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Galway City CentreGalway

Galway’s reputationhas grown steadily over recent decades until it now regularly figures towardthe very top of rankings and polls for city break destinations, especially fortravellers with an interest in culture and the arts. And such accolades judge this‘City of Festivals’ not only against the best of Ireland, but on a worldwidebasis.

Rich in cultural history, the whole city of Galwayhas bought into the idea that there’s simply nowhere better to visit for music,theatre, food and the arts, creating a vibrant, positive atmosphere that istangible from your very first stroll around the centre, which is compact enoughto be walkable.

Galway CentreGalway city centre ispacked with living history. We counted at least a dozen museums, heritagecentres and galleries without having to search at all, and Galway’stantalising, traditional backstreets are a joy to wander through. There’s asurprise around every corner, from medieval arches, city walls and old docks, fromthe Christopher Columbus monument to yet another picturesque branch of theRiver Corrib – and on to the seaside at Salthill.

But there is far more to Galwaythan just a heritage destination. Many of the city’s shops, restaurants, artsand cultural attractions are unmistakably cosmopolitan, contemporary and even cuttingedge.

Galway andthe ArtsGalway International Arts Festivalis the biggest and best in Ireland, with two weeks in July set aside for anexplosion of dance, theatre, street acts, literary recitals and musicalperformance. But the huge array of venues doesn’t only do roaring business at festivaltime: they’re in motion all year round, making Galwaya perpetual international centre for cultural celebration.

Additionally, in October the city hosts the GalwayTheatre Festival, which again concentrates global focus on thecity’s famous DruidTheatre, Nuns’ Island Theatre, Town Hall Theatre, GalwayArts Centre and ‘An Taibhdhearc’, the Irish language theatre.

Music inGalwayThe quality and profusion of Irish traditionalmusic in rocking venues, restaurants and bars across Galway Cityhas to be heard to be believed. For aficionados of music of an even greatervintage, the Galway Early Music Festival is stagedin May. But, again, the popularityof the historical doesn’t mean contemporary music loses out.

Food and DrinkAt the forefront of Ireland’s taste for organicfood as well as far-flung international cuisine, Galway Market,local wine merchants and specialist foodie emporiums – sample the fantasticlocal cheeses, organic meat, freshly baked artisanal bread – present anyvisitor with the enjoyable quandary of when to pack it all in!

Even in many traditional pubs and bars, you canstay ahead of the curve. Be sure and try the range of craft beers now trendingin Ireland.

Sport in GalwayHurling and Gaelic football matches can be enjoyedat Galway’s PearseStadium, while the local soccer club Galway FC play at Eamonn DeacyPark. On the outskirts of the city, Ballybritracecourse stages the seven-day-long Galway Racesfestival, as well as events all year round.

WildAtlantic WayWith so much to do in the city, don’t overlook thespectacular Atlantic Coast, with all its associated activities easy to accessfrom Galway.


Popular places to visit in Galway City Centre

Eyre Square
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Eyre Square

4/5(95 reviews)

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

Galway Cathedral
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Galway Cathedral

4.5/5(44 reviews)

See a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy in a modern church he visited in Ireland. Admire its rose window and artworks.

Galway Harbour
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Galway Harbour

4/5(44 reviews)

Cruise around the scenic sights of Galway Bay, see the historic Spanish Arch, spot charmingly colorful houses and dine in restaurants with water views.

Galway City Museum
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Galway City Museum

4.5/5(14 reviews)

See a variety of relics that tell the story of the city from prehistoric times to present day in this museum near the River Corrib.

Shop Street
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Shop Street

4.5/5(31 reviews)

During your trip to Galway, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Shop Street. Experience the area's entertainment choices and great live music.

Spanish Arch
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Spanish Arch

4/5(56 reviews)

Find out about the history of Latin Quarter when you take a trip to Spanish Arch. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Galway City Centre

Cliffs of Moher & Burren Full-Day Tour
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Cliffs of Moher & Burren Full-Day Tour

£27
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Aran Islands,Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise Tour from Galway
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Aran Islands,Cliffs of Moher & Cliff Cruise Tour from Galway

£62
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Cliffs of Moher Cruise, Aran Islands and Connemara in 1 Day!
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Cliffs of Moher Cruise, Aran Islands and Connemara in 1 Day!

£63
Per adult
Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£11
Per adult
Connemara National Park-Self guided with lunch from Galway
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Connemara National Park-Self guided with lunch from Galway

£45
Per adult
Shannon - Doolin | Best Value Airport Transfer, Private Car & Chauffeur Service
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Shannon - Doolin | Best Value Airport Transfer, Private Car & Chauffeur Service

£117
Per adult

Top hotels in Galway City Centre

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
4 out of 5
Sandy Road, Galway, Galway
The price is £77 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway ...

4.1/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Amazing"…"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2020

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Jurys Inn Galway
Jurys Inn Galway
4 out of 5
Quay Street, Galway, Galway
The price is £61 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway City Museum and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and University Hospital ...

4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)

"I liked the convenient location and friendly, helpful staff. The room was clean and bright. The bed was too small and did not make for a good nights sleep. The manger responded to my concerns and gave me a box of chocolates and offered a free upgrade to a room with a larger bed. I think king size ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Jurys Inn Galway
The Hardiman
The Hardiman
4.5 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway
The price is £117 per night from 14 Oct to 15 Oct

This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in a provincial park, just steps away from The Fountain and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Excellent fast service, very safe with the covid restrictions. Beautiful rooms."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

The Hardiman
Nox Hotel
Nox Hotel
3 out of 5
Headford Rd., Galway, Galway
The price is £70 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center and Galway Cathedral. Eyre Square and National University of Ireland-Galway ...

4.4/5Excellent! (715 reviews)

"Really nice bar & restaurant. Very close drive to central Galway. Rooms & amenities were perfect. Front of house staff welcoming and pleasant."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Nox Hotel
The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is £106 per night from 21 Oct to 22 Oct

Located in Galway City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway. University Hospital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"We enjoyed our time here. The staff were lovely! 9 euro a night for parking is a bit steep though however we knew our car was safe!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

The Galmont
Victoria Hotel
Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway
The price is £72 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University ...

3.8/5Good! (672 reviews)
city break

"hotel is very central, staff very helpful . hotel will be much more pleasing when all the remedial works are finished . bedroom was nice and had been renovated."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Victoria Hotel
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