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Eyre Square

Peruse the modern art and floral displays of this park that takes you away from the bustle of the city.

Eyre Square is a rectangular plaza in the heart of Galway. Located beside some of the city’s principal shopping streets, it is an ideal place to take a break from sightseeing or relax with a book. Inspect the many intriguing statues, memorials and works of art that decorate the park.

See the portrait bust of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who visited this park in 1963 to make a speech. Notice the Browne Doorway, which was initially the entrance to a 17th-century house. It now stands alone in the center of the square, having been moved from Abbeygate Street in 1904.

Other important works include a statue of War of Independence hero Liam Mellows and the Quincentennial Fountain that represents 500 years of Galway city’s incorporation with the red sails of an Irish fishing boat. Watch kids run around the small jets of water surrounding the bronze statue.

Enjoy the tranquil setting among rose bushes and other floral displays. Meander around the trees and find a spot in the shade in summer. Stroll down the pedestrianized road on the side of the park.

Wander through the connecting commercial boulevards of William Street and Shop Street. Peruse recognizable brand stores and boutiques for memories from your Galway trip.

Find out about the rich past of this green plaza, which dates back to the 1600s when trees were first planted here. It takes its name from the 18th-century Mayor Edward Eyre, although its official title was changed to Kennedy Memorial Park after the president’s assassination.

Eyre Square is just east of the River Corrib in the center of Galway. Arrive in the city at Galway Rail Station and walk northwest for one block to reach the plaza. Many bus stops surround the square, which is near the statue of Oscar Wilde and Eduard Vilde sitting facing each other on a bench. Leave the car in the parking lot beneath the park.


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Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway
4.3
of 5, from 256 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Latin Quarter, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Hall of the Red Earl, Galway City Museum, and Spanish Arch. South Park and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church are also within 10 minutes.

£95
Park House Hotel

Park House Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway
4.6
of 5, from 402 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Park House Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Galway Train Station and Eyre Square. Guests can stroll 10 minutes to The Spanish Arch, and explore the natural beauty of Ireland with day trips to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Golfers will find 10 courses within a short drive.

£55
Eyre Square Hotel

Eyre Square Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway
3.7
of 5, from 130 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and Spanish Arch. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 15 minutes.

£114
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway

Lough Atalia Road, Galway
4.3
of 5, from 193 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

About a 5-minute walk from the city center, this hotel is located along Lough Atalia and overlooks Galway Bay. Eyre Square, St. Augustine's Church, and the Druid Theatre are all within 0.5 km (0.3 mi). 5 minutes from the bustling shops, pubs, and restaurants of Quay Street.

£83
Forster Court Hotel

Forster Court Hotel

Forster Street, Galway
4.1
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway City Museum and Spanish Arch are also within 15 minutes.

£48
The Western Hotel

The Western Hotel

33 Prospect Hill, Galway
4.0
of 5, from 218 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway City Museum and Galway Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

£63
Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel

Eyre Square, Galway
3.7
of 5, from 65 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway City Museum and Spanish Arch are also within 10 minutes.

£65
Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel

Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway
3.4
of 5, from 85 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and Spanish Arch. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 15 minutes.