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Ireland's second-largest city is a great little alternative to Dublin with a stellar range of activities and nightlife options available for a fab celebration. And, with GoHen, we take the stress out of the planning process to make it even more special!
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8 Best Cork Hen Do Ideas
- Distillery Tours - This one is a must on your visit to the Emerald Isle.
- Segway Polo And Games - Two wheeled, hen on hen, chaos. Ready, set, zoom.
- Pole Dancing Lessons - Strut your stuff as you learn the cheeky art of pole dancing.
- High Ropes Course - Ladies, get ready to take on a lofty aerial forest adventure.
- Quad Biking - Head off-road with the hens on these high-powered beasts.
- Gaelic Games - Fantastic hen vs hen competition in some traditional Gaelic Games.
- Wine Tasting - Elegant, classy and a whole lot of wine.
- Cocktail Mixing - Learn, laugh and enjoy! What's a hen do without a few cocktails, eyyy?!
Where to Drink in Cork
Oh Cork, how we love you and your quirky ways. Oliver Punnett Street is a very hen-friendly area of this hugely popular destination. You'll find most of the best pubs here, 'cus, well, after a whole day of crazy hen activities and having a good catch up, you'll have even more to catch up on over a pint of Guinness (or whatever you damn well fancy).
You know, these days it often gets a higher vote from our hens than Dublin does for nightlife - there is so much to do in this nicely compact town. A walk by the river will lead you to some quirky drinking destinations. Or, try the Grand Parade for an upmarket tinge to the evening. Here you'll find alllllllll the best cocktail bars and wine establishments a gal could need. So, whatever your tipple, you're sorted on a boozy weekend in Cork!
Sights & Sounds
Ireland'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.
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.
Shopping 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.
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.
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 full-on Pampering Day is sure to be well received by all!
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 hen do nightlife in Cork.
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. Our dedicated Event Managers 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!
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 hen activities, and top hen do accommodation in Cork.
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.
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 Butler in the Buff or a city-centre apartment to keep your cosmopolitan girls happy? Check out all of our Cork accommodation options.
Party: Where Cork hen parties head after dark
Alongside other fantastic hen party 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.