Things to see and do in Galway
No matter which of Galway's wonderful collection of motley festivals you're headed to, you're in for a cracking time. But the fun doesn't need to end there. With its mash up of traditional life and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, this city has endless treats in store for you. We've picked some to whet your appetite and get you started.
Galway's Latin Quarter
Meander through Galway's Latin Quarter. Bursting with buskers and locally owned boutiques, cafés and restaurants, this area boasts some of Galway's most loved pubs – perfect for a pint and a music session.
St Nicholas's Medieval Parish Church
There's no better way to absorb Galway's ancient atmosphere than a trip to St Nicholas's medieval parish church. The church fell on hard times under Cromwell when it was used as a stable. Now restored to glory, you can catch music concerts here.
Galway Walking Tour
On a walking tour of Medieval Galway City, stroll down narrow winding lanes and ancient city streets, passing the old town wall and intact medieval houses. You'll also discover how Galway became one of the most powerful city-states in medieval Europe.
Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum allows visitors to learn why Galway is known as the City of Tribes, as well as browse a unique set of artefacts like currachs, War of Independence memorabilia and items from John F Kennedy's 1963 visit to the city.
Galway City Farmers' Market
Don't miss Galway City Farmers' Market which has taken place in Church Lane by St Nicholas's Church for centuries. Pick up everything from fresh produce to locally made crafts, as well as treats as diverse as sushi and handmade chocolates.
Galway Cathedral is the most recently built of Europe's great stone cathedrals. It's well worth a visit to see its rose windows, mosaics and impressive 44.2m dome. In summer musical recitals take place in its sublime surroundings.
For a more mellow experience of Galway City, why not head out to the Salthill prom to stretch your legs and suck in the fresh Atlantic air. If you're brave enough, take a plunge from the Blackrock diving tower like a true local!
While you're in Salthill visit Atlantaquaria, Ireland's largest aquarium. Learn about our diverse marine ecosystem as you watch rays, dogfish and small sharks. You'll even get to see the skeleton of a huge fin whale.
Corrib Princess Cruise
A river cruise on the Corrib Princess will bring you to tranquil Lough Corrib. This is a chance to kick back and enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife while absorbing fascinating facts about castles and historic buildings.
If you fancy some quality peace and quiet, Connemara is a stone's throw away. Choose from golf on spectacular links courses, fishing on remote twinkling lakes, walking the craggy mountains or simply soaking up the wild untamed scenery.