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Top Choice Pub in Galway City

Crane Bar

This atmospheric old pub west of the Corrib is the best spot in Galway to catch an informal céilidh (traditional music and dancing) most nights. Talented bands play its rowdy, goodnatured upstairs bar; downstairs at…
Top Choice Theatre in Galway City

Druid Theatre

This renowned, long-established and award-winning theatre is famed for staging experimental works by young Irish playwrights, as well as new adaptations of classics. Its Galway home is in an old tea warehouse.
Top Choice Pub in Galway City

Tigh Neachtain

Painted a bright cornflower blue, this 19th-century pub, known simply as Neáchtain's (nock-tans) or Naughtons, has a wraparound string of tables outside, many shaded by a large tree. It's a place where a polyglot mi…
Top Choice Museum in Galway City

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 currachs (boats made from animal hides) and sections covering Galway and the G…
Top Choice Historic Site in Galway City

Spanish Arch

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 ts…
Top Choice Books in Galway City

Charlie Byrne's Bookstore

A civic treasure (established in 1989) with a collection of new, second-hand, third-hand, discounted books (many €1) and out of print titles that can keep you browsing for weeks. With stock stuffed into a succession…
Top Choice Deli in Galway City

Sheridans Cheesemongers

Sheridans Cheesemongers is aromatic with the superb local and international cheeses and other deli items, many from the Mediterranean. Its real secret, however, is up a narrow flight of stairs. Sample from a huge wi…
Top Choice Historic Site in Inisheer

Tobar Éinne

Locals still carry out a pilgrimage known as the Turas to the Well of Enda, an ever-burbling spring in a remote rocky expanse in the southwest. The ceremony involves, over the course of three consecutive Sundays, pi…
Top Choice Pub in Inishmór

Tí Joe Watty's Bar

The best local pub, with trad sessions most summer nights and weekends other times. Posh pub food (mains €8 to €20) ranges from fish and chips to steaks. Peat fires warm the air on the 50 weeks a year when this is n…
Top Choice Historic Site in Inishmór

Dún Aengus

Three spectacular prehistoric forts stand guard over Inishmór, each believed to be around 2000 years old. Chief among them is Dún Aengus, with three massive drystone walls that run right up to sheer drops to the oce…