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HenStuff’s Guide to Hen Nights in Cardiff

A hen night is a bride-to-be’s last night of freedom, the last epic blow out before the big day and a fabulous excuse for one hell of a party with your girlfriends… so you need to make sure you get it right. And where could possibly be better to celebrate your hen night than in the hustle and bustle of Cardiff: Wales’ capital city. A cultural feast of shopping, dining and drinking, located just a stone’s throw from the beach, we think Cardiff has it all. You may be thinking that we’re a little biased here, because Cardiff is the home of HenStuff – but we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to convince you that, when it comes to planning your hen night, Cardiff is absolutely the way to go!

We are proud to present HenStuff’s Guide to Hen Nights in Cardiff, a comprehensive guide that’s crammed full of information about every possible type of hen night you could have in Cardiff – we’ve even got a few cheeky exclusive offers thrown in here too! So sit back, relax and enjoy as we bring you the best of hen nights in Cardiff: the best clubs, the best hotels, the girly activities and the hen night activities for those who fancy something a little different. This guide really does have it all!

The best clubs in Cardiff

Glam 2 Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff bay, Cardiff CF10 3AD

Regularly featured on MTV’s The Valleys, Glam is a busy and vibrant night club right in the centre of Cardiff. It has two floors: a ‘club’ floor and a ‘lounge’ floor, as well as an exclusive VIP lounge ensuring a fantastic variety of music throughout your evening. They also offer some amazing hen night packages – which is why they made our exclusive list.

Their most popular packages for a hen night are the Silver Package (£100) which gives you Q-jump and entry for up to 5 guests, a reserved booth and a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut, and the Gold Package (£200) where you get Q-jump and entry for up to 20 guests, 2 x bottles of Louis Roederer, 2 x bottles of Grey Goose Vodka with mixers and a reserved booth. There’s also a Vanity Package for £500 and a Magnum Package for £750, details of which can be found on their website. If you fancy a more relaxed evening then you can head next door to Glam Boutique, Glam’s sister company, which offers a huge variety of yummy cocktails and tapas. They offer 50% off all drinks day and night, Monday - Friday (excluding bottles of champagne and spirits); on Saturdays they offer a complimentary Treasure Chest Cocktail to the bride-to-be for any group of 10+ hens before 8.30pm!

Glam attracts some huge DJs from all around the world and is infamous in Cardiff for a great night out - if you pick Glam as your hen night destination, you sure won’t be disappointed.

Revolution 9-11 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS

Opposite Cardiff Castle and right in the hustle and bustle of the gorgeous city centre, Cardiff’s Revolution is an incredible destination for your hen night. If you’re looking for a hen night that includes a fun activity as well as a cracking night out then this might just be what you’re after: Revolution offer a number of cocktail master classes which are customisable to your needs. Starting from £24.95 per person, you can learn how to make some of your favourite cocktails under the watchful eye of a trained bartender. You can add 2 or 3 course dining, some buffet food or sharing platters and nibbles, jugs of cocktails or vodka shots – you can even opt for a 1920s-themed Prohibition Cocktail Masterclass and Revolution will provide the fancy dress costumes for you!

You can also play lots of drinking games and watch the masters at work as you learn all about your favourite cocktails, before continuing the night in one of the many themed rooms for a boogie! If you head over to Revolution’s website then you can live chat with a party planner who will help you to create the perfect hen night package for your group.

Revolucion De Cuba The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA

Revolucion De Cuba is unlike any club you’ve ever been to before, which makes it perfect for a hen night! They’re Cuban inspired (unsurprisingly - it’s all in the name!) and specialise in all things rum-based - which is a huge step in the right direction already.

On Fridays and Saturdays there’s a live Latino/Salsa/Acoustic band spreading some Cuban fever, followed by a house DJ who plays tune after tune of modern hits, Latin vibes and a few cheesy oldies thrown in too. You can book out exclusive party booths and order some quirky cocktail packages or delicious tapas as you take part in a Cuban Cocktail Master Class, where experts will teach you to make a variety of delicious rum-infused cocktails. When the clock strikes midnight, expect to be handed maracas and sombreros and get involved in a Pineapple Conga around the bar - which is great fun!

