From the aquarium and Leisureland at Salthill to plenty of play centres, there is lots to keep the family entertained during your stay in Galway - not to mention even more activity when the summer festivals come to town.
Below are some of our favourite family-friendly activities.
Galway City Museum
The Museum is a beautiful building which is located at the Spanish Arch, overlooking the River Corrib. A brilliant source of information on the rich heritage & history of the city, it is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12pm - 5pm. The museum is closed on Monday. (The Museum is open from Easter Sunday to the end of September).
+353 (91) 532 460
The Corrib Princess offers a fantastic cruise on an all-weather boat, departing from Woodquay in the city centre. The journey gives passengers spectacular views of the River Corrib and proceeds onto Lough Corrib. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and places of historical interest, showing you a view of Galway you just cannot experience on foot.
+353 (91) 563486
Galway has a wide range of dedicated play facilities, catering for everyone from toddlers to teenagers, where you’ll find slides, swings, climbing walls, mazes and much more.
Many of Galway's playgrounds feature other fun facilities including beautiful walking routes, forest trails and picnic areas.
The closest playground in Galway City to the hotel is Millennium Children's Park on University Road near the Galway Cathedral.
The National Aquarium is home to Ireland’s biggest display of sea and fresh water life. You can see young and freshly hatched fish or learn about the huge variety of life in the Estuary, Harbour, Lighthouse, Mill Pond. The main attraction within the aquarium is the 120 tonne Ocean Tank showcasing over 200 species including cod, pollock and small sharks. There is a chance to hold starfish, crabs and sea scorpions. The building is located on the Salthill promenade overlooking Galway Bay. It is open daily from 10am until 5pm daily and closes at 6pm in the Summer.
+353 91 585100
A visit to Galway is not complete without a stroll along the Promenade at Salthill. There are several beaches to visit, the diving board at Blackrock, views across to Clare and of course you must kick the wall at the end of the Promenade. A time honoured tradition.
Leisureland is a perfect attraction for all the family. It includes 3 pools with the highlight being the 65m water slide. The baby pool includes a bubbly pool and many other fun water sports. There is also a learning pool and the 25m swimming pool. Outside you can pit yourselves against family members with the crazy golf and if you are visiting in the summer you can enjoy the thrills of the fun fair.
+353 91 521455
Monkey Business is a children's play centre offering activities such as slides, climbing frames, ball pools, bouncy castle and a café for parents. The venue is suitable for those days when the weather is not the best.
+353 (91) 580956
Busy Bees is perfect for a fun-filled family day catering for kids of all ages.
Busy Bees has everything under one roof, including a baby and toddler play area, activity zone, bees on skates, creative art corner, and a café for adults.
Oranmore Business Park,
+353 91 788516
You will be spoilt for beaches in Galway city. The nearest beach to the hotel is the Promenade in Salthill, followed by Silver Strand in Barna. There are many beaches in Spiddeal such as Tra Mor and a little further away is An Doilin in Carraroe.
Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are equally fantastic and they are located 2 miles outside the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara, Co. Galway.
Connemara National Park
Located in the heart of Connemara, the Connemara National Park offers free admission. Enjoy an exhibition on the Connemara Landscape (multi-lingual), audio visual show (multi-lingual), Connemara Ponies, picnic areas (indoor and outdoor), the famous Diamond Hill and a tea room. Special events including children’s activities, guided walks and evening talks are organised.
Portumna Castle and Gardens is a great place to spend some time your family. You can take in the Castle and the playground. The forest park offers a looped walk along with a cycle trail on the shores of Lough Derg.
+353 90 974 1658
Burren Nature Sanctuary
Burren Nature Sanctuary is only 30 minutes from Galway City in the beautiful and unique Burren region. Here you can explore the fairy woodland trails and soak up all the natural history of the area. If the weather is wet then the little ones can avail of the indoor play area. Adults will enjoy the indoor exhibition and relax by the waterfall or have a tasty treat from the café.
+353 91 637444
Children always enjoy the experience at Brigit's Garden. They can explore a range of habitats with a woodland, lake, gardens and meadow. There are plenty of things to do with kids at Brigit's Garden whatever the season.
+353 91 550905
It offers beautiful walks, a walled garden that is perfect for picnics, deer in an enclosure and lots of literary references along with a visitor centre. There is a tea room and information centre.
There is also a 3- minute presentation which covers the life of Lady Gregory, the history of Coole and the Irish Literary Revival.