hens!

Our Hen Experts

With over 25 years of planning Manchester hen parties, we here at Freedom have proved ourselves to be the best in the business! Our party experts are on hand 6 days a week to help you put together your perfect hen party package, chat through the best hen do activities for you and work towards your budget.

Making this a stress free experience with a low £35 deposit to make your booking and an online payment system where the girls pay us direct, your mates get the best time and you get to take all the credit!

Speak to one of our experts today on 01992 655 580

Trending Manchester Hen Activities

Whether you are looking for an action packed weekend or a few hours fun for the girls, Manchester offers a huge range of exciting activities, games, hen do ideas and entertainment to ensure your group a celebration worth having!

  1. Bubble MayHen

    Adding a hilarious twist to the much-loved game of footie, we give you Bubble MayHen. No matter the skill level of your group for this will not be like any other challenge you have taken on before, as you step into an inflatable suit and bounce, barge and dodge your way to victory!

  2. Escape Room

    Put your friendship to the test! Locked in a room with your closest mates, you will have to find clues, solve riddles and complete challenges to win your freedom and make it to the bar before closing. Do you think you are up for the challenge?

  3. Bar Crawl Buffs

    This tour of the best nightlife venues will give your girls a night to remember! One of our most popular, this hen night activity includes a guided bar crawl by two local buffs! With stops for drinks at each bar or pub along the way, you will head on to finish the night in a buzzing nightclub.

  4. Dreamboys

    With hot male strippers to start your night off right, a welcome drink ready for you, AND a meet and greet with the Dreamboys after the show, there is no need for us to explain why the Dreamboys have remained one of the best hen party night outs in Manchester!

  5. Bierkeller

    Reserved seats, ice cold beer and music into the early hours! On a Saturday the resident Oompah band sing and dance the night away before the DJ takes you to the early hours of the morning. Waited on by staff in regional Bavarian dress., the excellent atmosphere brings a true piece of Bavaria to the heart of Manchester.

  6. Comedy Hen Night

    You've just gotta laugh... A Manchester hen classic, your comedy club will make for the perfect night out for any hen weekend. Enjoy 4 comedians in the city centre before continuing your night with drinks and the resident DJ!

  7. Cocktail Making and 2 Course Meal

    Shake, make and taste two cocktails each, not including the welcome drink we have thrown in for each of your girls! Step behind the bar and learn the tricks of the trade with your exclusive professional mixologist and bar tender for the class. After you have learnt all there is to know about shaking up with night, continue the party with a 2 course meal to start the party right!

  8. Afternoon Tea-se

    Cakes, sandwiches and scones all served by your very own topless butler, this Afternoon Tea experience in Manchester adds a cheeky twist to the classic hen activity!

  9. Dance Class

    Prepare the girls for the big day with a private dance class just for you! Destined to be hilarious and definitely one to remember, you will get 90 minutes with your expert dance instrus/ctor to learn your routine. With over 35 themes to choose from including Spice Girls, 80s/90s, Mamma Mia, Burlesque, Disney and so many more, there is sure to be something to suit your bride to be!

  10. Alcotraz Cocktail Experience

    An experience our team know and love, the Alcotraz Cocktail bar is unlike anything you have been apart of before. No need for your best glad rags here as you will be each given an orange jumpsuit to where before being escorted into your prison cell - but don't forge to smuggle in your drink with the help of some friendly prison guards! An all immersive cocktail experience, this will make your hen party in Manchester one to remember!

'A city that thinks a table is for dancing on.' - Mark Radcliffe

Manchester Districts & Landmarks

Deansgate

One of the main places to visit during your hen party in Manchester is Deansgate. In the west of this incredible city is a hive of history and culture, where you will find yourselves drifting to throughout your stay. Nestled amongst the incredible architecture of this industrial district stretching from Manchester Cathedral to the Beetham Tower, is a shopping district, bars and clubs and tons of tourist hotspots.

Don't forget to stop off at Deansgate's coolest hidden bar 'One Eight Six', where the handcrafted cocktails are inspired by the barbershop upstairs!

