Galway

Top attractions in Galway

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.

  • 1. 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

    2. 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.

  • Spanish Arch

    3. 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

    4. Galway Cathedral

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

  • Eyre Square

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10,133 reviews

The travel was perfect, on-time pick-up, the driver was very friendly, everything goes how it was scheduled on the itinerary. Make sure to bring an umbrella and the right clothes and shoes, the wheater can be unpredictable. If you are lucky you are going to be able to see the cliffs. As a suggestion if you are vegan/vegetarian bring some food with you, it may be a little difficult to find something.

I was very fortunate to be gifted with having Richie as my guide, for the second time. The tour was phenomenal and we throughly enjoyed it. Richie made sure we got the most out of our day and it was well co-ordinated allowing for maximum time at each of our stops. We cant thank Richie enough for making our staycation that bit greater. Also, Saoirse is an absolute delight. Shes the coolest

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. The safety instructions and demonstration before we sat into the kayaks were excellent, along with lots of additional tips shared on an individual basis over the afternoon, which really enhanced the trip. A fun way to experience the two water bodies, by starting on the River Corrib and then moving out onto the lake.

It was amazing except for the short time in the main attraction. We stayed 1:30 hour in the Cliffs and it was not enough as you have to walk a lot. The restaurant takes too long to get your order so you spend too much time for lunch. Apart from that the rest was perfect. The driver/guide is a very nice guy.

The driver and the guide were awesome. She was very educated and gave non stop history. The weather wasn’t the best, but she came up with alternatives and stayed positive and professional the whole time.