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

Download our free pocket guides for cities all over the world that are packed with money-saving tips and more.

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Galway City Reviews

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    Lovely city with a town-like feel with colourful streets and warm people. Although there are not many things to do/see, it is worth a visit. It is an ideal location if you want to explore nearby areas of Ireland, such as the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Aran Islands.

    Insider Tip:Free walking tour of Galway at 12 every day from Eyre Square.

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    Galway city music

    Great city for live music every night. Traditional music in tig neachtains, the crane bar and taffes and live bands in The quays

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    Galway is always so much fun, nearly always something on music / pub wise. Great atmosphere, lovely people, good shopping, lovely sights but it's not too big to get lost in. AMAZING night life!!

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    Charming city

    Galway is very charming but feels very infiltrated by tourism. One big attraction here is the night life.

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    Cute city

    Didn't actually spend toooo much time in the city, I mostly used it as a home base to visit the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

    Insider Tip:Expect rain.

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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