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

  • 60%


    Galway in January

    Ireland in winter is cold, windy, and rainy. Galway is a pretty little town in the middle of the countryside and it is worth it to visit not in the winter if you like sightseeing and hiking.

    Insider Tip:Rent a car and drive in the countryside it is beautiful

  • 60%


    New Year 2015/16

    I've visited Galway in times for new years celebration and festivities. The weather was a bit bad, rainy, windy and the temperatures 5 to 10 °C, but the town was as alive as ever. Many people, local and foreign, wandering the streets, hanging out in pubs, partying everywhere. Pubs offer traditional Irish music sessions and everyone will give you a warm welcome.

    Insider Tip:If you're quick to catch a cold, wear a scarf and don't forget your umbrella!

  • 70%


    Vibrant Galway

    Ireland's most vibrant city on the west coast. A good starting point for seeing some of Ireland's top attractions on the west Coast.

    Insider Tip:Bring an Umbrella, raincoat

  • 80%


    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!

  • 100%


    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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