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Taaffes Bar Carlingford
Serving Ale and Wines from 1745


Taaffes Castle are the only venue in Carlingford to provide both live bands
and live DJ and guarantee reserved areas.

Reserve an area for your Hen party today!
Packages available for groups of 10+

Plan Your Hen Party in Carlingfords top venue – Taaffes Castle! We are located in the heart of one of Irelands most popular Hen Party destinations!


Chocolate Making Carlingford

Our Chocolate Making activity is a hands-on and interactive way to learn about the secrets of chocolate.
Become a chocolatier for an afternoon and use all your senses and creativity to make your own guilt-free
chocolate pleasures. Under the guidance of our facilitator, you will create your own chocolates and
truffles from scratch using organic and tasty ingredients. Each Hen gets to take home her own chocolate
creations to enjoy.


Sculpt a Man

Our Clay Sculpting Class is a fun and creative activity for Hen Parties and just something a little bit
different. It features a live model with a wonderful local artist where Hens get to get messy while looking
at a beautiful man. Participants use air drying clay to make their own man to take home and put on their


Blind Driving Carlingford

With the 4×4 driving we also offer blind driving. This an activity that will send your heart racing leave you in suspense while at the same time being extremely safe. Get behind the wheel with a blind fold on and let your friends be the back-seat drivers and tell you what to do. Can you make it all around the track with the help of your friends or will your friends just drive you round the bend with their instructions?


Nude Painting/Drawing Carlingford

Ladies – Get your creative juices flowing with this fun activity that is extremely popular with Hen Parties!
A round of shots will be served in your reserved area that night.


Car Hire Carlingford

This one is for the REAL Car Enthusiasts…With 540 brake horsepower at its disposal, the 6.0-litre V12 engine is capable of accelerating the Limited Edition model to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, urging towards a 183 mph top speed. Matched to the sculptured lines of the hand-crafted body, the DB9 GT Bond Edition is its own testament to charismatic presence and the potential of phenomenal power.


Butlers in the Buff Carlingford

Let our Topless Hunks tend to your every need as your personal Cocktail Waiter. This is perfect for your hen party!


Strippergram Carlingford

For some ladies… A Hen Party just isn’t a Hen Party without a Stripper! We can assure you that we will provide you with an absolute hunk to entertain your Hen…. After all, its HER party!!!


Go Karting Carlingford

Do you feel the need for speed or like to feel the wind in your hair? Which ever you prefer Go Karting is a very popular activity especially with groups! You will be competing with each other in order to win bragging rights! You will start off with a practice lap, then you will be going straight into the real competition! Beat all the others in the different heats in order to be crowned the champion!

Hen Activities

Paint Balling Carlingford

Take in the beautiful views of Carlingford as you run, shoot and hide! Defend your base from oncoming attacks and plan strategies! Unite as one and hunt down the Hen and cover her with paint! This would be a truly memorable experience for all.


Escape Rooms Carlingford

One of your friends has been wrongfully imprisoned in the notorious carlingford prison, accused of stealing a bike outside Dans cafe, can you infiltrate the prison and help them break free? You have one hour before the warden comes back off his lunch break. Find his swipe card and escape or you will all be incarcerated with them.


Carlingford Murder Mystery

The Murder Mystery dinner is a fun packed, dramatic and truly memorable hen party event that will have your guests laughing all night long.


Pole Party Fun Carlingford

This is another popular activity with Hen Party Packages in Taaffes A round of shots will be served in your reserved area that night.


Cocktails Masterclass Carlingford

We provide you with your very own bartender who will show you all you need to know about making cocktails.
Package includes reserved area that night.


Farm Activities Carlingford

Release the inner farmer in you and have fun down in a Carlingford farm! Dress as a farmer for the day and help milk the cows. Perfect for City people who want to feel like a country person for the day!


Quad Biking Carlingford

After a long and adventurous filled day exploring what Carlingford has to offer, relax and unwind with a muscle melting massage! It will help set you up for your next day of planned activities!



Calling all Chief Bridesmaids and Matron of Honour’s!
Have you a list as long as the bride’s train to get through!
Well let us look after one of those for you …. THE HEN PARTY!


Carlingford Mysterious Pub Crawl

This is an exciting and fun hen party activity where the guests witness a murder and must solve the crime. The twist in the tale is that one of your guests is the murderer!


