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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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The Connacht Hotel €60
The Connacht Hotel

The Connacht Hotel

Dublin Road, Galway
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,256 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Galway hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre and Galway Greyhound Stadium. St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Galway Cathedral are also within 2 miles (3 km). Galway Station is 26 minutes by foot.

    Menlo Park Hotel €65
    Menlo Park Hotel

    Menlo Park Hotel

    Terryland, Headford Road, Galway
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 928 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. National University of Ireland-Galway and Galway City Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      Eyre Square Hotel €58
      Eyre Square Hotel

      Eyre Square Hotel

      Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 883 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 Galway City Museum. Spanish Arch and Galway Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        Galway Bay Hotel €73
        Galway Bay Hotel

        Galway Bay Hotel

        258 R336, Galway
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 783 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Galway hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Salthill Beaches and National Aquarium of Galway. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          The Galmont €123
          The Galmont

          The Galmont

          Lough Atalia Road, Galway
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,060 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Galway City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Spanish Arch. Galway City Museum and Galway Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Flannery's Hotel Galway €60
            Flannery's Hotel Galway

            Flannery's Hotel Galway

            Dublin Road, Galway
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 817 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of South Park and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Galway Cathedral and Spanish Arch are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Jurys Inn Galway €73
              Jurys Inn Galway

              Jurys Inn Galway

              Quay Street, Galway
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,395 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Hall of the Red Earl, Galway City Museum and Spanish Arch. South Park and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church are also within 10 minutes. Galway Station is 11 minutes by foot.

                Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway €56
                Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

                Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

                Sandy Road, Galway
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 1,131 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Galway Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. South Park and Galway City Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km). Galway Station is 22 minutes by foot.