A friendly Irish welcome, fantastic activities, lively nightlife, great food and scenic countryside and coast all await your hen party in Dublin. Dublin is one of Europe’s top tourism destinations and very popular with hen parties, so you can get in to the thick of action in Dublin city centre or there’s plenty of choice for activities, food and drink if you want a more relaxed or low key hen night.
Whatever you’re after take a look through our article for some hen party ideas before you visit, and don’t forget to read our Essential Guide to Hen Party Safety.
Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll find in this article:
Classic Hen Party Ideas:
- Adventure Centre
- White Water Rafting
- Treasure Hunt
- Gaelic Games
- Windsurfing, Kayaking & Stand Up Paddling
- Greyhound Racing
- Go Karting
- Party Bus
Classy Hen Party Ideas:
- Horse Racing
- Guinness Tour and Gravity bar
- Jameson Distillery Tour
- Irish Dancing
- Secret Castle of Magic
Hen Party Ideas: Activities
Dublin really is one of the best cities for its choice of activities that you can take part in on your hen night. Located on the coast there’s a lot of watersports to choose from but if you want to keep your feet on dry land then there’s still something to suit every taste and budget. Read on for our pick of the classic, unusual and alternative hen party activity ideas…
Hen Party Idea: Involve your bride with picking activities and think of an alternative in case people don’t want to participate in your main activity.
Definitely a lazy, but fun and alternative way for your hen party to see Dublin! Hop on board these high-tec ‘self balancing personal vehicles’ and whizz round the city on a guided tour. Your personal guide will help the city come alive for your hen party as you take in all the sights. A great way to spend an afternoon in Dublin.
Put your hen party through their paces with one of the activities at Xtreme or why not book a multi-activity day? Test your bravery on the aerial assault course or 300m zip line, or skill with clay pigeon shooting or archery.
Hen Party Idea: Why not book two activities; one for the braver amongst your hen party such as aerial trekking and something a bit calmer for those who aren’t as up for it, such as archery. That way everybody is at the same place taking part in an activity rather than being left at the hotel or heading somewhere else.
White Water Rafting:
Hit the rapids with up to 8 of your mates for the ultimate alternative hen party adrenaline activity! Spend an afternoon taking on a challenging course under expert guidance where you’ll need team work and communication to keep out of the water. Hen party idea: Take along some hot drinks in a flask for when you finish.
Explore Dublin in a unique way with a Hunt the Goose treasure hunt. You can choose from a fully managed hunt to a self managed activity, but either way your hen party will have great fun exploring the city.
If you want something that’s fantastic fun, let’s you learn something new and experience the Irish culture then Experience Gaelic Games is a great alternative hen party idea. You’ll be able to play hurling, Gaelic football and handball. You don’t need to be super fit to take part, you just need to be up for a laugh. After the session you’ll know why Gaelic Games fever sweeps Ireland every summer.
Windsurfing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling
If you want your hen party to be in the water rather than on it then there are some great activities to choose from including windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddling! Hen Party Idea: Take some warm clothes to change in to afterwards, the water may look inviting but it isn’t the tropics.
If you’re part of a smaller group then Surfdock also offer kite surfing – action packed fun!
Get your hen party trackside and start placing your bets at one of Dublin’s two greyhound stadiums for a guaranteed great night out. A night at the dogs is a fun and sociable event and a great idea if you want to spend some quality time with your hens before hitting the bars and clubs. Hen party idea: Collect a kitty and let everybody place one bet from it to make it a more social event, and any winnings can go in to the drinks fund.
Get set for speed, excitement and adrenaline at Ireland’s largest indoor karting centre. At 60,000sq ft of track you’ll be able to really sort out who the queen of driving in your hen party is. Hen party idea: Set forfeits for those who do badly or crash out.
It doesn’t get easier to explain than the Party Bus: yes that’s right, it’s a bus where you have a party. Take a trip round Dublin’s top night spots or just have your own private party – you can even hire your own on board DJ.
