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Eyre Square

Peruse the modern art and floral displays of this park that takes you away from the bustle of the city.

Eyre Square is a rectangular plaza in the heart of Galway. Located beside some of the city’s principal shopping streets, it is an ideal place to take a break from sightseeing or relax with a book. Inspect the many intriguing statues, memorials and works of art that decorate the park.

See the portrait bust of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who visited this park in 1963 to make a speech. Notice the Browne Doorway, which was initially the entrance to a 17th-century house. It now stands alone in the center of the square, having been moved from Abbeygate Street in 1904.

Other important works include a statue of War of Independence hero Liam Mellows and the Quincentennial Fountain that represents 500 years of Galway city’s incorporation with the red sails of an Irish fishing boat. Watch kids run around the small jets of water surrounding the bronze statue.

Enjoy the tranquil setting among rose bushes and other floral displays. Meander around the trees and find a spot in the shade in summer. Stroll down the pedestrianized road on the side of the park.

Wander through the connecting commercial boulevards of William Street and Shop Street. Peruse recognizable brand stores and boutiques for memories from your Galway trip.

Find out about the rich past of this green plaza, which dates back to the 1600s when trees were first planted here. It takes its name from the 18th-century Mayor Edward Eyre, although its official title was changed to Kennedy Memorial Park after the president’s assassination.

Eyre Square is just east of the River Corrib in the center of Galway. Arrive in the city at Galway Rail Station and walk northwest for one block to reach the plaza. Many bus stops surround the square, which is near the statue of Oscar Wilde and Eduard Vilde sitting facing each other on a bench. Leave the car in the parking lot beneath the park.


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Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway $84
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Sandy Road, Galway, Galway
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galway Shopping Center, Eyre Square, and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is 22 minutes by foot.

    Jurys Inn Galway $69
    Jurys Inn Galway

    Jurys Inn Galway

    Quay Street, Galway, Galway
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Galway City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galway City Museum and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and University Hospital Galway are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      The Hardiman $133
      The Hardiman

      The Hardiman

      Eyre Square, Galway
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in a provincial park, just steps from The Fountain and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 2-minute walk.

        The Connacht Hotel $88
        The Connacht Hotel

        The Connacht Hotel

        Dublin Road, Galway, Galway
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Galway hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, Royal Tara China Visitor Center, and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is 28 minutes by foot.

          Victoria Hotel $79
          Victoria Hotel

          Victoria Hotel

          Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.

            The Galmont $121
            The Galmont

            The Galmont

            Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Galway City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, and National University of Ireland-Galway. University Hospital Galway and Galway Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Galway Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              Forster Court Hotel $90
              Forster Court Hotel

              Forster Court Hotel

              Forster Street, Galway, County Galway
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral. National University of Ireland-Galway and University Hospital Galway are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.

                Imperial Hotel $77
                Imperial Hotel

                Imperial Hotel

                Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is steps from Galway Tours and Eyre Square. Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland-Galway are also within 15 minutes. Galway Station is only a 4-minute walk.