A hen weekend in York is destined to be filled with dancing, dining, drinking, and the great sounds of music. With so many different bars and festivals to choose from it can be hard to decide which one to visit first. Although the parties and festivals are fun there is also a lot for your hen party to see. There are so many historic sites to see while in York. The Shambles and Minster will allow your hen party to see medieval architecture that can not be seen at other destinations.
Walking is the best option for travelling along York's tiny medieval streets. Everything in York is pretty much within walking distance but there are buses that run throughout the city. A day pass is roughly £3.70 for unlimited travel. York has a lot of cyclists and is known for being among the most bike-friendly cities so bike rental is always an option.
* While on your hen weekend in York your hen party must visit York Minster. It is the biggest Gothic cathedral throughout Northern Europe.
* Visit the York Dungeon to see where the worst of the worst of York were kept.
* Take a trip on the Ghost Cruise along the River Ouse and chance an otherworldly visitation.
* Shop on the beautiful medieval streets of The Shambles.
History and Culture
York was first settled by the Celts, then taken over by the Romans, Vikings and Normans in succession. A local rebellion attracted the attention of William the Conqueror who, in 1068 devastated the city. The Minister built soon after in the center of York.
York is often called the City of Festivals – it has music, beer, cider and dance festivals throughout the year. York was recognized in 2007 as being the European Tourism city of the Year.
If the members of your hen party enjoy shopping then The Shambles may be just what the doctor ordered. There are a lot of shops but it will likely be packed with tourists. In 2010 The Shambles was awarded Britain’s Most Picturesque Street by Google Street View Awards. It's beautiful medieval buildings make it a one of a kind shopping experience.
The running joke within York is that there are enough pubs for someone to be able to visit a different pub a day for a year. Mickelgate has a party bar to suit any and every mood. The young crowd will be certain to help your hen party have a great night.
Fossgate is filled with a great selection of restaurants for the most delectable hen night feasts. Harveilles can be found in Walmgate and serves delicious seafood with a stellar selection of champagnes. Betty’s Tea Rooms a 1920s style tea-room serving delicious pastries all day.