The 24 Best UK Stag Do Destinations
Planning your last weekend of freedom but still unsure where to go for it? Then this list of the best UK stag do locations will be sure to help you out
It’s not news to hear that the UK is jam-packed full of lively and exciting cities that would make for a great night out on your last weekend of freedom. It’s all good and well staying in your local boozer, but if you are thinking about heading somewhere new and unique for your big celebration, these UK stag do locations are well worth taking a look at!
Pros: The Nightlife
Cons: The cold northern weather!
Unsurprisingly, Newcastle is the stuff of legends when it comes to the best UK stag do locations! First things first, this city is probably best known for its wild nightlife scene, immortalised by the hit MTV series Geordie Shore. And having such a large student population as well, this city still remains to be one of the best places in the country to take the lads on a night out, with most bars and clubs centred around the infamous “Diamond Strip”.
Pros: Great for music-lovers!
Cons: You probably won't meet Paul McCartney. Sorry!
Tucked away in the north western corner of England, Liverpool is also a very wise choice if you’re looking for lots of variety when it comes to your last night of freedom. With many of the city’s best bars and nightclubs being centred around Concert Square and the famous Matthew Street, there’s also plenty of fun and exciting things to see and do during the day here too.
Pros: The Welsh know how to have a good party!
Cons: One of the lads will probably think he needs his passport
The bustling capital of Wales, taking the lads to Cardiff is a great idea if you’re from the Midlands or Southern England, as it’s only situated a few hours drive away from cities like London and Birmingham. Much like the other cities we’ve already mentioned, this place also boasts a huge student population, meaning that you can expect to find an abundance of clubs and bars to explore and enjoy on your last night of freedom.
Pros: Drink and celebrate by the beach
Cons: It's Britain - It'll probably rain
Situated on the south coast just an hour’s drive from the capital, Brighton makes for a brilliant place to spend the last weekend of freedom if you’re looking to party by the seaside. Perfect if you’re planning on hosting your celebrations during the summer, this city boasts a huge beach and pier as well as plenty of bars and nightclubs both on the seafront and tucked away in the Georgian streets behind it.
Pros: Lots of stuff to do during the day and at night
Cons: You'll struggle to agree on where to go for your night out
Unofficially known as the “capital of the North”, Manchester is a great UK stag do location if the lads are all based in Northern England or the Midlands as it’s so quick and easy to reach the city via train. When it comes to celebrating the last night of freedom, you and the lads would be stuck for choice as there’s plenty of great areas in the city to spend a night out such as Deansgate, Printworks and the Northern Quarter.
Pros: Known for its great banter
Cons: Good luck understanding the local slang!
Further north, the vibrant city of Leeds is another fantastic UK stag do location if you’re looking for somewhere that offers lots of stuff to do both during the day and at night. Being one of the biggest cities in the country, it should come as no surprise that the city’s four universities makes this a great place to enjoy lots of exciting bars and clubs. Being in Yorkshire as well, you’re never more than a short drive away from the countryside here either!
Pros: Endless stuff to do at all hours of the day
Cons: Brace yourself for London prices - ouch.
If you’re looking for a city that really does offer everything, then London is probably the crown of all UK stag do locations. Easily reachable from the rest of the country, the city has more than a handful of great places to have a night out like Covent Garden, Central and Shoreditch, as well as some of the world’s best entertainment & shopping complexes like the O2 and Stratford Westfield.
Pros: Easy to reach if you're travelling from across the country
Cons: There will be someone who thinks it's the north
Favourably known as England’s “Second City”, Birmingham is one of those stag do locations that’s great if you’re looking to meet up with your mates from other parts of the country as it’s conveniently located right in the heart of the country. With great places to drink and party like Broad Street and brilliant places to explore during the day like Star City and the Bullring, you’ll struggle to find some free time if you end up taking the lads here, that’s for sure.
Pros: Fantastic nightlife scene, especially if you like DnB
Cons: The endless hills!
Another one of Northern England’s popular and lively cities that makes for an awesome UK stag do location, Sheffield is best known for its contributions to music, producing world-renowned bands and artists like The Human League, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys to name but a few. When it comes to the last night of freedom, you’ll be spoilt with choice when it comes to fantastic bars and nightclubs, so if you’re after a wild night out like no other then this city is well worth thinking about.
Pros: Underrated nightlife
Cons: You might need to book ahead to get into Hooters!
Although this might not be the first UK stag do destination you think of, Nottingham is still a massively popular place for groups of lads to flock to for their last weekend of freedom. With great nightlife areas in the city centre like Pelham and Carlton Street, this city is also infamous for having the first and only Hooters bar in the country!
Pros: Very affordable drinks prices in most places
Cons: Bars are spread out across the city, so prepare to walk!
Just south of the last entry on this list, Leicester is a large and lively city on-par with many of the other stag do destinations we’ve already mentioned. That’s because this city not only has a great nightlife scene backed by its student population, but it also has lots of stuff to see and do during the day like the National Space Centre and the Highcross shopping complex.
