You will be spoilt for beaches in Galway city. The nearest beach to the hotel is Salthill, followed by Silver Strand in Barna. There are many beaches in Spiddeal such as Tra Mor and An Doilin in Carraroe.
Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are equally fantastic and are located 2 miles outside the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara.
Discover Galway’s newest outdoor adventure activity centre, Wildlands is an exhilarating place nestled in 20 acres of mature woodland.
With indoor and outdoor activities including Zip ‘n’ Trek, Fun Walls, Disc Golf, Bushcraft, Archery, Forest Walks, Fairy Trails, a Sports Hall, and a Yoga & Wellness studio – there is something for all the family to experience!
Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.
Admission is free and there is a playground, picnic area and a tea room.
A visit to Galway is not complete without a stroll along the Promenade at Salthill. A favourite pastime for Galwegians and visitors alike is walking along the 2km-long seaside promenade running from the edge of the city along Salthill.
There are several beaches to visit, the iconic diving board at Blackrock and of course you must 'kick the wall' across from the diving boards before turning around.
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. Coole park has a variety of walking trails which are clearly sign posted throughout the park.
Galway has a wide range of dedicated play facilities, 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.
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden is one of Ireland's most romantic castles, set in the stunning surrounds of Connemara and only a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from The Galmont. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks along the beautiful 1000 acre estate, the 6 acre walled garden, the neo-Gothic church, dining and the wild play area.
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. Top tip: Get lunch in The Kitchen Cafe at the Galway City Museum, they do delicous fresh & healthy food. The Kitchen Cafe caters to dietary requirments.
The laid-back and vibrant vibes of Galway are best experienced at the weekend market.
There are many colourful stalls and plenty of incredible flavours, all in the shadow of St Nicholas’ Medieval Church. As well as local cheeses and sea food, international influences come through with curries and Mediterranean favourites.
Quay Street and the Latin Quarter are often referred to as the cultural heart of Galway.
A highlight for many visitors to Galway City is strolling along the medieval pedestrianised streets. The area is characterised by buskers, boutiques, unique shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and is located a 10 minute walk from The Galmont.
Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy park is located 3 minutes’ walk from The Galmont. Here you will find a statue of Galway author Padraic O'Conaire, a bust where John F. Kennedy addressed the people of Galway in 1963 and a fountain with a centrepiece of a copper-coloured sails of the Galway Hooker traditional fishing boat, unique to Galway.
Experience the magic of Galway Bay Boat Tours, a family run business where you can choose from sailing adventures, heritage tours, themed evening excursions, boat picnics and a lobster safari tour. Meet the Oliver family, a team of professional skippers, and listen as they regale you with intriguing tales of the city's rich maritime history.
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.
Opening Hours: Contact the Corrib Princess directly for sailing times.
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, waterfall and soak up all the natural history of the area.
Loughwell Farm Park has many friendly animals including pot bellied pigs, miniature ponies and many more. The farm has activities for the whole family with over 12,000 square feet of indoor entertainment including a super indoor play structure.
No matter what the weather, there is always something to do at Turoe Pet Farm offering families a fun-filled day out! The pet farm includes ponies, donkeys, goats and sheep, as well as the very popular “Larry the Lama” and “Curley the Alpaca”.
The National Aquarium is home to Ireland’s biggest display of sea and fresh water life. The main attraction within the aquarium is the 120 tonne Ocean Tank showcasing over 200 species including small sharks.
Leisureland is a perfect attraction for all the family. It includes 3 pools, 65m water slide & a bubbly pool and many other fun water sports. There is also a learning pool, 25m swimming pool and crazy golf.
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am until 6pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am until 6pm.
Website: Check out their Facebook page
The Planet Galway
The Planet Galway has activities for all family members no matter what age - bowling, pool & games, laser tag and space kids. The Plant also offers a great student discounts. You'll have the most fun on the planet at this family entertainment centre, it might even make your competitive side show.
Situated in Salthill, Seapoint Leisure Centre is Galway's premier indoor family entertainment centre offering an arcade, casino, bingo, amusements and many more options for a great day out and located on the beautiful salthill prom!
Address: 5, Oranmore Business Park, Carrowmoneash, Oranmore, Co. Galway
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am until 6pm. Saturday & Sunday, 10am until 7pm
Galway City Indoor Karting
Located in Liosban Industrial Estate, the 20,000 sq ft indoor track has been designed and engineered for you to get maximum fun from your karting experience with friends and family. Galway City Karting has karts for junior from 7 years and up!