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10 Things You Cannot Miss While Visiting Galway

Are you thinking of visiting Galway City in Ireland? Let’s take a look at some of the top things to see and do there.

Charming Galway is an historic city located on the West Coast of Ireland, and an essential stop when traveling along the Wild Atlantic way. A popular tourist destination, Galway city has a lot to offer. With a youthful and even Bohemian atmosphere, this really is a place you need to spend time in if you want to soak up the atmosphere.

 

Our amazing troupe at #StPatricksDay in #Galway this afternoon! 📷: Christine Costolloe

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Unsurprisingly Galway has a lot to see and do. We’ve put together 10 of the best things to do in Galway city during your next visit.

1. Take a walking tour around Galway City

Perhaps the best way to experience everything that Galway city has to offer is by taking a walking tour. In the company of a local guide you will get to see all the main sights and also get an insight into what life is like here as a local. Along the way you’re sure to pass by most of the iconic sites which include the Cathedral, Eyre Square and of course the Spanish Arch. A walking tour of Galway city is also a good way to orientate yourself and plan out what to see and do if you’re spending more than a single day there.

 

2. Visit the Spanish Arch


The Spanish Arch is perhaps the most iconic of Galway’s landmarks. Constructed in 1584, it overlooks the River Corrib, and was once used to get to the quays from the town. In fact it was part of Galway’s medieval wall system, and in Galway’s trading heyday a lot of shipping passed to and fro to unload goods from Spanish and Portuguese ships. When Cromwell conquered Galway in the 17th century, the port lost its importance, and today the Spanish Arch is all that remains of the walls. No trip to Galway is complete without taking at least one selfie here!

 

3. Cruising on the River Corrib

A river boat cruises The River Corrib and sails along the river with lush countryside surrounding it to the left and right. During the cruise you will pass by ancient castles and ruins, and of course you can enjoy an Irish coffee on board!

 

4. Check out the Galway Hooker boats


A type of traditional fishing boat known as the Galway Hooker was in common usage in the 18th century. Today many of these boats have been restored by enthusiasts, and some can even be seen during a yearly festival. If you are a beer connoisseur you might also notice a locally brewed beer of the same name in almost every pub in the city.

 

5. Beer and music

As we’ve already mentioned beer once, we should probably mention that there is plenty of traditional music to be enjoyed with it in Galway City! Quay Street is the most popular place to go for pubs, restaurants and cafes.

The sounds of traditional live music fill the air in places such as The Spanish Arch Hotel and the Quays. Enjoy a Guinness or Galway Hooker and join in the craic!

 

6. Treat your tastebuds

Be sure to treat your taste buds during your visit to Galway City. Farmhouse cheeses at Sheridan’s, the amazing McCambridge food emporium, and the incredible bread from the Griffins Bakery which has been in operation since 1876 will ensure you never go hungry!

 

7. Explore Kirwan’s Lane

Kirwan’s Lane is named after one of Galway’s 14 so called ‘tribes’. The Kirwans had helped develop Galway into a busy commercial center during the 1500s, and so it is only fitting the lane has been restored, pumping new life into the city once more. Enjoy your time here wandering along, looking at the cafes, craft shops, and studios.

8. Spend some time at the Galway City Museum

If you really want to get to know about the city, you should spend some time at the Galway City Museum. Here, you can learn about the city’s history which stretches all the way back to the Norman invasion. There are a number of exhibitions both permanent and temporary which showcase the city and surrounding area’s heritage and archaeology. Spread out over three floors, the museum contains numerous artifacts, some religious items and an interesting maritime collection. It’s certainly worth a good hour or so of your time.

 

9. Eyre Square

The chances are that you will pass by Eyre Square more than once during your stay in Galway city. Also known as the John F Kennedy Memorial Square, the two major landmarks here are the Browne Doorway and the Quincentennial Fountain. As a pedestrianised area, it is a central focal point from where to orientate yourself, and a nice place to simply take some time out to enjoy a nice sunny day.

 

10. Galway Cathedral

Completed in 1965, Galway Cathedral is the last stone Cathedral to have been built in Europe. It is an impressive sight, and is jointly dedicated to St. Nicholas and Our Lady Assumed into Heaven. The cathedral is of course open to the public and there are Sunday masses.

On leaving Galway City….
Galway City is a good place to access the nearby Aran Islands. The regular ferry service leaves from Ros a’ Mhíl just a few miles up the road on a regular timetable that allows for both day trips and overnight stays. Whilst some people choose to visit for a day trip, spending a couple of days or longer on the islands is the perfect way to really get away from everything.

