Rockbarton Park Hotel

5/7 Rockbarton Park, Salthill, Western Ireland, Ireland
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Galway long-term parking lot question

by paulbart

Hello -

I am considering staying at St. Martin's B&B this March.

They do not have parking, so I'll have to park in one of the long-term parking lots - probably at the Cathedral lot.

According to this page:

it costs 4 Euros per day to park here (Long Term Car Park).

Although I'll go on a few day-trips from Galway (requiring a car), I probably won't drive somewhere *every* day that I'm there (I may want to leave the car parked for a couple of days at a time).

So, my question is: Can I purchase a multi-day ticket to park at one of the Long Term lots, or must I return to the car at least once a day to purchase/display a new 4-Euro ticket?

Thank you!

Re: Galway long-term parking lot question

by leics

It is possible that there will be on-street parking nearby, so you may not need to use an official car park. Ask the b&b when you have booked, or email the Council on:

The majority of long-term car parks require you to purchase a ticket every day. As the Council website makes no mention of multi-day tickets I would assume that this is the case. You can, however, buy the next day's ticket in advance (if you time it right):

Re: Galway long-term parking lot question

by WhispersWest

Regarding St. Martin's, parking before 5pm is a bit of a challenge. You can get street parking and pay a few Euros to get a sticker to put in your window to park overnight on the street. The last time that I stayed with Mary & Mr. Tubbs, there was free parking located just down the street. You might want to email Mary and ask her specifically where the free parking area is located.

You might also look at St. Judes,, which is actually in Salthill but still withing strolling distance, 2km, of City Centre. St. Jude's had parking for their guests.

Slan Beo (Take Care), Bit

Re: Galway long-term parking lot question

by paulbart

Thanks for the info!

Travel Tips for Galway

Aran Islands

by Mandy23

These three islands lie across the mouth of Galway Bay, about 30 miles out to sea. The Aran Islands consist of Inishmaan, Inisheer and the largest, Inishmore, which is about 8 miles long and 2 miles wide. These are Irish-speaking islands, and old traditions and folklore still persist here. Improved education, transport and communication have modernised the Aran Islands, although some practices remain, including Currach racing, fishing and the knitting of distinctive hand-made sweaters or 'ganseys'.

There is a choice of ferry or light aircraft when travelling to the Aran Islands, as well as a range of ticket deals and options. Inquiries can be made at the tourist office just off Eyre Square, Galway.

Tour Paul Doyle's luthier shop!

by avanutria

So I was lost in downtown Galway one day and came across a dim, skinny alleyway. "Gee," I thought brightly, "I think it's a good idea to wander down this alleyway by myself!"

Well, it was. In the alley was the entrance to Paul Doyle's workshop. He is a maker and restorer of all sorts of stringed instruments - harps, guitars, violins, hurdy gurdys, etc. The bottom level was a whole bunch of machineary and wood but the top level had tons of instruments in various states of construction or repair. Paul also has some photo books of past jobs he's done.

He's a very nice guy and welcomes visitors to his shop. There were a lot of mailing lists to get on and that sort of thing, but since I don't play strings I declined. Worth a look if you're interested in woodworking or instrument construction, though!

(Do you like this tip? Please rate it, thanks!)

Big Nighttine Pub

by racheljapi about King's Head

One of Galway's oldest pubs, well known for its lunchtime theatre and nightly live music gigs. A Sunday morning jazz session (12:30) goes down well with both visitors and locals alike. The flagstone flooring and large open fireplaces contribute to the warm relaxed atmosphere. The pub was renovated in 1996, greatly expanding its size, but still retains its former character. The dress code is casual but anything goes. You should look decent but you don't have to dress up.

Flying, Ryanair is quite cheap...

by greebo

Flying, Ryanair is quite cheap or you can catch a ferry.
It was advisable to hire a car and after our trip we have decided that next time a four wheel drive would be more appropriate as we managed to kill the suspension on the hire car and it was a brand new car as well. The roads in Ireland are pretty rough and narrow.

Aran Islands

by Jen.W

I loved our visit to the Aran Islands. We hopped on the ferry (45 minute ride) in the morning, and spent the day touring Inis Mór (the largest Island). We took a walk up to the Dún Dubhchathair Fort...what an amazing view!! Make sure you "belly up" to the edge. The Island is only 9 miles wide X 20 miles long, and only one road around the island. This island has only 6 inches of topsoil, making it difficult to grow anything. There is also a 5 century cemetary...amazing history!! There are a couple of shops in the main center of the island.


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