Manchester is one of the most vibrant cities in the North, with quirky bars and Instagrammable locations for brunch and dinner. So, of course, it’s a great option for a hen party.
But once you’ve decided on your location, and most importantly your girl gang, you’ll need some hen party ideas in Manchester to start booking. From karaoke to the Crystal Maze there’s so much to choose from – you won’t be limited for options.
Choosing the best accommodation in the city, which is the right budget for all of your hens, is also key to organising a hen party that everyone can enjoy.
What to Do
1. Chocoholics Party
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Calling all chocolate fans! My Chocolate offers the sweetest of all hen party packages from their Manchester location and also from their luxury mobile chocolate van! This unique hen party idea is perfect for groups of all sizes, with loads of chocolate making and tasting, and copious amounts of chocolate to take home. There’s other chocolate making classes available all over the city too, which start from £47.
2. Baking Fun
If you love the Great British Bake Off, then this is perfect for you and your hens. You’ll visit Bake With a Legend’s high-quality kitchens to have a baking lesson with one of your favourite chosen Bake Off stars! You’ll bake something challenging yet beautiful in three hours of baking time. All Prosecco, soft drinks and snacks to keep you going are also included. The packages start at £65pp.
3. Crystal Maze Craziness
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If you’ve seen it on the TV you’ll know how intense the Crystal Maze can be, but nothing prepares you for the real thing. You and your squad must work together to complete a series of challenges against the clock before entering the iconic Crystal Dome. Your aim is to catch as many golden tokens as possible and, trust us, it gets fierce. Tickets start at £29.99pp.
4. A Need for Speed
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If you and the hens are speed queens you’ll love this activity. Even if you’ve never done go-carting before, once you get all kitted up and start to speed around the race track it will leave you exhilarated. An hour on the track will set you back £44pp.
5. Scream If You Want to Go Faster
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Staying with the adventure theme, this rollercoaster ride through the Conwy Valley is packed full of adrenaline. The forest coaster will take you on a one-mile journey through the woods, experiencing twists and turns as you go. We defy you not to scream throughout the fun adventure. Hangovers not advisable. A ride on the rollercoaster costs £24pp.
6. Spa Time
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Everybody needs a little R&R. Whether you choose to book in a spa day before a big night out or the day after, you’ll be glad you did. Rena Spa at the Midland Hotel has a heated relaxation pool, steam rooms and hanging pod cocoons. Their spa packages start from £99 and include a 50-minute treatment. While the super sleek Lowry Hotel’s spa is as serene as it comes. Packages and treatments start from £45 and go up to £210, depending on timing and availability.
7. It’s a Knockout
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If you’re happy to get down and dirty, while you giggle your way through an inflatable assault course, then this activity is the one for you. Grab the girls and make your way through the It’s a Knockout course, which involves obstacles called the Slippery Slope and Rasputin’s Revenge. Prices start at £25pp.
8. Girl Band Glamour
Feel like letting out your inner Beyonce or pretending to be Little Mix for the day? During a dance class with your fellow hens, you can do just that. The one to two hour classes start with a warm-up, then your dance teacher will go through some dance moves, before you showcase what you’ve learned. Prices start at £15pp.
9. Margherita or Pepperoni?
Who would say no to making (and eating of course) your own pizza? During this pizza making class you’ll learn how to knead your dough and spin your pizza up in the air. You’ll then add your own toppings and, after it’s cooked, you’ll get to see just how tasty your own handiwork is. This is all washed down with bottomless booze – what’s not to love? Your class is priced at £37pp.
10. Bubble Mayhem
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This is just as fun as it looks. During Bubble Mayhen, your whole hen party will all get into their own individual Zorb bubbles, a big inflatable ball. You’ll then play against each other in various competitive games. The winning team get a bottle of bubbly. The fun activity costs £25pp.
11. Free-Flowing Booze
Everyone loves a brunch and, with bottomless booze, it’s even better. Cloud 23 has amazing views of the city while you enjoy brunch and for only £20 extra, you can add bottomless Bellinis, G&Ts or Bloody Marys. At the Refinery you can dine on eggs, and for an extra £15 enjoy unlimited Bellinis or Bloody Marys.
12. Croon to Celine
Whether you love singing away to Celine Dion’s greatest hits or cheesy boy bands are more your thing, All Star Lanes will muffle your angelic voices in their private booths. Prices start at just £5 each and you can even add on bowling after you’ve finished.
Where to Stay
Ibis is a great choice if you want to stay in a new city on a budget, but want to do it in style. This branch, located in the heart of the city, starts at just £39 for a room.
Airbnb – The site has loads of great cheap stays, especially if you don’t mind staying outside of the city. This basic but attractive looking house is perfect for a couple of nights, and sleeps up to 11. Dependent on when you book for, prices start at around £55pp for the weekend.
Hatters hostel – This friendly and cheap hostel has dorm rooms for up to 10 people in its pretty Victorian building. With prices starting at £15 per night, with a free breakfast, you can’t really go wrong.
Selina NQ1 – This hip and busy hostel is right in the centre of the action. It’s full of colourful furniture, and the minimalistic but clean rooms can sleep up to 8 people in bunk beds, with prices starting from £29pp.
