Top reasons to visit:

  • Shopping (1574)
  • Nightlife (1356)
  • Pubs (1001)
  • Food (884)
  • Live Music (659)
  • Relaxation (572)
  • Culture (546)
  • Friendly People (518)
  • Restaurants (481)
  • Sightseeing (470)

Galway was highly rated for shopping by 163 guests from the United States!

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Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Galway.

Anonymous, Unknown location

4 days ago Report

It has all the big stores, it also has a lovely Saturday market with crafts & food. It is a compact, pedestrian city that you can stroll around easily with plenty of coffee shops you can rest your feet.
Train/Bus station leaves you in the centre of the city

What can we expect to get our feet tapping in Galway?

Maureen, Canada

14 days ago Report

The pedestrian streets were full of good food and great music! Trip to Aran Islands was fabulous. We had a blast! Would have liked to stay longer!

What makes the people from Galway so friendly? Tell us your story.

Marlene, Canada

20 days ago Report

We loved the cab drivers who provided advice, suggestions, and just local banter and information. Folks would stop and seeing a group offer without asking to take group pics for us. Meant locals on bus too - and they would chat away and offer help and directions or just a smile and welcome to Ireland. Refreshing coming from a big city whereby folks just pass on by - truly a magical place for the spirit

Why do you recommend Galway for food?

Jimmy, Ireland

25 days ago Report

Murty Rabbits pub just across from the hotel has to be one of the best places I have ever eaten food, both the taste and presentation was of a very high standard.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Galway?

Ciara, Ireland

7 days ago Report

Thursday nights in town are very busy as Galway has a high student population. Also one restaurant we are in a had a large group of students. We got sat in a corner and were forgotten about. Plus they were so noisy we couldn't talk. Avoid crowds of students if looking for a romantic meal. I would have been too embarrassed to get up and leave in hindsight I should have as it ruined our romantic anniversary meal.

Why is the atmosphere in Galway something people rave about?

Emma, Ireland

29 days ago Report

It is a unique atmosphere to a city that has the perfect mix of Irish culture, rural countryside, coast line and city

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Unknown location

6 days ago Report

Highly recommend Brasserie on the Corner

Highly recommend Brasserie on the Corner for dinner and Cupán Té for lunch/afternoon tea

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Galway?

Emma, Ireland

29 days ago Report

Explore Quay Street area and bars by night and head out along the coast during the day - Salthill, Spiddal, Bearna or Connemara

What effect did the scenery in Galway have on you?

Josip, Australia

26 days ago Report

It makes us want to go back more than one more time. It is stunningly beautiful whether it's cloudy, rainy or sunny. You don't go to Ireland and expect sunny days every day you go for the people and the magnificent beauty and scenery. Probably the best we have ever seen in our travels. Especially the Ring of Kerry.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Galway.

Michael, Ireland

24 days ago Report

We had a very relaxing break. Taking in some very friendly pub/restaurants. Relaxing walks on the prom in Salthill.
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Is there more to shopping in Galway than just brand-name stores?

Sean, Ireland

20 days ago Report

All the unusual famous side street shops and the helpful, friendly store staff
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Why should Galway give street musicians a bigger role in their tourism?

John, Ireland

4 hours ago Report

They lift the spirits of the visitors to Galway and create an athmosphere of friendship and joy that is missing in other Irish cities. Having been once you will be looking forward to a return visit.

How can you enjoy the sights in Galway while avoiding the crowds?

Sharon, The United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

Its hard to avoid crowds unless you are visiting remote areas. Both the drive and visit to Cong were exceptional

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Galway?

John, Ireland

4 hours ago Report

The "Gay Pride" parade was very colourfull on Saturday 24/08/2014 - it only lacked The Rose of Tralee.
The street entertainer "McNamaras Band" with cardboard cutout figures of famous personalities as the musicians amused many children and adults alike. Reward him/her for the simple idea which adds to the carnival air of Galway.

Why do people say Galway can be seen best by foot?

Catherine Noke
Catherine Noke, United States of America

15 days ago Report

You can get around the whole city on foot in a day - see the university, cathedral, canal walk, Salthill. You'll save money, & get some exercise.

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Galway?

Josip, Australia

26 days ago Report

The friendliness and happy people who are interested in tourists and want to have a good time and no aggression or violence, just good clean fun.

How do you find the best beer in Galway?

Steven, The United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

The Cottage Bar just off the seafront sells local beer brewed at Galway Bay brewery-'Buried at Sea' is a lovely chocolate milk stout recommended for those not quite used to Guinness.

What seafood experience in Galway is still on your mind?

geraldine, Ireland

19 days ago Report

Oscar's Seafood Bistro €15 set menu is excellent value

What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Galway?

Sheena W.
Sheena W., China

3 days ago Report

good traditional music in pubs in Galway City, not really in Salthill in the winter.

Sheer cliffs or soft sand? What makes the coast perfect for walks in Galway?

Reto, Netherlands

7 days ago Report

The famous cliffs of Mohar! Full of tourists between 10am and 5pm though.

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