Published on Oct 17, 2017
When it comes to organising a stag do, one of the hardest parts can be deciding where to go. Most stag parties settle for somewhere that has beer, booze, music and a load of great activities. However, if you haven’t the foggiest about where to start the hunt, it makes the whole process a little harder to organise. This is why we have put together a guide of ten of the best stag destinations in the UK, which should hopefully leave you to sort the fun stuff, such as where to grab that first pint…
Voted in 2014 as the best city for young people to live, Cardiff’s vibrant nightlife and wide array of daily activities makes it one of the best UK stag do locations. The capital of Wales, it has everything from clubs, museums, shops and theatres as well as more than 330 parks and gardens, ideal for clearing the cobwebs after a heavy night before.
There are a myriad of places to stay in Cardiff for your stag do. The Wynford Hotel has just opened new bedrooms geared towards stag parties. These can host up to four people (and include late checkout at a small cost) or there are numerous self-catering options where all of you can stay together (some even include hot tubs and games rooms!).
Average price of a pint: £3.20
There are plenty of activities to enjoy when in Cardiff, ranging from the extreme (such as white-water rafting, quad biking and coasteering) to the more chilled (such as golfing days, city treasure hunts and cocktail making classes). These activities take place throughout the city and are ideal for all different numbers and preferences. But be sure to book in advance to guarantee your space – particularly for larger groups!
Cardiff’s thriving student scene can be attributed to the city’s large amount of cheap and trendy bars and clubs. For a full-on party, there is no better place than Tiger Tiger. With seven different party spaces, including an Ibiza inspired room and graffitied 90s room complete with throwback drinks, it’s a perfect destination to head after an evening in the pubs. If you’re looking for a trendy bar for drinks, 10 Feet Tall is the place to head to – as well as wines and spirits they also have a range of craft beers for you to try. It stays open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays so it’s great to head to, no matter the time of night.
Besides being known for some of the best cider in the UK, Bristol is also famed for its legendary nightlife and range of places to go, along the new harbour side development. These attractions, coupled with easy transport and cheap drinks makes it one of the best UK stag do locations.
There are several options for accommodation in Bristol depending on what sort of break you are looking for. Self-catering holiday homes are great for getting everyone together and providing a base where you can sit and chill. If, however, you don’t mind being in separate rooms, and want your cleaning and cooking done for you, there are a number of different Bristol hotels to pick. We recommend the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel for its central location and cheap pricing but if you’re really on a budget, take a look at The Lanes Hostel.
Average price of a pint: £3.85
When in Bristol, there are a range of activities to keep you and the lads entertained. Channel your inner James May (who was even born and bred in Bristol) with an off-road driving day or challenge each other to a competitive game of It’s A Knockout or a Hovercraft Race if you’re feeling really competitive. If you’re looking for something a bit more chilled, why not head to a wine course ready to prep yourselves for the night ahead? Got a self-catered house and want the entertainment to come to you? Why not book bachelorettes in the buff…
When it comes to nightlife, Bristol is a force to be reckoned with. Why not head to one of its comedy clubs to begin the night before setting off to somewhere a little livelier? Motion is the most famous club in the city – it is an enormous multi-roomed venue which has even been voted one of the best nightclubs in the world. Basement venue Cosies (whilst it might sound low-key) is also one of the city’s most legendary party spots (and its Sunday reggae sessions are also worth a visit). For something a little different head to Thekla (a club on a boat) or Basement 45 for the best dance music in the city.
Seaside city Brighton is renowned for its brilliant atmosphere and stacks of things to do. From the Royal Pavilion, the zipwire on the beach and the i360 to the city’s karaoke bars, the pier and numerous pubs, it is one of the best UK stag do locations you can choose. Voted one of England’s best beach breaks, you’re guaranteed a brilliant time come rain or shine.
Brighton is a hot spot for hotels and self-accommodating houses. From the downright quirky to the super luxurious, there is something for everyone. This luxury barn conversion can sleep up to 31 so is ideal for larger groups, or a hotels such as Hotel du Vin or Brighton City Centre Hotel are perfect for if there are less of you in the group.
Average price of a pint: £4.25
When in Brighton you are never short of something to do. The Brighton Party Bike is a great way to see the city (you travel around on a large pedal bike, tunes playing and beer in hand) or why not try indoor go-karting for something a little more fast paced? As Brighton is famed for its water sports, why not head down and try stand up paddle boarding or laser dinghy sailing?
Nightlife is where Brighton really comes into its own. With a host of clubs along the seafront and also in the town, there is something to suit all types of evening. Want a chilled one? Comedy club Komedia is a fine bet for great performances and easy food and drink, or Lucky Voice karaoke is always a fun way to spend your night. Cocktail bar Steinbeck and Shaw are a good choice for cheap cocktails (50% off before 10pm) and Pryzm, with multiple themed rooms, is great for clubbing.
The Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a melting pot of culture, style and activity, all while being easy to navigate your way around. The city is divided in two – the Old Town and New Town – with a plethora of pubs, bars and restaurants just waiting to be visited. The medieval architecture is well worth checking out – and don’t forget to head to the famous Edinburgh Castle.
For a large group, nothing could be better than one of Edinburgh’s self-catering mansions. These sleep large numbers so you can all stay together without the hassle of booking lots of separate hotel rooms where you’re likely to all be spread out. The Edinburgh Harvieston Hall sleeps 37 and even includes a hot tub (for a small fee) and games room. For a smaller group why not try one of the cities boutique hotels?
Average price of a pint: £3.55
Edinburgh has activities for all types of personality and all times of day, cementing it as one of the best UK stag do locations. Why not play tag archery or go clay shooting – a nod to the medieval history of the city. Alternatively get (quite literally) into the spirit of Edinburgh with a whisky tasting afternoon or make a day of it with some organised Scottish Highland Games. Whatever you choose, this buzzing city will not disappoint.
When it comes to your night out, Edinburgh has it all. Whether you decide to head to a casino for a few rounds of (responsible!) gambling or decide to hit the tiles, the city is thriving with activity once the sun goes down. The Liquid Room is voted one of the top clubs thanks to its large dance floor and varied live music nights calendar. Cabaret Voltaire is a must-visit if you want something a bit different. It’s built underground with a warren of cavernous caves and booths and, importantly, reasonably priced drinks to make for a great night.
When it comes to choosing the best stag do locations in the UK, there’s little London doesn’t have to offer. From cultural offerings such as West End theatre shows, to themed bars and clubs (which London has in the truckload) to speciality cafes and even a boat hotel on the Thames, you’ll never want for anything. No matter what the groom’s style is, whether he wants a weekend of laid back sightseeing or fast-paced action, London has it all.
London has a whole host of accommodation on offer, both in the heart of the city and on the outskirts, depending on how close you want to be to the action. Self-catering apartments are the ideal choice for sleeping groups in a relaxed setting where you can spend time together, or stay in a hotel that offers convenient sleeping arrangements, an all inclusive hearty breakfast and great transport links.
Average price of a pint: £4.50
There’s so much to see and do in London that cramming everything in in your time is the only issue. Why not charter down the River Thames in your very own rib blaster for an adrenaline-fuelled experience? Or see the city from above in your very own private London Eye capsule complete with brunch? Or if you’re looking for something on foot, take part in a London treasure hunt. This will get you exploring the streets and is a great way to also spot bars and pubs to head to later on.
When night falls, you will see why London has been voted one of the top UK stag do destinations. For a more sophisticated evening why not organise a private casino table or head to The Piano Works (a live music club). For a more raucous night of inebriation, head to some of the clubs such as KOKO, Xoyo and the massive Studio 338 – all of which promise great drinks, great music and great atmosphere.
Bournemouth is fast becoming the destination. With a similar vibe to Brighton (but with slightly cheaper prices) it’s got a vibrant nightlife scene and is packed with trendy bars, old-timey pubs and bars. There are a number of restaurants to feast at and the sandy beach is a great extra when the sun shines.
If you’re looking for somewhere right in the centre, the Bournemouth Grand Hotel is a great choice – and it even has a good range of leisure facilities such as a pool and gym if you fancy a workout during your stay. For a place where you can all stay exclusively, the Bournemouth Party House offers all you could want and more – including a BBQ, large games room and sauna. There are a multitude of places to stay in and around the main centre, be sure to research before you go to find the perfect place for the group.
Average price of a pint: £3.65
Bournemouth offers a whole range of things to do, from getting competitive with each other in a game of bubble football, to something a little less serious such as a Thriller Dance experience or mountain bike treasure hunt. If the weather is nice you could go on a windsurfing experience or drive a short way from the centre to the Go-Ape trees experience.
The nightlife is buzzing in Bournemouth and there are plenty of venues that will offer you the chance to dance into the early hours. Try Halo – an old converted church which is now one of the most popular clubs in the city – or Aruba, a Caribbean themed bar and restaurant which turns into a club as the night gets later.
From theatres and music venues to clubs and pubs, Manchester is a city packed with things to do on a stag weekend. A capital of stylish entertainment, Manchester’s range of canal side bars and buzzing atmosphere creates the ideal recipe for a stag do to be remembered (or most of it we hope…)
There are plenty of hotels to stay in when you go to Manchester. Planning a football themed break, why not stay at Hotel Football? If you don’t fancy a hotel, you can opt for one of the cities self-catered apartments where more of you can stay together. It also gives you a place where you can convene for a drink or two before you hit the town in the evening.
