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Where to stay in Galway??

by sarahdhow

My friend and I will be in Galway this Feb. We are both young and would like to stay near town for "pub crawls". I found the Skeffington which looks promising but I would love some feedback/suggestions.

Also, would it be possible to visit a pub in Doolin for a night (easily)?

Re: Where to stay in Galway??

by fealsamh

The Skeff is nice, it is connected to a pub which is gorgeous inside - nice carved wood interior - it gets very busy on a friday or saturday night. It is also near other pubs, bus and train station, and taxi stands. The nicest hotel in town, i think, is Jury's Inn. But the Skeff is probably cheaper and more irishy.
There is a club in the alley behind the Skeff which is alright. There are tons of pubs, shops, restaurants on Shop street which is just around the corner. Pretty great location over all. If you walk a couple blocks east there is usually traditional music, and maybe even a ceilli on at the Western Hotel.

Doolin is quite far, I don't know if you are planning to spend a night over there? It is very close to the cliffs of moher, so it's not hard to get to, although some of the roads going that way are mad - narrow things up and down hills and around curves - and the speed limit is 60mph! good luck :)

Re: Where to stay in Galway??

by Orion10101

Loads of hotels in Galway city, you should do a good search online and see what's the most reasonable. All are fairly standard with decent accommodation so you won't really go wrong. Try the House Hotel near the Spanish Arch, it's a boutique-style hotel right behind Quay Street, probably where you will be focusing your partying! Or Jury's Hotel is in the same area, staggering distance from the centre.
And re. the pub crawl, I would recommend (in this area) Neachtains (little pub on a corner), the Front Door, Kings Head and Busker Browns. Head to Roisin Dubh, great live music with an alternative vibe at the bottom of Dominic Street...fantastic smoking section even if you don't smoke! Go further afield for the Crane (trad music sessions), the Blue Note and Massimos (funky, dark and cool). Clubs are Halo and CP's, probably the best for 2 young ones having fun! Enjoy!

Re: Where to stay in Galway??

by annataylor84

There are lot of cheap and luxury accommodation where u can stay in galway. If u have limited budget than you can opt for some Guest houses which u will find in abundance and if u have higher budget than opt for some 3star hotels.
Complete list of galway hotels, guest houses and other accommodation

Travel Tips for Galway

I was really impressed with...

by jpaustin

I was really impressed with the color of Galway's buildings. I'd been in England for over a month by the time I arrived in Galway, so I was used to gray, drab buildings that were always wet and looked drippy. I'd suggest that you visit UCG (the university), which was a much more attractive campus than the one I studied at in L'pool. Also visit the Punch Bag for traditional Irish music in an intimate atmosphere. Hit some pubs. I should ask my girlfriend for more things you 'absolutely must' do, since she spent five weeks there in 1999.

Visit an historic burial ground.

by sourbugger

Forthill Cemetary is worth a visit for two main reasons.

Firstly it commands good views over the port and Galway Bay, and
Secondly, the historical background is facinating. The full story can be found at the website listed below, but in a nutshell, about 300 sailors from the scuttled Spanish Amarda are buried here. They were caught by the British after their ship ran aground and then brutally tortured and executed.

The Lord deputy from Dublin also had a lust for'Spanish Gold' and it is possible the carried some, as future pay for the sailors - but he never got his dirty little hands on it.

The Irish took pity on their souls, and arranged to have them properly buried in this Augustinian graveyard.

It's also said that you can't be a true Galwegian unless you have an ancestor buried on Fort Hill.

You can find the gate to the place by heading to the port area andthen following the road around towards the railway bridge. The Entrance gate is on your left.

Dance the night away

by Jennyjump79 about The Quays (pronounced "keys")

I was taken here by two college students I'd met at Monroe's after that pub closed. There was a band playing a mix of classic rock and more modern stuff-- all danceable ("Brown-eyed Girl" comes to mind.) The crowd was largely, but certainly not exclusively, college students and under-35s. There was a cover charge, but it was well worth it to party with a fun crowd and a good band late on a Sunday night. I'm not really sure... none of us were wearing jeans or sneakers, though.

eating out corribside

by frankie_ireland

for up market go down quay st and the lanes off it....yum. for inexpensive food yet nice try mc donaghs a famous chipper also on quay st. also on dominick st and another on shop st try La salsa, a little ching ching for a student but delic. it's all good if you can afford it!!!!

Dun Aengus

by auschic1

A truly extraordinary and exhilarating experience!! No gates to block your fall and extreme gusts of wind blowing through, Dun Aengus is a cliff drop of 350 feet straight to the roaring ocean!

Feeling so vulnerable at the hands of nature was overwhelming. I crawled on my stomach to the edge of the cliff and looked straight down, nothing on either side of me except a very big drop. Straight ahead stretched the vast ocean, next stop Boston.

Definite must do if you go to the Aran Islands.


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