Galway Cathedral

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Galway Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral, religious elements and heritage elements

See a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy in a modern church he visited in Ireland. Admire its rose window and artworks.

The green dome of Galway Cathedral is the most iconic sight in the city. The impressive building is fairly modern and was constructed and dedicated in the mid-1900s. Admire the fusion of architectural styles in the pillars, dome and façade of this gray-and-green building.

Arrive at this picturesque part of the city between the waterways of the River Corrib and Eglington Canal. Snap photos of the imposing building and note the Renaissance influences in its pillars and dome. The water and a row of trees serve as a scenic backdrop. Admire the use of light green for the roofs, mixing well with the gray exterior walls.

Enter through the main door to find yourself in the ornate nave. Note the stunning colors of the rose window above the organ. Marvel at the spectacular mosaic of Christ on the cross.

The pale green color scheme continues with the marble on the underside of the arcades. Examine the bright stained-glass windows and sculptures that decorate the internal walls.

Discover works of art in the corners of this church. The Chapel of the Resurrection has a fascinating mosaic of John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States. The artwork reflects the popularity the former president achieved in Ireland.

Learn about the intriguing details of the church, which was built on the site of the former city jail. Architect John J. Robinson designed the church as well as many other religious structures around the country. The full name of the complex is the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas.

Enter the church as a visitor for free and consider leaving a donation. It is generally open daily from morning until early evening. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lot in the complex’s grounds. Note that it is free on Sundays.

Galway Cathedral is on the western flank of the River Corrib in the northwestern part of the city center. The National University of Ireland is nearby. Take a bus to the stop on the northern side of the church or walk from Eyre Square in 10 minutes.

Top Hotels Close to Galway Cathedral

The Western Hotel
The Western Hotel
3 out of 5
33 Prospect Hill, Galway, Galway
The price is $85 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of Galway Tours, Shop Street, and The Fountain. Quay Street and Galway ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (965 reviews)
"price staff location"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

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Jurys Inn Galway
Jurys Inn Galway
4 out of 5
Quay Street, Galway, Galway
The price is $90 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Galway City Centre, this hotel is steps from Quay Street, Galway City Museum, and Hall of the Red Earl. Druid Theatre and Spanish Arch are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Galway is great for a short trip. This hotel is in a great location and our room had a beautiful view out over the Atlantic and then bars, restaurants and shops very close."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Jurys Inn Galway
The Hardiman
The Hardiman
4.5 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway
The price is $139 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
This family-friendly Galway hotel is located in a provincial park, within a 10-minute walk of Eyre Square, Galway Harbour, and Galway City Museum. Galway Cathedral ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"Very comfortable, friendly, safe and efficient lovely hotel with new decor and plush finish bar area very nice as was the gaslight dining room"

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2020

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Imperial Hotel
Imperial Hotel
3 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway, Galway
The price is $84 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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4 out of 5
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The price is $90 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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3 out of 5
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The price is $85 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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4.5 out of 5
Eyre Square, Galway
The price is $139 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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4 out of 5
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The price is $118 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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Victoria Hotel
Victoria Hotel
3 out of 5
Queen Street, Eyre Square, Galway
The price is $110 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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3 out of 5
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The price is $93 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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4 out of 5
Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Galway
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The Residence Hotel
The Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
Quay Street, Galway, Galway
The price is $107 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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