Hen Party Houses in Wales
From the great outdoors to bustling nightlife, Wales has it all
Known for dragons, daffodils and leeks – Wales is to the West of England and is a perfect destination for hen parties. The country has everything – from cities with wild nightlife, to national parks packed with mountains, hills, lakes and more.
Plus, with the Welsh capital only a two-hour train ride from London, it’s an easy to reach destination for a weekend away. For those looking to get their hearts racing, the Brecon Beacons have got to be on your list, or head to Cardiff or Swansea if you’re looking to party the night away and then sleep by day!
Whatever sized group, and however you envision spending your days, Wales is sure to impress. And, of course, we haven’t even mentioned the lush accent yet either…
HOW TO GET TO WALES
Located in the West of England, there are a variety of ways to get to Wales depending on which direction you’re coming from, and where you’re going! Cardiff – which is a popular place for hen parties – is less than a two-hour train journey from London Paddington, and just over two hours from Birmingham. What’s more, if you’re coming from further afield, there’s an airport in the country itself and it’s also only a three-hour train ride from Gatwick airport. Once here, it’s really easy to get around but bear in mind that in some of the quaint countryside and villages, it won’t be as easy to grab an Uber as it is in the city!
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN WALES FOR HEN GROUPS
If you’re looking for a city break, then Cardiff is the place to go. Known as one of the liveliest cities in the UK, it’s got everything you need for meals out, drinks and partying. It’s full of coffee shops and shopping establishments to keep you entertained in the day, as well as music venues showcasing local talent to keep you entertained in the evening. If the nightlife gets too much, and you want to do something a little more wholesome, check out the Cardiff International Whitewater Centre – where you can do everything from SUP and whitewater rafting.
Snowdonia is known for being a national park, but it’s also home to plenty of quaint pubs, restaurants and things to do. As well as stunning walks to keep you busy, there’s also Zip World if you want a bit more of an adrenaline hit. Visiting Snowdonia also comes with one obvious suggestion – climbing Snowdon! It’s around four hours to get up and down (and there’s a train if you’re too hungover to make it back down), so it’s the perfect activity for an afternoon. Plus, it’ll definitely build up your appetite before the evening.
The Brecon Beacons is another stunning place to visit in Wales – known for its breath-taking night skies that are so remarkable they earned recognition as an International Dark Sky Reserve. The Brecon Beacons make the perfect place to go for a country retreat – where you can spend your days walking and taking in the sights, and spend your evenings relaxing by the fire or in a cosy pub. What’s more, there are plenty of activities to do, including water sports, horse riding and pony trekking – as well as guided walks and tours.
Restaurants & Food in Wales
Whether you’re a fan of the traditional Welsh rarebit (basically goo-ey cheese on toast!), want some drunken chips from the kebab shop on your way home, or you’re after something a bit more upmarket, Wales will not disappoint. You see, it’s home to every cuisine you could ask for as well as lots of places that provide local specialities. Here are just a few of our favourites: The Potted Pig (Cardiff), The Walnut Tree (Abergavenny), Beach House (Swansea), Ynyshir (Machynlleth) and Pontoon (Pwllheli).
BEST HEN GROUP ACTIVITIES IN WALES
Nude life drawing
BEST FOR A CHEAP LAUGH
If you want to be creative while being a little bit naughty – why not do some nude life drawing? That’s right, you get to stare at a naked male model as he gets into a variety of poses but, of course, don’t forget to sketch away! With drinking games included and a few competitions, the real challenge is to keep a straight face and not burst into fits of giggles!
BEST FOR ALL AGES
Visit one of Wales’ award-winning vineyards, including the Llanerch Vineyard, which is the ‘second most Instagrammable wine tasting attraction in the UK’. Listen to an expert as you discover about the grapes, how the wine is made, pairings and, of course, you’ll have a chance to try the goods too. What’s more, on-site shops mean you can buy some to take home if you want to carry on the party! We haven’t been this excited since our parents gave us £2 to spend on a school trip
A cocktail masterclass
BEST FOR PRE-DRINKS
Learn to mix, muddle and shake (you’ll learn what those words mean in the context of cocktail making!) with your very own master bartenders. The bars will provide all the tools, spirits and the soundtrack – you just need to bring your best cocktail making skills! There’s plenty of places to choose from too as Wales is full of cocktail bars – especially if you’re staying in a city like Cardiff or Swansea! And you’re never too far from another bar or club for afterwards.
Afternoon tea – with a difference
BEST FOR THE QUIETER HENS
Ditch the dress and heels for your comfy clothes and dressing gown! Sounds lame – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve been out all day exploring the Welsh countryside, you might just want to chill in the evening. Surrounded by your besties and with some delicious food in the oven, there are plenty of hen party games to keep everyone entertained. In fact, we even wrote a blog for some inspiring hen party activities at home.
Visit Zip World
BEST FOR ADRENALINE JUNKIES
Shake off your hangover by visiting the iconic Zip World for an exhilarating experience as you tour the Llechwedd slate quarry! You’ll travel up 1,400 ft as you look over the manmade mountains and listen to a guide explaining the history and significance of the mining community. Then, you’ll travel back down via a 1-kilometre zip line that provides thrilling views as you try to not throw up last night’s cocktails! Easier said than done, we know.