City Stop Apartments are perfect if you want to be right in the centre of the action. Based in the lovely Printworks district they can accommodate between 2-8 people. Prices start at £100pp for the weekend.
House on Booking.Com – This modern house looks as though it’s fresh out of a design magazine. If you’re happy to be just outside of the city, then this gem is perfect for you and your hens. With three bedrooms, a stylishly designed kitchen and living area, you can crack open a bottle of bubbly and not have to break the budget. Prices start at £75 each for the weekend – based on 10 people sharing. Handy to know Booking.com isn’t just for hotels and hostels!
Motel One is a quirky and stylish design hotel, 450 yards from Deansgate. Set in the heart of the city, and therefore great for a hen do, guests have access to the on-site bar and can also enjoy Egyptian sheets in the bedrooms and rainwater showers. Prices start at just under £100 a night, depending on the time of the year.
City Centre Apartment – This is another great place for you and all the hens to stay in and party. Accommodating up to 14 guests, it’s comfortable without being unaffordable. Prices start at around £70pp for the weekend dependent on when you book for – and it comes with free parking.
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Lowry Hotel – This five-star hotel, located in the heart of Manchester, has recently been refurbished. The sleek hotel is perfect if you are looking for a luxury stay. It also has a swish restaurant and bar – making it a perfect spot for classier hen dos.
A Posh Airbnb – Think sleek granite bathrooms, leather sofas and a kitchen to die for. This posh pad, which is even used for adverts, will make you want to stay in all weekend. If you can gather 16 of you to stay in this beautiful house, you’ll only have to pay out around £200 each for the weekend.
King Street Townhouse – What better way to start your hen do weekend than overlooking the city from an infinity pool? At this plush hotel, you can do just that. As well as the great views, you can have afternoon tea, book a private dinner in their wine cellar or sip on a cocktail in the mezzanine lounge. Their modern but unique rooms also have a homely feel to them.
Where to Eat
Tattu Restaurant and Bar – This visually striking restaurant, which serves Chinese inspired cuisine, is perfect if you’re planning a more classy hen do, or want to start the night off with a bang. The centrepiece – a pink blossom tree in the middle of the restaurant – makes the atmosphere feel serene but inviting, while the buzz of the restaurant will get your night off to a great start.
Banyan Corn Exchange – This modern bar and restaurant is perfect for a quick bite to eat, or great for cheap prosecco on a Friday night (£20 a bottle). Expect a buzzy atmosphere with mixologists making to-die-for cocktails.
Grand Pacific – Situated in central Manchester, this atmospheric restaurant serves Pan-Asian food and is set in another amazing space. With high vaulted ceilings and gold leaf chandeliers, you’ll be as impressed with the décor as you are with the food.
Las Iguanas – It may be a chain but their bottomless brunch is classic. Dine on burritos and nachos while you sip on bottomless prosecco for two hours. Choose from two locations in Manchester. Prices start at £24.95. You can even upgrade your Bottomless Brunch for £5 and opt for Mojitos and Caipirinhas instead.
Eden Bar – From bottomless brunch to dancing until midnight this pretty restaurant and bar, full of colourful flowers and inspired décor, will look great on the ‘gram. If you want something special they also offer gin and cocktail masterclasses.
Yard and Coop – This relaxed and rustic-style restaurant is perfect for fried chicken fanatics. Great for a hen do lunch or after a big night out, you can choose from delights such as buttermilk chicken or bourbon BBQ wings.
Hawksmoor – If you love steak or seafood then this is the best place to book. The characterful restaurant is also the perfect spot for well-made cocktails.
The Dockyard Spinningfields – If you’re looking for something more casual, the Dockyard serves pub grub and there’s games like shuffleboard and pool on offer too.
Where to Drink
Lola Lo – From ping pong to colourful cocktails, this tiki-inspired bar could be the party vibe you’ve been looking for. Expect the drinks to flow, the tunes to play all night and the atmosphere to be excitable.
Washhouse – If secret bars are your thing, then step into this laundrette. When you first walk in you’ll be mistaken for thinking that it is actually a working laundrette, but once you pass through the large tumble dryer you’ll find a hidden bar. Just make sure you book before you get there.
El Gato Negro – Based on King Street this modern grown-up bar and tapas restaurant is styled with bright velvet seating, a sweeping bar area and quirky artwork. In the summer months, they even open the roof terrace – so you can enjoy your weekend drinks al fresco.
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Soup Kitchen – If live performances appeal, head to this canteen-style bar. Expect DJs, dance tunes and traveling bands while you shimmy the night away.
Refuge by Volta – Based in the Principal Hotel, this bar has the wow factor. The grand bar area, with leather stools, is an Instagram dream, while you can sip on cocktails from negronis to martinis.
Behind Closed Doors – Another secret bar in the city that sits behind what looks like a normal door on a high street. However, if you delve deeper and press the buzzer, you’ll be invited into a basement bar that has booths and drinks with cheeky names like Furry Cup and the Wet Dream.
Not sure about Manchester? Check out our hen party guides to Liverpool and London too.