Galway Pocket Guide

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Considered by many to be the Cultural Capital of Ireland, Galway is the place to visit to experience Irish culture at its best. The city is on the verge of the 'Gaeltacht' region, where Irish is the language of choice amongst locals, and here you'll find the Ireland you know from the postcards. Then in its pubs you can listen to traditional Irish musicians playing their 'bodhrans' and other traditional Irish instruments. It is Ireland's most vibrant city, and this is only added to by the constant flow of festivals taking place throughout the year.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Galway.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Galway... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Galway.

Galway City Reviews

  • 80%


    Galway September 2014

    My friend and I spent one night in Galway, we enjoyed the charm of this town a lot. You can take a walk through the nice city center. The beach is also very nice.

    Insider Tip:The Spanish quarter

  • 90%


    kinlay in galway

    this place is awesome. the two main bus stations are minutes are minutes away, and close to walking, shopping and everything.the kitchen at the hostile is awesome and the staff and the facilities. love this place!

    Insider Tip:use the city link to travel NOT the Bus Eireann it is MUCH cheaper and schedule is just as good! OH and go to Maxwells for lunch or dinner its great!

  • 80%


    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.

  • 80%


    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.

  • 70%


    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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