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Belfast Hen Parties

No trip to Belfast would be complete without indulging in some traditional Irish craic. That's Irish for a good time, by the way! This city has so much to offer but perhaps the best thing about it is its people. The locals are some of the friendliest you'll ever meet, and they know how to show visitors a good time. You'll feel right at home in this welcoming city.

What to Expect During a Belfast Hen Do

Belfast is a historic Northern Irish city with so much to see. Titanic, the legendary ship, was built right here in Belfast, and you can explore its fascinating story at the Titanic Belfast museum. It's like stepping back in time to the glitz and glamour of the early 20th century with interactive exhibits, historical artefacts and even a ride through the shipyard. Expect loads of photo ops. Who can resist striking a pose on the replica of the iconic staircase, wishing Leonardo Dicaprio would come down those stairs?

But Belfast isn't just about the past. This is a city that's constantly evolving, and there's no shortage of modern attractions to keep you entertained. Take a stroll through the vibrant streets of the Cathedral Quarter. With its colourful murals and quirky boutiques, it's a shopper's paradise! And we couldn’t talk about Belfast hen parties without discussing the nightlife. Belfast boasts wild and buzzing nightlife that caters to every taste and budget.

Hit up the city's legendary pubs and bars, where the Guinness flows like water and the live music never stops. Whether you're belting out ballads in a cosy pub, drinking cocktails in a swanky bar or busting out your best dance moves in a bustling club, you're guaranteed a night to remember where you’ll be drinking and dancing until the early hours.

Outdoor Hen Party Activities in Belfast

Getting outdoors is a great way to make memories, enjoy the fresh air and shake off any hangover you might be suffering from. There are plenty of outdoor activities for hens in Belfast to keep you active and laughing. Why not embrace your silly sides with a game of Bubble Mayhen where you’ll strap into one-person, big, inflatable zorbs to play a range of hilarious games from Bump the Bride to Bulldog. Alternatively, you can enjoy your very own school sports day where you’ll play retro games such as three-legged, sack, egg and spoon and relay races, competing for glory against your mates.

Top 7 Hen Parties Activities in Belfast

1) Cocktail Making

Get ready to shake, stir and sip your way through one of the most popular hen party activities in Belfast, cocktail making! You’ll gather around the bar to learn the tricks of the trade from a friendly, professional mixologist. From fruity daiquiris to classic mojitos, you'll be crafting Instagram-worthy cocktails like a pro with their tuition. You’ll get to taste test your creations along the way and even play some hilarious games to bring on the party vibes. So raise a glass, toast to the bride-to-be and let the good times flow.

2) Bottomless Brunch

Let your hair down and kick start your day in a boozy way with a bottomless brunch where the drinks flow as freely as the laughter. Enjoy unlimited glasses of cocktails, fizz, wine or soft drinks while indulging in your favourite brunch dishes. Some spots crank up the fun with live entertainment, from fabulous drag queens to toe-tapping tribute acts with DJs playing the best party hits to get everyone in the hen party mood. Some themes are also available and range from ABBA to the Spice Girls, making your brunch a party to remember.

3) Nude Life Drawing

Unleash your inner artist at this hilarious art class, nude life drawing with a male model. You’ll head to a private function space in the city centre to giggle with your besties and sketch a professional male model in his birthday suit. Led by a professional art tutor, this session is all about fun as you capture all you see on paper. Whether you fancy yourself as a modern day Michelangelo or struggle to draw a stickman, you’ll let your hair down as you learn how to draw something cheeky. You can compare your drawings with your mates at the end and get the model to pick a winner!

4) Themed Dance Class

Flip your hair and strut your stuff with a themed dance class. Whether you're feeling fierce like Beyonce, sassy like the Spice Girls or ready to mambo like you’re in Dirty Dancing, there’s a theme for you. You can even dive into the world of burlesque, battle it out in a lip sync battle or time-travel back to the 1950s with Grease. Led by professional dance teachers, these classes are all about fun, laughter and trying something new. Come in fancy dress to meet the theme and unleash your inner disco diva!

