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Galway Bay Hotel
Galway Bay Hotel

258 R336, Galway

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4.2 out of 5 (404 reviews)

Directly facing Galway Bay, this hotel is across from the Salthill seaside promenade. The Galway Golf Club is adjacent. The …

€115
Salthill Hotel
Salthill Hotel

Promenade, Galway

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4.4 out of 5 (794 reviews)

Offering direct access to the beach, this Salthill hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leisureland and National Aquarium of …

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The Western Hotel
The Western Hotel

33 Prospect Hill, Galway

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4 out of 5 (786 reviews)

Located in the center of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' …

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Harbour Hotel
Harbour Hotel

New Dock Road, Galway

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4.2 out of 5 (632 reviews)

This Galway hotel is a three-minute walk from Eyre Square and the shops, pubs, and restaurants of Quay Street. The Spanish …

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Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel

Eyre Square, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (321 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. …

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Lough Rea Hotel & Spa
Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

Galway Road, Loughrea

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4.4 out of 5 (179 reviews)

Located in Loughrea, this family-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from St. Brendan's Cathedral, and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

€67
College Crest B&B
College Crest B&B

5 College Road, Galway

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4.1 out of 5 (108 reviews)

Located in Galway City Centre, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Galway Greyhound Stadium and St. Nicholas …

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Recess, Ballynahinch

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Located in Connemara, this eco-friendly hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre and …

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Galway Bay Sea View Apartments
Galway Bay Sea View Apartments

The Promenade, Salthill, Galway

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (70 reviews)

Located in Salthill, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Salthill Beaches and National Aquarium of Galway. South Par …

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Amber Hill Guesthouse
Amber Hill Guesthouse

12 Cuan Glas, Galway

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4.1 out of 5 (175 reviews)

Located in Salthill, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pearse Stadium, South Park, and National Aquarium of Galwa …

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Pocket Guide: Galway

Situated on the beautiful west coast and fondly referred to by natives as the Cultural Capital of Ireland, Galway has long been a place to experience Irish culture at its best. The Irish language is alive and well in the county of Galway, and you’ll find that the city is verging on the Gaeltacht region (these are areas where Irish is spoken fluently and is the passionately preserved). Traditional Irish music fills pretty much every pub in Galway and you’ll be overwhelmed by the local talent, playing bodhrans and fiddles and singing with voices that fill the room....it’s a real Irish experience.

Nightlife aside, Galway is also home to some of Ireland’s most magnificent tourist attractions. The Spanish Arch situated at the bottom of Quay Street is one of the symbols of Galway and also a beautiful place to sit and have a bite to eat while taking in a little bit of history (the arch was built in 1594). The Aran Islands are situated in Galway Bay and are amongst the most magnificent sites in all of Ireland. Ancient ruins and sheer cliffs – there is so much to do here.

Can’t Beat Culture

Discover the three islands Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr and you'll experience a slice of West-coast life at its most picturesque. Back in Galway city, the Galway Cathedral on University Street is one of the largest and most dominating buildings in Galway. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1958 and was completed in 1965. It is located on the site of the former city jail and features a dome at a height of 145ft. Eery legend creeps in and around Galway at Lynch's Window, Market Street (side of St.Nicholas' Church). As myth has it, this window is the spot where the Mayor of Galway hung his son in the early 16th century. It is claimed that he did this after his son murdered a visiting Spaniard and it is said that this was done to show that the enforcement of the law was more important than that of the bonds of family.

A Real Find for Foodies

Food and drink is in abundance in Galway, as you would expect with a city with such a cosmopolitan feel. Famous eateries include Mc Donagh's, a family restaurant that has been providing fish and chips to Galway and its beloved inhabitants and visitors for four generations. With all sorts of seafood on offer, you’ll be overwhelmed by the varied collection available and even better –it’s famed for its affordable cod and chips, which have always been a local favourite. Failing fish and sea food – try Mocha Beans or the Cellar Bar, both serving delicious food approved by locals. The city also hosts many popular food festivals throughout the year for the food lovers among you.

Feel the Festival Spirit

Whatever your plans for visiting Galway, you’ll be delighted to know that whatever the season, Galway is a hub for festivals. So plan your trip with that in mind and consider the many great festivals on offer with highlights including the St. Patrick’s Day parade (March), Cuirt International Festival of Literature (April), the July - Galway Film Fleadh and Galway Race Week at the beginning of August.

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