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%


    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

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