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Belfast hen weekend -
05/08/2016 -
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Bars in Belfast

The Duke of York - Belfast is a heady mix of cool contemporary design and retro chic and The Duke of York, one of Belfast's most famous pubs, has both in spades. Enjoy the 'craic', in what is a fantastic place to kick start your hen night and possibly one of the best pubs in the UK.

The Dirty Onion - If you don't visit The Dirty Onion during your Belfast weekend then you really are missing the very flavour of modern Belfast... Erm, we don't mean Belfast tastes like a dirty onion.... But with fantastic food, superb music, a wonderful atmosphere and jam packed at the weekends this really is one of the best nights out in the city.

The Hudson Bar - Whenever we're in Belfast (which sadly isn't nearly often enough) we make a bee line for The Hudson Bar. Spread over three floors and full of shabby chic, retro cool this is a huge night out just waiting to happen. Having taken over what was once the red light district The Hudson has totally reinvigorated the area and is one the top venues in the city.

Café Vaudeville - If your night requires a touch more opulence and a sprinkling of fine cocktails then Café Vaudeville is for you. Café Vaudeville have taken a twist of jazz, a measure of big band, a slice of burlesque and a double shot of elegance to create the perfect venue for any girls night out.

Food in Belfast

Best Bites

21 Social - With a little something on the menu to suit everyone, 21 Social mix great food with a chic atmosphere and a very welcome cocktail menu to help get your evening underway. Definitely one to add to your "to-do" list.

Apartment - A bit of foodie heaven in the centre of trendy downtown Belfast. Uber cool and with a superb menu we really do recommend a visit to Apartment. Oh, and their desert list is dangerously good, you have been warned.

Sights & Sounds

Sights and Sounds in BelfastThe Titanic Museum really is worth a visit, Not only will you get a peak at the luxury design of the world's most famous cruise liner but also a real sense of the tragic story that still touches a chord with so many. You can also do your Jack and Rose impressions.
If you want somewhere calm with plenty of fresh air to help reinvigorate any sore heads then the Botanic Gardens and Palm House are stunningly beautiful (and they serve some darn good cakes as well!).
The Ulster Museum is also really worth a quick visit, while you might not fancy the older exhibits the museum regularly features the latest cutting edge artists and designers.

Voodoo is one of the city's best music venues with a seriously eclectic taste where you'll find everything from traditional acoustic sets to top DJ's. Hugely popular, there's a superb atmosphere and a great night out waiting just for you to turn up.
If you want some traditional Northern Irish sounds then McHughs is definitely the place to be. Not only will you get great music and friendly, welcoming atmosphere but the food is worth a visit for as well.

What's on in Belfast

In the Diary

April - Festival of Food A celebration of the flavour of Belfast when you can get deals for some of the best eateries in the city!
May - Festival of Fools The very best in street entertainment and theatre. If you can time your visit to coincide you're in for a real treat.
August - Mela A celebration of music, cultures and foods from around the world.
August - Belsonic Northern Ireland's biggest live ticket features the biggest and best headline acts from Biffy Clyro and Imagine Dragons to top DJ's.
September - Belly Laughs is the Belfast International Comedy Festival where you'll find some of the best comedy acts in the UK as well as top US comics.If you've ever had dreams of finding your own Mr Darcy then this is the perfect place to start your search as hundreds of fine folk dress in costume and take to the city streets.

Top of the Shops

Best Shops in Belfast

ReFound - Refound is stuffed to the brim with truly beautiful stuff. The incredible team here are focussed on the art of 'upcycling', meaning making old furniture look fantastic with just a little love and care. Even if you don't quite have the room in your weekend bag for a desk or chest or drawers, you can pick up reasonably priced jewellery, screen printed bags and kitchen pieces too.
Liberty Blue - Another shop we love is Liberty Blue, full of quirky, vintage, kitsch and retro clothing, no trip to Belfast is complete until you've paid homage at this retail shrine.
Lisburn Road - One of the most buzzing and lively spots to hang out, drink, eat and shop in Belfast, the Lisburn road is home to beautiful independent shops, boutiques, gift stores and trendy wine bars. A real must for a stylish afternoon in the city.
No Alibis - No Alibis is definitely one of the coolest book shops you'll ever visit. Specialising in crime fiction it is an absolute must for any literary fans.

Girls About Town - Getting around Belfast...

Bus or taxi are currently the best ways to get around Belfast city centre, ahead of time you can book an iLink card to make travel cheaper.
In 2015 the city will be unveiling a public bike scheme (Belfast "Boris bikes") which will be stationed in and around the city centre.
However for nights out the Cathedral Quarter is where you'll find the party and you can navigate the whole area quite comfortably on foot (even in heels). 

