Top 10 Things to do in Galway

Galway City CladdaghGalway City is one of the most popular cities in Ireland and County Galway is well known for it’s natural beauty. Make sure to visit County Galway soon – we’ve picked out our favourite 10 Things to do in Galway City and County:

Kylemore Abbey
Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms.

Salthill Promenade
Salthill Promenade is approximately two miles long from one end to the other, amd overlooks Galway Bay. A nifty 50’s diving platform is open year-round; however, swimming is not the best idea and not recommended in this part of the bay.Salthill is a great place for jogging, rollerblading or strolling. On clear days the hills of County Clare are visible across the bay, and benches are provided along the seafront.

Aran Islands
The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island  (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle island) and Inis Oírr Island (East island)  are situated in a north westerly, south easterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland. They are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage.  The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English. You can get to the Aran Islands by ferry from Galway and Clare.

Galway City Nightlife
The Nightlife in Galway City is one of the City’s greatest attractions. There is somewhere to cater for everyone. Galway is a 7 night a week City, famous for its live music scene and relaxed atmosphere. The combination of a vibrant student population,great festivals and lots of visitors combine to give Galway one of the most lively entertainment scenes in the world. However the pubs, clubs and lounges are not only about the nightlife as some of them serve terrific food and are warm friendly places to grab a coffee as you wander the historic streets of Galway.

Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park is situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway and covers  some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. There are 3 main walking routes throughout the park each one offering spectacular scenery and wildlife with every step. During the summer months, the visitor centre offers an audio visual exhibition on the Connemara Landscape and with some lovely picnic areas, nature trails, children’s playground and tearooms, Connemara National Park is a must see for its nature and beauty

Galway International Oyster Festival
Galway City will come alive during the annual International Oyster Festival as thousands of people travel from the four corners of the world to enjoy a remarkable celebration of Irish seafood and hospitality. The Festival will take place in the centre of Galway City in September. Since its modest beginnings, the event has developed dramatically and has been acclaimed as “one of the 12 greatest shows on earth” by The Sunday Times, with over 10,000 international and local attendees. It has evolved to become one of the internationally recognised food festivals in Ireland with a weekend of non-stop entertainment featuring top-class national and international artists, cabaret and dancing.

Corrib Princess
The Corrib Princess is a boat which offers cruises along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake, providing visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical interest and natural beauty. There is an abundance of wild life and the Corrib has a peace and tranquillity all of its own. Cruises start from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lakes traditional trade route.

Claddagh (Irish: an Cladach, meaning “the stony beach”) is an area close to the centre of Galway city, where the Corrib River meets Galway Bay. It was formerly a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. It is just across the river from the Spanish Arch, which was the location of regular fish markets where the locals supplied the city with seafood as recently as the end of the 19th century. Nowadays the Claddagh is popular with tourists from around the world who come to see the bay and the lovely view which surrounds the Claddagh. There are still many fishermen living in the area keeping the old traditions alive today. Claddagh is also famous worldwide for the Claddagh Ring which is designed here and is worn by people all over the world.

Galway City Museum
The Galway City museum houses three floors of exhibits and information panels, relating the story of Galway from medieval times to the modern day. The ground floor tells the story of contemporary Galway, with special emphasis on the role that the arts play in the city. The first floor brings medieval Galway life in a very contemporary way, while the second floor houses an exhibition on the Claddagh village, from post famine times to the early part of the last century. If you have children, try out the Kids Museum Detective sheet, created by two local children!  Entry is free.

Leisureland Water Park
Leisureland Waterpark is situated in Salthill, Galway directly on the seaside promenade. The leisure centre is an award winning entertainment & health and fitness facility and offers great value for money in a fun, family friendly environment. Facilities include: 25 metre deck level swimming pool, kiddies pool with pirate ship, thrilling 65m waterslide, outdoor amusement park, restaurant & shop and a state of the art gym

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to do in Galway

  1. Peta

    Just to let everyone know they are now skydiving out of Galway Airport.
    It was great fun really enjoyed it.

  2. ciara

    There is no listing for horseriding so wanted to tell everyone that Coopers Hill Livery organise wonderful countryside treks and beach rides. We are just 10mins from Eyre Square, on the Tuam road. Call James 0833168366 to arrange lesson or trek


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