Kelly's - If you go to Galway and don't stop by Kelly's then quite frankly you're already missing out on a fantastic night out. A great venue with music, food, cocktails and some of the nicest bar staff you'll ever meet!
Roisin Dubh - We're not quite sure how this venue packs in quite so many big names, but this fantastic live music venue and great pub is a must for music fans and just anyone who is in need of a great night out.
O'Connor's - If you're looking for a traditional Irish pub with a large side order of bonkers and a serving of great music then O'Connors is the very place. Every city in the world should have a pub this mad, it needs to be made law immediately!
An Pucan - If you want a real taste of Ireland in a relaxed, fun setting then head to An Pucan. Hearty Irish food, served with a fantastic selection of drinks. You'll arrive for the food and stay for the ‘craic'.
The Malthouse - Using fine local ingredients and superb locally landed fish The Malt House producers amazing food at a great price. On top of that the staff are fantastic making it the perfect place to kick start a great night out.
Sights & Sounds
You can't go to Galway without a quick burst of "Fairy Tale of New York" whilst visiting Galway Bay. A stunning location with some great opportunities for a hen team photo. Evenings you should get yourselves along to the Latin Quarter and Quay Street to find some of the friendliest pubs in Ireland.
If you're thinking of getting "jiggy with it" then Karma is Galway's hottest club. A state-of-the-art sound system is brought to life by some great resident and guest DJ's. And the cocktail menu is most worthy of consideration too!
In the Diary
March - St Patrick's Day. It's kind of a big deal around these parts and is one party you really don't want to miss.
July - Galway International Arts Festival. Art, music, theatre and comedy explode in a fantastic free festival.
July- Galway Races. Racing is the beating heart of Ireland and the Galway races will bring thousands to city. Check out Horse Racing options...
October - Comedy Carnival. Funny faces and leading stand-up comics will be dropping by for a bit of a laugh.
Top of the Shops
Public Romance - If you like vintage you'll love Public Romance. Retro and vintage clothes, boots, shoes and handbags that we'd happily walk to Ireland to admire.
Cobwebs - Like the shameless magpies we are, we're always drawn to this fabulous jewellery shop. A must for all lovers of fine fashion pieces.
Twice As Nice - If you could mix incredible vintage jewellery and clothes into one shop you would right? Twice As Nice have done just that and we love them for it!
Girls About Town - Getting around Galway...
Getting in from Shannon Airport you can hop on a budget friendly bus which runs hourly. Once in the city centre the best way to get around is on foot. The city centre is compact enough that you'll have no trouble even in fabulous heels.
Galway is a city that loves to party, and you don't need to wait until the night time. Dance Classes, Afternoon Tea, Horse Riding, Burlesque Lessons, Cocktail Mixing, even Deep Sea Fishing if you fancy it?!? The world is your lobster. See more...
Good looking guys with great accents, cocktails, great music, the best friends a bride could have, it's shaping up to be a fabulous weekend. To keep things running smoothly GoHen can arrange Dinner Reservations, Guest List Night Clubbing and more for your Galway Hen Party.
It's time for a hen party in Galway!
This beautiful coastal city is the fifth largest in Ireland and it's a perfect alternative if you're looking for something a little more restful than more rambunctious Irish hen destinations like Cork and Dublin! The charming city plays host to the finest hospitality in Ireland and with a mix of relaxing pampering days, wet and wild activities, and a selection of hot nightclubs, Galway caters perfectly to everything you could possibly want on a hen weekend too! If you're looking for a chilled out destination in Ireland to hold your hen party, Galway just about has it all.
Why: Reasons to go to Galway for a hen party?
Friendly, striking and fresh, Galway is one of Ireland's best hen party destinations - in fact, it's consistently in line with capital cities like Dublin and Belfast. It's well worth visiting on your hen party for the fantastic activities, world renowned festivals, lively nightlife and picturesque coastline. Known as the ‘City of Tribes', it's a thriving city that grows in popularity every year and is well placed to provide a fun, memorable weekend for you and the girls. It's both a popular seaside destination and a buzzing city centre which is truly stunning and completely energetic with loads of great options to fill up your days to the brim. If you want to try out somewhere a little different for the hen party, Galway will most definitely hit the spot with your girlfriends!
What: Planning your hen party in Galway?
If you're keen to experience the busy nightlife of a city but love the tranquillity of the country and fresh air activities on your hen party, Galway is perfect! It's a great place to get out and about, with everything from archery to white water rafting available on tap. Genteel, relaxed activities make for a more serene hen party - or why not combine the best of both worlds and get some horse riding and a hot stone massage in there for the ultimate day? Handily for your hen party, Galway really comes to life at night and the famously fine Irish hospitality is clear to see in the many bars, restaurants and clubs that are spread in and around the city centre. With a combination of swanky bars, friendly pubs, sleek cocktail venues and clubs, Galway is a guaranteed winner with all the girls. It's always good to pack a few extras in to keep everyone happy too and we've got simply fantastic evening entertainment such as limousines and guest list nightclub entry to really make the most out of your Galway hen weekend!
Shop: Galway shopping areas & recommendations
Shop Street is the main retail street in Galway and as the name suggests it's the best area to try out some retail therapy! This street consists of old brick buildings, bright shopfronts and a wide array of street performers. On this street you'll also be able to find Galway's best preserved ancient building, Lynch's Castle, as well as numerous cute and cosy book stores. Another place to check out is the Eyre Square Shopping Centre, which has over 100 shops and sells everything from fashion to homewares. Roches Store also has some great traditional Irish goods and for unique independent stores head to the Latin Quarter. If you need a shopping fix on your hen weekend, Galway will truly spoil the girls!
How: Getting to Galway?
Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland, so taking a plane over is certainly the quickest and easiest way of getting there. Shannon Airport is the closest runway but since it still lies around 1 ½ hours away from the city, travelling in via Dublin or Cork is a great option to consider too - rent a car from there or take a bus or coach. Trains run in from Dublin, as well as buses from both Dublin city centre and Dublin airport, when you fancy leaving the driving to someone else! If you do decide to drive, the M6 west will take you most of the way - and unlike many Irish cities, there's long term parking available from as little as €5, so you don't have to worry about high parking rates during your Galway hen party.
Stay: Choosing your Galway hen weekend accommodation
When planning accommodation, Galway is compact enough to mean that you and the girls can get just about everywhere you need to be on foot. Being based in the city centre, close to all of the best activities, shopping and nightlife is a number one priority for most hen groups and luckily, we can find one to suit your exact needs! We've got a great selection of group-pleasing hotels, from purse-pleasing 2 star options to the more luxurious 4 star hen hotels, so no matter how tight the budget is, you're sorted.
When: The best times to visit for a hen party in Galway
If you're keen to try water sports events, we'd suggest heading to Galway in the summer months - unless you fancy braving the North Atlantic in frigid winter conditions! Even when you don't fancy taking a dip, there are incredible festivals going on all year around in Galway. The biggest event by far is the Galway International Oyster Festival, which takes place on the last weekend of September and attracts around 10,000 people. Punters tuck into fresh oysters and Guinness during a weekend of festivities. Also in September is the Americana Festival, and then in October there's the Galway Comedy Festival which attracts big names like Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Phil Jupitus, and GoHen office favourite Russell Howard all year round! Whenever you visit for your hen party, Galway will not disappoint!
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