Stag & Hen Destination
Dublin has become renowned, some might say notorious, as a major venue for stag and hen parties. The success of the city in attracting stags and hens means that it has plenty on tap, as it were, to amuse and entertain them. But the excesses of some past visitors have annoyed some of its hoteliers – so book through a company that specialises in last-night(s)-of-freedom events to make sure you have the right accommodation, and good guidance on where to go to party.
If you opt for Ireland’s capital for your do, we’d suggest that to make the best of your break you should consider some of the less liquid aspects of a trip here. There is a vibrant arts scene, great theatres, and a wealth of history to explore. Taking time to check some of this out makes sense, and will leave you with a few memories that don’t involve stout or whiskey.
Among the most splendid sights are Trinity College’s courtyards; the castle, and the ultra-modern Monument of Light.
For the well-heeled Hen (and the discerning Stag) the shopping is great too: the department store Brown Thomas is up there with the Harrods and Selfridges of this world, with big names in fashion, jewellery and perfumery all to hand; or the Antique Quarter around Francis Street is a fine place to browse – especially if you are still looking for that ‘something old’ for the big day. There are loads of markets too, always worth a glance.
Stag and Hen central in Dublin is the Temple Bar area, where it’s very likely you’ll bump into other parties out looking for a similarly good time. There are lots of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants within a stroll or stagger, but you’ll probably find as many visitors as locals, maybe more, enjoying the craic there. Your organising company may also recommend Grafton Street (check out the Molly Malone sculpture while you’re there), Leeson Street, or South William Street as a bit less touristy and where the locals prefer to hang out.
The locals are of course another reason for loving Dublin: the population is heavily weighted to those under the age of 30, which explains the plethora of clubs and pubs, and the vibrant music scene (though be warned, along with The Script and Thin Lizzy the city is responsible for Jedward).
Dublin, by the way, is not for those looking for cheap booze, a pint more expensive here than most places in the UK, another reason to work with a local organiser who can direct you away from tourist traps to more sensibly priced spots – some likely to be comedy clubs, of which there is no shortage.
No stag or hen do these days is complete without daytime activities, and Dublin can oblige with its own special list. The famous Guinness Brewery, opened in 1759, is one that many include on their to-do list, the Storehouse at its heart Ireland’s top visitor attraction. You can take in the sights on a trip that makes good use of the River Liffey, WWII amphibious vehicles making it a thoroughfare for you; or go down a bit technologically and try rafting elsewhere on the same water.
There’s plenty of the usual suspects too – quad-bikes, karting, the obligatory paintball, clay-pigeon shooting, and Zorbing to name but five. But if you want something a bit quieter then golf on one of the luscious Irish courses within easy reach could tick that box; but then so could fishing in the rivers or the sea nearby.
As a modern city you’ll have no trouble finding places to pamper your party either – spas, beauty treatments, shopping trips, and naturally top class restaurants. And if your idea of nightlife goes beyond sinking pints, a visit to a casino, the greyhounds, or to watch a Gaelic sporting event may be just the ticket – and again organisers can find such tickets for you.
Dublin is a beautiful city – its Georgian architecture a rival to Bath – we hope you enjoy to its fullest.