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7 Things to Do in Galway

Ireland beckoned, and you answered its call! Welcome to your adventure in Galway. Discover the medieval history, epic castles, and hearty cuisine that await you on your visit.

Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

Also known as Galway Theater, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe was briefly closed for renovation but reopened in full swing in 2012. Check out the event listing and catch a show or two while you're in town!

Galway City Museum

Founded in the 1970s, the modern, cavernous Galway City Museum hosts a variety of exhibitions on the history of Galway. Learn about the medieval history of this Irish town through interactive exhibitions.

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Spanish Arch

Located near the Galway City Museum, the Spanish Arch is a natural stop on any sightseeing tour of Galway. The arch was constructed in the 16th century to protect the cities quay.

Galway Cathedral

Conveniently located on the banks of River Corrib, the Galway Cathedral is an impressive church to behold.

Eyre Square

Visit the Eyre Square and enjoy one of Galway's finest public parks. Located in the city center, Galway Station is the closest public transport stop.

Dunguaire Castle

Visit the legendary Dunguaire Castle, where King Guaire once reigned. The grounds are awe-inspiring and in summer you can roam around as you please.

NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland in Galway is well worth a visit even if you're not trying to study there. Meander through the halls where many famous alumna have roamed before.

Planning Your Galway Visit

What to eat in Galway?

Irish pub culture is famous worldwide. While you're in Galway, we recommend sampling the local pub fare for dinner. You can't beat the company of a good beer and a hearty meal at a nearby pub.

How to get around Galway?

While we always recommend long walks to see the most while you're in any city, you'll find a developed bus and public transport system in this charming Irish town. Take a taxi late at night when the buses stop running.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +353
  • Best time to visit
    May through September are known to be sunny but there is the occasional rainfall. Weather in Galway can be quite unpredictable year-round. To maximize your chances of sunny weather, plan a trip for summer.

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What People Are Saying About Galway

Amazing Day Trip and Fantastic Tour Guide

So beautiful, so fun, and we learned so much about Ireland's history. Angie was an amazing tour guide. Great trip!

Beautiful scenery. My favorite places to visit so far.

The Connemara mountains are jaw-dropping, and Galway is by far my favorite city in all of Ireland.

The cliffs are amazing, you can go almost anywhere on them.

I was really surprised by the liberty you have on top of the cliffs. It's not at all like most tourist attractions, where there are railings everywhere and only a couple of crowded spots for pictures. As word of advice, you should have strong grip shoes when you go out there, because it can be quite muddy and easy to slip.

Looking for an adventure? Here you go! Great stuff !!!

Paddywagon is the best for doing this tour ! I had so much fun with the other people. There were all age groups but a big bunch of young people as well which I really appreciated. The hostels aren't breathtaking but that is called backpacking so don't expect too much!!! For me it was ok anyway and I thought I would be way more picky. Not all things are all inclusive, had to pay a fee for quite a few things but it was worth it. We saw a lot of this Ireland and that much beautiful places! The nights were awesome too, lot of great parties and and amazing pub nights ! For those who don't like parties, don't worry, there is always the chill-out-opportunity. Loved it ! Really would tell you to go if you look for an adventure !!
Best of Ireland 6-Day Backpackers Economy Tour Reviewed by Valentina, 06/06/2016

Loved it! Great guide, a lot of information and fun!!

The tour was just long enough. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor (unfortunately some of it was lost on his guests--not me though :) ). Great stop for lunch and the area photo ops were perfect. Thank you so much!!
Full Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour from Galway Reviewed by Caleigh, 05/15/2016

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