Introducing Galway City
Arty, bohemian Galway (Gaillimh) is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while cafes offer front-row seats for observing street performers, weekend parties run amuck, lovers entwined and more.
Steeped in history, the city nonetheless has a contemporary vibe. Students make up a quarter of its population, and remnants of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings and stacks of second-hand and new books. Bridges arch over the salmon-filled River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters.
Galway is often referred to as the 'most Irish' of Ireland's cities, it's the only one where you're likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs. Even as it careens into the modern age, it still respects the fabric of its past.
Best places to stay in Galway City
Galway Oyster Festival - world's best festivals
'Galway 'by Scarto. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Nimmo’s Pier, Galway City, County Galway, Ireland Dates: last full weekend in September. 26-29 Sept 2013. Level of participation: 4 - you’ll never want to see an oyster again The Galway Oyster Festival is dedicated to Ostrea edulis, the European flat oyster...
Galway City destination guides
Connemara and Galway City Day Trip from Dublin
Explore Connemara and Galway City on a full-day trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll discover this unspoiled area of natural beauty on Ireland's dramatic west coast. See the majestic Kylemore Abbey, take a boat cruise around Killary Harbour (Ireland's only fjord) and soak up the bohemian atmosphere in Galway City.
Ireland Cycle Explorer Guided
Small group guided cycle along the backroads of Irelands stunning Connemara region