Impossible to get lost, Deansgate links you to all the major districts in Manchester city centre, making it a lot easier to stumble back to your accommodation after a heavy night out!

Deansgate Locks

Whether you are after a fun fuelled hen weekend of activities, time to take in the city or a booze fuelled bender, the famous Deansgate Locks is a must during your visit!

Set under the arches of the infamous locks and overlooking the waters, is a stretch of bars, clubs and restaurants that make for a unique hen experience. Add Club Entry to your booking to be sure entry for your group into one of cities most popular nightclubs.

If you are after something a little different for your group, why not stop off at 'Lock 91'? The 19th century lock keeper's cottage has been converted into a eclectic bar and boasts an outdoor terrace that offers a relaxed cocktail and ale experience!

The Printworks

One of our favourite districts to brag about when our groups mention Manchester is The Printworks. What was once a huge publishing house, as the name suggests, this massive building now plays home to an utterly unreal selection of eateries and late night hotspots.

With an influx of over 150,000 party goers and visitors every week, there is a reason The Printworks is the most popular place to be!

Looking for a hefty meal to line your stomachs between activities? Look no further than Manchester's all you can eat, around the world buffet, 'Peachy Keens'! An easy way to ensure all your mates are happy and well fed during your Manchester hen weekend.

Northern Quarter

A vast district in central Manchester, the Northern Quarter is overflowing with some of the best watering holes in the city!

From basement bars adorning glow-in-the-dark graffiti and bursting with arcade machines and your favourite childhood games consoles 'NQ64', to the more sophisticated 'The Whiskey Jar' where you will get a selection of over 400 whiskeys and cocktails, as well as hosting open mic nights and festivals!

Getting Around on your Manchester Hen

Train

With 2 major train stations linking Manchester city centre's districts to the rest of the UK, between Victoria Street and Piccadilly Station you have an easy and budget friendly way of getting your hens around, and also into the city itself.

Flights

Whilst trains might be your go to for getting into the city, a much cheaper option for the group would be to fly into Manchester Airport which averages, from London, around £70 - £90pp for a return ticket and only takes around 1 hour, in comparison to the over 2 hour journey by train and costing upwards of £100pp.

Manchester Airport is just a 15 minute train ride into the heart of the city, making this a fantastic destination for a hen party!

Public Transport

Whilst many of the city's districts are within walking distance of the stations, you will find trams, buses and taxi stops throughout the city centre in order to ensure your group easy access to activities and hotspots spread across this hen party destination!

Accommodation & Manchester Hen Stays

Part of the excitement of taking charge of your hen, whether on behalf of a friend or for yourself, is getting to choose some killer accommodation to go with the epic activities booked!

Now, we truly believe in a vibrant city like Manchester, your accommodation will be a place to lay your head between activities and sleep off your hangover from the night before, with so much to see and do. Whether you are looking for a budget hotel to suit, a hotel that offers a little more luxury or a party house to bring the activities to you, we have got you covered!

With a whole range of group friendly hotels and houses available as part of your Manchester hendo, just browse, add to you package and our team will be in touch to talk through what is available on your dates and the best options for you!

Not sure what to choose?

No worries! Our party experts will be happy to advise based on the wants and needs of your group. Hotels are great if you want somewhere that has everything. Many offering breakfast and with onsite bars and facilities, many groups opt for this for ease of access to everything you need. However, Apartments and Party Houses make a great option if you want you bring the party to you. With mobile activities such as Private Chefs and Life Drawing available, get a shopping of booze and snacks delivered straight to the door and you will be set for a hen night that will go down in history!

Fun Facts!

Manchester was the birth of women's rights. Quite literally. In the heart of the city not far from Deansgate you will find St Peter's Square, home to Manchester's statue of the historic icon Emmeline Pankhurst. The political activist who fronted the suffragette's which lead to giving women the right to work was born in Manchester!

Look no further for incredible cultural cuisine, as the legendary Curry Mile has the largest concentration of south-Asian restaurants outside of Asia itself. Fancy a visit? You will find Curry Mile located on Wilmslow Road, Manchester.

