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Galway Harbour
Holiday Travel Guide

Galway Harbour featuring a marina, a river or creek and boating

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

The city has grown around the important hub of Galway Harbour over the past millennium. Home to the famous red-sailed Galway hookers that searched the seas for fish for centuries, the port has picturesque views and serene neighboring parks. It is also the starting point for trips to the stunning Aran Islands, which have fascinating ruins. Bring your family to this marina to appreciate the bustling port’s atmosphere and feel the history.

Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port, generating a quaint charm. Walk through the harbor for views of Galway Bay and rows of yachts. Capture pretty photos of the boats at sunset with the water reflecting changing hues of the sky. Stay at one of the hotels in the area and dine at a restaurant overlooking the water.

Go on a boat trip with a tour operator in the port. These usually include views and information about the docks, the city center, Mutton Island, Kilgolan and the beach area of Salthill. Choose between short trips and more comprehensive day voyages.

Embark on a trip from the harbor to the Aran Islands, where Irish Gaelic is spoken as a first language. Visit the island’s World Heritage Site of Dun Aonghasa, which consists of a 1500 B.C. prehistoric stone fort overlooking scenic rugged cliffs.

Visit the Galway City Museum to learn the story of Galway through relics dating back to prehistoric times. See a Galway hooker sailboat that was constructed specifically for the museum. The Spanish Arch, part of the historic city walls, is adjacent to the museum.

The harbor’s settlement dates back to the early 1100s, when a castle was built here. In the 13th century, the port was established as an important trading point. Learn about the famous Galway hooker, a type of sailing vessel from the region.

Galway Harbour is about 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) east of the city center at the point where the River Corrib meets the sea. Ride one of the many buses to this part of the town, in the sheltered eastern part of Galway Bay.

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Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
New Dock Road, Galway City, Galway, Galway
The price is €149 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is €205 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
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 ...
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The Galmont
The G Hotel and Spa
The G Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Wellpark, \N, Galway, Galway
The price is €279 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in Galway City Centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Greyhound Stadium and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National ...
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Kinlay Hostel Galway
Kinlay Hostel Galway
2 out of 5
Merchant's Road, Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
The price is €73 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is €205 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
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The G Hotel and Spa
The G Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Wellpark, \N, Galway, Galway
The price is €279 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
New Dock Road, Galway City, Galway, Galway
The price is €149 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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4 out of 5
Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway, Galway
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Jurys Inn Galway
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Quay Street, Galway, Galway
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The Western Hotel
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Forster Street, Galway, County Galway
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Imperial Hotel
3 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
The price is €105 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
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