Pros: Perfect for art and music-lovers alike
Cons: The cider will get you sloshed, that's a guarantee
One of England’s most famous maritime cities, Bristol makes for a brilliant place to take the lads on your last weekend of freedom. Popularised by the hit TV series “Skins”, this city is nothing short of crazy when it comes to the nightlife scene. Known for its art and culture, you won’t struggle to find any cool or eclectic places to spend a night out or enjoy a few pints on a weekend away here!
Pros: The liveliest nightlife in all of Scotland
Cons: You might struggle to understand the accent!
The bustling and exciting Scottish capital Edinburgh is also one of those stag do locations that you simply can’t overlook! Although this is one of those places that would take some organising to get to, it’s all worth it for the fact that this city boasts the best nightlife scene in Scotland and offers tonnes of things to see and do during the day like Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
Pros: The warmer climate of the South coast
Cons: Getting around the city can be a pain, so be sure to plan ahead
Situated on the south coast of England, Portsmouth is easily reachable from most places in the south of the country, especially the capital. Like many other UK stag do locations on this list, the city also boats a lively and exciting nightlife scene as well as great places to explore during the day like Gunwharf Quays and the historic Dockyard.
Pros: Quaint and compact city centre with lots of historic buildings
Cons: Public transport isn’t great, so taxis will be your port-of-call!
An ancient Roman city tucked away in the throws of the Dales is York, another brilliant UK stag do destination that’s well worth thinking about if you’re looking for somewhere eclectic and unique to spend your last weekend of freedom. Rich in history, this city also makes for a great place to go for a night out with lively areas such as Fossgate and Swinegate to name just a couple!
Pros: A massively underrated nightlife scene
Cons: You’ll need to travel by boat or plane to get here!
Known for being the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a great UK stag do destination if you’re looking to head somewhere new and exciting for your last weekend of freedom. Aside from the city’s great nightlife scene, you could always make this trip a long weekend by arranging an overnight ferry from one of Britain’s ports, giving yourselves two extra nights of partying on the way there and back!
Pros: Tonnes of exciting bars to enjoy on a night out
Cons: Prepare for some pretty strict dress codes
Another top city to consider for your last weekend of freedom is Chester. Known for its rich history and Roman heritage, this city has lots of fantastic late-night bars throughout the city centre as well as a couple of great nightclubs that would be perfect to finish your night out at. With the Cheshire Oaks shopping park nearby and plenty of amenities in the city centre to enjoy during the day, we highly recommend coming here for your last weekend of freedom!
Pros: A lively student nightlife thanks to the famous university
Cons: It's relatively small compared to many other cities in the UK
Famous for its university and stunning architecture, Oxford makes for an awesome UK stag do location. Despite being somewhat smaller in size than most other destinations we’ve already mentioned, this city really does pack a punch when it comes to hosting a great night out, with most of the best bars and nightclubs situated around the city centre’s High Street.
Pros: Most bars and clubs are situated around the city’s castle - easy to reach
Cons: Getting here from other parts of the country can take a while
The county town of Norfolk, Norwich is a city that’s definitely worth considering for your last weekend of freedom. Most famous for the gigantic Norman castle that sits right in the heart of the city centre, you’ll find the majority of the city’s best nightlife hotspots circled around it, meaning you won’t be very far away from the next best place to drink and party on your big night out!
Pros: Not as busy as many other towns and cities in the UK
Cons: Lack of late-night bars and nightclubs
Known as the Royal Town, Windsor is a bit of a wildcard when it comes to UK stag do locations for the fact that it’s a lot smaller than most other places we’ve already listed here. However, it still has a handful of great nightclubs and plenty of amazing pubs for you to enjoy on a night out. If you’re not really looking for a clubbing experience, then this town might just be the perfect place for your last weekend of freedom.
Pros: The Scots know how to party late into the night
Cons: The cold highland weather - even in August it can get windy!
Known as the “Granite City” of Scotland, Aberdeen may be far away from most other places in the country but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to being a great UK stag do location! The city has a massive university, meaning that the nightlife scene here is one that’s close to rivalling Glasgow and Edinburgh. What’s best is that in the summer months, you can head straight to the beach from the city centre in no time at all!
Pros: Unique and characterful city centre
Cons: Nightlife isn’t as bustling as it is in a lot of other similar-sized cities
Another massively popular UK stag do location, Cambridge has a bit of everything for all to enjoy. Of course, this city is best known for its university and consequent nightlife scene, but it also offers some unique features not found anywhere else in the country - Fancy some punting and a few pints lads?
Pros: Legendary nightlife - Even Prince William went on a stag here!
Cons: The cold British sea is a little too close for comfort when staggering home
Probably the unsung hero of UK stag do destinations, a final weekend of freedom in Blackpool is for those that are looking for a proper old-school night out and partying ‘til dawn. With most of the bars and clubs situated along the seafront and lots of stuff to do during the day such as Pleasure Beach, spending your last night of freedom here is an occasion you and the lads will never forget, that’s for sure!
Pros: Underrated nightlife - multiple areas to drink and celebrate
Cons: Far from most major cities - can take a while to reach if travelling
Last but certainly not least on this list is Southampton! Found on England’s south coast between Bournemouth and Portsmouth, this maritime city has a great nightlife scene backed by its student population, as well as lots of cool stuff to see and do in the city’s eclectic Cultural Quarter.
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