Revolucion De Cuba is a sophisticated establishment which strays from the more youthful pumping club atmospheres and offers a slightly classier night. If this sounds like your cup of tea then we really recommend Revolucion De Cuba.

Tiger Tiger Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AE

If you want a classy and sophisticated hen night then Tiger Tiger is the place for you. There are 7 different party spaces within the club, including an amazing grill for delicious food and the infamous Lucky Voice karaoke space, where you can hire a private room and sing karaoke with your friends all night long.

What makes Tiger Tiger different, however, is their partnership with Dance Party Cardiff - a professional dance company that offers a variety of dance parties for you and your hens in one of Tiger Tiger’s three available rooms. You can choose from a number of different party packages to suit your needs, but we’d recommend the ‘Sing & Dance Package’, which includes a 90 minute dance workshop with a professional dance instructor, the private hire of the venue, 1 hour of karaoke with Lucky Voice and evening guest list entry to Tiger Tiger for just £22.50 per person - such a great price!.

The best hotels in Cardiff

Village Urban Resort
Village Urban Resort is a fresh and youthful hotel with vibrant décor and an endless amount of activities to keep you and your fellow hens entertained all weekend! As well as catering specifically for hen parties with special deals, they offer a fully-equipped fitness centre, a grill restaurant, a spa and full length swimming pool! Village Urban Resort will work with you to create the perfect hen party package, and best of all? The hen gets everything free! They offer party nights and private celebrations, as well as cocktail master classes, off-road buggying, nude life drawing, dance classes, studio recording parties and paintballing. The hotel has buddied up with a company called Maximise to help you build your perfect hen party, so as well as offering a comfortable bed to sleep in when you book with village you get a personal party planner too! The day after a wild night out, you can relax in the pool and get your nails done – need we say any more, ladies?

The Big Sleep
The Big Sleep is a fantastic hotel with a great location in central Cardiff, meaning that you and your girls won’t have to walk far in your heels - though ladies of leisure should always be chauffeured of course! They also offer fantastic deals for hen parties, making them one of the most desirable stays for hen parties heading to the Welsh capital. If you book 10 rooms or more you will receive a special group check-in facility; bar vouchers to use in the 24hr bar (so you can keep partying long after the clubs have closed); a free bottle of bubbly for you to drink while you’re getting glammed up; and a complimentary continental breakfast to cure those mighty hangovers. Hen party packages are available from just £35 per person based on 2 adults sharing a room, and all rooms have flat screen TVs, broadband, and WiFi access, as well as complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

Radisson Blu
Radisson Blu is not only a swanky hotel with funky décor and a fantastic location - it knows how to look after a hen party. They offer discounted rooms when 10 bedrooms or more are booked, and they can create packages tailored specifically to your hen party, making your weekend everything you expected it to be and more. They will arrange that your rooms are interconnecting if this suits your needs; they provide junior suites, all on the same floor or with nearby bedrooms at the very least; they will set up a specific breakfast area in the restaurant for you and your girls; they can offer you a mixology master class, organise wine tasting classes, make dinner arrangements for you, and they are always on hand for any advice on activities! Their mixology master classes start from £25 per person and include fizz on arrival in your private bar area, mix and match cocktails and demonstrations with nibbles - all in your hotel! This is perfect for a pre-drinking scenario before you prepare to paint the town red.

If your primary concern when booking a hotel for your Cardiff hen night is location, location, location then you need look no further than Sleeperz. Located literally smack bang in the middle of the city centre and a minute’s walk away from the train station, you’ll find yourself and your girls in the very heart of the action - and certainly not too far to walk home with your post-dancing chips and cheese! The hotel is chic and stylish, with swish, sophisticated decor in every one of its 74 compact rooms. Apart from the incredible location, Sleeperz is also a great hotel for those looking to budget without compromising on quality, with rooms starting from just £45 per night with money off advanced bookings online! So what are you waiting for girls? Get booking!

