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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.

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

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  • 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

The right tour guide can make a tour, even in a down-pour.

It was pouring the day of our tour and our tour guide, Tom, still managed to make the tour as positive as it could have been. 10/10

Full Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour from Galway Reviewed by Allyson, 11/13/2018

Must do! You get to experience a lot of Ireland!

The tour was amazing. Our guide had so many stories to tell us. It wasn't just like someone telling you bunch of history; it felt much more like stories and an experience. So, just that alone made it worth it. On top of that, you get to visit a lot of cool places in just a day. I felt like I had enough time at each place. You can always spend more time everywhere, but when you consider that it's all squeezed into a day, it works out pretty well. If you're thinking about this specific tour, I would say go for it. I spent a weekend in Ireland, and this was by far my favorite day there. Be ready to take lots of amazing pictures and be blown away by beauty!

Best tour ever because of Derrick and Captain John!

My friend and I had the most enjoyable day touring the Cliffs of Mohr because of our wonderful tour guide, Derrick and our driver, Captain John. It was so educational and Derrick did everything to make everyone happy and comfortable. Captain John did a great job driving on such narrow roads in the countryside. It is such a relaxing way tour the country. I would highly recommend this trip but you must have Derrick for your guide and Captain John for your driver.

Beautiful scenery and a wonderful experience

Though it was a long day the tour was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Great scenery, experiences and insight from wonderful and well versed tour guides. A fun time had by all

Excellent value and wonderful way to learn about Galway.

We used the hop on/off to get a flavor for the city and to help us getaround. The 48 hour feature was prefect. Day 1 we just did the hour long tour and learned about Galway, saw the sites and got a better understanding of the layout. Day 2 we got off at the aguarium and the museum. It was a very relaxing way to get around and take in this lovely City.

Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/18/2018