Galway Things to Do

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  • 1. Archaeology, castles and ruins

    This arch is one of the oldest buildings in Galway, dating back to 1584. Although the name suggests a connection to Spain, no real link has been ascertained. It was originally known as the 'head of...

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  • 2. Public Buildings and City Landmarks

    Still widely known as Eyre square and used on most maps (and Google) the square was re-named in 1965 in honour of the American president, assassinated in 1963 a few months after his visit to Galway in...

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  • 3. The Burren

    We drove from the Cliffs of Moder up to Galway and without a doubt it was the most spectacular drive I have ever made in my life. It is just GORGEOUS. And it changes every 10km from moonscape, to...

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  • 4. Beaches and shorelines

    Grattan beach is a smallish horse-shoe shaped beach that is situated on the Western side of Salthill, making it almost in Galway. The beach is of couse the place to soak up those rays, strip off and...

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  • 5. Religious buildings

    Galway Cathedral is the youngest stone cathedral in Europe. Construction of it begun in 1958 and in 1965 it was dedicated Much of the material used for the construction comes from the local area. The...

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  • 6. Music, dancing and beer

    This pub has live music that starts around 1930 so you don't have to stay up all night. If you get there early enough, you can get a seat one table removed from the piano (across from the bar) so you...

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  • 7. Hills and Mountains, Islands and Rivers

    One of the shortest rivers in all Europe, the Corrib connects the expansive Lough Corrib to the north with Galway Bay to the south, passing through Galway City before emptying into the sea. You can...

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  • 8. Festivals

    Galway comes alive during the world famous Galway races. Its an experience for everyone - even if like me you've no interest in horses - its all about the incredible atmosphere that makes the whole of...

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  • 9. Amusement and leisure

    Salthill, the seaside town couple of miles from Galway has a number of casinos. Don't however think of the place as a kind of mini Las Vegas. The tawdry collection of so called casinos are only one...

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  • 10. Towns and villages worth a visit

    One of the most common trips out for day from Galway is to visit the wilds of Connemara. The twelve Bens (mountains) dominate the landscape they rise up between the peat bogs in a majestic way (oh...

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  • 11. Follow your nose around Galway.

    I enjoyed the walk along the riverside to Spanish Arch and the Long Walk, then coming back through the lanes to the market and just picking up the odd thing to...

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  • 12. Take in the market.

    The Galway market has been operating along the same narrow streets for literally hundreds of years, but strangely only the weekend. Fine friendly barrow boys...

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  • 13. Walk the riverside, Galway.

    The Corrib river come down under 4 bridges in the city of Galway before finishing in Galway Bay. There is an excellent promenade alongside the river from the...

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  • 14. Galway City Museum

    Admission to the museum is free. Situated in a newish looking building near the Spanish Arch, Galway's museum is an interesting browse of Galway's history and...

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  • 15. Please join a fellow Vt'er

    Yes, it's true you really can meet 'Sourbugger' in the flesh leading walking tours around the city.Of course my tour is somewhat different - beheadings murders,...

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  • 16. Take the Canal Walk

    Starting in 1848, the city of Galway designed and built its first system of canals. The city built a second system in the 1950s. The purposes of the canals were...

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  • 17. See the Spanish Arch

    The Spanish Arch is on the left bank of the River Corrib -- close to where the river meets the sea. The arch is the remainder of a 16th century bastion which...

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  • 18. Watch the Fast-Flowing River Corrib

    The River Corrib flows from Lough Corrib through Galway City to Galway Bay. The river is among the shortest in Europe, with only a length of six kilometres from...

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  • 19. Go to the Discover Ireland Centre

    On Forster Street, there is a large tourist information office called the Discover Ireland Centre. It is only a few blocks from Eyre Square -- and it was very...

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  • 20. Visit Eyre Square/John F. Kennedy Memorial Park

    In the Galway city centre, there is a square public park. The plot was officially presented to the city in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre, from whom the park...

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  • 21. Galway's street of sin

    There is small cross street that runs alongside St Augustine's church. It's rather charming that next to a house of God stands a collection of buildings that...

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  • 22. The Murmur project

    The murmur project is an oral storytelling project that has begun in a number of cities worldwide. The one in toronto, for example, seems to be quite...

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  • 23. Just a little off the top please...

    The King's head pub stands on the main street and dates from 1649. It is a great pub to visit with good music, food and beer.For years I didn't realise the...

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  • 24. The Claddagh

    This is the name given to the area on the west bank of the Corrib's estuary, between it and the Bay beach.Formerly a fishing community, now an open area.You get...

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  • 25. The Corrib

    This is the river which travels the short distance between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, on the way passing through the city at great speed.Its quite a sight,...

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