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The world's friendliest city!

Yep, that's official and just one of the many reasons Cork hen weekends are simply amaze-balls! The locals
are super friendly and great fun, while the nightlife and activities are as mad as a pocketful of Irish dancers.

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"We chose Cork and I'm delighted we went there! Cork turned out to be a great city and the hen was so much fun. We went to an Italian restaurant and I can honestly say that I have never had such nice food in my life. Everyone was raving about the food, even the next day. The waiters and live music was just so perfect. Our activity was bollywood dancing. We had a ball! The instructor was lovely and the bride-to-be learned some new moves for her big day. We also stayed in a hotel and the rooms, service, and food were all great. I want to give a huge thank you to GoHen as I know there is no way I would have been able to plan such a fantastic weekend!"

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Bars in Cork

Electric - Now you don't have to wear your flapper dresses when you come to this art-deco bar, but the décor sings with 1920's charm and the waterside location away from the town centre gives it the feel of a secret speakeasy in the heart of Cork city. We'll take a Basil Martini please...
Where? 41 South Mall, Cork

The Bailey - Ask any Cork girl where the best nights out begin and they'll tell you it's The Bailey. This stylish bar has all the charm of a traditional Irish pub as well as the happening vibes of the coolest late-night party spots.
Where? 1-2 Courthouse Street, Cork

The Bodega - It doesn't matter if you're stopping for a quick Guinness after a hard day's shopping or you're seeking the perfect place to party, this traditional Irish watering hole has a hearty, welcoming atmosphere that the girls will love!
Where? St. Peter's Market, Cornmarket Street

Food in Cork

Best Bites

Jackie Lennox Chip Shop - This might seem like an obvious recommendation, but after a big night out, you and the girls could find yourselves in need of serious sustenance. Fish and Chips are cheap, delicious and most importantly a fantastic comfort food that's perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Plus the locals reckon this is the best fish n' chippy in the city!
Where? 137 Bandon Road, Cork

O'Flynn's Gourmet Sausage Co. - We all love a good sausage...okay, you can stop giggling now girls. O'Flynn's wursts are absolutely delicious, they've been plying their trade for nearly a century and if the sumptuous taste of their current produce is anything to go by, they're not going to slow down any time soon.
Where? 14 Winthrop Street, Cork

Sights & Sounds

Sights
Sights and Sounds in CorkIreland's cities are often wrought with myths and legends, and Cork is no different. About 8km out of town sits Blarney Castle - making for a great bit of sightseeing and providing a chance for any hens feeling the excesses of the previous evening's antics to clear their heads with a sunlit walk through the pretty grounds. The main attraction however is the Blarney Stone; legend has it that if you kiss this ancient stone you'll be gifted with eloquence. That's got to be pretty handy for chatting up the hunky Irish men in the bars tonight!

Sounds
Cork's bright young things love to party, there's always a fantastic atmosphere on a night out in this city and there's no better place to experience it than Havana Browns. This is a seriously glam venue and it's easy to lose yourself in a whirlwind of LED lights and floor-filling tunes until the early hours.
Voodoo is the kind of club GoHen loves! Big, bold and always rocking, this stylish spot is effortlessly cool and it's the party of choice for Cork's glitziest girls.

What's on in Cork

In the Diary

March - St. Patrick's Festival. Top of the morning to ya! In this yearly celebration of all things Irish the streets are awash with emerald green and the good-times never seem to end.  
June - Midsummer Festival. Cork welcomes artists from all over the world for a fiesta of theatre, dance, music and opera.
October - Cork Folk Festival. Irish music can be heard from every street corner in this fabulous traditional celebration of Cork city culture.
December  - Christmas Celebration. Cork transforms into a festive wonderland in the holiday season and the 'faery village' is simply magical!

Top of the Shops

Best Shops in Cork

Cork is an up-and-coming fashion capital and the Irish lassies sauntering through the streets in their designer outfits look absolute stunning. But if you're thinking that it's a look that you can't replicate, then you don't know how wrong you are! There's a fantastic variety of Vintage and Independent stores to be perused as well as a few high street giants that are always a little bit cheaper than back home on the euro.

Miss Daisy Blue - Retro-chic queens rejoice, this bijou boutique has an eclectic collection of stylish threads that are sure to turn heads in fashion-envy.
Where? Unit 12, Market Parade, Cork

Cork Vintage Quarter - This rag-tag treasure cove of vintage goods is a real wonderland full of bargain buys from yesteryear to give your wardrobe a blast from the past!
Where? 27 Henry Street, Cork

Opera Lane - Cork's main shopping street has all the usual suspects as well as a few designer shops that'll be a little more expensive - but if you're looking for a special purchase on your big weekend, this is the place to do it.
Where? Opera Lane, Cork

Girls About Town - Getting around Cork...

Some might argue that the best way to see this city is on foot, Cork's gorgeous cobbled streets have great character. However, when you're trying to wear in your new heels, they can be pretty tricky to walk on! It's moments like these where you'll be looking to make the most of Cork's excellent bus network, which you can make a saving on by using a nifty Leap Card.
Or if you're feeling fit you can hop on a Coca Cola Zero public bike.

