We get asked all the time is to recommend venues for hen parties to hold their hen party activity – like flower crown workshops, pottery painting, knicker decorating or ring carving. If you’re in Dublin for your hen party it’s likely you’ll be staying in an apartment or hotel. If the apartment is big enough you can host the class there. This means you can have all the BYO and food you like to keep your creative juices flowing. If you’re in a hotel, the option is usually the function room. Sometimes this will be free and other times you’ll have to pay – depends on how good your negotiating skills are gals! That said, to us a function room is always going to be a function room. Meeting rooms in hotels always lack a bit of character, no matter how many balloons you inflate or how much confetti you have across the table. We have shared some ideas for venues for creative and craft hen party workshops in Dublin below. You’ll be required to spend a little so it’s good to team it with lunch or some party bites. Here are our hidden gems for venues for creative hen party workshops in Dublin.
If you don’t know the loft at Foley’s, you’re in for a nice surprise. We have been recommending this venue for years for hen party workshops with When Poppy Met Daisy. It’s quirky, colourful and cosy and is the PERECT space for a creative hen party workshop. The dark and rich interior makes it more of a winter than summer hen party venue but it will really work any time of year. You will need to spend about €15pp on food or drinks to secure the space for your workshop so team it with lunch, afternoon snacks or prosecco. More details on Foley’s here.
This is another one of our favourite spaces to recommend for stylish hen party workshops in Dublin. Cavern is a cute and cosy wine bar on Baggot Street with an amazing wine menu and delicious Italian inspired sharing boards. The courtyard is pretty, bright and airy – perfect for ring carving or making pretty flower headbands. It will work in summer and winter as they keep it heated and include rugs incase any of you do feel the chill. It’s also right across from Saba if you want to go for some nice Thai food and cocktails after your creations or Angelina’s for cool dining vibes. Team your creative hen party workshop with lunch and prosecco at Cavern for €33pp or drop them a message to see if they can do you a party package of a glass of prosecco and nibbles. You can book with them via Bash for no additional cost PLUS you’ll get a free bottle of prosecco.
Another hidden gem for you ladies! The Charlotte Quay is next to Grand Canal Dock with the best views of the area. The dining room has full length windows and you are right next to the water. It’s one of our favourite spots to relax in Dublin. Even better, in the summer their outside seating area is perfect for your stylish hen party workshop. It’s ideal for pottery painting, paint club, ring carving or flower crowns. If you want to try more activities in the area, you’re right next to Surf Dock for some yoga and SUP fun or if you’re in the mood for pampering, the fabulous Roller blow dry bar is also nearby. You can contact the Charlotte Quay here.
If you don’t know ASADOR, it’s a gorgeous gourmet barbecue inspired restaurant just off Baggot Street. Yes, this means that they do great meat BUT they also great veggie, fish options and platter options so there is something for all events. The interior of ASADOR is luxury with a decadent round table, perfect for a group. They also have the terrace which is gorgeous. The decor here is beautiful, bright classy and zen. It’s made for some pretty hen party balloons, prosecco and crafting. It will work perfectly for any crafty hen party activity. They are also near OSLO who do amazing hair and makeup packages for treating the bride before the afternoon fun. Their weekend lunch is just €22.95pp for a 2 course meal. You can book with them via Bash here for no addition cost PLUS you’ll get a free bottle of prosecco.
That’s it for our current recommendations but we’ll be adding to this list as we come across more options for creative hen party workshops. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to share below.
Bridal bliss and zen hens are a hen party favourite but with great reason! A spa break is a great girlie getaway and a perfect opportunity for a bride to be to get a bit of pampering and de-stressing in before the big day. There are lots of packages available in locations all over the country and we’re here to give you the lowdown. Opt for a full on zen hen and spend the night chilling in a beautiful hotel (great opportunity for gifting the bride some themed dressing gowns or pjs), OR get taxi-ed into town for a post pampering night on the tiles. Most packages will include a treatment option for all hens, but there’s always the option of arranging spa access only and chipping in to treat the bride to appointments if you want to keep costs down. Here are the best zen hen party venues in Ireland. Bring on the bubbles and bubbly!
