Bath Hen Weekend
The City of Bath is one of the most hen weekend friendly venues in the country. From the healing waters of the Roman Baths to the Georgian setting for the romance of Jane Austen’s novels, this a fabulous venue for your Bath hen weekend.
While the ancient spa waters are no longer bathed in or consumed there is a modern take with the Thermae Bath Spa. Complete with a day and night rooftop swimming pool and range of pampering options to spoil the hen properly it’s a must!
Talking of rooftops there are open top bus tours of the city and a chance perhaps for the hen party to spot some of the Olympic Athletes from Team Bath as they chill out in the many cafes and bars. Spot the fitties!
Bath Hen Weekend Ideas
Celebrate the hen weekend in style at the famous Bath Pump Room, a favourite for lunches and afternoon teas also serves champagne tea, but you’ll need to book in advance.
Bath has a number of festivals through the year to keep hen parties entertained. With music, fringe and comedy all providing great days out as the city lends itself to wandering easily from venue to venue. Not far from Bath there are occasional summer concerts at Dyrham Park and Westonbirt Arboretum – picnics, summer sun and live music!
Planning the perfect Bath Hen Do
For those wishing to do what girls do on a hen weekend in Bath there is plenty of shopping from famous names to boutiques in the arcades, side streets and alleyways in the centre. Jimmy Choo has visited Bath too!
Hungry hens can stop for a bite at a whole range of fabulous eateries including Jamie’s Italian in Milsom Place, Riverside Cafe by Pultney Weir or be naughty and taste Bath’s finest fudge at the San Francisco Fudge Factory.
Why have a Bath Hen party
Night time in Bath is where the old fashioned world of Jane Austen makes way for hens to party into the small hours.
With a variety of pubs and bars from traditional to contemporary, cocktail to Jazz, comedy to rock, Bath will show your hen party a great night out. At OPA you can take a cocktail masterclass, then dance into the small hours or move on to Po Na Na, Second Bridge or one of the many other popular venues.
Bath Hen Weekend Guide
If your planning the hen weekend you’ve no doubt been given the privileged position of maid of honor, and while it is an honor it can be a daunting task. The key is to know your fellow hens; what is the age group, no doubt it will be varied. Structure is crucial when planning a day for all to enjoy.
If your bride is looking for a night away, plan your accommodation early to get the best possible price. Once you’ve established your numbers you’ll start to have an idea of the best activities. Variety is sure to keep everyone entertained so it is best to pick two to three varied activities.
This will keep up momentum and inevitably cater for all ages. Even the youngest members of your party will enjoy a relaxing spa break or boat trip, and when planning your hen do in Bath there is plenty of choice. For your chic, fun hen party in Bath, here are a few top tips.
The Gainsborough Hotel
Possibly one of the most upmarket venues in Bath, The Gainsborough Hotel and Spa is a stunning, luxurious place to spend a night in one of England’s most historic cities. Situated in the heart of Bath, the hotel offers everything for the discerning hen; top-notch food, unparalleled service and a more than well-stocked bar are only a few of the perks of staying at this glorious hotel. The indulgent spa facilities are another massive perk, whether you choose to use them before your big night out in the city, or the day after, as a way of recovering from the night before.
MacDonald spa Hotel
This is a venue with a real wow factor. A 5* hotel in the center of bath is sure to leave your party feeling relaxed and ready for the exciting hen weekend ahead. With an indoor and outdoor pool, it’s a venue that caters whatever the weather. If the sun does come out for your hen party, enjoy a cocktail on terrace before relaxing on a poolside sun lounger. The grounds also offer a beautiful walk for those who don’t enjoy the art of doing nothing quite as much. The spa offers a variety of treatments including that essential manicure and pedicure so your hen party are wedding ready.
The Travel Lodge Bath city center
It is often the case that when planning a hen do in Bath you will need to cater for a variety of budgets, but that doesn’t have to mean compromising your location. The Travel Lodge in Bath is just a short walk from the railway station and offers confortable rooms for your hen party to lay their heads. This is a great base to explore what Bath has to offer. The hotel also offers a hearty hangover cure, otherwise known as breakfast.
Bath townhouse 14
Set in a gorgeous Georgian building in the centre of the city, Bath Townhouse 14 is a fantastic choice for a bath hen party looking to spend some quality time together. Rustic yet stylish, this chic group accommodation in Bath is set over three floors and it features original architecture throughout, a large kitchen and rooms that sleep for up to 14 people.
West Country Games
Only a few miles away from Bath, West Country Games is the number one activity for any type of Bath-based hen party. A whacky assortment of games and activities await your group, from Welly Wanging to Mangold Danglin, it’s bound to have your hens in stiches and create memories your hen part will never forget. You’ll even be assigned your own host, who’ll be there to snap the best – and most memorable moments from the day.
Bath City Boat Trips
With five star reviews, this is a great starting point for your hen weekend. Providing a pick up point this will ensure your hens are all in the right place at the right time – no one wants to miss the boat. With an interactive tour guide as you travel into Bath’s magical weir, this is sure to give your hens the wow factor. While you coast along the River Avon enjoy party games, the music of your choice and as much drink as you wish to consume, (you’re invited to bring your own with no corkage). To allow your hen party to stretch their legs, the boat will stop at restaurant along the way, offering a choice of traditional pub grub or a BBQ, saving you the need to arrange a pre order. Once your hen party have enjoyed lunch its back to the boat for more fun laughter and splendid sights.
