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UK stag do destinations for an unforgettable celebration with the groom

You've been given the task of planning your mate's stag do in the UK – everyone's depending on you to deliver the goods so it's time to step it up.

Fortunately, there are stag do locations in the UK to cater to all your crew. Eager to unwind? Escape to peaceful Perthshire for spa time and a spot of golf. Ready to rock the dance floor? Make a dash for club-dotted Manchester and party like it’s 1999. Whatever your preference (or, more importantly, the groom’s preference), browse our favourite UK stag do ideas and gather the guys for an unforgettable weekend celebrating the groom.

Picturesque Perthshire for a chilled UK stag do

If you’re keen for a bit of pre-wedding relaxation, escape with your stags to the five-star Gleneagles Hotel. This Perthshire retreat is dripping with luxury amenities, from world-famous on-site golf courses to a decadent Health Club with its own thermal suite.

Take time out in the fully-equipped spa, sampling Ayurvedic treatments such as the ESPA Mindful Massage or a facial treatment designed specifically for men’s skin. Crank things up a notch with one of the hotel’s country activities, where you can get competitive at the Gleneagles Shooting School or go primal with a guided archery session.

Rooms here are geared towards indulgence, with The Blue Tower Suite a particularly swish choice for groups. Take the spiral staircase up to your own private library and recline with complimentary whisky from the in-room bar.

Gleneagles Hotel

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9.0 Excellent (483 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Gleneagles Hotel

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9.0 Excellent (483 reviews)

Best stag do locations in UK for beach time and surfing

Surfer stags will be totally psyched with a stay at Headland Hotel & Spa. A stone’s throw from Newquay’s Fistral Beach, this gem is ideal for a seaside stag do. Snag a three-bedroom cottage for the ultimate beachy base. Prepare hot coffee and chunky bacon butties in your well-equipped kitchen, then hit the water to catch some waves.

If you’d prefer to take things easy, visit the serene Headland Spa for a muscle-mending massage. When the hotel’s Aqua Club opens in May 2020, you’ll be able to relax on the ocean view sun terrace and splash between five pools, including an outdoor heated infinity pool. Your suite’s luxury Hypnos beds suggest sneaky afternoon naps, while a private outdoor deck is great for pre-dinner drinks.

Ease into the evening with an oceanside dinner of Goan fish curry at The Terrace. Sink a glass or two of champagne as the sun sets then migrate to the Cocktail Bar for smooth espresso martinis.

The Headland Hotel & Spa

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Newquay, 7.2 km to Newquay Cornwall Airport
8.8 Excellent (1500 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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The Headland Hotel & Spa

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Newquay
8.8 Excellent (1500 reviews)

Shops, shots and sizzling shows

England’s capital is an obvious choice for pre-nuptial partying and Hotel Indigo London is great for soaking up the city’s sights. The hotel is swathed in Art Deco design, giving a cool 1920s feel, while rooms reflect the district’s theatrical atmosphere, with stage lighting and plush velvet curtains.

Settle your stags in a series of Superior Double Rooms for views over glittering Leicester Square. Kickstart each day with steaming coffee from your in-room Nespresso machine, then grab a bit of ‘you’ time in the glitzy spa-style ensuite.

If you’re keen to catch a show, head to Leicester Square Theatre, which is just moments from your door. After the performance, hit the bars of nearby Covent Garden to get the party started.

Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square

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London, 12.5 km to Airport London City
8.8 Excellent (403 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square

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London
8.8 Excellent (403 reviews)

Stags packed full of action in Manchester

Manchester nightlife is legendary and you’re right in the heart of the action at Hotel Hilton Manchester Deansgate. Blow the budget and bed down in the Presidential Suite for a proper treat. Two swanky bedrooms with sleek wooden furnishings set the scene for an upscale break, while complimentary drinks and canapés in the lounge on the 23rd floor will launch your stag do festivities into hyperspace.

You’re a 10-minute walk from glitzy Genting Casino, so head into the night for a dalliance with Lady Luck. Cash in your chips then saunter down to the clubs of nearby Princess Street to show off your moves on the dance floor.

The hotel’s Podium Bar & Lounge will ease any hangovers the next day with a belly-busting brunch. Demolish sticky pork ribs and hummus-dipped halloumi fries before returning to bed for an essential stag-do nap before the next big outing.