5) Spa

Are you looking for the ultimate way to relax during your hen do in Belfast? Look no further than a spa day! You and your besties will have full access to the spa facilities such as the heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna as well as relaxation areas where you can lounge around in plush robes and slippers, sipping bubbly and indulging in luxurious treatments. It’s the perfect way to unwind before the wedding, helping the bride-to-be shake off any stress. Treat yourselves to massages, facials, mani pedis and more.

6) Arts and Crafts

Add some creative flair to your day with fun arts and crafts workshops. From crafting dreamy flower crowns to designing bespoke jewellery, ceramic painting, glass painting, life drawing and more, the options are almost endless. No experience is needed as you’ll get full, step by step tuition from an expert. Expect a laid-back atmosphere as you get to work on making something awesome. And you won’t just make pretty things, you’ll also share laughs and boost your bonds as you try something different together.

7) Yoga

Inject a zen-filled twist to your celebrations with a lovely yoga session. You’ll love every minute of stretching, giggling and finding your inner peace together. Whether you're experienced yogis or total beginners, this session is suitable for all abilities. Plus, it's a refreshing break from the wedding whirlwind and partying that you’ll probably be doing this weekend. So, roll out those mats, strike a pose and let the good vibes flow as you unwind and connect before the big I do!

Fun facts

Did you know?

  • Belfast is the 12th biggest UK city and the capital city of Northern Ireland.
  • RMS Titanic was built in Belfast by Harland and Wolff with construction starting in 1909.
  • Belfast is home to Ireland’s tallest building, Obel Tower.
  • The symbol of Belfast is a seahorse.
  • The nearby countryside, forests and castles were said to inspire CS Lewis when he was writing The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Belfast was nicknamed Linenopolis, after becoming the world’s biggest producer of linen in the early 19th century.
  • Belfast’s Irish translation means Beal Feirste, which means mouth of the sandbank ford.
  • Belfast has appeared in many movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Derry Girls, Sons of Anarchy and Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves.
  • Belfast’s sister cities are Nashville in the US and Hefei in China.
  • Led Zeppelin first played Stairway to Heaven at Ulster Hall in the city in 1971.
  • In the 1960s, Professor James Francis Pantridge invented the world’s first portable defibrillator in Belfast using car batteries.
  • Cavehill is said to have inspired the sleeping giant in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.
  • Belfast has its own leaning tower! The Albert Clock was constructed on reclaimed land and tilts around 1.25.
  • Liam Neeson first performed on stage at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.
  • Milk of Magnesia was invented in Belfast by James Murray in 1809.

Belfast in numbers

  • More than 9.5 million people visit Belfast every year.
  • There are more than 40 parks in Belfast, covering around 3,000 acres.
  • One third of the population of Northern Ireland lives in Belfast.
  • Belfast’s Obel Tower stands at 85m tall and has 27 floors.
  • Titanic weighed around 46,328 tons and was 269m in length.
  • Belfast gets on average 216 days of rain a year.
  • Linen Hall Library is over 230 years old, founded in 1788.
  • Belfast’s smallest house is just 3m wide.
  • The Great Light on the Maritime Mile is more than 130 years old and is 7m tall.
  • Belfast’s famous cranes, Samson and Goliath, are 106m and 96m tall.

Local Celebs

Belfast has been home to many celebrities, and you might even bump into a few! First up, there’s the smouldering Jamie Dornan, aka Mr. Grey himself from 50 Shades of Grey and also the star of The Tourist and The Fall. That’s right, Mr Grey will see you now! Have you ever read any books from The Chronicles of Narnia? Well, you can thank Belfast-born author CS Lewis for whisking us away to those magical lands.