Hen Days

Hotel options in Belfast make it a really budget friendly destination where you can find yourself in a 4* or 5* hotel for the same price as 2* option in England. This makes spa hotels and spa treatments incredibly popular with hen parties visiting the city. For something a little more adventurous you can give that bucket list a kick and try Bungee Jumping.


Hen Nights

The biggest and best nights out in Belfast centre around the trendy Cathedral Quarter. There are some grunge and boho venues to be found in the Queen's Quarter thanks to the student population around Queen's University. If you're looking for something to get your party started then a Cocktail Mixing Class is a fantastic way to shake things up a bit.

Getting There

By air...
By far the easiest and fastest way to get to Belfast is in the air and luckily, loads of budget airlines travel there really frequently from all the major UK airports. Get in to George Best City airport and get to the city centre in around 30 minutes by taxi or a little more on a far cheaper bus service which leaves every half an hour at least.
By sea...
In the Northwest of the UK, there are plenty of terminuses from which you can take a ferry in conjunction with a rail ticket. Known more commonly as a 'RailSail' ticket, pick one up from any UK train station and reach the dock via rail before boarding ship!
By land...
It might take a while but if you're keen to have your car with you in Belfast, take a ferry which allows cars and then roll into port and drive straight off. Ideal for busting annoying taxis and buses and works well if you and the girls want to explore the Irish countryside when you're away. Belfast is also accessible via train if you arrive at Dublin airport or ferry terminal.

32 Reasons Why Belfast Is Beautiful!

Titanic Belfast - "I'm king of the world!" OK, there's no sign of Leonardo and Kate but this brilliant museum is the perfect place to find out more about one of the most intriguing nautical sagas in the history of seafaring. #FYI, two people could've fit onto that raft Rose!

The Accent - Talk to a handsome man in any Belfast bar and tell us that you aren't totally gaga for his Northern Oirish drawl.

The Golden Mile - Now despite the somewhat chequered history Belfast is a beautiful city, and the exclusive district known as the Golden Mile filled with luxurious bars and restaurants showcases all the city's style and class.

El Divino - The evenings in Belfast's premiere club El Divino are, well, divine! With plenty of top tunes and entertainments that wouldn't seem out of place in an Ibiza superclub this really is one of the city's most exclusive nights out. A great Belfast hen party spot!

Belfast Zoo - Ranging from the cute and cuddly to the fiercely impressive this fabulous zoo is the perfect place to walk off any hen hangovers. Plus this is the only place in the UK where you'll find 'Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroos'...they're sooooo gorgeous!

COCO - Effortlessly stylish and exceptionally delicious, COCO is a truly sumptuous prospect when it comes to Belfast hen do dining options thanks to its chic surroundings and homely cuisine.

'Hey big spender' - Tourists spend around £416,000,000 in Belfast every year! That equals a lot of shoes if spent wisely!

Girl Power - 12 years before women could study at Oxford, they could hold literally any office in Belfast's Queen's University.

Liam Neeson - Beginning his storied career in Belfast, Liam Neeson has gone from being a forlorn widower trying to help his stepson's love life in Love Actually to a gun-toting action-hero in the smash hit Taken and we've loved him every step of the way.

Shed - If only this Shed was at the bottom of our garden! This wonderful bistro deals in real, homemade foods that make for the perfect hunger-conquering grub on any day of action-packed hen party fun!

Victoria Square - A day spent in the beautiful Victoria Square shopping centre could be very costly indeed; there are simply so many designer boutiques you won't want to stop spending! Perhaps you're better off leaving the credit card at home...

Christine Bleakley - Despite the fact that we're positively green-eyed with envy at the fact that Christine Bleakley has been lucky enough to end up with football fitty Frank Lampard, we're still big fans of this Belfast belle.

Afternoon Tea - A delightful afternoon tea could be just what you need to ease away that killer hangover and you'll enjoy some fabulous food and drink to boot. See more...

Boombox - Mad, bad and fabulous to know?!? Boombox has gathered a cult following in recent years and it's not difficult to see why. Nights here are always amazing and the dance floor gets truly lively when the top tunes begin to drop.

Haunted Belfast - Like most older cities, Belfast has its fair share of spectral residents including the phantoms of a malevolent old woman, a wailing ghost on the train lines and the spirit of a hanged man in a hairdressers. #shortbackandsides

Katie Melua - Brilliant Belfast-born Katie Melua, is the singer /songwriter behind The Closest Thing to Crazy, Call off the Search and Nine Million Bicycles.

Murder Mystery - On your special weekend in Belfast, give the girls a devilishly delicious dinner in a murder mystery experience that really is to die for! Read more...

Green city - Belfast has an amazing 5,000 acres of city parkland to blow that killer hangover into next week after a relaxed stroll in one of Belfast's most beautiful open spaces.

Bittles Bar - This pub is absolutely tiny! In fact, it's the smallest in Belfast but big in terms of charm and spirit and definitely worth a visit. Guinness, o'clock?

