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Hen Party Ideas in Falkirk

Take to a trip to an undiscovered gem in Scotland’s hen party landscape – Falkirk.

An attractive town with a robust, authentic Scottish character, the bustling commercial centre of Falkirk was once the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire – remains of Antonine’s Wall can still be seen and the 15th century Blackness Castle overlooks the town. A centre of industry during the Industrial Revolution, Falkirk benefitted from being strategically placed at the junction of the Union, Forth and Clyde canals. The heart and soul of the iron and steel industry, the Carron Company, established on the banks of the River Carron in 1759, was at one point the largest ironworks in Europe, and made many of the UK’s classic red pillar boxes and phone boxes.

Falkirk is an easy town to navigate with good transport links to both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It has a pedestrianised High Street, around which the main shopping and nightlife areas of the town are located. The town’s major landmark is the 140ft high building, the Steeple, built in 1814. The top 30 feet of it had to be rebuilt after it was struck by lightning in 1927, killing an unlucky horse. Behind the Steeple you’ll find what is reputedly Britain’s shortest street, Tolbooth Street – a mere 58 feet long, it still manages to house a pub! Overlooking the High Street is Falkirk Old Parish Church. An earlier church on the same site, built in 1057, gave the town its name – the church became known as Eglesbreth, which is Cumbric for ‘Speckled Church’, and when translated into Scots, it became ‘Faw Kirk’, and later ‘Falkirk’.

Falkirk Wheel is a must-see. A marvel of engineering, it opened in 2002, and is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Sail 35 metres into the air on the breathtaking boat trip which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal

History fans should take a trip to Callendar House. Set in the grounds of Callendar Park, the mansion resembles a French Renaissance château. Dating from the 14th century, it can boast amongst its prominent guests Oliver Cromwell, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots. Enjoy the costumed characters who bring the 1820s kitchen and Victorian library to life. The gardens are beautifully sculpted and a walk around them is a great way to blow away any cobwebs. Further out of town, check out one of Scotland’s architectural wonders – the Pineapple, in the garden of Dunmore House – one of the more bizarre buildings in Scotland! Take a nostalgic half day trip on board a steam train on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, then catch a movie at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema, the Hippodrome, an A-listed historic building.

Falkirk has a buzzing nightlife scene. For some tapas and a cheeky cocktail head to La Banca, or Behind the Wall has an outdoor restaurant and late night clubbing. You can dance the night away in Storm, which has 3 different rooms, so plenty to choose from depending on your mood. City is always a good bet for a giggle and a boogie!

Be taught a lesson!

Charm School Burlesque Glamour Party in Falkirk

If your hen party are planning on hitting the dance floors of Falkirk, why not treat your hen party to a Charm School Glamour Party? Learn how to move and tease like Dita Von Teese and the great American burlesque artists. Then show off your newly honed talents to the Falkirk locals at night. Charm School offer fabulous hen weekend dance classes across the UK and Falkirk is one of our favourite destinations! Explore out sexy syllabus to find the perfect class for you and your hens.

Just want to let you what a fab time we had on Saturday at our burlesque 40th birthday party in Manchester. It was so much fun and everyone loved it, and even tried the moves out in the nightclub later. Our instructor Amelia was brilliant and made sure the ice was broken. Thank you so much, it really made the weekend.

Joanna D, for burlesque birthday party, Manchester, October 2012

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