And who could forget about Van Morrison, the legendary crooner behind the classic hit Brown Eyed Girl? His soulful voice and catchy tunes have been the soundtrack to many a night out on the town. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes is also a Belfast native who’s graced our screens for decades. Kicking things up a notch is George Best, football royalty. And last but certainly not least, we have actor and director Kenneth Branagh whose impressive resume includes everything from Shakespearean classics to blockbuster hits.

Food and Drink

Belfast is a foodie haven, with everything from hearty Irish pub grub to gourmet dining experiences on offer, fast food to trendy fusion fare. Indulge in a traditional Ulster fry to cure that hangover with bacon, sausages, eggs, potato bread and white pudding, sample fresh seafood at St. George's Market or treat yourself to a decadent afternoon tea fit for a queen. Your taste buds will thank you!

Traditional Irish cuisine is delicious. Irish stew consists of tender, succulent beef dripping in rich gravy, fluffy mashed potatoes and buttery cabbage. It's the ultimate comfort food that'll warm you from the inside out, perfect for fueling up before a night of Belfast hen party shenanigans.

And let's not forget about the seafood. After all, Belfast is right on the coast so you can treat yourself to a taste of the ocean with fresh fish and chips, succulent oysters or creamy seafood chowder. Trust us, you haven't lived until you've savoured the salty goodness of Northern Irish seafood.

Activities for Foodie Hen Parties in Belfast

A meal out is always an essential activity for a hen weekend. It's the perfect opportunity to indulge in some much-needed girl time with your besties as you clink glasses, share stories and laugh until your sides ache, all while enjoying mouth-watering food in a lively atmosphere.

Belfast is home to a vibrant culinary scene that's bursting with creativity and innovation. From cosy gastropubs serving up hearty classics with a modern twist to chic restaurants dishing out Instagram-worthy plates, there's something for every taste and budget. And let's not forget about the cocktails, because what's a hen do without a few drinks, right? Belfast's bars and pubs are legendary for their creative concoctions, from classic cocktails to quirky concoctions that'll tantalise your taste buds and get the party started in style.

Belfast Nightlife

Whether you're a dancing queen, a cocktail connoisseur, or just looking for a good time with your friends, this city has everything you need to make your hen party amazing. The atmosphere is unbeatable with excitement and energy in the air that's impossible to resist. Whether you're sipping cocktails on a rooftop terrace, belting out your favourite tunes at a karaoke bar or tearing up the dance floor at a top nightclub, you'll be surrounded by fellow party lovers who are ready to let loose and have a good time.

And you can always guarantee a good crowd here. The locals are super friendly and will show you a great time. Whether you're chatting with a bartender, making new friends on the dance floor or sharing a laugh with fellow partygoers, the locals will make you feel at home and able to fully let your hair down. Here are some of our favourite areas of the city to celebrate:

Cathedral Quarter

Cathedral Quarter is the beating heart of Belfast's nightlife with cobblestone streets lined with trendy bars, Irish pubs and swanky restaurants. Start your evening with pre-dinner cocktails at one of the area's chic rooftop bars where you can sip on delicious drinks while soaking in panoramic views of the city skyline. Then, it's off to the pubs and clubs where live music and infectious energy are guaranteed to keep you on your feet until the early hours. Trust me, there's no better place to kick off your hen party festivities than Cathedral Quarter!

Linen Quarter

If you're a fan of craft beer and quirky cocktails, head to the bustling Linen Quarter. This up and coming area is bang on trend and home to a vibrant mix of hip bars, speakeasies and gastropubs where you can sample local brews and inventive drinks to your heart's content. Plus, with its central location just steps away from the city centre, it's the perfect spot to start or end your hen night in Belfast.

Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is Belfast's answer to Las Vegas' famous Strip. This lively stretch of bars, clubs, and late-night eateries is where the party truly comes alive after dark. Whether you're dancing the night away in a bustling nightclub, catching live music at a trendy venue or indulging in a late-night snack at a 24-hour diner, the Golden Mile has something for everyone. Just be sure to pace yourselves. With so much excitement packed into one area, it's easy to lose track of time!