Manchester has always been destined to be a hen party destination, after all the city itself is named after the female body. When the Romans settled here in AD79, they found the two hills they discovered to resemble two breasts and so named the settlement 'Mamucium' meaning 'Breast Shaped Hills'. Very literal people were the Romans.

'What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow.' - Ray Walters

Unique Manchester Events

Parklife Festival

The largest metropolitan music festival in the UK, Parklife Festival has been a part of Manchester since 2010 and has welcomed music icons such as Disclosure, George Ezra, Snoop Dogg, The 1975 and the city's very own Liam Gallagher. As you may be able to tell, the music festival is known for it's wide taste in music, as well as it's entertainment zones, street food and amazing atmosphere!

Whilst prices may rise this weekend in June, if your bride is a music lover this could be a great add onto your weekend!

Manchester Day

Another June event, Manchester Day is a celebration all Mancunian's love to take part in!

This already colourful that welcomes everyone from all communities and cultures, comes together to celebrate all this the city loves! Join in the celebrations by dancing along with street performers and tasting the incredible street food the city has to offer. Day drinking has never looked so good, as the streets come to life with pop ups and live entertainment!

Where to Eat & Drink

  1. Gaucho, Deansgate

    Whilst not unique to Manchester, there is something about this steakhouse that stands out amongst the rest. Alongside the incredible food it is known for, this restaurant has taken up residency in a converted church, leaving it with unbelievable interior for an indulgent meal!

  2. Three Little Words, Deansgate Locks

    One of the coolest bars in the city for relaxed drink, this industrial bar is tucked away in the arches of Deansgate and makes the perfect start to your night. This swanky bar showcases the full range of Manchester Gins!

  3. The Bay Horse Tavern, Northern Quarter

    Known to many to have the best pub grub in the city, The Bay Horse Tavern in the Norther Quarter is the best place to cure your hangover. With an opulent and modern old English design, end your weekend here with a banging Sunday roast to toast to the bride to be!

  4. Bingo Balls, The Printworks

    One for the girls, Bingo Balls is a neon pink party venue adorning your favourite film quotes and booked with some of the best drag nights in the city! It isn't just the adults only ball bit, live entertainment and DJ's, and delicious cocktails that make this venue stand out, but with a great menu your girls are sure to have the best time here on your Manchester hen party.

Hen Weekend Games

Whilst the options for entertainment in Manchester are endless, keeping the hens entertained whilst they quench their thirst is an essential part of any hen party! Our expert party planners have suggested their favourite games below

Photo Bingo

Capture memories and see the sights! Create a bingo card of top spots and hilarious prompts for your group to collect over the weekend. Have a prize for the winner of the best interpretation and most photos and a forfeit for the weakest!

Win or lose, you will have an endless supply of pics to remember this Manchester hen by!

Hot shots

A great game to play in your accommodation or get your bar tender involved, fill up your shot glasses with a mix of alcohol, water (or whatever you have in your fridge). Throughout the night, shout HOT. Grab a glass, down your shot and see what trouble you get into!

Send to All

Not for the faint hearted, this game only has one rule. No phones allowed. Break that rule and you forfeit control of your phone. The remaining hens will get to send a text of their choice to anyone, and we mean anyone, in their contacts.

What's next?

So, you have browsed our selection of to hen party ideas, seen everything this vibrant city has to offer, and decided Manchester is the one for you. Just start building you package online, add your activities and accommodation choices, and submit your request to one of our party experts. We will be in touch soon to get your group booked in with a low £35 deposit.

Sit back and relax with some drinks whilst we get your event arranged for you!



FAQ

Is Manchester good for a hen party?

If any city was designed to be a hen party destination, it's this one!


During your hen party in Manchester, not only will you get to enjoy a nightlife scenes that remain unrivalled, with many bar, club and dance options to choose from, Manchester offers great value activities to suit your group! From hitting up the music scene with your VIP Drinks Package or Lip Sync Battle, to hen classics like Cocktail Making and Old School Sports Day and Nude Life Drawing!

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