A town known as the commercial capital of the Irish midlands, Athlone really has a lot to offer its visitors. Located on the River Shannon, this town is actually surrounded by water. Aside from providing a magnificent view of the water and the view of the castle at its very center, Athlone is also known for being the home of the oldest pub in Europe, Sean’s Bar!
Athlone appeals to a lot of hens mainly because of its beauty. In addition, since it is geographically located at the center of Ireland, it is a major transportation hub which makes it a convenient place to go to.
Cruise Along the River with Pleasure
That’s not all. Since this town is surrounded by water, it is the perfect location for riding a pleasure craft. If you choose to ride a pleasure craft, you will get to see a marvelous view of the town and its castle from the water.
You can even choose to enjoy swimming, bird watching, and angling near Lough Ree’s lakeshore. Lough Ree is another reason why tourists head to this town. This is the largest lake on the River Shannon.
A Grand Shopping Experience
Hens that would like to indulge in a grand shopping experience will have a great time in this town. They will most likely enjoy shopping at the Athlone Town Centre. With a hotel and 54 shops, this shopping complex encompasses two streets and it is actually the biggest shopping complex in the country, outside Dublin.
A Place for the Arts
This town is also known for a place of music, theatre, culture, and the arts. It is the home of three theatres and the Athlone school of music. All hens that can appreciate all of that will have a great time in this town.
For a hen weekend or hen do, you can get unique art lessons and paint naked men. If you enjoy painting, a “naked men painting lesson” might be better than the typical hen tradition of hiring a male stripper.
If you’re more of a dancer than a painter, how about taking dance lessons while you’re in town? You can get a professional dance instructor to teach you and your girlfriends how to dance the can can, salsa, or burlesque. If those do not appeal to you and since it is becoming a popular way to stay fit, you might even want to try out pole dancing!
A Fun-Filled Night on the Town
Athlone possesses a lively nightlife mainly because most of its residents are college students. That is actually a good thing because it is also the reason why a lot of things are more affordable. Compared to other locations, beer and accommodations are cheaper in this town.
So, if you want a truly memorable hen party in Athlone, have it at the oldest pub in Europe. Though cheap beer appeals mostly to stags on their stag night, that does not mean that hens will not benefit from it. With more affordable beer, a night on the town can easily be a night of drunken stupor.