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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

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
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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

Galway Cathedral

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

Eyre Square

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

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

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

Professional and knowledgeable team. Must see stops in Ireland.

My friend and I went on this tour and had an excellent time. This tour was an excellent way to see the western coast of Ireland for the day. The cliffs are beautiful. I certainly could have spent more time here, but for a stop on a day trip, we had plenty of time. Our next stop at the Burren was lovely. The lunar-like landscape is incredible and unique. We drove along the Wild Atlantic Way and we amazed by the beautiful coastline of western Ireland. Our stop in Galway gave us plenty of time to shop and see the city. This tour was a nice sample of the scenery of Ireland. I would love to go back to many of the places we stopped on the tour and spend a few days exploring them. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable of the legends, as well as the history of Ireland. Our driver was professional and courteous. Excellent way to see beautiful sights of Ireland.

This trip is a must-do when visiting Ireland!

Going on this trip was my favorite activity when I visited Ireland! Our bus driver Finton was incredibly funny and gave us so much insight on the history and culture of the country. Finton kept the entire trip from Dublin to the Cliffs very entertaining as he talked about things that US presidents have done when visiting Ireland, famous golf courses, the oldest pub in Ireland, etc.. We made a few designated stops throughout the journey to use the restroom, see a historic castle, and get food. The bus was very comfortable and had complimentary WiFi which was great. When we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher, we were able to leave extra personal items on the bus and I felt really safe doing so. I would HIGHLY recommend this experience to anyone who is planning to visit the Cliffs of Moher with good company.

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Eslie, 07/01/2019

Amazing once-is-not-enough tour with Finn McCool

I’ve been dreaming to visit the westernmost coastal line of Ireland to see wild atlantic way, especially the Cliffs of Moher where appear in the movie of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Finn McCool tours brought this dream to me with excellence service. Captain John and Derek are the absolute best guides. The tour took 13 hours in total. It started from Dublin - Kilmacduagh monastery - Cliffs of Moher - The Burren - Galway city - Dublin. Time duration is quiet enough to explore each stop. Folk music and movie were played during the tour based on the theme of next stop. This is unforgettable tour. I’m grateful, well done team!

Great trip through the Burrens and the cliffs ferry ride.

we enjoyed our trip through the Burrens and along the west coast. the Aran island we visited was less than what i expected; maybe because it was the smallest island ? the Cliffs of Moher cruise was great; best way to experience the cliffs. our tour guide/bus driver Patrick Joseph (PJ) was funny; great stories; and always knew which people where his "kids" and made sure we were safe and taken care of

The Aran Islands & The Cliffs Cruise Reviewed by Donna, 06/29/2019

Great trip: bogs, castle 1, baby cliffs, cliffs of Moher, castle 2

Talented driver (Jeff). Funny tour guide, however, he got very stressed when some of us misunderstood the departure time from the cliffs by 10 mins. I was probably the lucky one to get the best compliment ‘you are sitting on the first row, you should have get it right’. Thanks for the good reception Bailey (be nice to the driver, be nice to the tour guide). Also be nice to tourists

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/18/2019