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City Guide Galway, Ireland

Visiting Galway

While Galway can’t promise sunshine, it can certainly guarantee a stay that will be both enjoyable and memorable and will leave you promising to come back for more!

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Galway Podcasts

Galway - Discovering the Aran Islands

In this podcast, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Caroline Gorham, Sales and Marketing Manager at Island Ferries, a company that runs ferry services out to the Aran Islands. Listen to find out what you can see and do on Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr.

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Galway Videos

Galway - A video postcard

Have a look at our video postcard of Galway featuring some of the city’s top attractions, bars, restaurants and more.

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Galway Pocket Guide

Galway Pocket Guide

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Galway City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    super friendly and young vibes

    I chose to stay here and a leap off point for the cliffs of moher. It turned out great because the cliffs are only 2ish hours away. Very young city, lots of night life

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    A Fun Town!

    Really friendly people! We were told before we arrived that Gawegians will find any reason to party (in the best way possible). In our experience, that was true. We came on a Band Monday and still found a party. Beautiful place, lots of history and good people.

    Insider Tip:Spend an extra day.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A College Town

    Galway is the definition of a small college town meaning you could probably walk to the other side of it in about 20 min. The people are very nice here just as most Irish seem to be. Nightlife was pretty good seeing as most of the residents are young. The highlight of our trip was going to a silent disco which seems a little weird at first but turned out to be so much fun. Galway is also a really good place to stay if you want to make a day trip out to the cliffs of Moher.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Great Location

    I love Galway way more then Dublin. This had the small town feel, but was still a city. Everyone was so helpfuldn it was not a tourist trap.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Galway, Ireland

    Really pretty since its near the coast. Galway bay is a must-see. Good place to laze around and spend time with loved ones. You can have picnic there, have a stroll in the evening and watch the sunset. Really peaceful and calming.

    Insider Tip:Cliffs of moher is a must go

Ireland: Itinerary

Ireland is a very easy country to get around thanks to an extensive bus service which connects all major towns and cities. It also has a country wide rail service but for most journeys the bus is more flexible, frequent and most importantly, at least 50% cheaper than taking the train. It’s not a big country so you can easily make your way to the major cities but it certainly makes for an action packed seven days. Where better to begin your speedy tour than in ‘Dublin’s Fair City’ - the fun filled capital of the Emerald Isle. As well as the host of attractions on offer, the city can really only be appreciated by those who truly immerse themselves in the culture and there’s no better way to do this than by frequenting the host of the pubs and restaurants on offer. Sip on a pint of Guinness in its native home while listening to some Irish music or sampling traditional cuisine and you’ll know what we mean.

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