As the UK’s second-largest city, a Birmingham hen party has a LOT to offer. It’s a historic city with a long past and has, over the past 100 years, transformed itself into a modern, vibrant place to spend time and money. For a hen do in Birmingham, it’s pretty much impossible to run out of things to do.
Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, has the largest public library in the UK, and has some of the best curry in the world? Well, now you do. We would also ell you about Peaky Blinders but we suspect that hasn’t escaped your attention, so we won’t mention it again until later.
How to get to Birmingham
Birmingham is one of the best connected cities in the UK. It has plenty of parking, an international airport, as well as major bus and train stations. There’s nowhere you can’t get to and from.
Birmingham New Street train station is the largest and busiest, and is centrally located. The main coach station is located in Digbeth, just a short taxi ride from the Bullring. You can also hop local bus connections from the station if you don’t want to pay taxi prices.
From London – 125 Miles
Direct public transport from London is easy to find.
By car: Driving from London to Birmingham is very manageable with a straight drive up the M40 or M6, taking just under 2.5 hours.
By train: Major train hubs Euston and Marylebone Stations offer links to Birmingham city centre and the journey time is around 90 minutes to 2 hours.
By bus: Buses run slightly longer at around 3 hours and depart from Victoria Station. Taking your stag party in a car will ensure you cover the ground in around 90 mins.
From Edinburgh – 291 Miles
By train: Direct trains from Edinburgh’s central Waverley Station take almost 5 hours to reach Birmingham city centre. Less direct routes are also available, with changes at Carlisle, Crewe, Newcastle, and other lovely places along the way.
By car: Driving time is around 5 hours 15 mins, with adequate time allowed to stop for the hen party guests who need coffee every half hour.
By bus: 7.5 hours will get you to Brum on a direct bus from Edinburgh’s central terminal.
By plane: Flights from Edinburgh International take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Walking is not recommended ð
From Cardiff – 118 Miles
By train: Direct train connections between Cardiff Central and Brum New Street take a very reasonable 3 hours 15 mins.
By bus: Buses take between 2 hours 30 minutes and 3 hours 20 minutes, depending on the route selected.
By car: Driving times are around 2 hours 5 mins. No flights are available between the cities.
By plane: Flights are pretty cheap and cheerful, with flights available through EasyJet, Aer Lingus and FlyBe. Journey times are around 1 hour 5 mins to 1 hour 15 mins and early morning options are available.
Besides, everyone knows that airport drinking doesn’t get you judged as much as, say, sitting in your jammies at home having a margarita at 10am on a Monday. Airport drinking is mandatory. Margarita Mondays are not.
Birmingham has accommodation to suit all purses and budgets, so it really depends on the size of your party and what kind of rooms you’re looking for. Central locations came at a higher price, but there’s plenty to choose from in all areas of the city.
As we helpfully explained earlier (it’s up near the top somewhere’¦) Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice. If you were in Venice, naturally you’d head out on a gondola, no? Well, since you’re in Birmingham, it makes sense to take your hen party on a narrowboat. You know it makes sense. What could be better than gently floating down the city centre canals and being able to hop off at all the best pubs and clubs? We thought so. Tickets are cheap but do try not to fall in, won’t you? Sadly, waterproof mascara is not canal proof. Who knew?
If you and your hen party glas fancy you’d make amazing contestants on Masterchef, if given half a chance, now’s the time to hone your skills. If your bread baking skills are a little less show stopping and a little more, well’¦.flat, book a class at Loaf Bakery’s cooking school. Here, you can improve your bread making skills, make your very own pasta (no, it doesn’t just come in a bag), and even butcher your own meat. Who will be the Nigella of your group?
If you used to be a fan of Crystal Maze (memba that?), you *need* a hen party experience at Escape Live in the Jewellery Quarter. There’s a selection of rooms and themes to choose from and teamwork is the key to breaking loose from your locked room within the allotted time. And, yes, there is a Peaky Blinders escape room. There’s also a Sherlock Holmes, a Moriarty, and a Shakespear experience but how can you have a hen weekend in Birmingham and not go for Peaky Blinders? It might even be against the law there.
We know you think that bingo is an activity for ladies of a…certain age, but Bongo Bingo is anything but. This quite frankly mental night out is SO much fun, it would be rude not to get involved. The only rule your hen weekend gals need to abide by is to leave your common sense at the door. You will be supplied with your bingo cards and dabbers but you’ll need to bring all your best dance moves and catwalk sashays with you.
If you like your bingo with pitchers of cocktails and the chance to take snaps of your hen do ladies making total fools of themselves, this is a night out you won’t forget in a hurry.
Every woman who ever watched an episode of Peaky Blinders pretty much instantly fell in love with the gorgeousness of Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby. Even his hair was perfect, for God’s sake. Anyway, we digress’¦ If you want to walk in Tommy’s footsteps, then get your best Aunt Polly frock on and join the Peaky Blinders tour. You and your hen party can explore filming locations and even have some food in Brum’s oldest pub. Watch your step, though…you don’t f*** with the Peaky Blinders.
Why not head along to The Glee Club! (yes, it’s actually a thing) in the city’s Arcadian venue and catch the latest in local talent? Tickets are cheap, as are drinks and your hen party can be entertained in the wee small hours. The venue is known for attracting a mix of up and coming and established acts that will have you rolling in the aisles.
Did someone say ‘Michelin Star’?? If your hen party is intent on treating you to only the best in food in wine during your hen weekend in Birmingham, then a visit to Adam’s it is. The posh AF restaurant started life as a pop up stall, of all things, before transforming into the snazzy eaterie it is today. If you find you can’t whittle down the choices to just one course, opt for the 8-course tasting menu and have a go at everything.
Everyone knows Birmingham is THE place for curry in England, and. Lasan is probably its best known curry house. This is because of the food it now serves but also because it featured on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s ‘The F Word’ back in the day when chefs thought it would be helpful to have obscenities screamed at them by a big scary bloke in a white tunic. The food is fantastic and prices won’t break the hen weekend bank account.
Everyone loves a burger at some point, right? And when better to have your last burger for a while (we assume everyone’s probably trying to fit into dresses’¦) than at The Original Patty Men in Digbeth. The burgers are to DIE for. Seriously, they’re exceptionally good. Take your hen party out and dine on cheesy, meaty, mushy fast food, without the processed nonsense of your local drive-thru. This is fast food done right.
The streets and bars of Birmingham are a mecca for hen weekends. It’s a fun and vibrant city with countless chic cocktails bars, traditional pubs, and everything in between. There’s literally no end to the fun you can have in the UK’s second-largest city. Also, did we mention it’s home to one of Europe’s largest shopping centres? We rest our case.