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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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

Great experience with great driver and tour guide

We had a wonderful day tour to the Cliffs. Tara, our guide was funny and told us loads of interesting anecdotes. We had enough time at every stop we made. Tanvir, our driver did his job very well, too. We are happy we did this tour even though we only came for Dublin!

Breathtaking views, tons of fun facts, and fabulous driving!

Irial was a fantastic guide and Andy was a superb driver! Irial told us a lot of interesting facts, he was very light-hearted and funny and we enjoyed his commentary. Andy maneuvered us safely along the Wide Atlantic Way and drove very well! The only downside - no USB chargers on the bus. Our first stop was to a ruined Monastery, which was great as we were the only tour group there. Then we headed for the Cliffs of Moher. The weather cooperated with us - it was sunny, but windy. There was mud along the way to the cliffs so it was sometimes a bit tricky to get up and over. The view though was fantastic! Next we headed to the Baby cliffs and the Burren. The terrain was unique. After that we went to Galway city and had THE BEST ice cream ever at Murphy’s during our free time to explore the city. We recommend the Dingle Salt! While we headed back to O’Connell street, Irial was very kind to give us all sorts of recommendations and gave some local tips for our stay in Dublin!

Great experience that made us beautiful memories.

Very nice and funny guide, Tara. If you will go with this girl, you won't stop laugh ;)

Excellent trip to discover some of the western irish coast.

This tour is a really nice way to see a part of western Ireland, our guide was really good at his job, giving interesting informations. The organisation is well thinked and done : you have enough time to visit and enjoy every site. The Cliffs of Moher is definetly one of the most impressive and beautiful spot in Ireland, and this bus tour is a really great option to go and enjoy it. Totally recommended !

What a wonderful Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher

Really, the journey to the Cliffs of Moher was very Long, but filled with interesting stories about the history of the country and enjoyable Music in the bus from Hozier. Interested mainly to see the beautiful nature of the cliffs and the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way and the City of Galway I could enjoy this journey very well. At first it seemed that the weather would give us a Chance to see the Cliffs through the deep hanging clouds on this day, the sky opened up after a short prayer to heaven and we got to see them. Even the Burren were fantastic lovely and the City of Galway is a very nice City on the Connemara Coast. All in all it was a beautiful tour and our Tour Guide made it to a very lovely one to tell us so much about the areas we have been driving through. Thank you very much for all the stops and the possibility to take good and memorable photos back home.