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Galway Harbour

Cruise around the scenic sights of Galway Bay, see the historic Spanish Arch, spot charmingly colorful houses and dine in restaurants with water views.

The city has grown around the important hub of Galway Harbour over the past millennium. Home to the famous red-sailed Galway hookers that searched the seas for fish for centuries, the port has picturesque views and serene neighboring parks. It is also the starting point for trips to the stunning Aran Islands, which have fascinating ruins. Bring your family to this marina to appreciate the bustling port’s atmosphere and feel the history.

Admire the rows of colorful houses decorating the port, generating a quaint charm. Walk through the harbor for views of Galway Bay and rows of yachts. Capture pretty photos of the boats at sunset with the water reflecting changing hues of the sky. Stay at one of the hotels in the area and dine at a restaurant overlooking the water.

Go on a boat trip with a tour operator in the port. These usually include views and information about the docks, the city center, Mutton Island, Kilgolan and the beach area of Salthill. Choose between short trips and more comprehensive day voyages.

Embark on a trip from the harbor to the Aran Islands, where Irish Gaelic is spoken as a first language. Visit the island’s World Heritage Site of Dun Aonghasa, which consists of a 1500 B.C. prehistoric stone fort overlooking scenic rugged cliffs.

Visit the Galway City Museum to learn the story of Galway through relics dating back to prehistoric times. See a Galway hooker sailboat that was constructed specifically for the museum. The Spanish Arch, part of the historic city walls, is adjacent to the museum.

The harbor’s settlement dates back to the early 1100s, when a castle was built here. In the 13th century, the port was established as an important trading point. Learn about the famous Galway hooker, a type of sailing vessel from the region.

Galway Harbour is about 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) east of the city center at the point where the River Corrib meets the sea. Ride one of the many buses to this part of the town, in the sheltered eastern part of Galway Bay.


Best Lodging Options Near Galway Harbour

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Jurys Inn Galway $93
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.

    Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway $96
    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.

      The Hardiman $134
      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 $87
        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 $88
          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 $130
            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 $96
              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 $89
                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.