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County Galway Attractions

When you head to Galway, Ireland, you will never have a lack of things to do and see. Fascinating history, colorful local people and places, and breathtaking scenery abound in picturesque Galway.

Before you begin your journey, decide what types of things to do in Galway are most interesting to you. If you hope to see as much as possible, look into Galway tours. Find a fjord sightseeing cruise, which will take you through the beautiful scenery of Ireland's only fjord while relaxing on a comfortable cruise. You may also seek a walking tour of the City of Galway. Spend time with locals who take you to the best spots in the city. You can sample pubs, view historic buildings, and listen to tales from the legends of the City of the Tribes.

Known as the "Cultural Heart" of Ireland, there are plenty of Galway activities, if you seek music and art as part of your vacation experience. The Galway Arts Festival, held each July, is the top arts festival in Ireland. You will see artists, musicians, dancers, and stage performers throughout the two week festival. Traveling later in the summer? As one of your Galway excursions, head to the southeastern city of Waterford for Spraoi, a street arts festival that draws about 80,000 people in August each year.

Other must see attractions in Galway for every tourist include Galway's famed architecture. The city's map is peppered with historic buildings still in use to this day. Start with St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, which is the largest still functioning medieval church on the island. Then head to Lynch's Castle, first built as a castle for a prominent family in Galway in the fifteenth century now used as a bank. After this, go to the Spanish Arch to see what's left of the city's walls. Don't forget to snap a photograph of the famed Claddagh before you conclude your visit to the city.

Free Things to Do in Galway

Touring on a shoestring budget in Galway? Spend time instead of cash on terrific experiences.

Galway City Museum - Brimming with thought-provoking displays and objects, this gallery is heaven for knowledge-hungry minds.

The Fountain - Fans of architecture will enjoy admiring the impressive modern design of this landmark.

Lynch's Castle - Get to know some of the historical events of the area through this attraction.

Eyre Square - Stop for a while in this buzzing location and imagine life as a local.

Salmon Weir - Draw a deep breath — nothing beats being beside the water for some peace and relaxation.

St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church - Throw some spirituality into your vacation by checking out this religious sanctuary.

Salthill Beaches - Devour a new book or listen to a top podcast while you're soaking up those rays.

Hall of the Red Earl - Get ready for views that'll render you speechless at this natural wonder.

Millennium Children's Park and Playground - Recharge your mind, body and soul by spending time in nature.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Galway on a rainy day?

When it's pelting down, these fantastic indoor activities will keep you out of mischief (and nice and dry!):

What should I not miss in Galway?

If you'd like to see the best of this destination, find time for these attractions in your itinerary:

  • Dunguaire Castle
  • Connemara National Park
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway City Museum

Are there cheap things to do in Galway?

Keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket with these cheap and popular activities:

What can you do in Galway for free?

You'll hardly have time to fetch your wallet out of your pocket with so many fantastic free attractions:

  • Connemara National Park
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway City Museum
  • St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church