Galway is a lively centre on the west coast – a mix of cool culture, adrenaline adventure, seaside destination and a buzzing food and social scene.Once ringed by city walls Galway has a compact centre and is a lovely place to spend an afternoon exploring. Investigate the medieval streets with it’s iconic landmarks, or investigate the Latin Quarter with its craft, book and vintage shops and lively nightlife or the amazing West end with it’s mouth watering food scene.
So let us show you around… Here are our top tips for things to see, places to explore and unmissable Galway experiences to tick off your bucket list.
Galway Bay Boat Tours
The world-famous Galway Hookers (a traditional handcrafted sailboat) grace the Oyster Festival with a sail past on the Friday evening. You too can experience this piece of unique maritime history by taking the ‘Maritime Boat Tour’ around Galway Bay. For those seeking more speed, the tour can also be taken as a thrilling power boat excursion.
The Festival Marquee is located in Claddagh, the small fishing village on the city outskirts that gives the iconic ring its name. Delve into the legend and history of this symbol of Irish heritage worn the world over at the Claddagh Ring Museum and Visitor Centre.
Galway Walking Tours
Parading the streets of Galway during the Saturday evening Mardi Gras gives visitors a modern-day glimpse of Galway life. You can step further back in time by taking a walking tour of the city with Fiona Brennan who will share the town’s history and some lesser-known snippets of information.
Situated on the other side of the Claddagh Basin from the Festival Marquee, behind the famous Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum houses a number of exhibitions. which explore aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City. Explore the themes of archaeology, history and sea science with a particular focus on Galway. Admission to all is free.