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South Park
Holiday Travel Guide

While Galway is recognised worldwide as one of the leading destinations for the arts, for music, theatre and countless associated festivals, one of the city’s most welcome features is the ease with which it is possible to slip away from the contemporary, cosmopolitan, cultural quarters and back to nature.

It is this duality between the new and the old, between hustle and bustle and peace and quiet, that sees so many visitors to Galway take the 10-minute stroll from the epicentre of cool, over the River Corrib to the historic Claddagh district’s quayside, and on to the seafront South Park.

Continuing along the quayside up Nimmo’s Pier, the city is slowly left behind, the smell and the gentle sounds of the ocean fill your senses, and the horizon is opened up to distant hills over the football pitches and wide open grassy spaces of South Park. A great time to take this walk is evening, when the sun is setting over the Atlantic waves and the Aran Islands loom low in the mouth of Galway Bay.

Walking along the coastal path toward the seaside promenade at Salthill, the ultimate low-level thrill of South Park lies ahead. The walk along the narrow man-made causeway to Mutton Island is an easy challenge at just a third of a mile and one that no committed wanderer should deny themselves. Within minutes, you are almost totally surrounded by the lapping sea.

And so back to Galway centre, because after a brisk, beautiful walk you’ve officially earned yourself a drink at a friendly Galway bar!

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New Dock Road, Galway City, Galway, Galway
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The price is €149 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is €205 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
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The G Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Wellpark, \N, Galway, Galway
The price is €279 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in Galway City Centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Greyhound Stadium and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National ...
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Kinlay Hostel Galway
Kinlay Hostel Galway
2 out of 5
Merchant's Road, Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
The price is €73 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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The Galmont
The Galmont
4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
The price is €205 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
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The G Hotel and Spa
The G Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Wellpark, \N, Galway, Galway
The price is €279 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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Harbour Hotel
4 out of 5
New Dock Road, Galway City, Galway, Galway
The price is €149 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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Jurys Inn Galway
4 out of 5
Quay Street, Galway, Galway
The price is €119 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
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Forster Street, Eyre Squre, Galway, Galway
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The Western Hotel
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33 Prospect Hill, Galway, Galway
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Forster Court Hotel
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Forster Street, Galway, County Galway
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Imperial Hotel
3 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
The price is €105 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
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