Ireland

Five fabulous destinations for a girls' weekend away in Ireland

A girls’ weekend in Ireland can be anything you want it to be.

Whether you’re looking for spa treatments and yoga classes, cocktails and shopping, or museums and good food, Ireland has it covered. From forest hikes to boozy brunches, there’s no limit to the fun you can have.

To help you plan the ultimate girls’ getaway, we’ve chosen our favourite hotels and destinations around the country. So pack your bags, round up your girlfriends, and enjoy some all-important bonding time.

Girls party weekend in Ireland

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Galway is a small city with a big reputation. And for good reason – live music fills its cobblestone streets and the pubs are packed with locals and visitors. If you want your girls’ trip to involve drinks and dancing, the affordably-priced Forster Court Hotel is an ideal base. Located just off Eyre Square, it’s a short walk from Galway’s liveliest streets.

Forster Court is a pretty boutique hotel and its fresh, chic interior is perfect for a girlie weekend. There are also triple and quad rooms available, so you can all pile in together. The Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour is just as stylish as the bedrooms – a mix of comfy armchairs, plants and artwork. Breakfast is served here daily, but if you want to up the fun level, you can opt for a boozy brunch with prosecco.

What to do in Galway with the girls

What to eat

For dinner, wander down to Ard Bia, one of Galway’s best-loved restaurants. It’s a cosy, gorgeous little place on the edge of the water. Dishes are nourishing and seasonal, so expect mains like monkfish with spinach veloute, beetroot and chickpea cakes, and pan-roasted sea trout. And if you have any room left, split a cheese plate with the girls and choose a delicious bottle of wine to accompany it.

What to drink

The Quays is a reliably buzzy pub and a great place to start your night. Stained glass and Gothic arches add to the atmosphere and there are lots of opportunities to dance. For more partying, head to the Roisin Dubh, one of the most famous live music venues in Ireland. A mix of great tunes and friendly people make the Roisin special, and in my experience, you can’t beat it for a brilliant night out.

Forster Court Hotel

Top rated
Galway, 0.2 km to Eyre Square
8.5 Excellent (1143 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Cocktails and culture with the girls in Ireland

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From fascinating street art to chic rooftop bars, Belfast has emerged as a vibrant destination city. And a stay at the five-star Fitzwilliam Hotel will make any girls’ trip that bit more magical. An elegant hotel that prides itself on friendliness, the Fitzwilliam is located in the heart of the city. So getting to bed after a night of sipping cocktails will be very straightforward.

When it comes to sleeping in luxury, you’ll have lots of options. Splash out on a 9th floor City View room for dazzling views of Belfast. And as an added bonus, the luxe decor and natural light are ideal for taking photos to commemorate your trip. Or huddle into the en-suite bathroom, where black mosaic tiles create the ultimate backdrop for a bathroom selfie.

Prepare for your day of sight-seeing with an indulgent breakfast in The Restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for an avocado bagel, buttermilk pancakes, or smoked salmon, there’ll be something to satisfy everyone. Post-pancakes, put your sugar high to good use and head out to explore Belfast with your girls.

What to do in Belfast with the girls

Where to go

A relatively compact city, Belfast is split into “quarters”. To the east, the Titanic Quarter is a fascinating blend of history and innovation. Titanic Belfast is the main event – a visitor centre that’s packed with thrilling, interactive exhibits. Afterwards, make your way to the busy streets of the Cathedral Quarter. Aside from endless bars and restaurants, the Cathedral Quarter is known for its impressive street art.

Where to drink

After a long day of culture, it’ll definitely be time to have fun. For a glamorous night of food and cocktails, get your girls and head to Babel, the Bullitt Hotel’s rooftop bar and garden. The bar’s ‘living walls’ contain over 300 plants, which are used in their homegrown botanicals and garnishes. During the winter months, expect seasonal cocktails, twinkling lights, and cosy blankets in the garden bar. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a cocktail bar with a quirkier vibe, Muriel’s Cafe Bar is a treat. A mix of neon signs, velvet cushions, and friendly staff, make Muriel’s a fun place to spend a night.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Top rated
Belfast, 1.1 km to Belfast Central Railway Station
9.0 Excellent (2485 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Girls shopping weekend in Ireland

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When it comes to food, fun, and shopping, Dublin has it covered. So make it a girls’ weekend to remember with a luxurious stay at The Marker, a five-star boutique hotel in Dublin’s Docklands. This stylish, contemporary hotel is so much fun that you could easily end up spending your entire weekend inside.

Thoughtful touches make the rooms here really special. The Nespresso machines make mornings a little easier after a big night on the town. The marble bathrooms are stocked with Malin and Goetz products and you can request a ‘yoga box’ if you feel like working out in your room. And if you really want to treat yourselves, the elegant Corner Suites have huge windows, deeper baths, and rainfall showers.

