Galway Tourism

The city’s name means stony river, and if you think that’s formidable sounding, it’s nickname is “City of the Tribes”. The Tribes refer to the 13 merchant tribes that made the city rich, making it the principle Irish port of trade in the middle ages ! The haters of the time coined the word “tribes” as an insult; the merchants took it up as a badge of pride. The city has largely been loyal to the English crown for most of it’s history; it’s brief Gaelic foray was aborted when the Cromwellian campaign in Ireland laid siege to the city for nine months. The potato famine in the 19th century ruined the town though, and it took them until the 2th century to recover.

And recover they have! – Galway is the “Heart of Irish Culture”, what with a merry lifestyle, heaps of festivals, a great number of art institutes that includes four writers groups. Despite it’s small size, you’re not about to run to do here. The city loves its music; the Saw Doctors and the Stunning are only bands that the world knows about, but the streets of the city itself are lined with cheery buskers (skills and unskilled) regaling your musical appetite with traditional Irish Music; and the church choirs are acclaimed. The Galway Arts Festival is a complete riot too. Heck, the city’s frequently been called one of the sexiest cities in the world. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Galway

  • Know the pollution level of Galway before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 7.95 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 18.06 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.63 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30.56 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 3.95 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 19.44 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Galway for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Galway.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.94 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.95 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 23.4 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.85 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.97 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.2 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.45 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.39 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.29 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.71 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 39.5 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Galway is 171.64 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 69.73 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.11 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 21.14 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.09 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.2 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 47.74 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.69 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 74.46 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Galway

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.3 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.95 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.58 USD

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