Galway, a harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music.
Galway is one of the brightest and most intriguing jewels of the West of Ireland. It marks the halfway point on the Wild Atlantic Way and is the only city on the entire 2500km route. The city is wild and bohemian, and at the same time full of culture, artistry, exceptional food and music. As well as being a popular seaside destination with long sandy beaches, Galway is also a thriving and cosmopolitan city centre. It is always a joy to explore with its wonderful cobbled streets, colourful shop facades, and its offbeat café/bar culture. Galway is also well known for its proliferation of festivals and civic events, with huge crowds gathering for the much-celebrated Galway International Arts Festival, the craic of the Galway Races, the spectacular Macnas Halloween Parade and numerous other events throughout the year. Ireland’s great traditions of hospitality have their place in the city too, with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many of the city’s pubs. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Begin your trip from the heart of Galway City’s Eyre Square with its landmark sculpture of a Galway Hooker boat. Take a stroll down Galway’s main street aptly named ‘Shop Street’ which contains numerous famous bars, such as The King’s Head a historic pub dating back to the 13th century, also Taaffe’s and Tí Cholí. Shop Street leads onto the wonder of Quay street which is a host to some of Galway’s fantastic restaurants, Tigh Neachtains bar and the famous Quays Bar. Quay street will take you to The Spanish Arch-this famed Arch dates back to 1584. Here you will locate Galway’s City Museum where fascinating relics from the city’s past and interpretive exhibits are on display.
Sample the very best of Galway culture from this bright and bohemian market on Lombard Street. From hand-made jewellery and authentic arts and crafts to the delicious aroma of warm donuts, rich coffee and vegetarian fare, this festive market is a Galway must-see.
Be awe-struck by the 13th century ruin of Galway’s first municipal building, erected by Richard the Red Earl of the ruling de Burgo family. The site was uncovered in the 1990s during local building works which led to the discovery of more than 11,000 artefacts including clay pipes and gold cufflinks. Marvel at the building’s foundations, replica artefacts and interpretive exhibits and gain insight into Galway’s medieval past.
Visit Galway’s popular seaside village, home to the famous Blackrock Diving Tower and promenade affectionately known as ‘The Prom’ a fantastic seaside walk ”Bóthar na Trá -meaning road by the sea!!
The 2km long seaside prom offers a fantastic view of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and County Clare on a clear day. Take a walk along the prom and kick the wall as locals famously do when they reach the end of this scenic walk. Check out Salthill’s wonderful restaurants and bars, Leisureland’ s amusements and the Galway Aquarium or simply take a dip in Galway Bay.
At the heart of Galway’s vibrant culture is its diverse, year-round program of dynamic festivals. From the Summer Racing Carnival and the Galway International Arts Festival (lauded as one of the Top 5 Summer Festivals in Europe) to the jaw-dropping Macnas Parade at Halloween (watch video of Macnas Parade) and the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Galway brings artists, musicians, writers, actors and performers from all over the world to deliver its truly show-stopping line-up of festivals and events.
There is so much more to Galway other than our fantastic city centre, Galway offers a range of tours that will take you to visit the majestic countryside of Connemara. Located on the famous Wild Atlantic way , Connemara’s coastline has tiny coves, bays and fishing villages such as Roundstone. Connemara National Park is a vast expanse of mountains, bogs ,heathlands and lakes that will take your breath away. Take a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920.
You can get to this location by using one of our following bus services