Galway's Latin Quarter is the heart of the city

Why Visit Galway

  • the thing I like the most about Galway is just the vibes you feel when you're there. It's fun. It's relaxing. It's laid back and  just really different than anywhere else in Ireland. The key to all this  is the Latin Quarter - the most popular neighborhood in the city - street performers, lively pubs, outdoor cafes, quaint shops - a great place for strolling.
  • the Pubs and Irish music set the mood for the city
  • the Galway City Museum is fun, engaging and provides informative historical context about the city's past
  • the Salthill area is on the outskirts of the city. It's fun and relaxing - beaches, a promenade which is great for walking or running, the Galway Atlantaquaria is the National Aquarium of Ireland . Take the tourist train to get here from the city centre.
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  • the Connemara region and Connemara National Park are one of Ireland's most beautiful areas - walking trails, cycling, kayaking, and great scenery sightseeing
  • Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland's most beautiful houses and the setting is out of a storybook
  • Dunguaire Castle is well preserved and an easy/quick stop since it's not crowded
  • One of Ireland's best locations for Scenic drives

Galway's most popular things to See and Do

Galway City Museum

found on the banks of the famous River Corrib, the museum features an ever-changing set of exhibitions offering insight into the history & culture of the city & its people

Galway City Museum

Eyre Square

the square dwells at the very heart of the city and its manifestations date all the way back to the 17th century; the park is officially known as John F Kennedy Memorial Park in honor of the visit and speech made by President Kennedy in 1963

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a Stroll along the Corrib River

the Corrib River runs through the center of the city. A stroll along its banks is relaxing and quite beautiful - a great opportunity for a nice chat with someone you're close to

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Spanish Arch

constructed in 1584, the "Blind Arch" as it was previously known was an extension of the city's defensive walls specifically designed to protect the quays from looting; its current name comes from the usage of the quays by Spanish traders

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Galway Tourist Train

a 45-minute historical tour (seasonal) with stops at the Spanish Arch and the Salthill Aquarium; a great way to get around the city and then to the Salthill area

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Galway Cathedral

the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, commonly known as the Galway Cathedral, is an impressive building located along the Corrib River banks; it's not very old - built in 1965

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One of Galway's best highlights

The Latin Quarter

- restaurants, cafes

- pubs, Irish music

- street performers

- retail shops

- relaxed, fun atmosphere

Sreet performers entertain throughout the Latin Quarter

Pubs like
Tig Coilli
are popular with locals & tourists

Scenic drive

Connemara region

North of Galway in the Connemara region just about any drive is a scenic one. There are mountains, and bogs, and loughs and sheep on the two-lane country roads. One drive that I particular like is the N59/R344 loop. Heading north on N59 out of Galway, turn right on R344 just past the town of Recess. Driving through through the expansive bog region, you'll come upon Lough Inagh on your left. There's not much traffic here. Stop as often as you want for incredible photos. At N59, turn left and you'll pass Kylemore Abbey on your right and then Connemara National Park on your left.

Galway's beaches

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Kylemore Abbey

Built as a breathtaking castle in 1868, it's now the abbey and home of the Benedictine community of nuns whose previous abbey in Belgium was destroyed during World War I. You can tour sections of the abbey, the grounds, the small neo-Gothic church and walled garden. History talks & guided tours. Guided hikes above the abbey. This is one of Ireland's best photo ops.
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Dunguaire Castle

A 16th century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay near Kinvarra. The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored. Visit the castle for a self-tour. This is a great castle to visit. It's restored and does not have a lot of visitors. In the tradition of "King Guaire", savor a delicious four-course dinner in the castle.

Outdoor activities

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Connemara National Park

Hiking/hillwalking

Connemara National Park has a number of trails accessible from the visitor centre. Portumna Forest Park has trails and is a great place for picnicking. Sky Road is a beautiful spot for walking near the town of Clifden.

Bicycling

Rent a bicycle in Galway City from one of many Coca-Cola Zero bike stands and tour the city on your own. The Aran Islands are a great destination to cycle your way around.

Water activities

The Killary Fjord Blueway is a network of water trails for kayaking & snorkeling in a safe controlled environment. The Kayak Trail is 11 km long along the fjord's southern shore.

Adventure companies

Killary Adventure Co and Delphi Adventure Centre provide land (high ropes course, rock climbing, archery, zip lining, etc.) and water (kayaking, raft building, etc.) activities.

Horse riding

Equestrian centres provide treks, with stunning views, across mountains, on the shores of Lough Corrib and along the beaches.