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

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    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!

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    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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    Galway is a Dream

    Galway is a fantastic city to explore and love, when the weather co-operates. The people here are very friendly and welcoming in almost every place you visit. The best part is the excessive amount of trad music and food. It's a great atmosphere, and the city isn't too large too explore it all in one visit.

    Insider Tip:Stay at SleepZone Hostel. Seriously. They'll provide all the insider tips you'll need. Also, use Galway City as a hub and hike either The Burren or The Western Way (or both). If you want to see why Irish landscapes inspire fairy tales, hike them!

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    Fantastic stay!

    We stayed 2 nights here, and loved every second of our stay! We wish we could have stayed longer, the place was adorable and we felt so welcome and comfortable the whole time. Breakfast was fantastic, and our hosts recommended an excellent trip to go see the cliffs of moher which is a must!! All in all a fantastic stay in Galway, and it was made all the better by staying here!

    Insider Tip:Make sure to check out the Halo app while in Ireland! It's to hire taxis in a safe and quick manner!

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    The most Irish city!

    We loved it! It was so close to the countryside and the cliffs, but the town itself was so quaint! I cant wait to go back.

    Insider Tip:DOUGH. BROS. This place makes the BEST pizza ive ever had! We ate there every day we were there. The owners are awesome, amd all the ingredients were handmade. Get the Hail Caesar. It's a caser salad.... in pizza form!

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