Home to a fabulous indoor/outdoor infinity pool, and a gorgeous health spa with Espa and Yon Ka treatments, the Farnham Estate outside Cavan town is a great venue for a weekend of bliss. The hotel is modern but there are some rooms of the original Farnham house off reception you can chill and have drinks in. There’s an on-site restaurant and also tasty bar food in the cellar downstairs if that’s more your scene. Most importantly the breakfast is unreal! There are often special offers so definitely worth keeping an eye on.
Seafield in Gorey is a good choice a larger group as they have both hotel room options and self-catering apartments on site. The Oceo spa has heated indoor and outdoor pools, treatment rooms and a lovely low lighting (read: flattering!) luxe feel. Food wise you could enjoy a delish pizza in the bar or book into the restaurant for a more formal affair. If you fancy heading out, it’s a short taxi to Gorey and as bonus it’s based beside the beach which is perfect for a Sunday stroll after breakfast.
Temple House in Moate have a range of hen friendly spa packages and options including a health class e.g yoga as part of your hen activity. They also have the option of accommodation in a house attached to the main hotel, but away from other guests, so if you fancy hosting a bit of a house party, you don’t need to worry about turning up the Beyonce! There is a restaurant for dinner and drinks but for livelier nightlife options you could book a bus to nearby Athlone or Moate.
The Heritage resort in Killenard Co Laois is conveniently situated off the M7 motorway so especially handy for hens travelling from Limerick or Dublin. It has a great thermal suite where you can sit and chat or book in for a massage. There are options of very glam and roomy apartments which are perfect for hosting hen games and drinks or a big girls night in. As it’s a village resort you can also choose from bars and restaurants on site or maybe opt to head out in Portlaoise or Naas.
If you want to wow your Bride to Be and of course Treat yo’self! You could consider heading to the ultra luxurious Monart in Wexford. It’s a short hop from the Enniscorthy train station and once you arrive you won’t want to part from your comfortable dressing gown. The thermal suite is lovely and airy, and there’s an authentic outdoor sauna also. The therapists use Pevonia Botanica or Voya treatments. It is on the more expensive and indulgent end of things but definitely worth considering, especially for a smaller group.
If you’re organising a hen for the fiancée who enjoys being pampered, a spa hen party is a great idea to get the bride blissed out before the Big Day arrives.
Ireland is a tiny little country and most hen party ladies tend to flock to the same hen party locations at the same time of the year. This can be serious craic and fun. However, if having your hen party dinner or dance off with 20 other hen parties and stags isn’t what you have in mind, you either need to avoid peak hen party weekend times (March to June) or step away from all the popular hen party towns in Ireland like Carrick on Shannon, Carlingford, Athlone, Galway, Westport and Temple Bar. We have some suggestions coming up in this blog series for locations for an alternative hen party in Ireland. Some people can be a little nervous about stepping away from the most popular hen party locations but trust us – when there is a group of ladies together celebrating their bride bestie, you know you’ll have an amazing time wherever you are. First on our list is Connemara.
If you’re from Galway or the West Coast, this might not be special enough for your bride however if you’re travelling from Dublin and want something a little different, Connemara is high on our list. It is very “whest” and yes, this can be a bit of a trek depending on where you’re travelling from (especially from south east and west or Northern Ireland) but once you read this, you’ll see why Connemara is our first stop for a fun, alternative hen party in Ireland.
Connemara Hen Party Accommodation
Have you ever been to or heard of the Abbey Glen hotel in Clifden? We nearly need a separate post for the Abbey Glen. We stayed in the Abbey Glen hotel on a reccy during the summer on a random girls weekend. We stayed in there Airbnb rooms (they have two of them) which are for staff or budget guests like us. They have a double bed and bathroom and it’s about €50pp per night. They were perfect and the fact that we were the “special” guests made our stay even more fun.The proper hotel rooms are more expensive but beautiful, old country house style with 4 poster beds. They usually have some special offers here. What made this hotel was the hospitality. Read on to see what we mean!
