Hen Party Houses in Oxford
A city that’s home to culture, class and sophistication – a hen party in Oxford is on another level.
INTRODUCTION TO OXFORD
Perhaps most known for its university, and often referred to as the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is a fantastic city for hen groups that are looking for something a little more than vodka shots in clubs until the early hours. In fact, there are plenty of things to see and places to go including libraries, theatres, museums and, of course, some of the iconic places that took centre stage in the infamous Harry Potter movies.
It’s not all about education and wizardry though as Oxford is a popular shopping destination and has everything from independent names to large designer brands. We couldn’t mention the beautiful river that runs through it too, which makes for a fun day out and a fantastic spot to enjoy some well-deserved fizzy drinks. However you envision spending your hen weekend, you’re sure to be able to do it. And, there’s a variety of accommodation options – both old and new – for a range of budgets and tastes.
HOW TO GET TO OXFORD
Sitting just over an hour away from London means Oxford is easily accessible from pretty much all over the UK. Think coaches, taxis, trains, cars or even flying – there isn’t a hen who won’t agree that this is a convenient choice. And once here, it’s super easy to get around and the train station is just a five minute walk from the city centre.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN OXFORD
Here, you’ll find the university colleges such as Christ Church, Balliol and Trinity. And while you might not wanna think about education or even mix with students at your hen party, the area is packed with great bars, restaurants and lovely walking routes. In fact, over 9 million tourists head here every single year so it’s got to be doing something right. Head to Carfax Tower and enjoy a beautiful aerial view of the city and, of course, spot out some of your favourite shops to pop in afterwards. Central Oxford is a shopper’s paradise – with most of the action taking place in Queen Street. Another top attraction to keep your eyes peeled for is St. Giles street which is home to the Playhouse Theatre. Plan a show in advance or turn up on the day to see what’s on. Either way, the whole group is sure to fall in love with this part of town.
North & South Oxford
While North and South Oxford are mainly suburban, there are lots of options when it comes to hen party accommodation – and it’s ideal for those groups who want a slice of the action but don’t want to be directly inside it. What’s more, it’s a short walk to the city centre and an easy bus ride for when your heels are just too much. Here, your days can be spent by enjoying a walk or sitting down and catching up with your friends over brunch. Close by, you’ll also find many scenic villages – one of which is the largest village in England – as well as historical streets and cultural hotspots. Of course, this is a hen party though so you’ll be pleased to know the streets are still lined with bars, restaurants and shops.
West & East Oxford
Is your bride-to-be happier when she’s outside? West and East Oxford, and its beautiful landscapes and waterways are guaranteed to impress. Not just that but the thriving community spirit is undeniable with local markets and independent shops lining the streets. Follow the river, stop for a drink in a waterside pub and don’t forget to snap away at the many picturesque bridges. Here, you’ll also find lots of antique shops and even the UK’s only crocodile zoo. Whatever floats your boat…
Restaurants & bars
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between – including a few fantastic spots for boozy brunch – Oxford really does have a restaurant and bar for every budget, taste and occasion. As well as the hen party classics like All Bar One, Browns and La Tasca, there are tapas bars, pizzerias, Indian establishments and good old-fashioned pubs – when the only thing that will settle your stomach is half a pint of shandy and a bacon buttie. We’ve been there.
BEST HEN GROUP ACTIVITIES IN THE LAKE DISTRICT
BEST FOR STITCHING UP THE BRIDE
Forget everything that you know about nude life drawing and instead say hello to this classy and sophisticated experience that puts the art in the party. You see, in this one and a half-hour session you’ll be given everything you need – and some fun drinking games – as your chosen model gets into position while you sketch away. In the final shot, your bride will be invited up to get involved – cue giggles and red faces. It’s fun, harmless and guaranteed to be talked about for a few years to come.
A spa day
BEST FOR BREATHING AWAY THOSE WEDDING STRESSES
Best for breathing away those wedding stresses
Honestly, what’s better than sipping bubbles surrounded by bubbles as you catch up with friends and talk about your bestie’s most important day? Throw in a few treatments and nutritious lunch and you’ve got a recipe for heaven! Oxford is home to plenty of different spa hotels and wellness resorts meaning you can choose one that suits your bride perfectly. Even better, why not arrange afternoon tea to really put the icing on the cake?
BEST FOR PRETENDING YOU’RE SOPHISTICATED
Pinot and Chardonnay might be your go-to on a night out – or whatever’s cheapest, but we’re not judging. But did you know that Oxford actually has a few vineyards itself? Not only are they beautiful to look at but we all know why you’re really there. Taste a great variety of grapes – red, white, rose and sparkling – and hedge your bets on who’s gonna do the spit and swallow joke first.
A COMEDY SHOW
BEST FOR HAVING A LAUGH
The truth is there’s no end to comedy shows in Oxford, and you can choose from up and coming acts to those award-winning names we all know and love. Tickets can get pretty booked up though so we advise booking in advance. Oh, and why not try to bag some front row seats? When the comedian sees you wearing your hen party sashes, your bride is sure to be pulled out…
Punting on the river
BEST FOR A TRUE OXFORD EXPERIENCE
Hen parties don’t have to be all go, go, go. In fact, it’s nice to take some time out and enjoy your location of choice. One of our favourite ways to really experience Oxford and all its beauty is by punting. But hurry, there’s plenty of groups with the same idea so it pays to get it booked. One of the best places to punt is the River Cherwell where going upstream will take you to the Victoria Arms pub (result!) and downstream you can enjoy the amazing views of the University Parks. Rates are charged per hour, with a wide variety of boats to select from, and taking your own fizz is basically a necessity.
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