If you’re looking for other options then you can try:
Boogie Bus: http://www.partybus.ie/boogie.htm
Limo Bus: http://www.partybus.ie/limo.htm
Karaoke Bus: http://www.partybus.ie/karaoke.htm
Classy Hen Party Ideas: Activities
Teamwork is an essential part of sailing so it’s a great way to get your hen party to bond and to see Dublin from a completelydifferent point of view. You’ll head out in a 54ft yacht with an expert captain to take in the beautiful Irish coast.
Very few activities beat the feeling of backing a winner and watching it come in trackside. Dublin has two horse racing tracks and a packed schedule of top class racing so you’re sure to find racing around the time you want to go on your hen party. Hen party idea: Betting can be confusing, but share this link with your hen’s so they can get a basic understanding before visiting the track – then sit back and watch the money roll in: http://www.novicepunter.co.uk/Types%20of%20Bet.htm
Guinness Brewery Tour
It would be rude to come to Dublin and not try a drop of the ‘black stuff’, and where better to sample it than in its very own building, and Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. Guinness might not be to everybody in your hen party’s taste but you can guarantee the Gravity bar will be. Set in the top of the Guinness storehouse you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of Dublin while enjoying a drink and relaxing.
Jameson Distillery Tour
Another of Ireland’s top visitor attractions (they do enjoy a drink!) you can get a guided tour of the distilling process and sample one of Ireland’s most famous exports.
If you’re up a for a laugh then Irish Dancing is a great idea for your hen party. Professional dancers will show you basic moves, and will perform some classic dances in a traditional Irish pub. This is a great way to break the ice on your hen night and get everybody up and dancing before you even hit the town.
Secret Castle of Magic
Step in to the world of magic with two shows that will astonish and amaze your hen party. You’ll be treated to a mind and mystery show and a comedy magic show. If you’re after ideas for an unusual, alternative hen party event then this is a great option.
A spa day is a great hen do idea if you really want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend the day catching up with friends. Hen party idea: why not collect a few pounds extra off everybody and buy the bride a treatment, it’ll help make her hen party even more memorable.
Buff Day Spa
Where to Drink:
Your hen party certainly won’t go short of places to grab a drink – Dublin is packed with pubs, and the Temple Bar area is the main attraction for hen parties, with the largest number of pubs and clubs in a compact space. Hen Party Idea: If there’s pub and clubs you particularly want to go to it’s worth checking the door policy before you get there and you can also get your name on the guest list, avoiding any queues.
Popular pubs and clubs for hen parties:
The Temple Bar: www.thetemplebarpub.com/
Club M: http://www.clubm.ie/
Buskers Bar: http://www.buskersbar.com/
The Morgan Bar: www.themorgan.com
Oliver St John Gogarty’s: www.gogartys.ie
If you’ve been on a hen party to Dublin then leave us a comment on where you went drinking so we can add to this article.
Where to Eat
Whether you want to grab a quick snack while moving around Dublin or you want to have sit down meal with your hen party to allow everybody to get to know each other or catch up then there’s plenty of choice, but it’s always worth phoning ahead to check the restaurants policy on hen nights. Hen Party Idea: If you go for a meal then why not arrange a quiz or game for everybody, it’s a good icebreaker and can help get everybody in the party mood.
Below is a range of restaurants – from the cheap and cheerful to the expensive:
How to get there:
Unless you’re already in Ireland then the easiest way for your hen party to get to Dublin is by plane, but there’s also a regular ferry crossing which drops you closer to the city centre.
There’s regular services from the UK mainland to Dublin and it’s only a short taxi or bus ride from the airport to the city centre so flying is a good choice for hen parties: Hen Party Idea: The booking code for Dublin airport is DUB, remember this as it’ll make finding flights easier.
You can catch a ferry from HolyHead, Liverpool and the Isle of Man which will drop your hen party just a couple of minutes from Dublin city centre.
Irish Ferries: www.irishferries.com
Norfolk Line: www.norfolkline.com
Stena Line: www.stenaline.co.uk
Where to stay
Being a popular tourist attraction there’s a wide range of city centre accommodation, from the basic to the lavish. To get an idea of the range of quality and prices we’d recommend:
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