Mystery Cocktail Tour Carlingford

Spend the afternoon visiting some of the finest venues, specially chosen by our team giving you a tour of the peninsula. You will receive a cocktail & shot in each of 3 venues and the event will last approx. 3 hours. This activity costs €35 per person & we can add food to this package for a small charge.



OH NO!!!! The grooms only gone and gotten himself kidnapped and it’s up to bride & her hens to save him! CSI is fast becoming one of the more popular activities for Hen Parties in Carlingford.
Take part in a fun filled CSI Save the groom activity by completing tasks as part of the investigative team and solve the case and rescue the groom!

Carlingford Treasure Hunt

 Kick start your hen party while sipping cocktails, solving clues and winning prizes!

Our custom made treasure hunts are an exciting way to bring your group together.


Breakout the Bride

A new and exciting team based game in the centre of Carlingford village, starting in the Escape HQ 5 star escape Rooms along with our alternative scavenger hunt and “Mr & Mrs” Quiz with a twist. A fun filled and hilarious couple of hours of team work guaranteed to be the highlight of your weekend away!


Hair and Makeup Carlingford

Want to feel special and pampered? Have your hair and make-up done with our in house Hair and make-up specialists! Our Make-Up artists will show you & your hens the perfect Make-Up look for your big day! (Minimum 4 persons)


Karaoke Party Carlingford

Karaoke is also available & can be held in a private bar area in Taaffe’s which can hold up to 40 people so the drinks can keep coming all night!

Sky Park

ZIP LINING Carlingford

A Zip Line Adventure Park guarantees a brilliant day out. Challenge yourself on zip lines, rock climbing towers, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, tightropes, rope bridges, cargo nets, base jumps, high ropes and tree houses.


Boat Tours Carlingford

Fancy something more relaxing and scenic? Explore the Carlingford coast by boat and take in the breathtaking views. Make sure you take lots of photos because this is something that you will not want to forget!


Clay Pigeon Shooting Carlingford

This is a perfect activity if your group isn’t very sporty and is looking for something that is easier on the legs and body but still captures the competitive touch!
Start your Hen party with a bang and contact us for more information!


Body Zorbing Carlingford

Zorbin’ at Carlingford Adventure! Body Zorbs are shaped like a doughnut, each player places the ball over their head wearing two shoulder straps to the back and two toggles for the hands to the front. It allows the player to walk, run, bump or roll. A great laugh that will leave you exhausted!


Space Hopper Football

Space Hopper Football uses Adult size space hoppers and guarantees a lot of laughing and a lot of bumping and hopping!


Rifle Shooting Carlingford

Have you the focus, a steady hand, and the hawk eyes needed? The all season Rifle range involves a target shoot, clay shoot and bell shooting challenge. We have targets to suit all experiences and ages of shooters. Full tuition is provided for this exhilarating sport. Look through your sight, concentrate, take aim and fire. You will be thrilled when you hit your first clay and sound your first bell!


Shadow Photographer Day/Night Carlingford

Have your own personal photographer follow you threw out your dream hen party and have a reminder of that special night forever!


Cycling Paths Carlingford

Cycling is a great way to see Carlingford. Ask us about our cycling offers!


Dance Classes(Burlesque) Carlingford

Burlesque is a brilliant really fun activity for any hen party, Learn how to pose, walk and shimmy and a round of shots will be served in your reserved area that night.

Laser Combat

Laser Combat Carlingford

Enter the depths of Carlingfords Laser Combat Forest, your team will need to work together to defeat the enemy and defend ’til the end! Choose from a wide range of replica AK47’s, M24’s, M16’s and Uzi Sub Machine Guns.


Airsoft Carlingford

Airsoft is similar to Paintball however it doesn’t hurt as much! Take in the scenery of Carlingford as you battle it out in the field!


Raft Building Carlingford

Do you have what it takes to escape the island?
Put you knowledge together and work as part of a team in order to design and build your very own raft using barrels, wood and ropes!


Obstacle Course Carlingford

Challenge yourself with many different challenges and try and beat each others high score! While doing this, you will get wet and dirty, but that’s all part of the fun!