Average price of a pint: £3.50
Manchester United and Manchester City are two of the biggest and best football clubs in the country – and heading to a match could be the ideal treat for a football fan. Or you can take part in an activity such as an off-road buggy day, extreme dodgeball, or maybe even a game of footgolf. For something a little more refined, why not book in for a cocktail making evening or a wine masterclass? There’s plenty on offer for everyone to enjoy.
When it comes to Manchester’s nightlife, you are spoilt for choice. Whilst there are plenty of bars, the city is also home to a number of real ale pubs and cocktail bars if you fancy something a little more sophisticated. Head to Cloud 23 for great drinks and the best views of the city (there’s even a glass floor looking down to the streets below). Marble Arch is a great traditional pub filled with character, for example. Club wise, be sure to visit Gorilla. This is based under the railway tracks on Whitworth Street and is one of the most exciting locations in the city.
Nottingham is proud to boast more pubs, bars and restaurants in one square mile than any European city – and if that alone doesn’t qualify it for one of the top 10 stag do locations in the UK we just don’t know what will. The Castle Wharf waterfront development is packed with contemporary bars and eateries and the city’s mix of classic and eclectic design makes for a buzzing vibe. It’s also one of the cheapest places for a pint on our list.
Nottingham is filled with places to stay, from large holiday cottages which sleep up to 30 people to quaint town house hotels. The Nottingham Riverside self-catering house provides great river views and even comes complete with a sauna and BBQ, whereas the Peak District Manor House has a games round and is set in six acres of woodland – ideal for a kickabout or a walk to clear your head the morning after the night before.
Average price of a pint: £3.00
There’s a whole load of things to do when you’re on your stag weekend in Nottingham. We’d recommend tag archery for a great team day or the ultimate army experience if you’re looking for something a bit more hardcore! If you want to channel your competitive side then hovercraft racing is a must.
Nottingham boasts a seriously eclectic night scene, with a whole range of clubs, pubs and VIP hangouts. Ink is your destination for a real party, with 4 clubs and 8 bars under one roof (including laser beams, dancefloors and unique DJ sets). Stealth is your place if you want to just lose yourself in the music and dance the hours away and Alea offers both a bar and casino – ideal if you fancy a spot of gambling.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, then a stag party in the New Forest is just the answer. From waking up in a luxury holiday house in picturesque surroundings, to having lots of space for all sorts of activities as well as a range of cultural areas to explore such as museums and gardens, there is so much to do here.
With so much space, there are a plethora of self-catering lodges in the New Forest which are ideal for large and small for stag parties. Hold BBQs in the garden and see if there’s a campfire nearby for you to all sit around with a few drinks in the evening. There are also a range of hotels to stay, or why not head back to nature and go camping for the weekend?
Average price of a pint: £3.40
With such a large outdoor space, there are a huge amount of outdoor activities for you to all enjoy. Take part in country pursuits where you can have a go at clay shooting, off road buggies, quad bikes, archery and more. Head to head footgolf is worth considering to get your competitive sides racing and the city treasure hunt is also well worth a go – ready to show anyone who thinks the countryside is too soft just how wrong they are. Don’t forget to also head to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu during the day.
Just because you’re away from a city doesn’t mean your evenings have to be drab! Whilst it’s not necessarily the scene for fancy dress, the local pubs are still more than good enough for a great time. Drinks are affordable, the atmosphere is unpretentious and simple. Why not organise a pub crawl and see how many you can get round in one evening?
Portsmouth is an irresistible mix of history and heritage, with great shops, restaurants, bars and pubs. With a great beach, harbour filled with attractions and a thriving nightlife scene, what better place for a UK stag do than Portsmouth?
There are a whole host of places to stay in Portsmouth, from the cheap and cheerful (such as Travelodge or Holiday Inn) to boutique hotels or self-catered apartments. Each depends on what you are looking for – whether you want somewhere you can all stay together, somewhere purely as a base for sleeping, or somewhere nice you can sit at the bar for drinks and enjoy dinner.
Average price of a pint: £2.80
Portsmouth has a rich military history, so why not tie this theme in with your stag do activities? Have a go at Underground Airsoft (1900ft below ground in the former Underground HQ used by the Royal Navy in WW2) or try the Portsmouth multi-activity site for a range of different games. You could also take advantage of the great waterfront and go on a sailing day or all take an adrenaline pumping ride on Portsmouth Rib Charters – catering is also available so you can make a real day of it.
Gunwharf Quays is a great option for nightlife in Portsmouth, thanks to its numerous amount of bars and clubs. Begin the night with a pint watching the ships bobbing in the harbour before heading to one of the clubs, where you can dance until the early hours. We recommend the Lyberry bar (they even have a beer pong table and relatively cheap cocktails) or The Astoria for a really electric atmosphere (it’s worth upgrading to VIP here too for an even better experience). Transport back to your accommodation is easy from here too, with a large taxi rank or bus links.