Calling all bridesmaids who’ve been assigned the task of planning the ‘hen’ or bachelorette party. Our Galway hen party ideas will satisfy all brides to be!
Planning a hen party can be stressful. But luckily, Galway has a bit of everything to help.
Ireland’s ‘city of the Tribes’ is known for its art, culture, great restaurants, and buzzing night scene. With our help, your hen weekend in Galway might even rival the upcoming wedding itself.
Presenting the top ten best activities for a hen weekend in Galway.
10. A drinks tree – it’s picture-perfect
Stroll down to The Front Door pub and treat yourselves to a drinks tree. It is exactly what it sounds like: a tree ornament serving your favourite cocktails from its branches.
It is a work of art that should be enjoyed amongst friends, also known as the Instagram-worthy moment of the weekend.
Address: The Front Door, 8 Cross Street Upper, Galway City
9. A mystery trail – find out whodunnit
Become your own tour guide with Mystery Trails and discover the historic city of Galway on foot. Mystery Trails is an online service with a printable booklet that’s ready for download at any time.
The trail will lead you on a treasure hunt through Galway city, where you must work together to identify the story’s murderer and the weapon they used. Buy your mystery trail here.
Address: Galway City
8. The gin masterclass – become an expert
Attention all gin lovers, a gin masterclass in Tigh Nóra should be the highlight of any Galway hen party.
This masterclass is a fun and interactive experience where your group will learn all about the different types of gin and the tonics and garnishes that each one should be paired with.
Best of all, everyone gets to make their own cocktail.
Address: Tigh Nóra, 8 Cross Street, The Latin Quarter, Galway City
7. Escape the escape room – can you beat the clock?
Galway’s Asylroom escape rooms offer a unique team-building experience that would be suitable for a hen party.
You and your group will be locked inside a room where the aim is to escape within 60 minutes. Become immersed in the room’s story, use its elements to solve clues, and unravel the mystery.
Make it a hen party they won’t forget with this gem on our countdown of the top ten best activities for a hen weekend in Galway.
Address: Asylroom, 60 Dominick Street Lower, Galway City
6. Trampolining – jump for joy
For the girl group that’s bursting with energy, JumpLanes is for you.
Get your exercise in early with rows upon rows of trampolines for you to jump on. Your inner child will agree that JumpLanes offers one of the best activities for a hen weekend in Galway!
Address: JumpLanes, Monivea Road, Ballybane Beg, Galway
5. Paintballing – one of the best activities for a hen weekend in Galway
Hidden in the boglands of Connemara is Eile Mental Activity Park, where you can take part in an array of outdoor activities.
Whether your group likes paintballing, laser tag, or orienteering, there’s an activity at Eile Mental to suit everyone.
Address: Eile Mental, Lettergunnet, Furbo, Co. Galway
4. Zip-lining – not for the fainthearted
Turn the bride from blushing to brave with Wildlands, an adventure centre on the outskirts of Galway city.
Here, your group can partake in zip-lining, archery, kayaking, and more. Choose Wildlands and allow the loyal bridal party to become a team of adventures by the end of the day.
Address: Ballyquirke, Moycullen, Co. Galway
3. Axe Throwing – for something different
Nicknamed ‘Ireland’s most AXE-citing party destination’, Tom O’Hawks Axe Throwing is Ireland’s first and only indoor axe throwing league and party place.
While here, an event host will guide your group through the skills required to hit each target. Axe throwing is truly a unique pick on our list of the top ten best activities for a hen weekend in Galway.
Address: Tom O’ Hawks Axe Throwing, Ballyglunin, Co. Galway
2. A boat trip – discover the true Galway
Join local fisherman Ciaran Oliver on an enchanting boat ride around our beautiful Galway Bay.
Your group will learn all about the Galway fishing community while enjoying the fresh sea air and scenic views. We can’t think of a more relaxing experience!
Address: Galway Bay Boat Tours, Claddagh Quay, Galway City
1. Afternoon tea at The G Hotel – a toast to the bride
Galway’s stunning G Hotel, whose interior was designed by the celebrity hat designer, Phillip Treacy, has what we would consider to be the best afternoon tea experience in Galway. Afternoon tea is available here every day from 12 noon to 4:30 pm.
For the month of October (breast cancer awareness month), your afternoon tea will help to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland, whereby the hotel will donate €2 from each afternoon tea session to the charity.
Here, the hen group can enjoy tea, coffee, sandwiches, sweet treats, and a glass of bubbly, all while helping a good cause.
Address: The G Hotel, Old Dublin Road, Galway