Inis Mor is the largest of the islands, and has a range of accommodation, including the excellent Camping and Glamping site. You could choose between taking your own camping gear or simply reserve one of the unique glamping units for the duration of your stay. Once on the island, you will feel a world away and much closer to nature. If you love the Great Outdoors and getting back to nature, spending some time on the Aran Islands will really help you to complete your Wild Atlantic Way adventure!

Great facilities. I hope to visit again when the weather is good.
TheRory79
TheRory79
16:07 21 Aug 19
The site situated in very comfortable place; just 5 minutes walk from village, the beach just over the wall, beautiful surround. It amazing that only for 10 euros you can use the kitchen in full: they have all dishes, cutlery, pans, etc. The field for tents is quite big and flat. The girl in reception explained about all attractions of Aran island. We are very pleased.
Rihana Lupton
Rihana Lupton
21:06 13 Aug 19
Stayed here in July and it was absolutely fabulous. Would definitely recommend
Siobhan Nolan
Siobhan Nolan
21:09 05 Aug 19
Brilliant brilliant accommodation..setting and facilities are second to none..easy access to the small village for food..
Karl Mc eneaney
Karl Mc eneaney
08:00 30 Jul 19
Great facility less than 5 mins bike from the harbour and a perfect base to see the island. Pod was spotless and info provided by the friendly receptionist appreciated.
sean bruscar
sean bruscar
20:30 29 Jul 19
Very clean campsite. Bit noisy in a tent like all campsites. The pods look good.
Cormac Lehane
Cormac Lehane
13:18 21 Jul 19
The grounds were lovely and well maintained, it wasn't too far from the shop/restaurants especially if you've hired a bike which I'd recommend on a nice day and everything was clean. There was a receptionist who was very rude over the weekend I was there which took away from the experience a bit.
James .H
James .H
11:30 14 Jul 19
Visited here last Summer. Very convenient spot. You had to pay to use the showers but I supposed that's fair enough when it's €10 per person per night to camp. The site and area is a little bit "dead" but it is a small island after all, well within walking distance though to the lively areas. Place could be a little more scenic but it is nice all the same. Overall - good value! I will be visiting again this Summer, in early August.
David K
David K
08:20 18 Jun 19
TopThe scenery is incredible, just in front of the beach. The place is very close to the village (shop, pubs, bike hire) and to the pier. Perfect place for spending time with friends, family and children. Very friendly and helpful staff.
Christian Di Bartolomeo
Christian Di Bartolomeo
11:41 16 May 19
Cannot say enough positive about these glamping units!!!! Location location location!!!! Super clean, hot shower, amazing view and really great customer service. If you wanna "camp" but don't wanna camp, this is your place.
Jason Libby
Jason Libby
21:17 14 May 19
Very nice, clean etc. and cosy glamping huts. Also very friendly hostess. Would most definitely stay there again!
Alex R.
Alex R.
11:58 14 May 19
Very disappointed with the service. We reserved a cabin for a night but our ferry was canceled due to bad weather conditions. The reservation office refused to refund any of our money, even with more than 48 hours notice. Do not recommend.
Todd Bishop
Todd Bishop
09:48 19 Mar 19
Very scenic, good kitchen facilities. However, the water in the showers would be cold at unpredictable times of the day and there was nowhere to plug a hairdryer into.
Sinead Baker
Sinead Baker
04:22 19 Jan 19
Great place. Cosy little cabins. Highly recommended it. I'll be back.
Giuseppe Valente
Giuseppe Valente
15:16 16 Jan 19
Nice place to stay. Good location. Great staff. Facilities are modern and comfortable, laundry, showers, canteen is clean and has everything you need.
Val S
Val S
22:16 09 Jan 19
Great and memorable experience. Nice, small and cozy camps. Best for two people but can accommodate three. Nice and professional staff. We loved the kitchen facilities which makes up for the small size of camp. Great atmosphere. We hired bicycles and visited the whole island. Must visit place if you’re planning on staying overnight on the island. Highly recommended.
Muhammad Taqi
Muhammad Taqi
06:33 15 Nov 18
Camped here overnight when I cycled from Galway. Nice campsite, good facilities, you pay for the shower but it last ages. Good kitchen facilities and it's close to the Pubs. I set up the Tent and cycled around the sites on the island very handy.
Ray Toomey
Ray Toomey
20:30 10 Nov 18
Stayed here with my friend a few months ago. It was my highlight of the trip and I 100% recommend staying in one of the Clocháns