Castle Court - Here you'll find all the usual high-street suspects as well as plenty of independent stores perfectly poised to satisfy your passion for fashion.

Lord Kelvin - This bearded scientist came up with the 2nd law of thermodynamics in Belfast. We certainly don't dispute his claims, after all; we certainly get a little warm under the collar after coming into contact with some of Belfast's hottest Irishmen...

Leaning tower of...Albert? - The Albert Clock is essentially Northern Ireland's equivalent to the leaning tower of Pisa, standing at an angle of 1.25m to the left. "Did somebody have a little too much to drink last night Bertie?"

Shocking discovery - In 1965, Prof. James Pantridge and Dr. John Geddis invented the mobile defibrillator by modifying Royal Victoria Hospital's in-house unit with two car batteries. It's estimated that the invention has saved thousands of lives throughout the world!

Made in Belfast - The chic boutique feel of Made in Belfast is to die for and their menu is packed with sustainable meats and more to tantalize your taste palates as well. Truly delightful!

Kenneth Branagh - Harry Potter fans will both remember and love Belfast born Kenneth Branagh for his star turn as Gilderoy Lockhart in The Chamber of Secrets but if you're unfamiliar with this Belfast actor's thespian tendencies then you owe it to yourselves to check out his Shakespearian work, its fabulous stuff darling!

Zip Wire - At 500m, this is the longest zip-wire in Northern Ireland and when you're soaring at 40mph, 150ft in the air; it's an adrenaline pumping thrill-ride that really isn't to be sniffed at! Read more...

'Play Stairway!' - Led Zeppelin first played their now infamous song in Belfast's Ulster Hall...'and she's buying a stairway to heaven...'

Jamie Dornan - 'Mr. Grey will see you now' and we'll happily see him! Belfast's Jamie Dornan is possibly one of the most gorgeous British men like, ever? We'd probably take less persuading than Anastasia Steele did... and we don't think we're alone!

C.S. Lewis - The creative mind that brought us the world of Narnia was shaped in Belfast and is one of the city's most celebrated sons.

The Park Centre - For fans of the high street, the Park Centre is second to none. New Look, Peacocks and Exhibit makes a visit here a potentially bargain venture!

All-rise - If you're wondering why those two massive cranes aren't moving, it's because they're commissioned they're the biggest free-standing cranes in the world and have been classified as official historical monuments.

Tyred Out - John Wood Dunlop changed the course of motoring history here when he invented the pneumatic tyre, inadvertently giving you the means to get to work on time when your alarm decides does that nasty trick of waking you up on time each morning.  

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Reasons to Visit Belfast for your hen do
  1. 1. St George's Market, where hundreds of friendly stalls cluster
  2. 2. The annual Belfast Fashion Week, when the city comes alive with fashion and retail
  3. 3. The Titanic was built here, check out the exhibits and themed streets
  4. 4. The fantastic music scene- Belfast birthed both Van Morrison and Snow Patrol
  5. 5. The gorgeous Victorian Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city
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Belfast enjoys the best that Northern Ireland has to offer, making it the perfect choice for a hen weekend getaway. The buzzing city is developing at break neck speed. With a vibrant art and music scene, a mass of chic restaurants and bars and great boutique shops you'll see why for your hen party, Belfast is one of the coolest destinations around.

Belfast hen party special deals...

Everyone loves a bargain and shopping for a hen party shouldn't be any different. At GoHen we've been working in Belfast for over a decade and have built up some great partnerships throughout this fantastic party city and we'd love to help save you money.
If you're booking direct you'll have to pay the full rates for your weekend, because we send so many groups and have such long standing partnerships we get offered great rates which means we can pass the special offers on to you to give you for more party for your pennies!
Great savings and great service...
We know that great savings and great service means repeat bookings again and again which is why we work hard to get you the best deals. We have helped entire groups of friends celebrate their various pre-wedding parties, in fact 96% of hen parties say they'd book with us again. So if you're going on a Belfast hen weekend, GoHen.

The Belles of Belfast City!

The capital of Northern Ireland is a lively beautiful city with striking sights, fantastic activities and a buzzing, energetic nightlife. There's a whopping 3000 acres of parks, perfect for some down time, as well as excellent markets, great shopping and plenty of vibrant and sophisticated nightlife to keep you busy. There's also plenty of sightseeing hen party ideas including the Cave Hill, the Botanic Gardens and Palm House and  the Ulster Museum. You can mix a visit to one of these with fantastic hen activities like cocktail mixing, a pampering day and chocolate making for a fantastic Belfast hen party!

