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Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Experience Galway from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view. With your expert guide, discover key points of interest and get insider tips on food, drink, and other activities in the city. Start the tour at the historical Eyre Square area. Learn first about wealthy merchant families who made Galway one of the wealthiest places in medieval Europe. Hear further tales of invaders, visiting presidents, movie stars, and the local legends who helped put Galway on the map. Stroll through the medieval city center, with several stops en route to highlight the historical significance of the area. See sights like the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle, and Saint Nicholas's Collegiate church, among others. Get a glimpse of what makes Galway so important when it comes to its fame as a haven for artists. Learn more about cultural events such as the Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Festival which take place during the year. Conclude the tour at the buzzing Spanish Arch area beside the sea, with a detailed introduction given to the Claddagh village and its people.

Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

2. Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

Galway is the oldest and largest city on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile, fully-defined coastal touring route along the entire west coast of Ireland. Once a small fishing village, Galway grew in strength in the 13th century to become a prosperous, walled town ruled by 14 merchant families, known as the Tribes of Galway, and has now been nominated as the Capital of Culture 2020. Today, the city is one of the most enchanting in Ireland. On this tour, get ready to explore Galway and it’s many historical landmarks, find the city’s charming local spots, and uncover hidden places that you could never discover on your own. On this 2.5–hour walking tour, benefit from the service of an expert, local guide who will shed light on Galway's history. Enjoy over 1,000 years of history brought to life, dramatized in incredible stories. Trace the medieval city that runs from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch, the official old city of Galway that is home to the original 13th-century, Anglo-Norman fortress, as well as the intriguing 15th-century Lynch’s Castle. One the finest medieval laneways in Galway, Kirwan’s Lane, located in what is now referred to as the Latin Quarter, is crammed with landmarks that provide the perfect backdrop for an examination of social history, political intrigue, and even a couple of great ghost stories. Your guide will also share stories of Celtic legends, myth, and folklore. This perfectly-paced walking tour is the best choice for first timers, or for visitors looking to develop a more comprehensive appreciation of the city. Later, stop at the Museum of Galway, packed with incredible artifacts and displays that will further enhance your visit to Galway. The tour will also include a visit to the Village of Claddagh, home of the famous Claddagh ring, a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The design and customs associated with it originated in this Irish fishing village of the same name.

Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

3. Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Located in the West of Ireland, Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart. Accompanied by your local guide, visit key historic sights and earn about local history, dating back to the 13th century. This tour can be customized to best suit your interests. Explore Eyre Square and visit Galway's historic Latin Quarter. Discover the significance of the name of King's Head Pub and visit Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest functioning medieval church in Ireland. At the Claddagh Ring Museum, learn about the symbolism behind the wearing of the Claddagh ring. At the old Fishmarket Square and Spanish Arch, hear about the rich history and traditions of the area.

Galway: Guided Walking Tour and Lake Cruise

4. Galway: Guided Walking Tour and Lake Cruise

Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you’ll soon discover. We will visit the key sites on this walking tour before taking to the wonderfully scenic Loch Corrib and guided lake cruise. The tour includes insights into modern Galway along the way, as well as a journey through 800 years of history. In the medieval quarter, you’ll hear about events both surprising and some gruesome. Then we’ll visit some of the famous and lesser known sites as we make our way through the centre of Galway from John F Kennedy Park to the banks of the river Corrib. Some of the highlights include: • Saint Nicholas Church and its 1651 map of Galway • The Spanish Arch and the City Walls • Wild swans on the Claddagh shore • Learn where the word “lynched” comes from • Discover who the Tribes of Galway were • Hear how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A and delve into the darker side to his character • Tips on how to spot the famous Claddagh ring I’ll take you to places you’d never find on your own. If you only take one tour while in Ireland, choose this one!

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What people are saying about Eyre Square

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Derek was lovely! We were able to explore lots of different landmarks that were enhanced with his historical knowledge. He was very informative and he was patient with my attempts at Irish. :)

Derek was absolutely delightful. He was very personable, funny, and knowledgeable. He takes questions, and gives valuable feedback. 100% recommended. Wish we could take him everywhere with us!

Very knowledgeable guide, particularly on the history of the city. He was very amusing too! I would highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the history of Galway.

Great guide with a wonderful sense of humour, an excellent raconteur of Irish history ☘️

Top tour, great overview of the history of Ireland and the city of Galway.