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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: Should I book a car while on holiday in Galway?

A: Unless you adore driving, public transportation is probably the easiest and best way of commuting around Ballinasloe or Tuam. With no expensive parking fees (or trips to the gas station) to have to worry about, you'll be able to relax and explore the city's attractions with ease. If your number one priority is to head straight out of town and cruise around the region of Galway or elsewhere, renting a vehicle is a fantastic option. Browse through our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Galway, book a ride and go where you want, whenever you want.

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

A: Galway has a wealth of options for all sorts of budgets. If you'd love some rest and relaxation, you'll find lots of hotels. Bed & breakfasts, apartments and guest houses are also popular with visitors.

Q: What does a holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: As much as you like. You can lock in a car, hotel or flight. You can also make things easier by bundling them together. Why not chuck in some experiences and attractions to top it off?

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Galway?

A: You can save money (and time) by bundling your bookings with us. From Flights to Experiences, Expedia will help you pull together an amazing Galway escape. The more you take care of now, the more you can save. You'll also have less to be worried about when you finally get to your destination.

Q: What are the best things to do in Galway?

A: There's no doubt about it — if Ballinasloe is where you're heading, Battle of Aughrim Interpretive Centre should have a place on your must-see list.

While stopping in Tuam, Hackett Castle is one attraction that's a genuine people-pleaser. Make it your mission to find out why.

You can't visit Loughrea and not see The Long Point. The two go hand in hand.




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The Galmont
Reviewed on 13 Apr 2020
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The Galmont

The Galmont

Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The staff were helpful. Parking facilities were easy to navigate. Walking distance to many great restaurants.

    Imperial Hotel
    Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020
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    Imperial Hotel

    Imperial Hotel

    Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
       
      4.1 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Hotel rooms lovely staff wonderful only thing house keeping came into my room when we were still in the room

      The G Hotel and Spa
      Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020
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      The G Hotel and Spa

      The G Hotel and Spa

      Wellpark, Galway, Galway
         
        4.5 of 5
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        Leonardo, at reception, when we arrived was most gracious, helpful and exceedingly friendly. A wonderful experience overall.

        Park House Hotel
        Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020
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        Park House Hotel

        Park House Hotel

        Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway, Galway
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location, the rooms are huge lots of room with comfortable beds. Great breakfast and super friendly staff. Walking distance to everything in town perfect spot to get to restaurants, shopping, live music and food places. The parking was difficult to get to other than that I would highly recommend ...

          Connemara Coast Hotel
          Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020
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          Connemara Coast Hotel

          Connemara Coast Hotel

          Spiddal Road, Galway, Galway
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Entire hotel was cold. But it was during the storm. Staff very nice room nice but very cold. Would stay again if heat was fixed.bathroom very nice.

            The Hardiman
            Reviewed on 24 May 2011
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            The Hardiman

            The Hardiman

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

              Hotel is very nice, only problem we had was room 411. Room 411 is part of an addition to the hotel. R 411 was nice a little crowded and a decent view, bed was comfortable, etc. That night, there as a down pour and I was awoken at 2:00am by the sound of dripping water. I called the front desk and ...

              The Connacht Hotel
              Reviewed on 1 Mar 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

                Always a lovely vibe in The Connaught. All staff are welcoming and facilities excellent.Disposable shower caps would be welcome .Only a small thing otherwise love staying here

                St. Judes Lodge €74
                Reviewed on 2 Apr 2020
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                St. Judes Lodge

                St. Judes Lodge

                24 College Road, Galway, Galway
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Absolutely loved staying here! The brothers that own it are incredibly kind and helpful. Hope to return one day! Also I might add, the breakfast is amazing!

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