The Marker Spa & Wellness Centre is a modern sanctuary and the indulgent range of massages, body wraps and facials is hard to resist. But even if you don’t have time for a treatment, you can still book an hour in the Thermal Suite for €25pp. So get the girls together and relax in the 23-metre infinity pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and eucalyptus-infused steam room.

What to do in Dublin with the girls

Where to go

By the time you tear yourselves away from The Marker, you’ll have plenty of energy for exploring Dublin. For a morning of boutique browsing, head to the elegant Powerscourt Centre on South William Street. With its mix of high-end clothing, jewellery, and antique stores, you’ll find lots to keep you busy.

Where to eat

And if you’re in the mood for brunch, stop by the The Pepper Pot. With colourful tablecloths and mismatched china, The Pepper Pot is a delight. And I can vouch for the deliciousness of their creamy scrambled eggs with mushrooms. Or splash out and book a spot at the Shelbourne Hotel for the most elegant afternoon tea in Dublin. Expect a lavish array of homemade scones, delicate sandwiches, perfect pastries, and loose-leaf teas.

The Marker Hotel

Top rated
Dublin, 0.8 km to 3Arena
9.3 Excellent (3635 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Active girls getaway in Ireland

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If you’re the kind of girl group who enjoy stretching your legs and breathing fresh air, then Killarney is for you. Perfectly placed between Killarney National Park and the vibrant town of Killarney, The Brehon Hotel blends luxury with relaxation. Curling up on a sofa in the hotel lobby, preferably next to a crackling fire, is one of my favourite things to do after hiking with friends. And if you and your girls are in need of catching up, it’s a lovely spot to fuel up on coffee before you start your adventures.

When you eventually find time to sleep, The Brehon has a few boutique-style options. Rooms range from tasteful Deluxe rooms to the more spacious Superior Suites, all with views of Killarney’s gorgeous landscape. But each room only accommodates two people. So if there’s a gang of you, it’s worth booking a few bedrooms in advance.

The Brehon offers every guest over the age of 18 complimentary access to the Angsana Spa’s Vitality Suite. So after a long day of hiking or biking, you can round up the girls and unwind in the pool, herb sauna, and crystal steam room. And if exploring the outdoors hasn’t tired you out, you’ll also have access to the nearby Aquila Club Leisure Centre.

What to do in Killarney with the girls

Where to go

Just a short distance from mountains and lakes, The Brehon is a fabulous base for exploring Killarney’s rugged beauty. If you and your friends are looking for an easily accessible hike, Torc Mountain has a clear path to the summit. Or for a more relaxed afternoon, rent bikes and pedal around the national park. One of the best ways to see Killarney’s famous lakes is from a kayak, which you can organise with a local tour operator. Or saddle up at Killarney Park Riding Stables to explore the trails on horseback.

Where to eat

After a long day outside, a delicious dinner is essential. And if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate your friendship over good food,  Bricín is a great choice. Two-century old stone walls, antique wood, and stained glass make this beautifully restored restaurant and craft shop special. The theme of Irish heritage is also reflected in the menu, which uses lots of local produce. Just be sure to book ahead, as it’s a popular spot.

The Brehon Hotel & Angsana Spa

Top rated
Killarney, 2.3 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
9.0 Excellent (1572 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Pets allowed
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Girls wellness weekend in Ireland

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For a weekend of organic spa treatments, plant-based food, and fluffy beds, gather up your friends for a stay at The Kingsley. Set on the lush banks of the River Lee in Cork, The Kingsley is away from the noise of the city centre. But it’s an easy walk or quick taxi ride when you’re ready to hit the town. Inside, the Deluxe Twin rooms are spacious enough for late-night chats with your besties. And for an extra-special stay, book rooms with views of the river.

The Spa at The Kingsley is the perfect place to bliss out with your friends. Therapists use only natural, organic products and there’s an impressive range of massages. If it’s skin care you’re after, try the 25-minute Refresher Facial or splash out on the All-Natural Urban Rescue. After your treatments,  you can all meet up to relax in the aromatherapy steam baths, Finnish sauna, or tepidarium.

What to do in Cork with the girls

Where to go

After hours of relaxation, it might be time to stretch it out in a yoga class. And don’t worry if you’re not experienced yogis – Himalaya Yoga Valley Cork caters to everyone. A peaceful studio in the city, Himalaya offers classes ranging from beginner-level to Ashtanga and Kundalini.

Where to eat

Top off your wellness weekend with a plant-based meal at Paradiso on Washington Street. Cork’s most acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, Paradiso is a stylish but comfortable space with a unique menu. Even my non-veggie friends love it here, thanks to the rich flavours and innovative combinations.

Hotel The Kingsley

Top rated
Cork, 5.1 km to Cork Airport
9.0 Excellent (3757 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Grace is an Irish travel blogger with a passion for wellness and adventure. When she’s not writing, Grace is usually on the hunt for new yoga studios and plant-based restaurants. Her site, The Idyll, explores all of the ways that travel can make us happier and healthier.