Anthony Marchi
Anthony Marchi
17:21 02 Oct 18
Great location and generally a good site. Felt a little unwelcomed when we arrived. We got off the ferry around 11.30am and the first thing we wanted to do was offload the tent etc... Check in isn't until 1pm which is surprising as people coming off the ferry would want to dump their stuff first surely (which they did as everyone else was doing the same as us) just doesn't seem well designed. Anyway we were allowed to set up the tent (so long as we didn't use the facilities) then went off for the day and returned late in the evening. It is a very nice site and the price is very reasonable for camping. Not sure I would stay in a pod for the price though. You could get a b&b for cheaper!
Lindsay Grainger
Lindsay Grainger
09:38 19 Aug 18
Great facilities and lovely, helpful people. Would definitively recommend and stay here again. A great family friendly site. Not suitable for parties.
Clodagh Stapleton
Clodagh Stapleton
19:04 05 Aug 18
€2 per shower, no handwash in the toilets. You have to wear wristbands for the duration of your stay which was very annoying. Also the campsite was very loud late into the night with some residents.
Stephen Crowley
Stephen Crowley
12:49 29 Jul 18
The cheapest place to stay on the island. 10euro per person in tent. 2euro extra for the shower but it's so long working that two persons can use it in this time. The pods are looking very nice but I wouldn't pay this 125euro per night for this, overpriced Ireland as usual.
Katharina Ceta
Katharina Ceta
10:36 23 Jul 18
Beautiful, quiet, across the street from a sandy beach. Huts are snug for 4 but we were outside a lot, so it never felt cramped. Laundry facilities and larger kitchen available in nearby outbuildings, wifi in main building. An excellent place to unplug and rest.
Jill Mulvey
Jill Mulvey
07:58 14 Jul 18
Eco friendly and one of the best stay I have ever been. If u hire bicycle is only two minutes from town. Walking distance is about 10 minutes. Highly recommended. Place is nice and tidy
Eva Ruzickova
Eva Ruzickova
07:10 07 May 18
Nice place to stay, with front sea view and easy to commute to the city.
Brajesh Singh
Brajesh Singh
07:01 04 May 18
Very satisfactory ! Thank you very much ! ?
Charlotte Tailland
Charlotte Tailland
13:57 02 Apr 18
The welcome was very good. I recommend this place.
Louise Camille Desroches
Louise Camille Desroches
13:38 02 Apr 18
After a hard walking, my friends and i was very satisfising by the welcome the camping had offert to us! Thank you so much
fier d etre moi
fier d etre moi
13:34 02 Apr 18
Very satisfying, they welcome us when we were freezing outside, so thank youuuuuu
Lou acl
Lou acl
13:31 02 Apr 18
Absolutely loved it! Wish we could have stayed longer
Sarah Nash
Sarah Nash
00:03 21 Feb 18
From start to finish I'd an excellent three day stay here.The owner was a gentleman, he unexpectantly to us, was waiting at the port for the ferry to arrive to collect his guests and drive them to the glamping site.Being midweek early October it was quiet with only a few pods occupiedThe pods were first class, spotless, like a hotel room with everything you'd want.The location is perfect, a few minutes walk from the port and Kilronan village with a beach and amazing views out over the water.It was sad having to leave, really looking forward to returning.
Mike Foxtrot
Mike Foxtrot
20:43 01 Nov 17
great staff and lovely acommadations right beside sea.
liam gray
liam gray
00:15 20 Oct 17
Good place to camp, 10 euros a night, 2 euros shower, nice kitchen
Javier Garside
Javier Garside
10:36 25 Aug 17
A must-try experience on Inishmore. Amazing setting and fun design.
Matt Finn
Matt Finn
02:58 08 Aug 17
Free entry to Dun Aonghasa fort offered with stay. Brand new and excellent facilities at time of writing, great location for Kilronan with beach on the doorstep. Only downside was expensive (€2) shower tokens and painfully scalding water from the showers (solar heated, very hot day)! Otherwise excellent.
Daniel Keeling
Daniel Keeling
23:20 11 Jul 17
We stayed at Aran Camping Glamping over the weekend and found it a superb place for a break. The Units are tastefully designed and very clean. The water in the shower was hot, the kitchen room spacious, and it was close enough to the main village. Will definitely return!!
Ciara Duffy
Ciara Duffy
13:40 27 Feb 17

Aran Camping Glamping is conveniently located in the center of The Wild Atlantic Way. It is accessible from both Doolin (The Cliffs of Moher) and Rossaveal (Galway / Connemara).
Sligo Galway  -  Connemara -  Doolin -  Cork

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