Destination: Galway

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Stunning natural region and delightful small Irish city packed with culture

Galway

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Introducing Galway


At the mouth of Galway Bay is the picturesque and lively city of Galway. Now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, it was originally a small fishing village with a strategic coastal location and natural harbour area. Galway has changed considerably over the last few years and the city now enjoys a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture, but the city still features many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to walk around comfortably.

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Region: Ireland

Time to spend here: 1/2 - 1 day

More Information: Tourist Information website

What's nearby? Limerick, County Clare

What transport do you recommend? The city centre of Galway is small and compact enough to comfortably navigate on foot

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Galway Cathedral

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Located on the West bank of the river Corrib, the Cathedral is one of the largest and most dominating buildings in the city. It took 7 years to complete its construction started in 1958 which makes it the youngest of Europe's great stone cathedrals. The cathedral features a huge octagonal dome and inside the building, you'll find impressive rose windows and wall paintings.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Galway City Museum

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Galway City Museum boasts interesting exhibitions about the history and heritage of the city, focusing on the medieval town, the Claddagh village and Galway. The building itself affords spectacular views of the Claddagh, the Spanish Arch, the River Corrib & Galway Bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Salthill Promenade

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The Salthill Promenade is a 2-mile long walkway beginning at Wolfe Tone Bridge, passing by Galway City and continuing through the splendid Galway Bay and Salthill village. Local folklore has it, that you have not completed the walk unless you kick the wall at the end of 'The Prom' at Blackrock!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Lynch's Castle

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Lynch's Castle is remarkably well preserved. It was the historic home of Galway's most powerful family and is a great example of the Irish Gothic style and gives you a rare glimpse of old Galway. Now a bank, the ground floor is open during banking hours with panels detailing the history and architecture.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Westmeath

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Athlone in County Westmeath is located in the centre of Ireland and is the heart of the magical and scenic Irish Midlands. Its strategic location as the gateway to the west made it a historic town. The river Shannon divides the town into two parishes, two dioceses, two counties and indeed two provinces. If you want to explore the two counties Westmeath and Offaly, Athlone is an ideal base. This busy and thriving town boasts many tourist attractions and excellent restaurants.
Time to spend here: 1 day   More information

Athlone Shopping

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Have a stroll in Athlone's winding streets and experience the ambiance of history and colour reflected in its lovely shops, pubs and restaurants. If you're an antiques enthusiast, make sure you go on Main Street: its many shops will keep you busy for many hours!
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Athlone Castle

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Dominating the town, Athlone Castle dates back to the 13th century. It was built in 1210 and served for almost 300 years as an extension of the military barracks. It is now the main attraction in the town and features exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the Siege of Athlone in 1691.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Seans Bar

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Sean's Bar is the oldest pub in Ireland and the British Isles, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2004! Excavations beneath the current pub have revealed wattle and daub walls, bits of crockery (mugs and the like) and self-minted coins the bar would use for trade with clients dating back to 900 A.D.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Birr Castle

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Birr Castle hosts some of the most attractive and wonderful gardens in Ireland. A visit to the castle is a perfect day out for families, as it's now home to the Historic Science Centre which reveals the wonders of early photography, engineering, astronomy and photography. There you will find the world famous Great Telescope. It was the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years and the oldest still working today.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Lough Ree

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Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the Shannon with numerous islands, bays and inlets offering the adventurous angler wonderful sport. Its waters, shores and islands of the lake have probably the richest concentration of wildlife in Ireland, and in summer many of the waterside flowering plants are very spectacular.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

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Clonmacnoise Monastic Site was founded in 548 and contributed to the development of Clonmacnoise as a major centre of religion, trade and political influence. The site is the burial place of St. Ciaran, and since then has attracted pilgrims for nearly 1500 years. The site now offers exhibitions, audio-visual show, guided tours, tearooms and tourist information services. The best way to get to Clonmacnoise is by ship! You can cruise the River Shannon on a replica Viking boat to Clonmacnoise or into magnificent Lough Ree.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Derryglad folk Museum

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Derryglad Folk Museum is an award winning museum hosting a 25 year collection showing the farm and folk life in Ireland from the 18th century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Tullynally Castle

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Tullynally Castle was the home of the Pakenhams for more than 350 years. The original 17th century fortfield house was transformed first as a Georgian mansion then as a huge rambling gothic revival castle in the early 19th century. The considerable and magnificent 12 acre gardens are well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Claddagh

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Claddagh used to be a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. Since the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century, people have been gathering seafood and fishing in Claddagh in front of the Spanish Arch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Athenry

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Athenry, 23km east of Galway City, is one of the most notable heritage towns that contains some of the finest town walls in the British Isle including five towers and a town entrance known as North Gate. The 13th-century castle has been recently carefully restored using the building techniques of its time and now hosts a very interesting exhibition inside.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Connemara National Park

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Connemara National Park is situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway (1 hour away from Galway City) and covers nearly 3,000 hectares of rugged mountains, 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. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. The fauna and flora of the park is simply amazing: you'll ba able to find the famous Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife. Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin.
Time to spend here: Half day   More information

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