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Europe's Top 10 stag destinations include 'madcap' Dublin

'Perfect spot for a rowdy stag weekend'

Published 01/01/2016 | 02:30

Stag parties... coming to Bethlehem. Stock Photo: Deposit
Stag parties... coming to Bethlehem. Stock Photo: Deposit
The Temple Bar, Dublin

A leading UK stag and hen tour operator has revealed its 10 most popular locations in Europe, with Dublin ranking fifth.

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Last Night of Freedom, the Gateshead-based stag and hen party tour operator, published its list of most popular destinations for 2015.

For stags, Prague topped the list for the third year running, with "notorious" Newcastle coming in second place, and Dublin rising three places to fifth.

The full Top 10 is as follows:

  1. Prague, Czech Republic
  2. Newcastle, UK
  3. Riga, Latvia
  4. Budapest, Hungary
  5. Dublin, Ireland
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  7. Nottingham, UK
  8. Krakow, Poland
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Bournemouth, UK

Dublin is "the perfect spot for a rowdy stag weekend," according to its website.

"‘The Fair City’ will seduce you with its traditional Irish charm and spectacular nightlife, leaving you with unforgettable memories and a cheeky Irish twinkle in your eye."

Dublin had dropped off Last Night of Freedom's Top 10 in 2008, before re-entering in 2014 at No.8 and rising this year to No.5.

Prague, the company's No.1 stag party destination, is described as "a beautiful city with aesthetic splendour and architectural style." However, "stags tend to be more attracted to the city's awesome nightlife and cheap beer."

The Temple Bar, Dublin
The Temple Bar, Dublin

In terms of hen parties, Dublin placed second between Newcastle (No.1) and Marbella (No.3). Barcelona, Edinburgh and London also feature in the Top 10.

“Choosing to go abroad to celebrate a hen or stag weekend around 15 years ago was almost unheard of," said Matt Mavir of Last Night of Freedom.

"These days, particularly for stag parties, you're much more likely to leave the country than visit a UK city. There are many contributing factors to this trend, including more affordable flights and accessibility to European countries.

"However, I think it's the ritual of leaving the UK to celebrate the last few days of single life that is particularly appealing. It seems to bring a sense of real freedom, and with that comes a whole new level of enjoyment."

Last Night of Freedom hit the news recently after offering a two-day tour of Bethlehem as part of a five-night trip to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories... "for you and your wise men".

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