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Galway City

More than 150 freshwater and sea-dwelling creatures from local waters swim in Ireland's largest native-species aquarium, including seahorses, sharks and rays. There's also a floor-to-ceiling ocean tank, fin whale skeleton and model submarine. Talks, tours and feeding sessions take place daily; check times online.

Tickets are valid all day, so you can come and go as you please.

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Nearby Galway City attractions

1. Salthill Promenade

0.27 MILES

A favourite pastime for Galwegians and visitors alike is walking along the Salthill Prom, the 2km-long seaside promenade running from the edge of the city…

2. Fishery Watchtower

1.04 MILES

Constructed in the 1850s, this butter-coloured Victorian tower was used to monitor fish stock levels (and poachers). Now restored, the unique trilevel…

3. Spanish Arch

1.08 MILES

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…

4. Galway City Museum


Exhibits at this modern, three-floor museum engagingly convey the city's archaeological, political, cultural and social history. Look out for an iconic…

5. Hall of the Red Earl

1.15 MILES

In the 13th century, when the de Burgo family ruled Galway, Richard – the Red Earl – erected a large hall as a seat of power, where locals would arrive to…

7. Lynch Memorial Window

1.24 MILES

James Lynch Fitzstephen was the mayor and magistrate of Galway in 1493. So the story goes, when his son was condemned for the murder of a romantic rival…

8. Galway Market

1.25 MILES

Galway's bohemian spirit comes alive at its street market, which has set up in this spot for centuries. Saturdays are the standout for food, when farmers…