Therme bath spa
For a relaxing, therapeutic option for your hen do in Bath, try Bath’s Therme Spa. Sourced from the original Bath springs, the Therme Spa’s multitude of treatment rooms (including a range of steam rooms and saunas) are the perfect remedy for a stressed hen, or just a great way to get your hens together for a giggle and a pamper.
It might not be Italy, but Bath was founded by the Romans and therefore, what better place to sample the favourite tipple of the ancients! The Great Wine School has everything you could want for your Bath hen party; nibbles, a warm welcome and of course, a lot of wine!
Afternoon tea at the pump rooms
If a more ladylike, regal experience is what your hen party is looking for, then the Pumps Room has you covered. Set in the beautiful Georgian grandeur of central Bath, The Pump Rooms is an iconic and decadent place to enjoy a fine afternoon tea with your hen party. Sandwiches, cakes and even a few glasses of champagne are a great way to start your hen party in Bath!
Cocktail making sub 13
Concoct your own masterpiece with your hens around you, at your very own master class. You and your hens will have the expert input from an official mixologist, and of course, you get to sample your own handywork once you’ve made your own delectable drink.
Best places to eat in Bath
Voted as one of the top five American restaurants in the UK, Firehouse Rotisserie is bound to give your hens the energy they need to dance the night away in Bath. Their delectable, eclectic mix of food and flavours makes it a popular venue for tourists and locals alike – so be sure to book early. Order good old-fashioned pizzas, or a huge selection of meats from the grill for a hunger-quenching meal that’s guaranteed to satisfy every participant on your hen do in Bath.
Pizza lovers will be in their element at this accommodating, cider-loving venue in the heart of Bath. There’s something for every palate – including more than just pizzas. The venue also is perfectly suited to accommodate larger groups, with booths that your whole hen party can gather round as they enjoy the food, casual atmosphere and general hen antics!
A sensory overload, Opa is a unique venue that’s ideal for larger hen parties. Situated in the old, vaulted buildings on Pultney bridge in the heart of Bath, their 2-4-1 cocktails and delicious tapas menu caters for every taste, and every type of Bath hen party. The restaurant also turns into a nightclub later in the evening, so there’s no need to venture any further if you fancy a dance.
Situated in one of the grandest buildings in Bath, Garfunkels has it all; a great menu, a lively vibe and enough space to accommodate any size of hen party – all in a prime location in the heart of the city. Not far from the train station, it’s also a perfect meeting/starting point for hens as they arrive in Bath, thanks to their delicious cocktail menu.
Set in the former magistrates court, this imposing building offers a warm welcome to any hen group in Bath. Their delicious menu has something for all tastes, and their selection of cocktails will certainly start the night off with a bang. Located in the centre of the city, it’s within easy access of Bath’s many clubs and bars, making it a great place to start your Bath hen do.
Bath’s best Bars, Pubs & Clubs
A small, yet oddly lively bar located a stone’s throw from the famous cathedral, Crystal Palace is very much a local joint with a welcoming atmosphere. They offer great wine at a decent price and have a large outdoor seating area – which becomes a tan-building sun trap in the summer months.
This vodka bar is a stalwart favourite in cities around the UK. With an incredible cocktail menu and even better selection of vodkas on offer, it’s a must visit for any bar crawl around the ancient city. The bar also features a resident DJ in the later hours, so you can enjoy your favourite tipple to the most recent and funky tunes.
Keeping your hen party entertained all night can be challenge but at Earls bar, you can arrive early for cocktails on the terrace and then party in The Second Bridge, which offers a variety of music that is sure to get every hen dancing. The cocktails make Earls bar a hotspot in Bath. Or if dancing and drinking is not for you, enjoy a shisha on the terrace.
Be at One
So it’s nearing the end of the night and inevitably not all of your Bath hen party have opted to stay. What better send off than cocktails at a stylish and vibrant bar perfectly situated next door to the railway station. To ensure your party have a chance to catch up on the excitement of the day, Be at One offer pre-booked seating. Entice your hens with the perfect place to rest after all that dancing. In reality you will most likely be partying until last orders at 2am. With a large choice of cocktails you are sure to find everyone’s favourite night cap.
Pu nan nas
For a unique and unforgettable night, head to Po Na Na on North Parade. This underground club has been a stalwart venue for partygoers in Bath for many years, and has survived the test of time thanks to their mix of incredible music, tasty drinks at and sensational party vibes.
Bath’s small size means you don’t have to go far in the city to wander from the well-trotted tourist track. So why not be a little more adventurous and go where the locals go? Enjoy a few rooftop cocktails at Hall & Woodhouse, just off of Queen Square.
It’s an experience you hear about from others, but don’t really stumble across. Another well-kept secret is the confessional bar, on Milsom street. It sits beneath the streets in one of the old, vaulted cellars of a grand Georgian building. It’s a great place to enjoy nibbles and fantastic cocktails in a funky, yet intimate environment.
Opium bar is another favourite local haunt. Their extensive cocktail menu and chic vibe makes it a popular choice for a casual evening drink in the city centre. It even has a secret room you can book for your Bath hen do, which features its own bar, secret entrance, karaoke and even screening facilities.