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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    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.

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    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

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    Galway, the best town in the west of Ireland

    Galway is the best place to stay in the west of Ireland. You'll find everything, you need and the nightlife is amazing

    Insider Tip:Visit the Aran Islands and have fish and chips at Mc. Donoughs, near to the Spanish Arch.

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    Galway is Great

    I extended my stay in Galway because I didn't want to leave. The atmosphere is fantastic. The scenery is outstanding if you venture across the bridge towards Salthill. I never felt unsafe in Galway when I was out by myself regardless of the time of day or night. Although it is a small city, it has a lot to offer and is oozing with character and charm.

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    just one pint

    One drink will lead to many, lots of bars and live music to enjoy. Easy to find the main street for shopping and your drinks. Nice views all round the town.

    Insider Tip:Kings Head for your first pint

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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