Galway & The West
Galway & The WestDramatic, haunting and utterly wild, Galway – in the West of Ireland – is a unique place. Rugged cliffs and craggy countryside are dotted with bursts of colour. Galway is famed for its beaches and soaring mountains, as well as its creative spirit, raucous nightlife, and tradition-rich Gaeltacht region.
Top 5With a youthful population and a bohemian spirit, Galway’s charms are best enjoyed by strolling the Old City lanes and wandering the rugged landscapes. Known for its artistic spirit, Galway is oozing with culture, a confluence of the modern and the ancient.
The CountyKnown as the “City of the Tribes” – after the 14 famous families who forged Gaillimh’s history –, Galway is one of Ireland’s most charming and romantic cities, and a magnet for visitors as to its rich Celtic and Spanish heritage, its vibrant arts scene, and its lengthy list of festivals. Delightfully compact, the city is easy to stroll around, so do explore its medieval streets dotted with brightly-painted shop fronts, handsome limestone buildings and landmarks. The Gaeltacht area of County Galway offers an authentic insight into life through the Irish language, and the Aran Islands have a breathtaking beauty of their own.
EventsGalway is a high-spirited and lively city, teeming with bustling bars and inspiring art. Events happen year round and the festival atmosphere is rife for revelling.
Do & See
With a young population and a bohemian spirit, Galway’s charms are best enjoyed by strolling the Old City lanes and wandering the rugged landscapes. Known for its artistic spirit, Galway is oozing with culture, a confluence of the modern and the ancient.
Galway is the perfect place to taste a crop of Ireland's finest traditional food, as well as cosmopolitan cooking. With options for all budgets and occasions, Galway is an up-and-coming city in Ireland's foodie scene.
Galway's cosy cafes offer refuge from the Wild Atlantic weather. Enjoy traditional Irish homemade cakes, bakes and lunchtime treats such as warm fluffy brown scones, jam-laden soda bread, Irish fruit cake, open crab sandwiches, boxty and soda farls.
Bars & Nightlife
Galway's unique, celebratory spirit festers in its many pubs. From traditional pubs to hopping bars, Galway is famed for its nightlife. A university town, it draws a young crowd, as well as groups of friends visiting from other parts of the country.
Galway provides a unique shopping experience. As well as the high street shops, there is a variety of specialist and unique gift shops. The immediate city centre, as well as indoor shopping centres on the outskirts, insure plentiful options for visitors and locals alike.