The Best Time to Visit Belfast

We all know Ireland isn't exactly renowned for its tropical climate but hey, a little drizzle never dampened anyone's spirits! If you're craving milder temperatures and longer days for outdoor shenanigans, then late spring through early autumn is your golden ticket. During this time, you can enjoy parks, al fresco dining and maybe even a spot of sunbathing if you're lucky. Don’t write off the colder months though, especially if you don’t mind a bit of rain, as you’ll likely see smaller crowds and cheaper flight prices.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

If you happen to be having your Belfast hen party during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May, consider yourself lucky. This eclectic event is a melting pot of creativity, featuring everything from live music and comedy to theatre and visual arts. It’s a great thing to see and sure to add a classy atmosphere to your celebrations.

Belfast Pride

Belfast doesn't disappoint when it comes to annual festivals and events that'll have you dancing until the wee hours, and Belfast Pride Festival takes place in July. It's a celebration of love, diversity and all things fabulous! Get ready to strut your stuff in rainbow attire, join the parade and soak up the electrifying atmosphere. It's the ultimate opportunity to unleash your inner diva and show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Belfast Vital Festival

If you're into your music, then August is the month for you. The Belfast Vital festival brings some of the biggest names in the music industry to town, guaranteeing epic concerts and unforgettable nights. You’ll be belting out your favourite tunes with your besties, surrounded by thousands of fellow music lovers. It’s pure bliss!

Belfast Mela Festival

Every August, Mela Festival brings together a carnival, arts, food, music and dance from across the world to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. It’s one of Northern Ireland’s biggest arts festivals. This lively festival provides an inclusive space for everyone to celebrate their identity and have fun together.

Belfast International Arts Festival

Let's not forget about the Belfast International Arts Festival in October. It's a whirlwind of avant-garde performances, thought-provoking exhibitions and boundary-pushing art installations. Whether you're a huge art fan or just looking for something a bit different to spice up your hen do, this festival won't disappoint.

Getting around

Getting to Your Belfast Hen Do

If you're flying in from the UK, you'll be pleased to know that Belfast is just a short flight away. With frequent flights from major UK cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham, you can easily find a flight that suits your schedule. Whether you're catching an early morning flight or arriving later in the day, Belfast Airport is ready to welcome you with open arms. Once you've landed, you'll find yourself approximately 30 minutes away from the city centre by taxi or bus.

If you're looking to kickstart the party as soon as possible, hopping into a taxi might be your best bet. They're readily available outside the airport and the journey will whisk you through the picturesque landscapes of Northern Ireland, setting the perfect backdrop for your hen party shenanigans. If you’d like to save a few pounds, the bus is a great option. The Airport Express 300 service runs every 15 minutes, making it super convenient for you and your squad to hop on board and make your way into town. Plus, it's a great opportunity to catch up and make a plan.

Getting Around During Your Belfast Hen Do

Once you’re in the city centre, it’s time to explore. Luckily, getting around is a breeze, with plenty of options to suit every style and budget. We always recommend exploring places by foot so you can soak up the atmosphere and see the sights at your own pace. Take a leisurely stroll through the bustling streets and discover famous landmarks and hidden gems. Grab your girls, put on your comfy shoes and see what you can find.

If you’re feeling a little less energetic (no judgement; we've all been there!), Belfast's public transport system has got you covered. The city boasts an extensive network of trains and buses, making it easy to zip from one hotspot to the next. With frequent services and routes that cover all corners of the city, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to getting around. And, of course, you can always jump in a taxi to get where you need to go in comfort.

Fancy a Hen Party in Belfast?

Hen parties in Belfast are perfect for party loving groups. With its vibrant atmosphere, charming streets and tons of activities, you're guaranteed a weekend to remember. Whether you're exploring the city's rich history, hitting the dance floor at top clubs or indulging in delicious cocktails, Belfast has something for every bride-to-be and her squad. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our listings for more activities and inspiration, and get ready to unleash your inner party animals in this lively Northern Irish city.

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