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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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€82
Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway

Quay Street, Galway
4.3
of 5, from 256 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.

€65
The Connacht Hotel

The Connacht Hotel

Dublin Road, Galway
3.8
of 5, from 169 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 mi (3 km).

Corrib Village Self Catering Apartments

Corrib Village Self Catering Apartments

Corrib Village, Galway
3.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Galway aparthotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of National University of Ireland-Galway and Galway Cathedral. South Park and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club

Shannon Oaks Hotel & Country Club

St. Joseph's Road, Portumna
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Portumna, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portnumna Castle, The Irish Workhouse Centre, and Portumna Forest Park. Portumna Golf Club is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

€109
Park House Hotel

Park House Hotel

Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway
4.6
of 5, from 402 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.

€67
Menlo Park Hotel

Menlo Park Hotel

Terryland, Headford Road, Galway
4.2
of 5, from 156 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).

€100
Galway Bay Hotel

Galway Bay Hotel

258 R336, Galway
4.2
of 5, from 141 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Directly facing Galway Bay, this hotel is across from the Salthill seaside promenade. The Galway Golf Club is adjacent. The Galway Atlantaquaria aquarium is 0.7 km away.

Anach Cuin Bed and Breakfast

Anach Cuin Bed and Breakfast

36 Wellpark Grove, Galway
4.1
of 5, from 16 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Galway, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and Galway Cathedral. Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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