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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    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.

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    Galway is a Dream

    Galway is a fantastic city to explore and love, when the weather co-operates. The people here are very friendly and welcoming in almost every place you visit. The best part is the excessive amount of trad music and food. It's a great atmosphere, and the city isn't too large too explore it all in one visit.

    Insider Tip:Stay at SleepZone Hostel. Seriously. They'll provide all the insider tips you'll need. Also, use Galway City as a hub and hike either The Burren or The Western Way (or both). If you want to see why Irish landscapes inspire fairy tales, hike them!

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    Fantastic stay!

    We stayed 2 nights here, and loved every second of our stay! We wish we could have stayed longer, the place was adorable and we felt so welcome and comfortable the whole time. Breakfast was fantastic, and our hosts recommended an excellent trip to go see the cliffs of moher which is a must!! All in all a fantastic stay in Galway, and it was made all the better by staying here!

    Insider Tip:Make sure to check out the Halo app while in Ireland! It's to hire taxis in a safe and quick manner!

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    The most Irish city!

    We loved it! It was so close to the countryside and the cliffs, but the town itself was so quaint! I cant wait to go back.

    Insider Tip:DOUGH. BROS. This place makes the BEST pizza ive ever had! We ate there every day we were there. The owners are awesome, amd all the ingredients were handmade. Get the Hail Caesar. It's a caser salad.... in pizza form!

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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