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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%

    Anonymous

    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%

    Anonymous

    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

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    super friendly and young vibes

    I chose to stay here and a leap off point for the cliffs of moher. It turned out great because the cliffs are only 2ish hours away. Very young city, lots of night life

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    A Fun Town!

    Really friendly people! We were told before we arrived that Gawegians will find any reason to party (in the best way possible). In our experience, that was true. We came on a Band Monday and still found a party. Beautiful place, lots of history and good people.

    Insider Tip:Spend an extra day.

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    A College Town

    Galway is the definition of a small college town meaning you could probably walk to the other side of it in about 20 min. The people are very nice here just as most Irish seem to be. Nightlife was pretty good seeing as most of the residents are young. The highlight of our trip was going to a silent disco which seems a little weird at first but turned out to be so much fun. Galway is also a really good place to stay if you want to make a day trip out to the cliffs of Moher.

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