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Get your Belfast hen do caught up the buzz of Belfast city. The Northern capital
knows how to party and the bride-to-be and her hens will be the guests of honour!

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7 Best Belfast Hen Do Ideas

  1. Chocolate Making - Learn how to make your own designer chocolates.
  2. Cocktail Mixing - Shake, make and taste classic party cocktails. Cheers!
  3. Game of Thrones Experience - Visit locations and film your own fight scene.
  4. Grease Dancing - Learn the original moves and shoody-bup-bup, shoody-bup-bup-yeah!
  5. Escape Room - Race against the clock in this adrenaline pumping, heart thumping challenge.
  6. Pampering Day - The perfect pre-wedding treat after weeks of wedding planning.
  7. Bubble Mayhen - Hilarious team games for sporty hens who love to be different.

A Guide To Your Belfast Hen Weekend

Star Bars

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.

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
The Titanic Museum really is worth a visit. Get a peak at the luxury design of the world's most famous cruise liner. 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!).

Sounds
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.
If you want some traditional Northern Irish sounds then McHughs is definitely the place to be. Great music and friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the food is worth a visit for as well.

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

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...

Feeling fit? Hop on a Belfast Bikes which are docked at 46 sites around the city and available for public hire.

If you're going to be using public transport you can get a Belfast Visitor Pass in advance which gives you unlimited travel on most public transport as well as discounts to visitor centres and attractions across the city.

In the evening the Cathedral Quarter is home to most of the best pubs and clubs, the area is compact and easy to navigate on foot no matter how high the heel might be.

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.

A hugely underrated UK party city, Belfast has it all and is the perfect place to kick off a unique weekend. The nightlife is buzzing, the shops are bustling, the eateries are sublime and it's incredibly easy to navigate. Ladies, pack those bags and head on over to this fabulous capital to give the bride-to-be a memorable send-off. The Belfast hen party is always a great craic!

Nightlife
Cathedral Quarter

The beating heart of Belfast's party district, the Cathedral Quarter is the city's pulsating nightlife hub and the perfect location to kick off the bride's celebrations. There's a wonderful array of pubs, bars and banging nightclubs on offer so you can make it a night to remember. Everything is in close proximity to each other too, so you'll be able to bounce about without too much strain on the heels!

Location: On the doorstep of the River Lagan in the centre of the city.

Queen's Quarter

Home to the student crowds of Queen's University, Queen's Quarter is a vibrant area to the south of the city which knows how to party. With a more alternative, boho vibe it's a bit quirkier than the Cathedral Quarter. With a host of cool bars and comedy clubs you'll be sure to find a fab night out in amongst all the action.

Location: Situated on the southside of the city.

The Golden Mile

Take a trip along the Golden Mile which plays host to 80% of the city's most hottest bars, clubs and restaurants. The Golden Mile is, you guessed it, a mile-long stretch which extends from Queen's Uni into the heart of the city centre, via the Dublin Road and Great Victoria Street. A guaranteed great craic, you'll get to experience a fab mix of nightlife spots and really get to know this vibrant party city.

Location: Stretching from Queen's Uni in the south to the centre.

Rooftop Cocktail Bars

If you fancy doing a spot of aerial sightseeing there are a whole host of fab rooftop bars which litter this fine city, where you can indulge in some incredible cocktails before you hit the town for that big night out. In equal measure there are also plenty of pubs which boast great beer gardens too, so you can soak up some summer sunshine in style.

Location: Here, there and everywhere!

Shopaholics
Castle Court

Playing host to all the main high street brands, Castle Court offers the complete, immersive shopping experience where you can satisfy all of those cravings in one fell swoop. A great chance to pick up something stunning for that big night on the town.

Location: Royal Avenue, BT1 1DD

Victoria Square Shopping Centre

If you're looking for more high-end designer brands, then Victoria Square is the place to check out. Packed full of great jewellers and boutiques you'll be able to find that jaw-dropping ensemble in no time.

Location: Victoria Square, BT1 4QG

Lisburn Road

A bustling shopping street where you can get the complete experience. There are a great range of independent shops and boutiques, wine bars, for a cheeky afternoon tipple, and a host of eateries to keep you energised.

Location: Lisburn Road (as you may have already guessed!)

St George's Market

At the weekends St George's Market comes alive with a vibrant mix of food stalls, live music, crafts and vintage clothing. Definitely up there as one of the best markets in the UK it is a fabulous, alternative shopping experience.

Location: East Bridge Street, BT1 3NQ

Hotels

Why faff about trawling through loads of hotels trying to find one which meets all your needs and is in a great location when GoHen have done all the legwork for you?! Here's our top picks!

Check out our full selection of Belfast hen party accommodation.

Restaurants

I think we can all agree, ladies, food is a huge part of a weekend away. And what's a vacation without a little indulgence?
Whilst Belfast has hundreds of delicious restaurants to cater for all tastes, many hens make the fatal error of thinking their big group of girls will be able to waltz into places on the night and get a table... Wrong!
Never leave it to chance or you'll find yourselves trudging around in those heels for an hour trying to find somewhere to house you all. Let GoHen sort it all for you, to give you peace of mind so you can focus on what's important on a Belfast hen weekend: celebrating! We'll arrange:

  • A delicious, hen-friendly restaurant
  • Reserved tables
  • Pre-ordered meals
  • Pre-paid dining
Transport

Whilst this city is a breeze to navigate on foot, sometimes we all need to rest our feet, particularly after a night of dancing! Taxis are a great way to get about, but the buses are a cheap and easy alternative.
You can also get about by bike, with plenty of docking stations dotted around the city for a low-cost, simple way of getting about.

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
Belfast city images

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!

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. 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 Belfast hen activities like cocktail mixing, a pampering day and chocolate making for a memorable hen weekend in Belfast!

Belfast Hen Party Adventures

Belfast has a rich abundance of activities and entertainment. Whether you're after a ladies day at the Horse Racing 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.

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 hen do night out in Belfast.
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 hen do 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 plane. George Best Belfast City airport is located just 2 miles from the city centre, making it easy to take a taxi or 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. 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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