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Your hen group is guaranteed a warm welcome and a *very* good time on a Brighton hen party. This sunny, unique city famously hosts one of the UK’s largest Pride marches and is famous as an LGBTIQ+ town, with a liberal, fun atmosphere and plenty to do!
Brighton is a particularly great choice if you’re planning a same-sex hen party of sten do. Your Mrs & Mrs, Mr & Mr and everything in between are welcome in this town.
Pampering, health, sun and fun are also on the menu for any hen do crew heading to Brighton. With activities like yoga and beach sports, lots of quality local food and comfy places to lay your head, we can’t recommend this coastal gem enough.
Did you know Brighton is the third happiest place in the UK? It’s true, it’s a very cheerful place. In fact, it’s only marginally less happy than two other places in Britain, by all accounts. No one can be happy all the time, can they?
Anyway, apart from being continually upbeat, Brighton has a naturist beach (yep..you can get your kit off and not be arrested), and has the world’s oldest aquarium. You can’t get naked there, however. It’s definitely frowned upon. Could this be the reason they’re not Number 1 on the happy list? We really don’t know.
How to get to Brighton
Brighton sits on the south coast of England and is well connected by road and rail. It’s fairly easy to reach from most major UK cities and even if you have to switch transport, there’s a route to get you there.
From London – 53 Miles
By car: Driving your hen party from London to Brighton takes around 1 hour 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
By train: Trains from Victoria or London Bridge run every 30 minutes and take an average of 1 hour to reach Brighton.
By bus: Buses are equally frequent and large coach providers, such as National Express, can deliver you, safe and sound, in around 90 mins.
From Edinburgh – 464 Miles
Edinburgh and Brighton aren’t particularly close together but adventures are always had when you travel, right?
By car: If you and your hen party are up for an epic drive, you can cover the distance in around 8 hours.
By bus: Coach journeys can take between 15-16 hours to take you between the two.
By train: The train, however, can get you to Brighton in around 6 hours, with a change and a short hop on the London Underground thrown in to keep you on your toes.
By plane: You can also fly from Edinburgh to Gatwick and pick up alternative transport from the capital. Flights are a little more than 1 hour long.
From Cardiff – 191 Miles
By car: In the car, you and your hen night can reach Brighton from Cardiff in around 3.5 hours.
By train: A combination of train and tube can also get you there (via London) in much the same time.
By bus: National Express buses can cover the distance in an average of 8 hours but you may not be able to find a direct route.
By plane: If you’re travelling between the two, it’s quicker to fly from Belfast City or Belfast International to London, where you and the hen party can hop on a train or bus to connect you to Brighton.
By ferry: The Belfast Ferry can cover the crossing to Scotland and the ladies can take the ferry bus to Glasgow or Edinburgh. Once in either city, there are direct trains to London, or you can choose to fly down and then connect once in the English capital.
Brighton is the perfect hen party destination if you’re looking for a swanky hotel to lay your heads in or if you’d prefer a private stay in a local apartment or holiday house.
If you don’t see the accommodation you’d like, get in touch and we’ll work out the ideal option for your hen group.
Phileas Fogg World of Adventures may sound like it’s aimed at kids and some of it is, but it’s also a fun activity for the hen party. If you even watched Crystal Maze and found yourselves shouting at the people on the show, this might well be the perfect game for you. You and the hen party have to use your mental and physical abilities in a race against the clock. This is an activity to do before the drinking starts.
If budget options are on your radar and exploring your surroundings appeals to the hen party, why not take part in a self-guided treasure hunt? You’ll each have maps sent to your phones and get the chance to pit yourself against your hen night mates in a race to find the most treasure. Why not make it interesting by offering up a few free rounds to the winning team?
Did someone say ‘bottomless afternoon tea? This option provides each of your hen party members with 2 hours of sandwiches, cakes and prosecco for 2 hours of an afternoon. It’s a chance to sit down, eat, and be merry in beautiful sorroundings, while planning your assault on the town later that evening.
Take the hen party out to the seafront to experience the prison conditions at Alcotraz. Booking a cell block gives you the chance to don that glamorous orange jail jumpsuit and enjoy personalised cocktail with your hen night ladies. It’s a unique experience in Brighton and an extremely popular choice for groups. After all, it’s not that often you get the chance to be in jail with your best mates. At least, we hope not.
If you fancy a bar crawl but don’t know where to start, why not go on an organised tour? On The Rocks offers the chance to skip the usual queues, get discounted drinks, and free entry to 5 pubs and clubs. You’ll get a dedicated guide for the group, who will also act as photographer and document the entire night. Did we mention you’ll get 5 free shots? Maybe you should keep your distance from that photographer after 10pm? We think so.
An organised bar crawl, run by people who know all the best spots, can be a great way to celebrate your stag night with the lads. The tour involves 5 bars and 5 free shots. What else do we need to say? You will also be offered queue jumping, discounted drinks and free entry.
Tropical Sushi serves up a vast array of fishy, vegan and vegetarian goodies on Western Road. The now-permanent restaurant started life as a popup food stand, which proved so popular, it eventually established itself in a static location. The owners pride themselves on a Latin flavoured take on traditional Japanese sushi and their creativity has resulted in Tropical Sushi becoming one of the most talked about and popular dining spots in Brighton for hen nights and everything else.
If you and the hen night ladies enjoy vegetarian and vegan food – or want to see how it’s done properly – Terre a Terre is one of the best. It’s actually held the title of Britain’s best vegetarian restaurant, so you can be assured it’s high quality. The menu takes inspiration from Japanese, Chinese and other Asian cuisines and the restaurant has an amazing dessert menu. If you’re going to eat healthy, it’s only fair that you balance it up with some cake afterwards, right?
If your hen party includes no vegetarians and the gals are in the market for some fresh meat (now, now’¦), Chamuyo serves up some of the best steak in town. After all, it’s difficult to go wrong with a juicy steak and chips. The sharing platters also offer up the chance to taste everything at once and pick and choose from a wide array of menu options.
It’s hard to see what wouldn’t be appealing about a cafe called Little Miss Piggies. This family run place offers up the chance to build your own breakfast by choosing your constituent parts and then smothering them in sauce. If you’ve had a hen night to rival the wildest of parties, it’s the perfect place for a brekkie to soak up last night’s prosecco/gn/wine, or all them at once.
Brighton has a long-established reputation as a hen party haven. With a choice of accommodation, tons of chic bars and cocktail lounges, and a stunning location on the seafront, it’s not difficult to see why it’s quite so popular with tourists and locals alike.