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

  • 80%


    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.

  • 70%



    Galway is pretty small but you can find plenty of stuff to do there. There are a bunch of good pubs with live music and good food. Check out the theater for really good shows.

    Insider Tip:Only spend a couple of days here. Galway isn't huge and there's a lot of other places to see in Ireland.

  • 90%


    lots to do, amazing musicians in the streets. it's a nice little town with lots of stuff going on. and if you want some amazing nature go to the cliffs or just go for a walk at the seaside. if you do it right you'll love that place !

  • 80%


    Galway is Ireland

    I visited Dublin before Galway. Dublin had lots to see, but the utilitarian/business atmosphere left it a bit hurried and cold. Galway is the perfect Irish city. Steeped in history and culture, music and food, but the convenience of big city shopping and transportation are very present. I used Galway as a jumping off points for The Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, and Connemara (all wonderful) but would have been content to walk Galway's shores and twisting Medieval streets. I LOVE Galway City

    Insider Tip:The big cathedral is actually not ancient (1950's) St Nicholas' abbey is much more the historic church to see. Look out for special night life events, it's a college town so there's always something fun going on on the weekend, as long as you're not intimidated by being surrounded by young people having a good time. If trad music and little pubs are more your thing, check out the pubs on shop st. Closer to St. Nicholas'

  • 100%


    Galway town tips

    Galway, nice town, great restaurants and good trips from the coach bus station! Definitely recommend going to Connemara and the Burren (coach bus station trips).

    Insider Tip:A good pub is The Skeff; a nice restaurant Quay Street kitchen

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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