Hotel Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Manchester, 7.4 km to Airkix
8.3 Very good (4112 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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Hotel Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Manchester
8.3 Very good (4112 reviews)

A UK stag do in beachy, buzzing Brighton

Skip to the south coast for a sizzling stag do at the Hotel Malmaison Brighton. Hugging Brighton Marina, this giant is a surprisingly affordable base for your lads-only blowout. Book a couple of Marina Suites for apartment-style digs and dazzling sea views. With Ibiza party-style decor and walk-in monsoon showers, there’s no better place in this seaside city to prep for your big night out.

On-site restaurant Chez Mal Brasserie will line your stomach with succulent rib eye on the bone. Hit Chez Mal Bar for a pint or two of Tiger beer, then grab a cab for a 10-minute drive to West Street and check out the local party scene.

You’re a few minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Brighton Beach, so shake off any morning tiredness with a meander along the shoreline. Make it all the way to the pier and reward yourself with a bag of hot doughnuts.

Hotel Malmaison Brighton

Brighton, 4.5 km to Booth Museum of Natural History
8.2 Very good (2473 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.5 / 10
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Hotel Malmaison Brighton

Brighton
8.2 Very good (2473 reviews)

Stag do with a touch of luxury: spa time in Liverpool

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Spa hotels are usually associated with hen dos, but why not treat your stags to a laidback lads weekend at Hotel Titanic Liverpool? This dockside oasis is geared towards relaxation, with its luxurious spa – Maya Blue Wellness – on hand to ensure your herd of stags is suitably chilled and ready for the big day. Linger in the subterranean hydrotherapy pool and indulge in men-specific treatments such as the ESPA Deep Cleansing Facial.

The hotel’s Stanley Dock location means it’s easy to explore the city on foot. Get geeky in the labyrinthine World Museum and retrace The Beatles’ steps at The Cavern Club.

Prefer to kick back at the hotel? Gaze over the River Mersey from a Superior Corner room, lounging on cushioned sofas after a refreshing drench shower. The hotel’s decadent Rum Bar will see you into the night with homemade pizzas and an extensive rum menu.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

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Liverpool, 2.8 km to ACC Liverpool
8.9 Excellent (2221 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Titanic Hotel Liverpool

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Liverpool
8.9 Excellent (2221 reviews)

Lingering in the Lakes: alternative UK stag do locations

If you’re seeking a nature-based stag do in the UK, gather your group and hit the road for Windermere’s Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. It’s all about the scenery here — bunk up with a buddy in a Hazel Lake View Room where the vast vistas will make you feel as though you’re floating on the water. Add fluffy bathrobes and a sun-soaked private deck and you’ve got a stag do oasis that will soothe even the roughest soul.

Spend peaceful days navigating the surrounding forests and fields, rewarding your efforts with country pub lunches. Stroll 30 minutes to quaint Ambleside for arthouse movies at Zeffirellis, or simply unwind with steamy sauna time in the hotel’s spa.

A good stag do always includes some group bonding time, so head to the hotel’s Watersports Centre for some aquatic action. Test your balance with paddleboarding or attempt to defy gravity with a flyboarding session.

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

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8.6 Excellent (1031 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

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8.6 Excellent (1031 reviews)

Exciting Edinburgh for exploring with the guys

No one parties quite like the Scots, so why not scoot over to Edinburgh for a stag do in a castle at Radisson Blu Hotel? Located in the city’s Gothic old town, the hotel has suites and connected rooms with plenty of space and sleek designer decor. The suite turndown service and plush pillow menu ensure comfortable lie-ins after a big night out with the lads.

You’re right in the heart of the city, so spend time discovering the hottest spots for dining, drinking and dancing. Prefer to stay on-site? Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen delivers cocktails and hearty Scottish dishes such as cullen skink, a tasty fish soup.

Take time to recover from any late nights with a lazy few hours in the hotel’s Melrose Spa and Health Club. Opt for a hot lava shell massage or a Total Time Out For Men package, then head to the steam room to sweat out any lingering indulgences.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre

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Edinburgh, 0.2 km to 3D Loch Ness Experience
8.6 Excellent (3038 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre

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Edinburgh
8.6 Excellent (3038 reviews)