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22 Hen Party Ideas In Dublin To Help You Hatch A Plan

By Katherine Notman

22 Hen Party Ideas In Dublin To Help You Hatch A Plan

Impress the bride-to-be with some brilliant experiences she will remember forever.

From climbing a 20ft wall in a harness to drinking tea in a posh hotel, there’s something for everyone in Dublin. There’s an absolute abundance of brilliant things to do during the day that will bring everyone together. Then, in the evening, you can top it all of with some whiskey tasting, or perhaps a trip to a wizard-themed bar? There is so much to do here that it can be near impossible to choose, so here are some of Dublin’s hen party highlights.

See also: 6 Reasons Why Dublin Is The Ultimate Destination For A Stag Do

1. Kayak with seals in Dalkey

 

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Start your hen do with the most adorable experience — kayaking with seals! Read more about it here.

2. Go on a pedal tour of Dublin bars

 

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Sit back and relax while somebody else does all the hard work taking you from bar to bar. You can learn more over on their website.

3. Play bubble football

 

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Footbubble — simultaneously both the strangest and funnest game around. Stick a massive bubble over your body and attempt to play football with your legs. To find out more about this strange sport, visit the website.

4. Visit the Guinness Storehouse

 

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Guinness — the world famous beverage that has become somewhat symbolic of Ireland. And, if you’re going to drink it, then why not learn about it at the same time? You can book tickets over on their website.

5. BYOCocktails at Drop Dead Twice

 

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At Drop Dead Twice, you can bring your own spirits and the bartenders will make a cocktail for you, for a fee. Plus, there’s cabaret! Read all about it here.

6. Go swimming in the Irish Sea

 

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There are so many amazing spots to go for a swim in and around Dublin. Take a dip on one of the beaches or go for a daring dive at The Forty Foot. We’ve written a handy list for you flick through if outdoor swimming is your idea of fun.

7. Go to a wizard-themed bar

 

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Yes, there’s an actual wizard-themed bar in Dublin named The Cauldron Pub and it serves potion cocktails. Read all about it here.

8. See the wallabies on Lambay Island

 

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There are over 100 wild wallabies living on an island off the coast of Dublin. And there’s also a distillery, so where better to go before you get wed? Read more about Lambay and its marsupial residents here.

9. Have a crack at archery

 

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There are so many archery ranges in Dublin, which means we can all have the opportunity to feel like Merida from Brave. You can book tickets online here.

10. Have an Irish dance party

 

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Trust me, Irish dancing is much more fun as an adult than it is as a child. At one of these Irish dance parties you can undertake lessons with live music and a dance show. It’s the perfect hen do activity! Book tickets online.

11. Brave the slides at a waterpark!

 

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Dublin is home to Harbour Splash and Aquazone. Plus, there’s Funtasia Waterpark in Drogheda. Getting married doesn’t mean you can’t be a big kid!

12. Go on a Champagne-fuelled hot air balloon ride

 

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Irish Balloon Flights offer airborne tours of Ireland from the comfort of a hot air balloon. Oh, and you also get Champagne! It’s a fantastic way to make brilliant memories with your friends and family, before more fizz on the Big Day. Enquire here.

13. Go paintballing

 

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There is nothing better on a balmy summer evening than chasing your mates around a field and splattering them with paint. Plus, it’s more efficient with a paintball gun! There are loads of places you can paintball in Dublin. Delta Force Dublin is only half an hour from the centre.

14. Go climbing

 

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Dublin is spoilt for choice when it comes to climbing centres. There are a grand total of four in the central area. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, just book yourselves a beginner’s session at somewhere like The Dublin Climbing Centre, rent yourself some shoes and you’ll have a great time! You can climb higher walls with ropes or shorter walls without, which is called bouldering. Most places will give you a taste of both.

15. Take afternoon tea

 

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Every wedding needs cake, so really every hen-do should also have cake — obviously. If you’re wanting to push the boat out and give your friends an experience they’ll still be thinking about when their big day comes, somewhere like The Merrion Hotel is somewhere well worth considering. It’s not cheap but it is delicious!

16. Take a life drawing class

 

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If everyone in your party is okay with staring at a naked model (pffft, who wouldn’t be?) then why not try life drawing? You can book various different classes especially for hen parties and yes, they do specialise in particularly good looking models…

17. Go whiskey tasting at Temple Bar

 

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At Dublin’s world famous Temple Bar, you can spend the afternoon tasting delicious whiskey after delicious whiskey and, realistically, what could be better (or more Irish) than that? You can book here.

18. Try your hand at an escape room

 

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Escape rooms are an absolutely hilarious experience, and pretty perfect for a hen do. Plus, you get to feel really intelligent if you crack it, and who doesn’t love feeling like an absolute boss? There are loads to be found in Dublin but Escape Dublin offers a wizard-themed room, a Sherlock Holmes-themed room and also a Contagion-themed room, so take your pick.

19. Relax at a spa

 

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Visiting a spa might just be the most relaxing thing you can do, and in Dublin there are plenty to visit. Get yourself a massage—especially if you’ve been out dancing the night before—and you’ll feel fresh as a daisy. The Marker Hotel has one of the fanciest spas we’ve ever seen, featuring a 23 metre infinity pool! (An indoor pool, of course.) This is the Ireland we’re talking about.

20. Go clay pigeon shooting

 

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Clay pigeon shooting is an absolutely exhilarating experience, and it’s certainly something you don’t get to do every day. The clay pigeons are discs that shoot out from a chute and you get to have a crack at them with a rifle. At Courtlough Shooting Grounds, they welcome beginners and will accommodate hen parties with enthusiasm.

21. Experience off-road driving in a 4×4

 

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There’s plenty of terrain in and around Dublin just perfect for off-roading in a 4×4, and there are loads of websites to check out if you’re up for the challenge. Obviously, you’re going to need a valid driving license, but if you have that then you’re all set! Go forth and feel like a badass!

22. Soothe your hangover with a Nutella coffee at The Woollen Mills

 

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When all is said and done and your head is pounding, get yourself down to The Woollen Mills for a delicious Nutella coffee. Sound good? You can read more about this intriguing beverage here.

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