Kilkenny Hen Party Destination Guide

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A Kilkenny hen party will transport your ladies to one of the most beautifully preserved medieval cities in Ireland, with stunning historical monuments dating back a thousand years. But that’s not all it’s known for! Kilkenny offers hen party groups a mix of rich cultural heritage, beautiful street landscapes, exciting nightlife, a huge range of activities and great shopping opportunities.

This gorgeous city, astride the River Nore, is the perfect mixture of beauty spot and party town, making it Ireland’s original hen do capital.

Local knowledge

The most visited places in Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval Kilkenny Castle and Cathedral of St. Canice, after which the city took its name (in Irish, Cill Chainnigh means: the cell or the church of Canice). Kilkenny also has its own brewery that produces beer of the same name.

An interesting fact about Kilkenny is also that Jonathan Swift, creator of Gulliver’s adventure series, studied and learned literature at Kilkenny College.

How to get to Kilkenny

The name of the train station in Kilkenny is McDonagh and the bus station is just right beside. The train station is located a short walk to Kilkenny’s main street. The nearest airport is located 134km from Kilkenny and it’s Dublin airport, the journey takes approx 1.5hours. 

From Dublin – 129km

By car: The best and the fastest option is to travel through the N7 / M9 motorway. The journey takes approximately 1.5hours. 

By train: Trains from Dublin to Kilkenny operate frequently and depart from Dublin Heuston Station. The journey takes only 1.5 hours. For more details, please check the Irish Rail website.

By bus: There is a daily bus service from Dublin to Kilkenny, buses depart from Dublin’s central bus station, Busáras. For the timetable and more details please check Bus Eireann. Or you could take another bus service Route 600 operated by Dublin Coach that departs from Burgh Quay Dublin.

You could also rent a private coach service for your hen group which operates beaten Dublin – Kilkenny. For further information, check out JJ Kavanagh.

Galway -174km

By car: The faster road to Galway is driving though the N62 national road, followed by the M6 motorway. The journey takes approximately 2.5 hours.

By train: To take a train from Kilkenny to Galway, you need to take a train from Kilkenny McDonagh towards Heuston Station and change trains in Kildare. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes. For more details please check Irish Rail.

By bus: There is no direct bus between Kilkenny and Galway. You would have to take a bus to Dublin City South, Burgh Quay and from there take a nether bus to Galway, the journey would take approx 4 hours and 40 minutes, for more details please check Dublin Coach. You could also rent a private coach service for your hen group, for further information, please check JJ Kavanagh

Cork – 155km

By car: Take the M8 motorway towards Cork. The journey takes approximately  2 hours. 

By train: There is no direct train from Kilkenny to Cork, you could take a train from Kilkenny McDonagh towards Heuston Station and change trains in Kildare towards Portlaoise and from there change train to Cork. The journey takes approximately 5 hours.

Belfast – 291km

By car: The fastest route is to take the M1 motorway then M50, followed by N7 and M1 towards Kilkenny. The journey takes approx 3 hours long.

By train: To take the train from Belfast to Kilkenny, you need to take the train first to  Belfast Lanyon Place station to Connolly Station and then take a Luas( tram) to Heuston Station followed by the train to Kilkenny McDonagh station. For more information, please check Irish Rail website.


Kilkenny offers a broad range of accommodation options that suit everyone’s needs and budget. Hen groups can choose between low budget hotels to 5-star hotels or hostels, B&B’s, and self-catering accommodations.

The Hibernian Hotel is a 4-star hotel situated right in the centre of Kilkenny. This hotel is extremely popular among hen groups and one of the main reasons for this is an excellent location, a few minute’s walk to all the main attractions in Kilkenny. The spacious and elegant rooms make every hen girl feel even more special during the hen weekend. 

The Hoban Hotel is a 3 three-star hotel located a short drive to Kilkenny main street. The hotel offers a wide range of room types and serves a very delicious breakfast in the morning. In addition, the hotel has its own restaurant and bar if your hen group would prefer to spend some time together only.

The Village Campus is a lovely guesthouse that is located a short walk from  Kilkenny Castle. This guesthouse is a perfect place to stay for girls that are looking for decent accommodation at an affordable price. The Village Campus offers double and triple rooms to its guests. The advantage of this place is a large private parking and Free Wi-FI.

Self-Catering accommodation is also a great option if your hen group fancy a place to yourselves alone, the self-catering house which is located only 400-meters from Kilkenny Castle.  The house can sleep up to 22 girls and features a mix of shared rooms, ensuite bathrooms, kitchen lounge, and free Wi-Fi.

Daytime activities

There is so much that you can do in Kilkenny during your hen weekend, options are really big and every hen group will find something that they would love to do.

Dance Class would be one of the top popular activities in Kilkenny and it’s a perfect way of starting a crazy hen weekend with girls. Located in one of the central venues, the dance class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

If you are thinking about something more luxurious and you would like to make the bride feel even more beautiful, the spa treatment in Kilkenny is a great option. Situated in one of the central hotels, this activity will let the whole group feel glorious before a crazy night out. 

If your Kilkenny hen do group are more into their beers, The Smithwick Experience is a must. The brewery is located on Medieval Mile in Kilkenny. This activity will give your ladies a bit of history and knowledge of Irish brewing and feature some of the best local beers to taste.

Nighttime activities

Kilkenny is one of the most vibrant and live cities when it comes to nightlife. You can hear music coming out from popular Kilkenny bars and pubs where music sessions are played all day long. There are a dozen hen and stag parties venues in Kilkenny, The Left bank, a multifunctional bar, and a restaurant, located right in the centre is on the top of the list.  The building is pretty impressive and high ceilings and classic decor make this venue a favour hen party bar.

The next favourite sport after the Left Bank is The Langtons nightclub, it’s a number 1 nightclub in Kilkenny. The nightclub passes will guarantee you and the ladies entry to the hottest venue and you won’t even have to queue it.

Food options

There are plenty of food options and restaurants in Kilkenny that will make sure to please everyone’s culinary taste. If your hen group is looking for a quick bite either during lunchtime or in the evening before the night of madness, finger food is a perfect option. Or you could also choose between 2 or 3-course meals in the most popular venues/restaurants in Kilkenny.

All restaurants that we cooperate with are located centrally and can cater for any special dietary requirements.


Kilkenny is called a hen city for a reason. This outstanding medieval city welcomes countless hen groups every weekend that comes here for an unforgettable, fun-filled hen weekend with the girls.


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