Girly Hen Night Activities

The Marine Spa
If you think a hen party should be all about relaxation, indulgence and some quality time with your girlfriends then a luxurious spa day at The Marine Spa in the 5 star St David’s Hotel will be right up your street. They offer an extensive variety of spa packages with a number of possible treatment combinations, many of which are popular with hen parties! Many of these include lavish treatments with options for either a light lunch or a delicious 2 course evening meal as you drink in the gorgeous views of Cardiff Bay.

There are also relaxation areas and hydrotherapy pools for you to unwind in before or after your treatments, spreading your indulgence out throughout the day! There are plenty of treatments to choose from, including the following: back, neck and shoulder massage; de-stressing scalp massage; nail shape and polish; salt and oil scrub; or a mini facial). A spa day entitles you to full use of the sauna, swimming pool, hydrotherapy pools and gymnasium. Complimentary juice and fruit is available for you throughout the day and you may start the relaxation from 9.30am. The Marine Spa is the ultimate place to relax and unwind before the big day, so get booking girls!

Pzazz Wales
Pzazz Wales offer truly unique hen parties, giving you and your girlies the opportunity to get glammed up for a photo shoot in the theme of your choice! You can choose any glamorous theme you fancy, although burlesque and vintage are extremely popular themes lately. You can choose your own costumes and then get your hair styled and your make-up done by a professional to suit the theme that you’ve chosen. You then get to partake in a sassy and fabulous photo shoot in a professional studio in Cardiff Bay! Once you’ve exercised your modelling techniques, you can purchase prints and much more to remember the big hen night by.

The best part about Pzazz Wales (aside from the fact that they are an exceptionally professional company, willing to comply with any theme you and your hens wish to go for) is that your hair and make-up will be gorgeous and glam for your night out – who doesn’t love being pampered, right? They also have a sister company called Dance Party Cardiff which offers a variety of different dance parties by a Pineapple Dance Studios-trained pro in swanky night club Tiger Tiger. Dance Party Cardiff can offer dance parties where you will learn a choreographed routine in a theme of your choice and include champagne packages, karaoke booths and cocktail deals. Their hen parties are completely customisable and the number of options available is staggering so make sure to check out their website and see what they can offer you.

Cheerleading Company
We know the truth ladies – every girl has wanted to be a cheerleader at one point in their lives. With the Cheerleading Company, you and your girls can learn a sassy cheer routine and celebrate your party in a fun and fabulous way! The Cheerleading Company offers exciting and personalised dance parties taught by professionals who are hand-picked and hand-trained to deliver an outstanding routine for you and your girls.

The cheer parties involve chants which are personal to the hen, a warm up, learning cheers and chants, learning stunting and then the best bit - how to properly use pom poms! The movements are simple and fun and they assure every hen party will learn at least a verse and a chorus of an exciting cheer routine! If cheering isn’t for you, however, they also offer an outstanding variety of other dance parties. Our personal favourite? The Beyoncé Single Ladies dance class! This dance class looks back at Beyoncé’s most iconic moments and movements and teaches you how to shake your booty like Queen Bey herself! If you’ve always wanted to master her fierce strut and be truly bootylicious, then perhaps this is the hen party for you. It’s the perfect way to gather your girlies, have a great time, get a little physical and learn something new all at the same time!

HMS 69 Boat Party
A hen party is a once in a lifetime experience for the bride to be, which is why her hens need to pull together and make sure she has the night of her life. One way to guarantee that? Take your hen party to a new level… sea level. The HMS 69 Boat Party is a party boat that you can hire privately to sail you around gorgeous Cardiff whilst partying on down and celebrating your friend’s last night of freedom!

For just £27 per person (in groups of 30 or more, £45 per person otherwise) you can hire a private cruise on the HMS 69 from either 4-7pm or 7.30-10.30pm; this includes an on-board disco, a BBQ hotdog and muffin per guest, and a bar where you can enjoy a drink or two! Alternatively, you can hop on a pre-organised and scheduled cruise; these run every Friday and Saturday and cost a lot less. A private boat party will provide you with a night to remember and is the perfect hen party celebration for all to get involved. You can head on to town afterwards or simply retire to bed after an epic dancing session – the night is yours to do with as you wish.