Firstly, when we returned from our day out of beach hopping, there was a tea and scone reception next to the fire. This runs for 1 – 2 hours in the afternoon (free). It was July and typically damp and cold We had a natter and lapped up the comfort. There were a few others doing the same. It was lovely. We then went to get ready for our evening. At 6.30pm the hotel had a welcome reception for all their guests (they get a lot of American tourists) and a prosecco reception. This lasted about 30 / 40 minutes. The charismatic host or maître d talked us through Clifden and Connemara with lots of suggestions on what to see and do. Being 3 ladies, we obviously guzzled up the prosecco (it was also free). After the prosecco had ran dry, it was dinner time. Some guests stayed in the hotel for dinner and others headed down to Clifden where there are lots of lovely restaurants and pubs with music.
At 9pm or so, the evening entertainment starts at the Abbey Glen when the piano man arrives. This is an Irish sing song at it’s finest. Get as involved as you like and the barmen sing along with locals popping in to contribute also. We of course had front row seats. We sat at the piano with the bar within easy reach behind us. The craic was only mighty ladies. The music wrapped up and we of course stayed on with a few other stragglers for more fun. Honestly, the best hotel experience – ever! This is the perfect location for those of you who like a good Irish sing song, old country house cosiness and decor and don’t mind being a little off the beaten track. Also, we were drinking but there were only 3 of us and we weren’t hitting the drink too hard. This would not be the right place for girls gone wild in the west either. It is a 4* hotel and they have lots of tourist groups passing through. It’s ideal for up to 10 ladies for a more intimate hen party weekend with lots of old fashioned fun.
Clifden itself is a pretty town. It has lots of cosy pubs and good restaurants and you could easily do two nights here with a night out on the town in the pubs and then a night at the Abbey Glen. There is more accommodation around and via Airbnb however we’re all about the Abbey Glen for this post!
Hen Party Activities in Connemara
Clifden is ideally located near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Dogs Bay near Roundstone is postcard picture perfection. So for those of you who want some gorgeous Instagram hen party photos, this is where you’ll take them! The beach has lovely white sand and clear blue waters and on a gorgeous sunny day you’ll find it hard to believe that this is Ireland. The beach is close to Roundstone Village which is worth a stop off. Head to Vaughans or O’Dowds for food.
Image from Imagine Ireland
Why do you need to go abroad for sun downers when we have some of the most beautiful sunsets here in Ireland?! Head to Coral Strand in Ballyconneely to catch an amazing sunset – if you are lucky enough to get nice weather! It’s highly doubtful you’ll be able to wear your nice sundress and sandals – more like north face and warm fluffy socks! Also, the beach has pretty coral rather than sand so we advise you to bring some cushions, blankets and a few drinks. Go for a stroll and then snuggle up to watch the sunset. Another one for the Instagram feed.
Image from Connemara Lettings
If you want a crafty or creative hen party activity, Grace from Carve Workshops can come to you for a cool ring making workshop. Here you will carve your own ring out of jewellers wax. If you’re happy with your creation, you can then decide to have it turned into a ring. Grace will have this cast in silver or plated in (rose) gold – whatever your preference. We think this is a fabulous hen party activity. You create something you’ll actually wear again and what a lovely reminder of your hen party fun in Connemara. You can book this workshop here where Bash provide some free prosecco. It’s €20pp for the workshop however this doesn’t include the ring being made. You can pay €50 extra on the day if you decide to have your design turned into a ring.
For something which combines seeing beautiful landscapes and an activity, check out these horse riding options where our main image is from. If you have the stomach for a pub crawl, Connemara Pub Tours will be able to sort you out with the perfect experience for your weekend. Real Adventures have you covered for surfing, SUP and coasteering (if you’re brave enough!).
For those of you who like a pamper, the seaweed baths in Leenane provide a serene and holistic treatment. While you’re in the area, you may as well get the boat tour! The Killary Fjord tour is 90 minutes on a comfortable boat. Sit back and enjoy the commentary and drinks whilst taking in more beauty. On the way back to Clifton, stop off at Kylemore Abbey for some scenic walks around their woodland, lake shore and gardens. Afterwards, head inside for some tea home-baking in their Café or Garden Tea House.
Finally, the last option we’re going to mention (although there is so much more) is a trip to Inishbofin. This is a gorgeous island which you can get to from Clifden. The ferry runs 2 / 3 times a day depending on the time of year. Here you’ll find more gorgeous walks and beaches. You can also stay here for a night but it will be very low key. You can trek on ponies, take a boat trip and check out the seals! You’ll find more information on it here.
