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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    Galway in January

    Ireland in winter is cold, windy, and rainy. Galway is a pretty little town in the middle of the countryside and it is worth it to visit not in the winter if you like sightseeing and hiking.

    Insider Tip:Rent a car and drive in the countryside it is beautiful

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    New Year 2015/16

    I've visited Galway in times for new years celebration and festivities. The weather was a bit bad, rainy, windy and the temperatures 5 to 10 °C, but the town was as alive as ever. Many people, local and foreign, wandering the streets, hanging out in pubs, partying everywhere. Pubs offer traditional Irish music sessions and everyone will give you a warm welcome.

    Insider Tip:If you're quick to catch a cold, wear a scarf and don't forget your umbrella!

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    Vibrant Galway

    Ireland's most vibrant city on the west coast. A good starting point for seeing some of Ireland's top attractions on the west Coast.

    Insider Tip:Bring an Umbrella, raincoat

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    Always a good time

    I was only in Galway for a night, but almost immediately met other solo travelers looking to have a great night out. Although the city was pretty packed with tourists, everyone was really friendly and helpful. The city is very cute and easy to get around and small enough to walk everywhere. Great place to go for nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Do a pub crawl, especially if you're a visiting on your own. You can sign up in advance at many hostels!

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    Ireland's Hidden Gem of a City

    Galway was my first city in Ireland! I loved the size of the city, the people were friendlier overall, and the streets, restaurants, places to see were just beautiful. Overall I just really enjoyed my time in Galway.

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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