Galway Harbour

Galway Harbour featuring a marina, a river or creek and boating
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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
Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
New Dock Road, Galway City, Galway, Galway
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The price is €124 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (998 reviews)
"This was a very nice hotel on the docks in Galway. Easy walk to attractions, shopping and food. Staff is friendly at the desk and around the hotel. Parking behind is easy and affordable for 10 euro"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

Eyre Square Hotel
Eyre Square Hotel
3 out of 5
Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway, HP1 TCP0
The price is €160 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (999 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Oct 2022

Jurys Inn Galway
Jurys Inn Galway
4 out of 5
Quay Street, Galway, Galway
The price is €125 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly hotel in Galway. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the location to trim castle could not have been any more convenient or better."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2022

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