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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

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    Anonymous

    Galway Memories

    Galway is my favorite city in the world (but I'm partial since I studied abroad there) I love this city for it's culture and atmosphere. Galway is a great city to stay for a long period of time since there are day trips to Cliffs of Moher, the Barren, Aran Islands, and the Ring of Kerry. Check out all the pubs on Shop Street but also the local ones like Monroe's and the Crane Bar. Also, look into which bars to go to on which days. Some will have live music on specific nights.

    Insider Tip:Experience Galway on a Saturday or Sunday when you can go to their market. There you have to try the homemade donuts. The guy who makes them is a real character and wonderful to get teased by (grammar is key). Also check out silent disco at Roisin Dubh if you've never experienced it before! Great craic!

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    Anonymous

    Galway September 2014

    My friend and I spent one night in Galway, we enjoyed the charm of this town a lot. You can take a walk through the nice city center. The beach is also very nice.

    Insider Tip:The Spanish quarter

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    cokonut13

    kinlay in galway

    this place is awesome. the two main bus stations are minutes are minutes away, and close to walking, shopping and everything.the kitchen at the hostile is awesome and the staff and the facilities. love this place!

    Insider Tip:use the city link to travel NOT the Bus Eireann it is MUCH cheaper and schedule is just as good! OH and go to Maxwells for lunch or dinner its great!

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    jaimekristal

    Home Away From Home

    The moment I arrived in Galway I fell in love and never wanted to leave. I went over the winter holiday so there was a Christmas Market, the Galway Bay Christmas Day Swim, christmas carolling, etc. Shops do close earlier than they would in bigger cities, but the pubs are open and at least half of them have live music. It's hard to get lost in Galway, not only because it's small but because people are so friendly they offer to help if they so much as glimpse a map.

    Insider Tip:When booking a tour, check the weather report for both your departure point and intended destination. Winter is not the best time to visit the Cliffs of Moher unless you don't mind pouring rain, lashing winds, and fog.

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    Anonymous

    Christmas Eve Galway

    Beautiful city! Nice walks along the canals. Good spot to take day tours from. plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shopping as well.

    Insider Tip:Christmas eve is a fine time to visit...everyone is still out and about in town and there are some early evening trains out of the city as well. Most places completely shut down on Christmas however so be prepared.

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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