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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
Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,253 reviews
    3.0 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.

    Harbour Hotel
    Harbour Hotel

    Harbour Hotel

    New Dock Road, Galway
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 784 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

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

      The Galmont €155
      The Galmont

      The Galmont

      Lough Atalia Road, Galway
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 960 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.

        Flannery's Hotel Galway
        Flannery's Hotel Galway

        Flannery's Hotel Galway

        Dublin Road, Galway
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 752 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 Galway City Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          The Westwood Hotel
          The Westwood Hotel

          The Westwood Hotel

          Dangan, Galway
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 436 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Galway hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of National University of Ireland-Galway, Millennium Children's Park and Playground and University Hospital Galway. Galway Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Nox Hotel €109
            Nox Hotel

            Nox Hotel

            Headford Rd., Galway
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 379 reviews
              3.0 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).

              Claregalway Hotel €85
              Claregalway Hotel

              Claregalway Hotel

              Claregalway Village, Galway
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 241 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Claregalway hotel is located near the airport, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Claregalway Castle, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Galway Race Course and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Merlin Woods Park and Galway Clinic Private Hospital are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Menlo Park Hotel
                Menlo Park Hotel

                Menlo Park Hotel

                Terryland, Headford Road, Galway
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 750 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Fountain, Galway Cathedral and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. National University of Ireland-Galway and Galway City Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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