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Cork is the second largest Irish city and is known by locals as the ‘real capital’. So, if it gives Dublin a run for its money, then a Cork hen party has to be something pretty special. It’s the perfect hen destination for groups looking for somewhere full of life with great nightlife, fun locals and plenty to see and do.
One of the most visited places in Cork is the English Market – an elegant, roofed market that was founded in 1788. After a fire in 1980, it has been meticulously renovated. It’s worth coming here to buy some local products or have lunch in one of the mezzanine restaurants.
How to get to Cork
The main train station in Cork is Kent station which is located only a short walk to Cork city centre. You can get to Cork by bus, car, train or by air. The Cork airport is only 10 minutes drive from Cork city and offers direct flights to almost 50 European destinations.
From Dublin – 258km
By car: The best route from Dublin to Cork is to drive through the N7 and M7, followed by M8 motorway. The journey takes around 3 hours.
By bus: There are several bus providers between Dublin Cork. Bus Eireann and Expressway depart from Parnell Place in Dublin Or other bus operators are Go Bus or Air Coach that depart from St. Patrick’s Quay. The journey takes approximately 4 hours long.
Your hen group could also hire a private couch that would bring you from Dublin to Cork, for more details please contact Barry’s Coaches.
From Galway – 196km
By car: Take the M18 motorway towards Limerick and then take the N20 national road to Cork. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.
By train: There is no direct train from Galway to Cork. You can take a train from Galway train station to Limerick Junction and change trains from there to Cork Kent station. The journey takes approximately 6 hours. For more details, please check Irishrail.
By bus:Expressway buses leave from Galway bus station passing by Limerick city to Cork bus station on Parnell Place. It’s the route 51 and takes approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes to get from Galway to Cork by bus. The other direct bus service from Galway to Cork is provided by City Link, and the return ticket costs only ‘¬20 if purchased in advance.
From Limerick – 99km
By car: The journey from Limerick to Cork takes only 1:30 minutes long and the best route is to drive through the N20 national road.
By train: The train to Cork departs from Limerick junction station, if you are looking to take a train from Limerick city, you will have to first take a train from Limerick train station on Parnell Street to Limerick Junction station and from there change trains to Cork city. For more details please check Irishrail.
By bus: There is a regular bus service between Limerick- Cork, the bus departs from Colbert Station in Limerick and stops on Parnell Street in Cork. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. For more details please check Bus Eireann.
Belfast – 420 Km
By car: Take the M1 motorway towards Dublin, followed by the M50 motorway, from there take exit to N7, followed by M7 and M8 motorway towards Cork. The journey takes approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes.
By train: Take train from Belfast train station to Dublin Connolly station, from there take Luas ( tram) to Heuston Station and from there take a train to Cork. The journey takes approximately 6 hours.
The Montenotte Hotel is a 4-star hotel located less than 20 minutes walk from Cork city centre, in a car that is only a 2-minute drive. This hotel has everything the hen group is looking for, specious modern bedrooms, a wellness centre with a swimming pool, free car park for guests, and of course free Wi-Fi.
The Springs Hotel is another great hotel for a hen group to stay in Cork. This 4 -star hotel is located less than 10 minutes drive from Cork city centre. The Spring hotel offers modern decor rooms which were recently refurbished. Your hen girls could also use the gym and swimming pool which is located at the hotel
Travelodge Hotel is a 3-star hotel, located 5km from Cork Airport and only 10 minutes’ drive from Cork city centre. This hotel offers twin and triple rooms to hen groups at a very good rate. There on-site free parking and free WI-Fi for all hotel guests.
Bru Hostel is a very suitable budget accommodation option for those who would like to stay close to Cork city centre and not pay much money for accommodation. This hostel is located only a few minutes walk to the bus and train station, likewise to the main streets in Cork city. The dorm rooms are also private so you don’t have to worry about sharing a room with some other people. It’s a perfect place to stay for those who are on the budget.
If you are planning to go to Cork for a hen weekend, one of the most popular activities to do there is Zip Trails. The Zipit forest centre is located only 25 minutes drive from Cork city. This activity will guarantee your hen group, a day full of adventures, fun, and a bit of adrenaline. All gear is supplied and a professional instructor will be at your disposal.
If your hen ladies fancy something more classy and love gin, then Gin Tea Party is a perfect hen activity for. This gin tea party is situated in a lovely 4-star hotel, less than 10 minutes from Cork city centre. The activity includes 2 gins per person and is served vintage china teapots and teacups and infused with berries and fruit. Sounds so tempting!
The photoshoot is a fantastic hen activity. It’s popular across many destinations, and choosing this activity will create amazing memories from your Cork hen weekend. You and the girls will have your own professional photoshoot, this includes group and individual photoshoot. Digital copies will be emailed to the organizer so she could share them with the rest of the girls.
Cork is a very vibrant city with many great pubs, bars and nightclubs. One of the most favourite spots among hen groups is Rearden’s with live music over weekends. Another fantastic late venue is The Secret Garden, with a VIP package, you and your hen will receive a reserved area with personalized group table sign and a round of shots for the group!
If you are looking for something else, a night at the dogs is another great hen party night activity. Our hen dogs package includes admission, race card, and finger food or you could also select another option which includes a glass of house wine or beer.
2 Course meal at a well known Italian restaurant will please everyone’s taste. This meal option includes a starter and main and comes with a glass of wine. Another great place would be Spijtcak, this restaurant is located in the centre of Cork city and their food is absolutely delicious!
Cork is absolutely one of the top must-visit cities in Ireland. This city has its own charm and hen parties love Cork. Find out for yourselves!