Something a little different

Go Ape! Live Life Adventurously
Go Ape is an adventure course located high in the trees of the beautiful Margam Park, and it will allow you and your hen party to get stuck in to a fun and physical day whilst taking in some beautiful and breathtaking views at the same time! Go Ape is the UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure and your hen party will get the chance to fly down zip-wires, leap off swings, tackle crossings and look pretty impressive while you’re doing it. There are 5 courses, all with equally impressive high ropes, tunnels, bridges, crossings and zip-wires. Margam Park is also home to the largest deer herd in Wales, which gives you the opportunity to see some gorgeous animals in a natural habitat while you’re flying through the air!

A Go Ape day is impressive, exhilarating, different and – most importantly – fun, and if you enter the promotional code ‘HENCAR’ at the checkout when booking online you’ll get a massive 20% discount per person.

Wales Outdoors
The Multi-Activity Beach Day run by Wales Outdoors is the best hen party option for those lively hens whowant a party to remember, getting up close and personal with nature in a fun and adventurous way!

The Multi-Activity Beach Day combines many of Wales Outdoors’s fantastic adventure packages all rolled into one, allowing you to sink your teeth into a number of fantastic outdoorsy activities! There is the opportunity to go coasteering, use power kitesand mountain boards, abseil into a cave, play beach games,and body boarding before finishing off the exciting day in Cardiff with a drink! As you can see, this action-packed day offers something for everyone to excel at and is full of unique and fun activities which will get you out in the fresh air, challenge you, and leave you with memories that you’ll never forget. Quite a far cry from a spa day, but a guaranteed incredible experience for all involved! The added bonus is that if you book with the code HENSTUFF2014', a 15% discount will be applied to the total cost of the event. Wales Outdoors also offer a number of other hen party packages so head over to their website and get ready to ditch your stilettos for a pair of walking boots!

Pole Twisters Pole Dancing Class
Pole Twisters are an exceptional team of professional pole dancers who operate as part of the Twisted Stag and Hen Parties Company. Pole Twisters can provide you with a hen party you’ll never forget: a pole dancing masterclass! A pole dancing hen party can last for either 60 or 90 minutes, and it will consist of a warm up, learning some exciting and sexy pole dancing moves, learning a choreographed pole routine, playing some light-hearted and fun games, and then finishing with a cool down.

The parties are for a minimum of 8 people and start at £15 per person with the bride-to-be going free. Each party will receive certificates, a bottle of bubbly and have plenty of opportunities to take lots of fab pictures. Pole Twisters can also offer a limousine to take you to your pole dancing session, a butler in the buff to greet you with champagne, a chocolate fountain or even a cheeky nude human fruit platter! Twisted Stag and Hen Parties are another company dedicated to making sure your hen party is the night of your life so you can dress your pole dancing party up or down as you see fit!

Murder Mystery
A murder mystery themed hen night is an increasingly popular route to go down – it’s like a giant real-life game of Cluedo so who wouldn’t want to give it a go? It’s an alternative and active way of celebrating your last night of freedom, and allows you to get glammed up and wear a stunning flapper dress! Murder Mystery Events have been running for 14 years and offer private events and shared parties where professional actors can help create an interactive murder mystery scenario for you and your girls.

For £75 a head, Murder Mystery Events will organise a one actor ‘Happy Hen’ role play murder mystery which features a private 3 course meal in a 3-4* hotel, event management and prizes. You can upgrade to a two actor ‘Silver’ event for an extra £10 per person or a 3 actor ‘Gold’ event for an extra £20 per person! The minimum group size is 14 and if your group is any smaller you will be charged for 14 persons anyway, so you can also consider joining a shared event from £45 each. Drinks packages, upgrade menus, B&B and even disco arrangements can be made for small additional supplements. Murder Mystery Events really try to cater for any need you have with regards to your hen party, and if you want something a little different for your last night of freedom then this might be just the ticket for you!

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