Horse Riding Carlingford

For those of you that enjoy riding, (or just doing it for the 1st time) we can arrange some Horse Riding lessons for you and your party.

Massage of shuolder

Massage Therapy Carlingford

After a long and adventurous filled day exploring what Carlingford has to offer, relax and unwind with a muscle melting massage! It will help set you up for your next day of planned activities!


Hill Walking Carlingford

We are perfectly located at the foothills of the Cooley mountains – a perfect startpoint for your hill walking adventure. We are also a short drive from the beautiful Mournes.


Water Trampoline Carlingford

The trampolines are hugely successful and became one of the most requested activities in Carlingford.


Wine Tasting Carlingford

Whether you are a novice or a connoisseur, everyone will enjoy the experience of tasting wines from different regions. By the end of your experience you’ll become experts and will be able to show off your new found skills!


Frisbee Disc Golf Carlingford

Frisbee Disc Golf is the new sport that is taking the world by storm! This 9 hole course will test your skills much more than throwing to your friends. With obstacles such as trees, ponds and corners to aim, doge and spin your way around, everyone has a chance of being the winner!


Walking Tour Carlingford

We offer Guided walking tours of the historic village of Carlingford in the beautiful Cooley Peninsula.
Meander the narrow streets of Medieval Carlingford while our expert guide recounts it’s long and colourful history from Viking to modern times. The guided tour is an easy walk to numerous Normans ruins including King John’s Castle (1210), the 15th century Mint and the Dominican Friary (1305).


Swimming Carlingford

A wonderful activity and Carlingford is a very popular spot for a swim! Contact us for more information.

Hen Activities

Kayaking Carlingford

Take in the scenery while on Carlingford Lough, where you can relax and breathe in the fresh air or you can team up and play fun games. The seals are known to make an appearance from time to time!


Cookery Class Carlingford

Want to expand your cooking knowledge to impress the future in-laws and have fun at the same time? You’ll get a laugh, a drink and some fantastic food while you take your hen party cooking skills to a new level!


Cupcake Class Carlingford

Cupcake Classes are a great way to relax and to spend the afternoon learning new decorating techniques! And it gives you and your hen’s some quality time together while enjoying the smell of freshly made cupcakes.


Fascinator Making Party Carlingford

Looking for something completely different to do for your hen?
Facinator/ Headpiece Workshop, a unique hen party activity! Create works of art and wear them at the wedding!
The fascinator is the new must have fashion accessory! What is it? It is an ornate hair accessory that features feathers, beads, flowers and other fancy trimmings. Kate (or should we say Princess Catherine) seems to favor fascinators with feathers. We like them all! Not only do fascinators add a whole lot of flair to any outfit, a nice fascinator does not have to set you back a pretty penny which is good because you will definitely want to own more than one!


Pre Drinks Party Carlingford

Get your night off to the best possible start with a ‘Pre Drinks Party’! We will provide entertainment including Music, Games and a personal Bartender to set you up for the evening ahead!

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Carlingford

We can offer you the opportunity to test your rockclimbing skills on a real rock face about 30ft high with with multiple climbs. A brilliant activity that will leave you with a great sense of achievement!


Ladies Golfing Carlingford

Carlingford has on its doorstep, one of the countries finest Golf Courses – Greenore Golf Club! Greenore Golf Club is an 18 hole Championship Links Course & welcomes groups & golfing societies.

Also for an extra €12 a Head an indoor Banquet-Style BBQ
heated and candle lit is available for your Henparty!

A wide selection of food is available such as Burgers,Southern fried Chicken, Potato Wedges,
Baby boiled Potatoes cocktail sausages & a selection of side salads etc.. All you can eat! We also cater for Vegetarians!

For More Info Contact Us

Phone: 042 9373770  E-mail: info@taaffescastle.com


Carlingford is packed with top quality restaurants. We strongly advise booking in advance & dealing with the restaurants directly.

The restaurants we would gladly recommend are:

  • Baytree Restaurant – www.belvederehouse.ie/bay-tree-restaurant.html
  • Ghan House – www.ghanhouse.com
  • Kingfisher – www.kingfisherbistro.com
  • The Oystercatcher – www.oystercatchercarlingford.com
  • Magees Bistro – www.mageesbistro.com

Here are sample menus from Carlingford’s top 2 award-winning restaurants: