County Galway

Galway City Museum showing interior views

Located on the western coast of Ireland, this popular oceanfront destination is known for its artistic culture, live music and sandy beaches.

Galway is one of Ireland’s great cultural and historic hubs. See a grand medieval townhouse. Admire touring exhibits in a modern museum. Stroll along a promenade and enjoy some of the bay’s surrounding natural sites.

Find Galway’s eight lively inner-city public parks surrounded by shopping streets. Relax in a pub or bar on Galway’s iconic central street. Take a short drive to impressive cliffs and other natural attractions.

Lynch’s Castle is an excellent example of an Irish Gothic-style townhouse. This building was once the residence of one of the most powerful families in Galway. Notice the exquisitely carved gargoyles and the Lynch coat of arms outside the building.

Find the Galway City Museum on the banks of the River Corrib. This modern museum features a collection of objects considered to have major cultural heritage. See touring exhibits of sacred and modern artworks.

Stroll along Quay Street and relax in a charming Irish pub. This central street of Galway is known for its bars, restaurants and shops. Spend an afternoon on Quay Street and enjoy some of Galway’s finest live music.

Discover the Salthill Promenade, located on the northern inner shore of Galway Bay. See the Clare Hills on a clear day. Notice the Aran Islands and Galway Islands on opposite sides of the bay. Walk along the long promenade and glimpse the old fishing village in this lively resort area.

See the imposing Cliffs of Moher, just a short drive from Galway. These cliffs stretch about 5 miles (8 kilometers) along the coast and reach over 700 feet (200 meters) high. Book a bus tour to the cliffs from Galway and see many other significant natural attractions, including The Burren and the Aran Islands.

Shannon Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock are the best way to get to Galway by air; both are about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from Galway. A frequent train service runs from and to Dublin. The journey takes 2-2.5 hours.

With a wide range of natural attractions and a lively creative culture, Galway is the perfect place to visit year-round.

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