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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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Menlo Park Hotel

Menlo Park Hotel

Terryland, Headford Road, Galway
4.2
of 5, from 144 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Galway Cathedral, and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

€87
Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway
4.3
of 5, from 248 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Latin Quarter, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Hall of the Red Earl, Galway City Museum, and Spanish Arch. South Park and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church are also within 10 minutes.

€64
Sea Breeze B & B

Sea Breeze B & B

Gorteennaglough, Renvyle
4.9
of 5, from 27 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this bed & breakfast is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Renvyle Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Connemara National Park and Lettergesh Beach. Kylemore Abbey and Glassillaun Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€62
Nox Hotel

Nox Hotel

Headford Rd., Galway
4.2
of 5, from 60 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Galway Cathedral, and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

€82
Eyre Square Hotel

Eyre Square Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway
3.7
of 5, from 126 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and Spanish Arch. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 15 minutes.

€142
Park House Hotel

Park House Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway
4.6
of 5, from 396 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Park House Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Galway Train Station and Eyre Square. Guests can stroll 10 minutes to The Spanish Arch, and explore the natural beauty of Ireland with day trips to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Golfers will find 10 courses within a short drive.

€114
Forster Court Hotel

Forster Court Hotel

Forster Street, Galway
3.9
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway City Museum and Spanish Arch are also within 15 minutes.

€82
Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel

Eyre Square, Galway
3.8
of 5, from 62 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway City Museum and Spanish Arch are also within 10 minutes.

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