Things to do in

Galway

Discover castles, cliffs, and crafts in this lively Irish city by the sea where music is always in the air.

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7 things to do in Galway

Ireland beckoned, and you answered its call! Welcome to your adventure in Galway. Discover the medieval history, epic castles, and hearty cuisine that await you on your visit.

  • 1. Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

    Also known as Galway Theater, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe was briefly closed for renovation but reopened in full swing in 2012. Check out the event listing and catch a show or two while you're in town!

  • Galway City Museum

    2. Galway City Museum

    Founded in the 1970s, the modern, cavernous Galway City Museum hosts a variety of exhibitions on the history of Galway. Learn about the medieval history of this Irish town through interactive exhibitions.

  • Spanish Arch

    3. Spanish Arch

    Located near the Galway City Museum, the Spanish Arch is a natural stop on any sightseeing tour of Galway. The arch was constructed in the 16th century to protect the cities quay.

  • Galway Cathedral

    4. Galway Cathedral

    Conveniently located on the banks of River Corrib, the Galway Cathedral is an impressive church to behold.

  • Eyre Square

    5. Eyre Square

    Visit the Eyre Square and enjoy one of Galway's finest public parks. Located in the city center, Galway Station is the closest public transport stop.

  • Dunguaire Castle

    6. Dunguaire Castle

    Visit the legendary Dunguaire Castle, where King Guaire once reigned. The grounds are awe-inspiring and in summer you can roam around as you please.

  • NUI Galway

    7. NUI Galway

    The National University of Ireland in Galway is well worth a visit even if you're not trying to study there. Meander through the halls where many famous alumna have roamed before.

Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Galway?

    Irish pub culture is famous worldwide. While you're in Galway, we recommend sampling the local pub fare for dinner. You can't beat the company of a good beer and a hearty meal at a nearby pub.

  • How to get around Galway?

    While we always recommend long walks to see the most while you're in any city, you'll find a developed bus and public transport system in this charming Irish town. Take a taxi late at night when the buses stop running.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +353
  • Best time to visit
    May through September are known to be sunny but there is the occasional rainfall. Weather in Galway can be quite unpredictable year-round. To maximize your chances of sunny weather, plan a trip for summer.

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What people are saying about Galway

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11,523 reviews

I am writing this review for GetYourGuide and Tripadvisor. I enjoyed this trip on August 21th. My guide for the day was Peter and the driver was Dave. I felt very lucky to meet Peter again, since he had been my guide in a previous tour. Both were excellent professionals - Peter was as serious and knowledgeable when talking about the places' history as he was funny and friendly, and Dave showed great skill when driving safely through very narrow mountain roads. The Cliffs of Moher were astonishing. No picture or description will ever make justice - it's one of the most beautiful places I have seen. I wish we would have had more time to explore both. It's a long way to the edge and the visitor center is also worth some time to spend, so even if we had more than two hours, it felt short! The rest of the places were also beautiful and interesting, but undoubtely the Cliffs are the stars here. I would take this same tour anytime! Peter is the greatest guide ever!

THE CLIFFS WERE AMAZING!!!!!! Definitely is a MUST-DO experience in Ireland. I cannot wait to go back!! The pickup spot was near my hotel in Dublin center so it was very easy to get to. I liked that we also stopped at a convenience store early in the morning so we could get food and snacks. The last stop of the day a Galway was so beautiful and gave us another chance to eat something and explore a must-see spot. And the time we got back was very reasonable, it let us still explore the city after we got back, so I liked that. It was a very practical trip. PLUS, SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO THE BEST TOUR GUIDE WE HAD, SEAN!!!! He was very funny and informed us with so many interesting facts of the country and the sights we saw. Such a nice and smart guy, he was very welcoming and made the experience so much better!!! Thank you Sean!!!

Kevin and Arthur were great. Although we spent long time on the bus, the view was fabulous. Kevin was really funny and friendly. He introduced history and culture even when we were still in Dublin. Like a mini city tour, which was great and very professional. Thanks again!

Mike D. was absolutely amazing! He did our ride. He made us cry laugh and it was absolutely astonishing. Absolutely worth the money! Mike D. is kind, nice, gentle, fine, very friendly and awesome I liked him from the start until the end.

Our assistant (Aiden) was an excellent toit guide and showed us all the neat areas in the Cliff of Moher