York Tops Benidorm and London as Hen Party Destination Choice
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York Tops Benidorm and London as Hen Party Destination Choice

Last Night of Freedom, which organizes stag and hen dos, says that York, renowned for its reputation as a ‘party paradise,’ has become the third most-booked hen do location in Europe in 2023.


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Matt Mavir, the managing director of the Tyneside-based business, mentioned that more women are choosing York as the base for their celebrations, surpassing sunny breaks in the continent and major cities like London and Edinburgh.

Based on data analyzed by Last Night of Freedom, the city was the third most-booked hen do location in Europe last year.

Last Night of Freedom managing director, Matt Mavir (Image: Supplied)

Mr Mavir stated: “Hens appreciate the warm welcome they get from York’s buzzing city centre bars and restaurants. It’s always been a popular location for people celebrating ahead of tying the knot.”

“Thankfully for businesses in the city, efforts to single out hen parties haven’t forced our customers to go elsewhere. Instead, booking numbers are going through the roof and York has moved up five places to third spot in our rankings of hen party destinations.”

York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, has accused the firm of ‘wanting to make profit out of the misery’ of people living in the city. She said that if Mr Mavir lived near York, he would clearly hear the concerns that residents have regarding the prevalence of groups drinking in the city, including those here for stag and hen weekends.

York is as popular as ever for hen parties (Image: Archant)

Matt said stags and hens take part in activities like sports, games, and dance classes in York while many take in the city’s historical sights or enjoy attractions about its spooky past – as well as enjoying the local nightlife.

“Thousands of drinkers disembark at York Station every weekend from across the north of England to go on pub crawls and many more hit the town after a day at the races – a fact which I believe escapes meaningful criticism in comparison with the onslaught on ‘nearly-weds’,” said Matt.

“Last Night of Freedom customers come from all professions and walks of life – they’re not aliens dropped into your city intent on causing trouble.”

“The stats show that they love York and I can’t blame them, it’s a beautiful city with a great atmosphere – a real party paradise.”

“Our hens simply want a laugh and a few drinks with their friends and I think most normal people in York understand this – and will welcome how successful the city has become.”

Only Liverpool and Newcastle were more popular than York for hen dos in 2023, the Last Night of Freedom rankings have revealed.

The city also finished ahead of neighboring Leeds, as well as pipping Manchester and European destinations like Dublin.