We’ll be adding more to this post on accommodation and other suggestions for things to do but this is it for now. Email us if you have any questions. And if you go to the Abbey Glen PLEASE let us know how you get on!
When you think back to your halcyon days of teenage discos, sometimes the best part of the night was the time spent getting ready with your girl gang. You can now recreate the experience on a luxe level with the bride to be or friends by spending the day getting glamorous before you hit the town. If it’s for a hen party, it will be a welcome relief for a bride to be to get her hair and make-up done, without having to make any big decisions.
You can also use the opportunity to get some great group shots to keep and frame (and post on Instagram, of course!) while everyone is red carpet ready. Getting lots of team bride shots on the day is a great bonus as it can end up harder than you think when the big day arrives and the bride is in peak demand for photo ops. It’s also a particularly nice idea when all the ladies are prepped for their close-up. Read on for our low down on getting Sexy in Dublin City, the best beauty bars in Dublin for a hen party.
Never underestimate the power of a good blow-dry to make you feel uber glamorous and put a spring in your step and a swish in your mane. The widespread appeal of a great blow-dry has seen the advent of specialist blow-dry bars in Dublin city centre; salons that focus on fabulous blowouts and treatments and less of the roots and split ends. The only thing that could be better than getting your tresses tended to, is spending some time getting them tended to with the hen crew, until you collectively emerge ready to hit the town like a squad of Victoria Secret Angels (and let’s face it the bouncy beachy waves are the most achievable VS angel goal).
Dry and Fly
Amazing interiors and a location just off Grafton street, this is a more like venue than a salon. Think exposed bricks, sleek surfaces, a bright, airy New York loft feel, Kevin Murphy products and an in house bar for a drink while you dry. You can choose from a photographic menu of hair looks so there’s no need to worry about your desired look getting lost in translation. Options for blowdries ranging from the “dash” (sleek and smooth) to the “velvet” (lots of volume and bouncy curls), so you are guaranteed to find an option to suit everyone in your group. My personal favourite is the “Ty twist” for a boho beachy wave.
With a larger hen posse or group (not just for hen celebrations!) you have the option of exclusive hire of the salon for three hours. For 20 people and €50 per person, you can have a private party with personal playlist decorations, a choice of gin or prosecco ( or tea and coffee) and a team of stylists providing a signature blowdry for every guest. It’s a fantastic way to get coiffed while having some craic and catch –ups with the girls. This is definitely ranking very high on the cool meter right now. Check out the larger booking options at Dry and Fly here.
Photo credits: Anthony Woods
A new addition to the BT family, the Brown Thomas beauty Lounge on Clarendon St, has a wonderful Aveda blowdry bar. The hair menu ranges from dry style revamp, to a power hold blowdry, but most importantly every option includes a delightful ritual of renewal treatment. The ritual treatment is like a mini clothed back massage before the hair action begins – great for relieving any wedding stress! The Aveda bar has the suitably glamourous surroundings you would expect from a Brown Thomas outlet. The salon can offer group booking, but with a maximum of 3 chicks at any time, it’s a better option for a smaller group (6 to 10 people). You can contact them here.
Also worth a mention for a smaller group looking for some bouncy hair glamour, in a lovely space is Hot Air by Oslo. With clean, bright and Neom candle scented surroundings, Mespil Road and Ranelagh they offer a high standard blowout service, alongside packages that include options for upstyle, braids, and makeup application and the process is as pleasant as the result. An expert blow-dry look will set you back €28 per chica or a speedy dry style can be yours for €19. Both of the salon locations have plenty of attractive restaurant and drinks options nearby. Check out the Dylan hotel near the Mespil salon for a glamorous cocktail or the Exchequer wine bar in Ranelagh.
Make Me Up before you go-go
If you think your bride to be and guests would prefer to perfect their own blowdry and makeup skills Beauty Bootcamp based on Lower Leeson St in Dublin 2 offers private full or half day courses for hen parties. Tutors will share all the tips and tricks of the trade, including how to do your own winged liner and master polished hair at home. Nearly all the cosmetics and hair styling tools and products are provided so it’s a literally a matter of byom (bring your own mascara for hygiene reasons). You apply your learning on the day (under supervision) so by the time you are leaving Beauty headquarters, the gals are sufficiently beautified and ready to hit the town, and hopefully have picked up some useful hair and make-up hacks that will come in handy during wedding season.
