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Galway Holiday Guide

With a rich literary tradition, a thriving arts and music scene and remarkable architecture, Galway has a reputation of being one of Ireland’s cultural hotspots. The city’s history goes as far back as the Middle Ages, which is reflected in the architecture that surrounds you wherever you go in the city. But it’s not just the city that’s must-see; the surrounding area offers idyllic nature and historic castles as far as the eye can see.

Cultural Delights

With so much to see, it’s worth joining a walking tour in the city to learn about the main attractions from the experts. Make sure you check out Galway City Museum, which contain countless excellent exhibitions spanning as far back as the area’s prehistoric past. Not far away is the Spanish Arch, an extension of the city wall dating back to 1580, while the St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Lynch's Castle are both excellent examples of Galway’s medieval architecture.

Even outside Galway there’s plenty to see. Visit Kylemore Abbey with its magnificent gardens, or perhaps take a day-trip to the pretty town of Clifden. A 30-minute drive from Galway is the fabled Dunguaire Castle, a 16th Century tower house name after the legendary King of Connacht.

Nightlife and Celebrations

When it comes to nightlife, only a few cities in the country can compete with Galway. Once the evening hits you will be spoiled for choice by the countless jazz bars, pubs, theatres, comedy clubs and other entertainment venues that crowd the city street.

If you can, it’s worth booking your holiday to Galway during one of the many events that run throughout the year. In summer, there’s the Galway Races, Galway Cathedral Recitals and the Galway Arts Festival, to name but a few. Then the foodies come out to play for the Oyster Festival in September.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream on the north Atlantic coast, Galway maintains a pretty continuous mild climate. In winter, the average temperature is a balmy 9°C, while the summer months (when most tourists come) offer a pretty pleasing average of 19°C. Who said Ireland was cold and wet?


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Jurys Inn Galway €63
Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,447 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway City Museum and Eyre Square. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mile (2 km). Galway Station is 11 minutes by foot.

    Park House Hotel €87
    Park House Hotel

    Park House Hotel

    Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 1,389 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The Fountain and Eyre Square. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mile (2 km). Galway Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      The Galmont €115
      The Galmont

      The Galmont

      Lough Atalia Road, Galway
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,104 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Galway City Centre, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway. University Hospital Galway and Galway Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Clayton Hotel Galway €61
        Clayton Hotel Galway

        Clayton Hotel Galway

        Ballybrit Lynch Roundabout, Galway
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 834 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Galway Race Course, Eyre Square and University Hospital Galway. National University of Ireland-Galway and Galway Clinic Private Hospital are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway €60
          Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

          Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

          Sandy Road, Galway
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 1,158 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Eyre Square and University Hospital Galway. National University of Ireland-Galway and St. Francis Abbey are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            The Western Hotel €53
            The Western Hotel

            The Western Hotel

            33 Prospect Hill, Galway
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,048 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the centre of Galway, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours and Eyre Square. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mile (2 km). Galway Station is 5 minutes by foot.

              Galway Bay Hotel €84
              Galway Bay Hotel

              Galway Bay Hotel

              258 R336, Galway
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 809 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Galway hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Salthill Beaches, University Hospital Galway and Eyre Square. National University of Ireland-Galway is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.

                Nox Hotel €52
                Nox Hotel

                Nox Hotel

                Headford Rd., Galway
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 497 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Eyre Square and National University of Ireland-Galway. University Hospital Galway is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Galway Station is 21 minutes by foot.