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Galway City is on the Western Seaboard of Europe, with a population of over 80,000 people. Perhaps the best thing about Galway is that it has managed to retain the small town feel. In fact, many of its population simply came for a visit or to study and never left.

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The ‘to do’ list in our little city of cobbled streets is endless, but here are some of our favourites.

Things to Do in Galway

• Soak up the atmosphere in Eyre Square on a sunny day. Just five minutes' walk from the hotel, it is the city's central park and meeting point. 

• Listen to the buskers and watch amazing street performers, from Shop Street down to Quay Street, especially during the season of summer festivals

• Explore the Latin Quarter, situated on the left bank of the River Corrib, home to historic landmarks, great bars and shopping.

• Walk down by the Spanish Arch for a beautiful sunset and watch the River Corrib flow by. 

• Enjoy a stroll along the Salthill Prom and kick the wall for luck - ask a local about this famous tradition.

• Take a leap of faith from the high diving board at Blackrock, at the end of the Salthill Prom. Not for the faint-hearted!

• Learn about some of the city's hidden gems with a walking tour of the city - more details below.

• On a Saturday, visit the Galway Markets in Church Lane by St Nicholas' Church, where stalls sell fresh produce, street food and locally-produced crafts.

• Take a boat tour on Galway Bay with Galway Bay Boat Tours. 

• Appreciate the magnificent, rugged and wild Connemara landscape. Ask our Reception team about day tour options. 

• Listen to traditional music in one of the many bars in the city. We recommend The Crane on Sea Road

• Visit during one of the unique summer festivals in Galway, when the city comes to life.

• Take some time to visit the beautifully rugged Aran Islands. Buses are available in Eyre Square to bring you on the short journey to the ferry port. 

Guided Tours

We think the best way to see our charming city is on foot, with an experienced guide and to let you in on all of the city’s hidden secrets. Or, for a different viewpoint of the city, explore the Claddagh and Salthill from the water with Galway Bay Boat Tours.

Here are a few tour companies that we recommend:

Galway Tours 
Celtic Limo
Lally‘s Guided Tours 
Galway City Sightseeing Tour 
Healy Tours
Executive Helicopters

Food & Drink Tours

Galway Food Tours offer a 2 hour tour around the city, sampling some of the best food Galway has to offer, including a Wild Atlantic Way tour.

Connemara Pub Tours offer an amazing experience of all that is true to Connemara from friendly locals, warm fires, creamy Guinness or award winning Irish Coffee. An ideal way to spend an afternoon or an evening.

Take a visit to Hazel Mountain Chocolate, a unique bean to bar chocolate factory that offers guided tours. Your 45 minute tour will take you through all the stages of chocolate making, followed by a tasting session.

Galway Greyhound Stadium

If you're looking for something different for a great night out, you’ll find it at Galway Greyhound Stadium. It’s non-stop entertainment from the first bell till the last race has run its course. Racing takes place every Friday & Saturday. Gates from 6:30pm.

Golf

The West of Ireland offers a wide range of golf courses to challenge golfing enthusiasts.

History & Culture

The city is steeped in history – to experience this, we recommend a visit to the following:

  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway City Museum
  • Galway Crystal

Theatres

Galway is fortunate to have some fantastic theatres, including the Town Hall Theatre & The Druid. Check their websites for latest listings.

Falconry

A captivating and thrilling experience, falconry is available at Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Come up close and personal with many birds of prey within the sheltered Walled Garden.

Guided and instructed by experienced Falconers, this is a once in a lifetime life time opportunity to interact with some of nature's top predators.

Advance bookings are required and is subject to availability. Adult €75 per person, Children €55 per child