Galway city travel guide

Galway, the fifth largest city in Ireland, has long been considered a convenient base for exploring the country's rugged west coast. However, the city is so much more than that. It has an incredible entertainment scene, and live music is hard to miss no matter what night of the week it may be.

Introduction to Galway

Galway has a population of 70,000 and has long been known as "The City of the Tribes", which is still apt today given the city's vibrant, multicultural nature.

Students make up a quarter of the city's population, which probably explains why there is such a high proportion of pubs compared to the population.

Beautiful cobbled streets house shops selling traditional souvenirs and handicrafts (including Aran jumpers and Claddagh rings).

The seaside suburb of Salthill is a great spot for admiring the views over Galway Bay, where the area's famous oysters are harvested.

How to get to Galway

Galway Airport has limited services from London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. Shannon Airport (1 hour 45 minutes) is a larger airport with domestic and international services. Dublin airport is around three and a half hours away.

The bus station, just off Eyre Square, has frequent services reaching right across the country. There are hourly buses to Dublin (3 hours 45 minutes).

Five daily trains connect Galway with Dublin Heuston Station (three hours).

Top sights and attractions in Galway

  • Eyre Square is a pedestrian shopping area and perfect for a stroll
  • The Spanish Arch is one of the city's last remaining ancient defences
  • Galway City Museum
  • The Promenade in Salthill is delightful on sunny days

Top hotels in Galway

  • Forster Court Hotel: €62 - €166 per night
  • Park House Hotel: €80 - €203 per night
  • Galway Bay Hotel: €69 - €246 per night
  • Westwood House Hotel: €60 - €180 per night
  • The g Hotel Galway: €133 - €210 per night
  • Menlo Park Hotel: €55 - €163 per night
  • The House Hotel: €59 - €200 per night

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