Belfast Hen Party Adventures

Belfast has a rich abundance of activities and entertainment. Whether you're after a ladies day at the races, laser clay shooting or just feel like relaxing at a day spa, we have something for everyone. Get out and be active, rest and stay glam or do something "wild and whacky"!
At GoHen we have something to suit every occasion;

  • Pole Dancing Lessons Cheeky, sexy and at times utterly hilarious. A fun surprise for the nearly-wed.
  • Rally Driving Fast and furious action for adventurous hens.
  • Afternoon Tea A truly elegant hen party experience and the perfect way to end a relaxing afternoon.
  • Cocktail Mixing Learn how to mix fantastic party cocktails (tasting while you work might be required?!?).
  • Burlesque Lessons Discover the sultry art of burlesque dancing. A sizzling dance class and perhaps a nice surprise for the honeymoon?
  • Bungee Jumping One small step for hens, one giant (bouncy) leap for hen-kind.

Check out our full list of Belfast hen party activities...

Of course you don't need to stick with just one activity, you have a whole weekend to fill and there's plenty to choose from. Speak to our team and we'll help you create a tailor made package to fit your bride-to-be and her hens.
We can also help with dinner recommendations and reservations and guestlist nightclub entry.

Whatever your party needs you're just one mouse click away from getting your party started.

Party with GoHen!

Shop 'til you drop...

The best part about shopping in Belfast is the fantastic close proximity of all the best buying hotspots - there's markets, high street stores, designer boutiques, vintage clothes and buzzing shopping centres all within walking distance of each other! Explore Westfield Castle Court, which has over 80 shops and 15 great places to eat or pay a visit to the famous Victoria Square shopping centre which has four levels of fabulous shopping. For a bustling vibe and tasty treats head to St. George's Market, which takes place in a charming Victorian building.

Belfast Nightlife - Prepare to Party!

From traditional pubs with ceilidh music to modern cocktail venues and nightclubs with fantastic guest DJ's, there's a great range of pubs, bars and clubs to make your party a real success. Stick around the city centre for the very best options, and make sure you mix in some pre-planned evening entertainment to keep the group happy all evening. See more Belfast nightlife...
But don't get lost on the outskirts, at GoHen we use fantastic city centre accommodation to keep you close to the best of the party action.

Hotels - Resting your Hen Heads

Whether you want luxury or economy, there's an excellent selection of group-pleasing accommodation for your Belfast hen party. We've got hostels in Belfast, which provide a basic place to rest at the end of the night, all the way up to 5 star hotels for pushing the boat out! In between those, our 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are in fantastic, city-centre locations keeping you in the heart of the action. Check out our full range of Belfast accommodation...

When is the best time to visit Belfast?

Belfast's a vibrant city packed with great annual events. Head over in March for the Belfast Film Festival, with classic and new films on big screens. In July there's the Festival in an Afternoon, bringing you 4 hours of non-stop entertainment, as well as the Gig in the Garden run by the National Trust. In August you can watch the Carnival Parade and August Feile, Northern Ireland's largest community festival. Also in August is Belsonic Festival and then in October Belfast Restaurant Week adds extra taste to the city. In October there's also the huge Belfast Festival at Queen's which runs all the way on to November. The weather in Belfast is pretty similar to the rest of the UK, making it ideal to visit all year round, although outdoor activities of course work better in warmer months and additionally, you might want to consider planning a little more time inside during winter.

Getting to your Belfast hen party...

Belfast is a major city, so there are plenty of easy and affordable ways to arrive. If you're coming from England for your hen party, Belfast is easy to reach by aeroplane. George Best Belfast City airport is located just 2 miles from the city centre, making it easy to take a taxi (costing around £10), pre-booked transfer from GoHen, or even the convenient Metro 600 bus to your accommodation. Belfast International lies a little further away from the main drag, but serves far more flights from all around the world and country. Even so, it's easy to get the bus, train or taxi into the city too and it'll likely take you around 45 minutes. It's also possible to take the train via Belfast, through Wales or to drive and go by ferry. Catch the boat from Holyhead or Pembroke and enjoy a quick crossing to Ireland. If you don't fancy driving though, 'sail and rail' tickets are really popular and are the best value way to get over the water, including train travel from any point in England all the way over to Ireland with a ferry crossing. Pre-book to keep things simple on your Belfast hen do.

The final word on choosing a Belfast...

Modern Belfast is a world away from the troubles which kept it prominent in the media for the best part of 30 years in the past, it's getting attention for all the right reasons these days and the cities past mean that Belfast is rich with history, culture, panache and personality. Not to mention the legendary Belfast humour which has created a plethora of top drawer comedians, novelists, playwrites and artists.
Restaurants and stylish bars have been popping up all over the city and the relaxed atmosphere characterises the pretty streets. Belfast was voted the 4th best city break in the UK by the Guardian and Observer travel awards - combine this with some of GoHen's amazing, relaxing or wild and wacky Belfast hen activities and you're really on to a winner!

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