Galway City Museum
This modern museum has exhibits on the city's history from 1800 to 1950, including an iconic Galway Hooker fishing boat, a collection of...
Hall of the Red Earl
Back in the 13th century when the de Burgo family ran things in Galway, Richard – the Red Earl – erected a large hall as a seat of...
Enormous tavern with endless timber-panelled rooms and passageways, and great vantage points from which to watch live music (ranging...
Ard Bia at Nimmo's
In Irish, Ard Bia means 'High Food', and that's somewhat apt, given its location in the 18th-century Custom House near the Spanish Arch....
Spanish Arch information
The Spanish Arch is thought to be an extension of Galway's medieval city walls, designed to protect ships moored at the nearby quay while they unloaded goods from Spain, although it was partially destroyed by the tsunami that followed the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Today it reverberates to the beat of bongo drums, and the lawns and riverside form a gathering place for locals and visitors on sunny days, as kayakers negotiate the tidal rapids of the River Corrib.
A 1651 drawing of Galway clearly shows its extensive fortifications, but depredation by Cromwell and William of Orange and subsequent centuries of neglect saw the walls almost completely disappear. Once surviving portion has been cleverly incorporated into the modern shopping mall, Eyre Square Centre .