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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.

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    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

Can’t miss attraction in Galway Ireland vicinity

Enjoyed our tour tremendously. Gary gave us so much information as we traveled throughout the day. We were entertained and informed. Cliffs are an awesome sight - not to be missed Highly recommend this tour

Full Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour from Galway Reviewed by Beatrice, 01/05/2019

astonishing views - must-do activity while in Galway!

The trip is not too packed, but still there was a lot to see and do. One of the most interesting region we've ever visited. Leaving from Galway and staying overnight was a plus since we were able to enjoy the world famous live music pubs in the city!

Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway Reviewed by Daniel, 01/02/2019

Leuke trip, met als hoogtepunt cliff of moher

Awesome tour !! The cliffs were amazing. And Valentine ower guide and bus driver wad absolutly fantastic. The passion what he have for his job i was impressed. Thanks for a amazing day Valentine!

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Jochem, 12/11/2018

I thought that Richie did a fantastic job with the tour

I had done this tour once before with a different company, but I liked this one a lot more. Our guide Richie was very engaging and interesting when telling us about the history of Ireland as we drove through the country. We sat at the front of the bus from the beginning, so I think he liked us the best as we all were joking around with him and having a good time.

Amazing tour, great way to see more of Ireland outside the city

Gavin, our tour guide, was funny and knowledgeable. He was personable and interacted with everyone on the bus. The tour was broken up with stops at little towns along the way, stop at a castle, and a stop for lunch. All unexpected surprises! We also learned about Irish culture and where common phrases originated (like “it’s raining cats and dogs”). A great day and glad we did this! It turned out to be my 17 year old daughter’s favorite activity in all of Europe. And teenagers are hard to impress Ha Ha

Cliffs of Moher Full-Day Tour from Dublin Reviewed by Misti, 11/28/2018