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…
Church in Galway City

Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra

Crowned by a pyramidal spire, the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra is Ireland's largest medieval parish church still in use. Dating from 1320, it has been rebuilt and enlarged over the centuries, while retai…
Church in Galway City

Galway Cathedral

Rising over the River Corrib, imposing Galway Cathedral was dedicated by the late Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston in 1965. The interior is fantastic, with a beautifully decorated dome, attractive Romanesque arche…
Historic Building in Galway City

Lynch's Castle

Considered the finest town castle in Ireland, this old stone town house – now part of AIB Bank – was built in the 14th century, though much of what you see today dates from around 1600. Stonework on the facade inclu…
Museum in Galway City

Nora Barnacle House

James Joyce's wife Nora Barnacle (1884–1951) lived here until shortly before they met in Dublin in 1904. It's now a privately owned museum displaying the couple's letters and photographs among period furniture. Look…
Gallery in Galway City

Bold Art Gallery

There’s never a dull moment at this effervescent modern art gallery, which seems to have a bottomless pit of inspiration when it comes to wit. Works vary between the profane, the beautiful and the moving but are nev…
Archaeological Site in Galway City

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 power. Locals would arrive to curry favour or to grovel as a sign of future fealty. …
Aquarium in Galway City


Creatures from the briny depths at Ireland's largest aquarium.
Park in Galway City

Eyre Square

Galway's central public square is busy in all but the harshest weather. A welcome open green space with sculptures and pathways, its lawns are formally named Kennedy Park in commemoration of JFK's visit to Galway, t…