We do lots of hair and makeup and nails for hen parties throughout Ireland and we also hear lots about what other counties have on offer. Kilkenny being a top choice. Heres some Inspo. Kilkenny has great value hen packages included in that is your accommodation, dinner, breakfast, activity, nightclub entry, bars also lots of free champers and shots! Including some nice touches to make the Bride feel really special.
Accommodation wise pretty much every hen friendly accommodation provider in Kilkenny. If you are watching costs, also several guest houses and pub style accommodation options. All are hen friendly, central and the perfect base for your Kilkenny Hen. For somewhere in between The Brog Maker Hotel, it is just perfect for a hen. You can walk into town in 15 mins or they have a free phone number for taxis which, if you decide to take one, are only about €6. McDonagh Shopping Centre is also only a couple of minutes away if you fancy splashing some cash one of the days. They will keep the residents bar open if you have a bit of energy left when you get home(!), and the owner, John, is a star. Their breakfast area is lovely and bright, they have live music in every weekend so there will be good craic in the place, they also serve bar food all day. They have a beer garden for a drink or a chat if the weather is fine the next day before you head out on your main adventure. Also there are several other hotels in Kilkenny if you are looking to spend a little more. Again, these are all hen friendly and give great rates, if you would prefer hotel or luxury accommodation. Activity wise, lots on offer in Kilkenny! Heres our favs
Some Unique/Adventourous Ideas…
Dragon Boat Experience: Now this is unique! Learn and perform a simple Haka, get an all-important safety briefing, learn about manning a boat. Next, you’re off for a paddle through the City’s River Nore passing under its many bridges. Dress up in fancy dress, but just so you know you’ll probably get wet. Now you’re part of the ‘Dragon Roar on the Nore’.
Kilkenny Ghost Tour: Kilkenny is the home of the first ever witch trial and burning! It’s essential that each person, on the Hen Party, wears their hat and cape for protection as you walk the cobbled lanes of Kilkenny late in the evening. (Lasts 1 hour, usually starts between 8 or 9p.m., cert for everyone who gets to the end?!)
Medieval Party Tour: Why not try a Medieval Tour for your hen party to make it completely unique? You and the group will get a guided tour around the gorgeous Kilkenny followed by a 2 course evening meal (instead of the dinner mentioned further in the email), drinks and live music in a top Kilkenny Bar and Restaurant opposite Kilkenny Castle! (Tour lasts 35 mins followed by dinner and drinks for a min of 15 people.)
River Adventure: Feel like blowing away the cobwebs and spending the afternoon on the River Barrow? With Go With The Flow river adventures you can! Spend between 2-3 hours on their river safari, with plenty of thrills, spills and craic for your group. If you are especially adventurous just mention you want the White-Water adventure when booking! All equipment is provided, and fully qualified instructors accompany you all the way. Fantastic hen options.
Tree Top Walk: Walk above the tree tops, ten metres above the ground on this 140-metre-long course which gives a bird’s eye view of the park. There are a series of complicated rope walkways for you to navigate that are ‘as much a mental challenge as a physical one’. Throw in a climbing wall and the ‘leap of faith’ afterwards for a great afternoon in Kilkenny for your hen.
And Some Girly Inspo..
Prosecco Van: Let the sparkle come to you for the hen party ladies with the fabulous Prosecco Van activity! The Prosecco Van comes with 2 staff members, strawberries and of course some disposable Prosecco flutes. Minimum of 15 ladies which will give you 5 glasses each based, on half a keg. If you are feeling particularly thirsty though we have a 1 keg option available too! (Min 15 people, lasts 2 hours.)
Afternoon at the Races: Enjoy a day at Gowran Park race course for your hen party! afternoon at the races activity includes admission, €5 bar voucher, race card and complimentary shuttle bus that will collect and drop you off at Kilkenny Castle. Journey from Kilkenny Castle to Gowran takes 15 minutes.
Afternoon Tea: This is all the rage at the moment and with good reason. Enjoy beautiful china, a selection of teas and coffees, tasty cakes, petit fours and more at this city centre location. Afternoon tea is just a lovely way to spend the afternoon in Kilkenny.
Cupcake Making: Spend a couple of hours decorating 4 different cupcakes, play games and let the bride-to-be act as judge and choose a winner. Such a great activity, especially if the bride-to-be loves baking!
Hair & Or Make-up Party: (Thats Us! Polished Girls) Have a tutorial for your hen party. Here our top artists will tell your group all the tricks of the trade and will use the bride as the model for the class. Bring your make-up along for a chance to ask how to apply that tricky eyeliner or to be told you should have dumped that lip pencil years ago! Or have the group get hair and or makeup done in the comfort of your accommodation in an afternoon session pre the races or your night out. Minimum 5 of either :0)
Vintage Tea Party: Who doesn’t love a vintage tea party. These are all the rage this year and one of the top vintage tea party companies in Kilkenny, brings you an afternoon of vintage bliss. Enjoy beautiful china, vintage tea sets, cake stands, pretty tea plates, even bunting and decorations to complete the vintage tea party experience. Your group will enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes with a choice of teas while nostalgic music plays in the background. Your very own tea lady will be there to hand to serve and tidy up afterwards. Vintage style dressing up accessories are also provided during the 2-hour party. Just fab!
All Available Through Hen Party.ie
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