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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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    jaimekristal

    Home Away From Home

    The moment I arrived in Galway I fell in love and never wanted to leave. I went over the winter holiday so there was a Christmas Market, the Galway Bay Christmas Day Swim, christmas carolling, etc. Shops do close earlier than they would in bigger cities, but the pubs are open and at least half of them have live music. It's hard to get lost in Galway, not only because it's small but because people are so friendly they offer to help if they so much as glimpse a map.

    Insider Tip:When booking a tour, check the weather report for both your departure point and intended destination. Winter is not the best time to visit the Cliffs of Moher unless you don't mind pouring rain, lashing winds, and fog.

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    Anonymous

    Christmas Eve Galway

    Beautiful city! Nice walks along the canals. Good spot to take day tours from. plenty of restaurants, cafes, and shopping as well.

    Insider Tip:Christmas eve is a fine time to visit...everyone is still out and about in town and there are some early evening trains out of the city as well. Most places completely shut down on Christmas however so be prepared.

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    Anonymous

    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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    Anonymous

    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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    Anonymous

    BEST

    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!!

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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