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Galway, a harbour city on the opposite coast from Dublin, enjoys pride of place away from the capital's tourist crowds – allowing it to retain an identity that's entirely its own. It doesn't get more Irish than this coastal town, whose local population still speaks Gaelic and whose wealth of culture and atmosphere make up for a lack of major landmarks.

Nearby schools, including the National University of Galway, keep the city's population young and lively. The pub scene is strong, complete with regional beers on tap and Irish folk music performances that last through the night. Just as much fun is had when summer welcomes the Galway International Arts Festival and the Galway International Oyster Festival, the latter of which showcases the bounty of Galway Bay.

While Galway may not offer as many historic sights as other large Irish cities, there are a few landmarks worth checking off in town. Christopher Columbus is rumoured to have prayed at St Nicholas Collegiate Church, a medieval parish founded in the 14th century. During your sightseeing, make sure to stop by Eyre Square, a public park where you'll find many of Galway's main transportation hubs.

For all of Galway's urban charms, there's incredible nature to discover nearby. Hop a ferry bound for Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands home to ancient sites and windswept landscapes. Drive less than two hours down the coast and you'll reach the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most famous sights.

Tonight

From $183 per night

This weekend

From $429 per night

Next weekend

From $442 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.08
Language English
Average weekend price $184 per night
Average weekday price $173 per night
Average stay 1 night

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10

Lovely family holiday in Spiddal where some of my in-laws...

May 24, 2024

Lovely family holiday in Spiddal where some of my in-laws family lived. Galway is so lovely but did not get to enjoy the city this time around. We did however come in the city to do the Corrib River boat cruise which was thoroughly enjoyable. Had a lovely coffee and cannoli at Bar Italia Ciarlantini while waiting to board the ferry.

Dermot
Dermot Ireland
10

Very friendly and helpful staff and we received an upgrade...

May 21, 2024

Very friendly and helpful staff and we received an upgrade on arrival. Room was very clean and tidy. Plenty of towels in the bathroom and even a bath with our shower. Evening meal was excellent at a very reasonable cost . Breakfast buffet was exceptional with a vast verity to choose from including vegetarian. There was a public bus stop just outside the wall of the the hotel going in and out of town every day mostly every 30 minutes. It’s only a 20 minutes casual walk in a straight line so very convenient for a bit of exercise, will be staying there again soon, everything was excellent

daniel
daniel Ireland
10

First of all, it is the people who make Galway special.

May 19, 2024

First of all, it is the people who make Galway special. In addition, we liked being able to walk everywhere in Galway. We enjoyed walking along the river and the bay, and sitting on the wall along the water at the harbor. Galway Museum at Spanish Arch was enlightening. Streets restricted to pedestrians made it safe and easy to stroll and browse as we passed by uplifting live music. There were so many pubs and restaurants serving every type of food that you may want. The ice cream and gelato shops, Gourmet Tarts, Butler's Chocolates, and Farmers' Market had special treats to enjoy. The Galway Bay Seafood Chowder at Blakes on Quay Street was the best chowder I've ever had in my life, and I've always liked chowder. Aran Sweater Market shipped my purchase of sweaters and hat home for me with quick, courteous and efficient service. Loved the humor of the local people whom we met while strolling in the neighborhoods. One caution, don't let something go by thinking that you will pick up a last minute item in the morning before leaving Galway to catch the train or a bus as this is the time the shops are closed for deliveries of new supplies. Glad I did what I wanted to do from the moment I arrived because there is so much to see and do!

Anonymous
10

I loved the hop on and off tour bus which we took up to...

May 7, 2024

I loved the hop on and off tour bus which we took up to salthill and back. The whole journey was narated, history unfolded I loved the traditional music in Taffees. We didn't have a bad meal wherever went . The architecture and history of galway is both beautiful and amazing. Our hotel was right next to the main train and bus station so ready access to main routes to airports and ferries etc. Local buses make getting around Galway very easy

monica
monica United Kingdom
10

Galway is a cool bustling city, with various markets, wide...

April 29, 2024

Galway is a cool bustling city, with various markets, wide range of Restaurants + Cafès for everybody from Vegan to Kosher. There is a Theatre, cinema, beach, art galleries, all within walking distance from Eyre Square. People are friendly, Saturday + Sunday markets , with stalls in town daily. Eyre square shopping mall has all your favourite shops too

Jkrs
Jkrs Ireland
10

Friendly people.

April 26, 2024

Friendly people. Lots to explore. Great music, culture, bars, a general feel good place. The weather can be hit and miss sometimes just be prepared. "There's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!"

Philip
Philip United Kingdom

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