Cork

Hen Days

So what can you expect from this fabulous town on your special weekend? A fair bit, as it turns out! Wine Tasting, Cocktail Mixing, Pole Dancing and Burlesque Lessons are all ideas that are sure to get the girls giggling. If you're looking to treat the nearly-wed to some rest and relaxation then a Hot Stone Massage wouldn't go amiss, and a full-on Pampering Day is sure to be well received by all! See more...

Hen Nights

Cork is definitely one of Ireland's top party destinations, the atmosphere in the streets once the sun goes down is amazing and everybody's out for a good time. Start your night off with a visit to a top class Restaurant or if you're up for it, our Murder Mystery dinner is always a killer idea. From there you could go and watch some of the best Greyhound Racing in Europe or you might hit the lanes with a few sets of Tenpin Bowling. Skip the queues for Cork's most exclusive nightclubs with Guestlist Nightclubbing. See all our nightlife options...

Reasons to Visit Cork for your hen do
  1. 1. Quaint, unique shops, some protected by heritage status
  2. 2. The fantastic music culture plays host to Europe's biggest Jazz Festival
  3. 3. Plenty of art galleries, monuments and statues around the streets
  4. 4. The striking River Lee is perfect for boat tours and sightseeing
  5. 5. Unforgettable dance activities

It's time for a hen party in Cork!

Irish hospitality is well renowned all over the world and you'll see no better example than in the pubs, clubs, bars and even on the streets of this beautiful city. Locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming and with fantastic hen party activities like horse riding, paintball, quad biking and climbing to try out in the daytime, you really are on to a winner! In the evening, sampling the best of Ireland in the city's buzzing bars, clubs and restaurants is simple when your central accommodation lies just moments away from the main drag and best of all, GoHen will be with you every step of the way, keeping your Cork hen weekend 100% stress free!

Why: Reasons to celebrate a Cork hen party

South-West Ireland provides a striking setting for your Cork hen weekend, with a great coastline, excellent activities and a cheerful nightlife all rolled into one. It's also home to Europe's biggest jazz festival, which attracts a crowd of 10,000 people, and for some retail therapy the Mahon Shopping Centre has more than enough retail space to keep you entertained. As well as this, our activities are fantastic, ranging from popular cocktail mixing to high tempo pole dancing plus nightlife options like high-rolling casino experiences and fun murder mystery evenings to keep everybody smiling for the whole day! Set the pace for a top quality weekend and simply let us know exactly what you fancy doing and let us create a Cork hen party especially for you.
Cork is a real favourite and that's mostly due to the fantastic range of activities on offer when you visit. Whether you're after something really relaxing with a decadent pampering day or yummy wine tasting session or if adrenaline-packed go karting, paintballing and quad biking are more your thing, we've got it covered! With simplicity in mind, we've put our years of experience to good use by sourcing some cracking Cork activities just for you, plus packages featuring the finest accommodation, top activities and awesome entertainment.

Shop: Cork shopping areas & recommendations

Cork's got a great mix of high street stores and smaller independent shops, with several shopping districts answering to all of your retail needs! Patrick Street and Princes Street are the two main areas, with Patrick Street being Cork's longest shopping street and Princes Street providing access to the English Market. Cork's English Market has been running since the 1700's and is one of the oldest markets of its kind, with a fantastic selection of stalls selling everything from meat and fish to soaps and Champagne! Perfect for a wander on your Cork hen party and bagging a couple of souvenirs. Cornmarket Street has a long history of street trading and here you'll find St Peter's Market with lively bars, restaurants and shopping units.

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Stay: Choosing your Cork accommodation

The main areas in Cork stretch from St Nicholas Square to Clarke's Bridge and the location of your hen accommodation around these parts is definitely key on any Cork hen party. It's important to be near the action, as well as staying somewhere that's comfortable and great value! We've done the research for you and as an ABTA bonded tour operator, you can rest assured that GoHen's accommodation options set the standard for a really excellent stay. Whether you choose a great value hen hostel or push the boat out and go for a 4 star hotel, our standards are always high. Self-catering properties are excellent if you want to have plenty of your own space and maybe even invite over a hunky hen host or a city-centre apartment to keep your cosmopolitan girls happy? Check out all of our Cork accommodation options here.

Party: Where Cork hen parties head after dark

Alongside other fantastic Irish cities like Galway and Dublin, Cork has a fantastic greyhound stadium offering high octane evening entertainment that all the girls can get stuck right into and how about getting a limousine from your hotel to the stadium for that extra touch of luxury on your Cork hen party? As for other lively areas, you'll find great bars spread between the University College and Oliver Plunkett Street, as well as some great venues at St Nicholas Square. To get the most out of your evening it's always a good idea to pre-plan some top entertainment, such as a trip to the casino, a mysterious Murder Mystery night or a trip around all of our top recommended bars and pubs. A good old boogie at a club is pretty much essential on any hen weekend and we can organise fantastic guestlist nightclubbing at one of Cork's best nightclubs to keep all the girls dancing into the early hours! See all our Cork hen night ideas.

When: The best times to visit Cork

Cork has great events going on all year round, so no matter when you visit you can be sure that crowds are gathering somewhere. Head over in March for the St. Patrick's Festival, when the city bursts into life with events, music, food and drink, or in June for the impressive Cork Choral Festival. The Guinness Jazz Festival takes place in October, perfect for a drink and some great live music, or celebrate over the Film Festival in November. No matter when you're taking the girls to visit the great Irish city, there'll be something on offer in the city to make your Cork hen party even more unforgettable.


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