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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 €118
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019
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Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

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

    We found this room to be comfortable & clean. Nothing special inside, but the location can't be beat if you're planning to walk around Galway.

    Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway €95
    Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019
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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

      We really want to make special mention to the great customer service provided to us by Ciara in the restaurant. Her recommendations, friendliness and suggestions for what to see and do in Galway were just great. We thoroughly enjoyed our three course meal at the restaurant. Thanks very much Ciara. ...

      Galway Bay Hotel €129
      Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019
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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

        Great location right across the street from the bay. Nice property with restaurant and pub. However, there were few other nearby choices for dining outside of the restaurant as well as everything closing early (by 9 PM) which included the hotel.

        The Galmont €144
        Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019
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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 Galmont is a beautiful hotel right on the water in the heart of Galway. It’s easy walking from the hotel to the nearby shops, restaurants and bars. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable with everything you need. The lobby is beautifully decorated and there is a bar/restaurant on site that ...

          Park House Hotel €179
          Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019
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          Park House Hotel

          Park House Hotel

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

            Great location.... excellent staff... clean hotel.. just needs a facelift... looks to be stuck in the late 80’s early 90’s

            Flannery's Hotel Galway €84
            Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019
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            Flannery's Hotel Galway

            Flannery's Hotel Galway

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

              It had a very comfortable and modern feel to it yet had a very rustic Irish vibe which I really enjoyed. The food was outstanding and there was a wide range of options on the menu. The bar was a great place to relax.

              Menlo Park Hotel €99
              Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019
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              Menlo Park Hotel

              Menlo Park Hotel

              Terryland, Headford Road, Galway, Galway
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Comfortable bed and great location on outskirts of Galway

                Clayton Hotel Galway €95
                Reviewed on 3 Aug 2019
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                Clayton Hotel Galway

                Clayton Hotel Galway

                Ballybrit Lynch Roundabout, Galway, Galway
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Room was very clean, air conditioning excellent and bed excellent so comfortable. Iron not good only criticism, staff very friendly service excellent. Would definitely recommend and would stay again.

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