The Make Up Bar run by the Make Up Crew beauty school is also based in Dublin City centre in Anglesea Street and offers two different options for hen parties from €30 to €39 depending on numbers. You can opt for a workshop event where you learn and apply techniques with your own make-up kit over a glass of bubbly and the VIP is the model for the group. Or you can opt for a makeover style event where you can sit back and let the professionals work their transformative magic.
Both options are two and a half hours long and promise that the ladies will leave selfie ready either way. The garden in Nolita, the roof of Roberta’s in Essex Street and the Porthouse on Eustace Street are all good options for a post makeover cocktail within heel walking distance.
EF Creative Studios
EF Creative Studios are based in Ringsend offer both hair and makeup, and makeup only options for hen parties. If your gang already knows their strobing from their contouring, you could organise an eye-makeup party for your group, for €25 euro a head, and ensure the gals have perfect peepers. Or for €60 you can go for the works and get a full makeup service plus a dry hair re-style (think boho braids or some curling). For a group of four or more you’ll get a private powdering room in the studio which you can decorate for the hen. Expect to find brands like YSL, Charlotte Tilbury and MAC in the artist’s kit. It could be a good opportunity to try some new brands without the purchase pressure and test-drive their staying power on your night out. It’s also a gorgeous, soho inspired studio. Bright, airy and includes a selfie light to ensure you get those ‘gram photos nailed. For bookings contact Emma and the team directly here.
If you’re organising a hen party for a bride to be who you know is much more into aesthetics than assault courses, a day with the bffs spent dedicated to dolling up is definitely worth considering. The bride can have a ball and try out some new looks with the ladies, and there’s the added bonus of removing the stress of having to get ready in a hurry. For the glamorous bride to be, organising an activity that leaves the gals ready for cocktails and cameras can be a real hen winner.
If any of you ladies have tried the above venues or can recommend more, please leave your comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts. x
If you’re looking for a hen party activity idea with a stylish feel, then hat making with Aoife Harrison is right up your street. Based in Dublin, the talented and lovely Aoife will show you and your group how to create your own fascinator or simple hat.
This is the ideal hen weekend activity for a bride who loves fashion or hats (obvs!). This is also great if you just want to learn some new skills or for a work / team building event. It’s a great activity to combine with a day at the races in Leopardstown or the Horse Show in Ballsbridge.
We asked Aoife to tell us why she thinks this is a great hen party activity. Read on to see the 6 reasons why this hat making hen party in Dublin ideal for you and your hen crew.
Location Location Location!
We are based in the centre of Dublin, we are 5 minutes from Grafton Street to we are easy for a hen party to get to and its a close to town if they are going for a meal or drinks after! We can also travel to a hen party anywhere in Ireland if the party isnt in Dublin.
No Experience Necessary
Nobody needs any prior experience to do this. All we use is a needle and thread and we give a demonstration at the beginning. We are there to assist the group make their piece.
Age is only a number
Its suitable for all ages. We would actually say that it’s suitable for ages 12-80! Sometimes hen parties like to include family members on part of the day and this is a great activity that works for all ages groups.
Creative juice buzz
Everyone leaves with their own creation. People sometimes worry that they might not be creative but this is activity shows that everyone can make their own unique piece. You are learning something new at this class and you can go away with the knowledge of how to make your own headpiece.
The workshops is €50pp and this includes prosecco and nibbles along with all the materials you will use in the class. Plus, the bride or guest of honour goes free!
It’s the perfect opportunity to make your headpiece for the upcoming wedding. It’s an amazing feeling when you are wearing something you created yourself.
Hat making hen parties are available with Aoife in Dublin for €50pp and the bride goes free. Aoife offers this in her Dublin 2 studio and she also offers mobile hat making party options. Click here to contact her.
Check out these amazing photos from the Downton Abbey Experience for these lovely ladies last week! I think the pictures show how much fun this quirky and different hen party activity is. The dream for the Downton Abbey Obsessed Bride! It lasts 3 hours with an hour and a half of playing games and then a gorgeous afternoon tea spread. The Downton Abbey Hen Party Experience costs €50pp and is available to book via Bash here.