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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?

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Galway?

A: There's no shortage of choice when it comes to accommodation in Galway. The most popular style are hotels. But if that doesn't quite suit, you can also choose from private holiday homes, bed & breakfasts, cottages and much, much more.

Q: What does a Galway holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, welcoming hotels and a car to travel around in — and that's just for starters. We also have an excellent selection of experiences and adventures. Browse what's on offer and start creating your perfect holiday in Galway.

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Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway €100
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2020
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Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Sandy Road, Galway, Galway
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Staff were very friendly and rooms were very clean. Central location. Would stay here again

    Jurys Inn Galway €104
    Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020
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    Jurys Inn Galway

    Jurys Inn Galway

    Quay Street, Galway, Galway
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I liked the convenient location and friendly, helpful staff. The room was clean and bright. The bed was too small and did not make for a good nights sleep. The manger responded to my concerns and gave me a box of chocolates and offered a free upgrade to a room with a larger bed. I think king size ...

      The Connacht Hotel €95
      Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020
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      The Connacht Hotel

      The Connacht Hotel

      Dublin Road, Galway, Galway
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Great location if you have a car. Great food at a reasonable price in the restaurant. Decent, if a little dated pool (but make sure to pre-book a session during Covid). Friendly and helpful staff. Borrowed a fan when the room was too muggy - no problem. Would recommend if you’re driving as car parking ...

        Galway Bay Hotel €119
        Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020
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        Galway Bay Hotel

        Galway Bay Hotel

        258 R336, The Promenade Salthill, Galway, Galway
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Enjoyed my stay, from check in to check out, found all staff to be friendly and helpful.

          Claregalway Hotel €64
          Reviewed on 7 Aug 2020
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          Claregalway Hotel

          Claregalway Hotel

          Claregalway Village, (Junction of N17 and N18 routes), Galway, Galway
             
            4.5 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very high level of cleanliness, a lot of hand sanitizer available to use. Room was very clean on arrival. Breakfast was good, all docially distanced. Booked dinner for the 2nd night of our stay but this was not booked by reception. No pizza available that evening which was v disappointing. We hoped ...

            Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments €178
            Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020
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            Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments

            Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments

            173 Upper Salthill Road, Galway, Galway
               
              4.8 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The apartment was delightful and the staff very helpful. We would stay there again.

              Lough Rea Hotel & Spa €79
              Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020
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              Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

              Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

              Galway Road, Loughrea, Galway
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Check in was fast and super friendly, our room was large, plenty of space, smart TV in the room and the bed was so comfortable. Breakfast was so disorganized, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff and told to sit wherever we wanted, however we were moved twice to accommodate larger parties. ...

                The Hardiman €130
                Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020
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                The Hardiman

                The Hardiman

                Eyre Square, Galway
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Excellent fast service, very safe with the covid restrictions. Beautiful rooms.

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