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Galway Hen Party Ideas

Spend your hen weekend in the cultural heart of Ireland, Galway, voted one of the eight sexiest cities in the world!

Lying in the province of Connacht, Galway lies on the River Corrib, sandwiched between the Lough Corrib and Galway Bay in the county of Galway. Like many of Ireland’s cities, Galway has a mix of the medieval and the modern. Taking a walk through Galway, you can stop and marvel at Lynch’s Castle, a fine medieval town house that now houses a bank. History fans will have a field day at St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which is Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, dating from 1320 and dedicated to St Nicholas, patron saint of children (also known as Santa Claus!) and of sailors.

Walking through the city, you’ll see the original quadrangle building of the National University of Ireland, built in 1849 during the Great Famine. The university has the UNESCO archive of spoken material for the Celtic languages and Irish culture is greatly supported in the city’s arts programmes. To get an overview of the city you can take a trip to Galway City Museum, which houses exhibitions that explore aspects of the history and heritage of Galway, and visitors can view the silver Civic Sword and Great Mace of the city. For some fresh air, take a trip to the serene and beautiful Galway Bay, popularised in song by Bing Crosby.

In the city, Quay Street is a lively street with great bars, restaurants, shops, street performers and good ‘craic’. Eyre Square is an inner-city public park in adjoining the nearby shopping area of Williams Street and Shop Street. Shopping in Galway has something to offer everyone, with shopping centres, gift and craft shops, fashion shops and the bustling Saturday market.

Galway is known as the cultural heart of Ireland and boasts ten festival companies, two film organisations, three dance organisations, 23 musical organisations, two visual arts groups, four writers’ groups, 12 theatre companies and two Irish language organisations. And there are no shortage of venues to see them in – the city has 51 venues that house the arts.

No matter when you visit Galway for your hen weekend there always seems to be a festival on! The major events include the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway International Oyster Festival and the Galway Races. And of course, St Patrick’s Day, celebrated not just in Ireland, but the world over.

Galway’s nightlife is heralded as one of the best in Ireland. You’ll find bars, pubs, nightclubs and many venues in which to experience traditional Irish music and storytelling. The city has its own Latin Quarter which is the place to be at the weekend. Busker Brownes, housed in a former convent dating from the 1600s, is a buzzing nightlife destination. The Front Door, The Quays, The Kings Head, Karma and Halo are also recommended by locals and tourists alike.

Be taught a lesson!

Charm School Roaring 20s Party in Galway

Get into the hedonistic 20s with a Charm School Roaring 20s Party in Galway and then Charleston your way into Galway’s nightlife. Charm School offer feel-good dance classes for hen parties right across the UK & Ireland and Galway is one of our very favourite locations. If the Charleston isn’t your cup of tea, why not explore our fabulous syllabus with dance classes covering can-can, go-go and even lapdance!

I would just like to say thank you for sorting out our dance class with Foxy. Everybody was practising the dance moves on the dance floor on the night, and we all had a good giggle doing it. A huge thank you to Foxy for dealing with us as I think most of us were shy at first but she made us very welcome. I will definitely recommend these classes to other people, and hope to book one of my own in the future.

Kerry S, for Grease hen party, Bristol, Feb 2013

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