A weekend in Bath may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think ‘hen party’. However, this beautiful city in the South of England makes for a hen do which is a little more classy but just as much fun as your ordinary do. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in celebrating a hen do over an entire weekend. No longer will a single boozy night out on the town do!
So if you are looking for somewhere to celebrate your hen do, Bath may just be the perfect fit! Renowned for its historic architecture, amazing spa, independent shops and a pretty decent nightlife, Bath offers something for everyone. Here is my perfect weekend itinerary for a Bath hen do, including where to stay, what to do and where to eat and drink. I’ve covered all grounds so that you don’t have to worry about the organising. Just go and celebrate that special lady in your life!
All these places have been tried and tested by yours truly after attending a fabulous Bath hen do in August for my boyfriend’s gorgeous sister. All credit for this itinerary goes to the fab Bride Tribe I was lucky to be a part of, who organised the most perfect weekend in Bath.
Late afternoon: Check into the accommodation
Photo Credit: Luxury Escapes Bath
Although there are plenty of cheap hotels in Bath, we decided to rent a townhouse instead as we thought it would allow us to relax and socialise together far more easily. There was a large and spacious living area with flat-screen TV and unlimited broadband. And since we also had a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, it meant we could eat in whenever we wanted.
The townhouse we decided to stay in was the beautiful and modern Tailors House on Monmouth Place which is perfectly located just a short walk from the centre of Bath. The townhouse sleeps up to fourteen guests in seven bedrooms located across five floors. There is also a bathroom on each floor with powerful waterfall showers meaning that every guest practically has their own en-suite. Luxury Escapes also provide you with towels, dressing gowns and luxury toiletries which made packing that little bit easier!
One of the great things about this townhouse is that there was a master suite on the ground floor, perfectly made for the hen! This room boasts a beautiful en-suite and French windows leading out onto a private courtyard complete with seating. This made a great little space for breakfast and drinks.
Evening: Takeaway and drinks
Our first evening in Bath was super relaxed but still really fun. Most people had travelled after work for the hen do, so they were shattered after the journey and a long day’s work. So we decided to start slow and steady by getting settled in and having a pyjama party at home with good food, good drinks and even better chat. This was a great opportunity for us all to get to know each other before the weekend properly kicked off.
We had canapes delivered to the house early in the evening and later ordered Gourmet Burger Kitchen on Deliveroo (there are veggie and vegan options, don’t worry!). Oh and we had one too many glasses of prosecco. We also played some classic hen party games, such as Mr & Mrs, which were a lot of fun.
Early morning: Thermae Bath Spa
Photo Credit: Visit Bath
If you are after a relaxing Bath hen do, your first port of call is Thermae Bath Spa. If you haven’t had the privilege of visiting before, Thermae Bath Spa is one of the country’s most iconic spas! Here you can enjoy Britain’s only natural thermal waters, as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago.
We got to the spa early before the crowds at 9 am and paid for a 2-hour spa experience at the New Royal Bath (the main spa) which cost £40 per person. The entry fee allows you access to the multi-sensory Wellness Suite and two spectacular baths, including the open-air rooftop pool.
Late morning: Brunch at Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party is one of my favourite cafes (I frequent their Exeter branch all too often) so I was delighted to see one of their cafes on the Bath hen do itinerary. BTP is great because it is really big, has a very relaxed atmosphere and they are used to hosting large numbers of people, i.e. hen dos. Their all-day breakfast and lunch menu boasts everything from fry-ups, pancakes and eggs, to flatbreads, burgers and salads!
Afternoon: Go sightseeing or shopping
Photo Credit: Visit Bath
A chilled afternoon where guests can choose to do as they please! There are so many gorgeous boutiques and gift shops to peruse in Bath. And of course, all of the stunning Roman architecture to see. Your guests will have an easy time filling a few hours here and there on your Bath hen do. I’d recommend visiting all the must-see tourist attractions like the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, or the Royal Crescent. Oh, and you can’t miss out on afternoon tea in Bath too!
Early evening: Cocktail making class
What better way to kick off the main night of the Bath hen do than with a cocktail making class? We had a great time making (and drinking!) a delicious array of cocktails all from the comfort of our townhouse!
Evening: Dinner at Bill’s
In the heart of the city, Bill’s is a great restaurant to choose for a meal during your weekend in Bath because there is something for everyone. Not only is the restaurant a decent size and well equipped for hosting Bath hen dos but the menu is very versatile, boasting an eclectic selection of seasonal dishes and British favourites.
Late evening: Dance the night away
Now it’s time for the real party! It wouldn’t be a hen do without one night out now, would it? We reserved a table at Sub 13 cocktail bar in the fully heated outdoor Champagne Terrace garden. Greeted by a few bottles of fizz, we were ready to raise a glass to the hen! Afterwards, we headed to Walcot House where we danced into the early hours to some epic live music and a DJ afterwards. A pretty solid night out I’d say.
Late morning: Brunch at the Ivy Brasserie before heading our separate ways
And somehow we’ve come to the end of this Bath hen do itinerary! And it’s time for a much-needed hangover cure. If you are looking for a slightly more upmarket way to soak up the alcohol, head to the beautiful Ivy Brasserie, the cherry on top of an already great weekend in Bath. I ordered a delicious truffle chicken sandwich, fried egg, salad and chips which really hit the spot.
After brunch, the rest of the day was free for whatever anyone wanted to do. Some people stayed for a little more shopping and sightseeing, whilst most people embarked on their long commutes home. This meant it was time for everyone to say their goodbyes and look forward to the big day in just a few weeks time. YAY!
Have you ever spent a weekend in Bath or attended a Bath hen do? What did you get up to? I’d love to visit Bath again ASAP as there is always so much to see and do! Or if you have any questions for me about organising the perfect Bath hen do, feel free to ask away in the comments below.