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Galway city

Galway has a bohemian flavour that is typical of the west of Ireland psyche: laid back, relaxed and ready for a party
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County Galway
Arts and culture
1hr from Shannon Airport

Galway city

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Pure charm out west

A balmy, bohemian city with a love of traditional music – Galway is hard to resist. The spirit of Ireland’s west coast beats through the bustling streets, from mellow old pubs boasting turf and cosy corners, to shops selling Claddagh rings, Aran sweaters and bog-oak carvings.

On the flipside, you’ll find boundary-pushing chefs who are passionate about local ingredients, chic design stores, rolling street music and a seriously vibrant film scene (Galway is a UNESCO City of Film).

Visit during one of its famous festivals such as the Galway Oyster Festival, the Galway Arts Festival or the Galway Film Festival, and it genuinely feels like the entire city is one big party. But there are plenty of tranquil moments to be cherished in this medieval gem, too. Wander down age-old alleys, walk the coastal promenade to the seaside town of Salthill, or stroll over one of the River Corrib’s four bridges. Either way, stay a while, you won’t be sorry.

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Galway bay, Galway city

Amazing things to do

Charming old pubs, local markets, superior seafood and bracing coastal walks – let Galway get under your skin.

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A warm welcome

It’s all about local ingredients in Galway – find out what inspires Jess Murphy, head chef at Kai Café and Restaurant.

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Galway boasts some of the best oysters in the world, here’s how to enjoy them…

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Into the wild – beyond the city

Crashing waves, swaying bog grasses, ancient stonewalls crisscrossing fields and blazing white sands – Galway city is the gateway to some of the most incredible scenery on the island of Ireland. Try Connemara for starters. This romantic region, dubbed by Oscar Wilde as a place of “savage beauty” gets deep into the soul with its peat-scented pubs, tobacco-coloured hills, native ponies and coral beaches.

Or experience life on the edge with a trip to the Aran Islands. Famed for their strong literary history, traditional culture, rocky landscapes and soaring cliffs, the three islands offer a unique glimpse into a way of life shaped by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Connemara National Park, County Galway

A land of tradition

From charming fishing villages to scenic landscapes, experience the romance of Connemara.

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The Aran Islands, County Galway

The Aran Islands

Escape into the Atlantic with a momentous island visit.

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Galway highlights

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Kylemore Abbey

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Galway City Museum

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Connemara National Park

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Galway Food Tours

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Galway Farmers Market

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Dunguaire Castle

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Galway Atlantaquaria

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The g Hotel & Spa

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An Púcán

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The Quays Bar

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