Things to do in

Galway

Discover castles, cliffs, and crafts in this lively Irish city by the sea where music is always in the air.

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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.

  • 1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Galway Cathedral

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

  • Eyre Square

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Galway

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11,948 reviews

Danny and Nicolas gave us a great tour! Although we had a bit of a rough start, their optimism was contagious and made for a good journey. The weather was perfect, and I felt we had enough time at each stop. Danny was super helpful, offering suggestions tailored to the experience we wanted. And Nicolas did a great job navigating our bus through the thin roads.

A lovely tour with a lot jam packed into one day! Our guide, Maeve was fantastic and gave us interesting history and cultural stories and facts throughout the day. The cliffs were truly stunning as was the Burren landscape. Only complaint was there wasn’t enough time to explore Galway city!

Danny and Tony were amazing! It was all worth our money, Danny made an excellent tour guide he explained everything so well and made it all so entertaining!

The tour was fantastic. Our guide Daniel and the driver was very very good. Daniel is so informative and he is

It was so much fun and a tour you shouldn’t miss when you’re visiting Ireland