Best Things To Do in Galway, Ireland

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THINGS TO DO AND ATTRACTIONS IN GALWAY

Neighbourhoods:

  • Quay Street: Street performances, shopping, eats, drinks and nightlife.
  • Salthill Promenade: A lovely 2km run along the coast with many interesting sights.
  • Bohermore’s Victorian Cemetery: A place for quiet contemplation.
  • Eyre Square: Galway’s main meeting place and shopping centre.
  • Galway's Latin Quarter: Nightlife, music and food.

Religious:

  • Galway Cathedral: A bit of every beautiful architectural influence.
  • St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church: Where the local weddings happen.

Nature:

  • Connemara National Park: Charming natural beauty that combines the mountains, the coast and the plains.
  • Merlin Woods Park: A less known foray into the wild.
  • Rinville Park: A cute family outing.

Shows:

  • Trad on the Prom: One of the best dinner shows in the world.
  • Dunguaire Castle's Medieval Banquet: An intimate and rousing dinner show.
  • Murder on the Menu: Murder mystery dinner theatre that’s quickly becoming popular.
  • Taibhdhearc Theatre: Irish Theatre that’s super fun during the Galway Art Festival.

Museums, Zoos and Theme Parks:

  • Galway Atlantaquaria: A fin whale skeleton, rays and eels. Good fun.
  • Galway City Museum: Everything Galway. Quite possibly your first stop.
  • Leisureland: A fun day out with the kids.

Miscellaneous

  • Galway Golf Club
  • Galway Race Course
  • Quiet Man Bridge: A charming, peaceful bridge
  • Bohermore’s Victorian Cemetery: A place for quiet contemplation
  • The Spanish Arch: THE historical monument of Galway

Below we have a list of things to do in Galway and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Galway getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Galway with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Galway

Here is the list of things to do in Galway and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Connemara National Park

    4.7 (2549 Votes)
    Connemara National Park

    National Park, Hiking Trail, Picnic Spot

    What this place lacks in hype it makes up for in substance. About 4000+ hectares of natural beauty that coversmountains, coastlines, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests is untouched by man. The star attractions here are the purple moor grass that swathes the land with color; in winter, the landscape is shrouded in snow. Even if you don’t get out of the car, the drive itself is too scenic...Read more
  2. Quay Street

    Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Market, Street Market

    The street for everything! – shopping, eating, nightlife, hotels, drinking, and delightful people watching. The vibe here isn’t about party, or youth – it’s about the joy of life and good old Irish craic. Lets not go into the buildings just yet –there are too many awesome things happening on the road. There are jugglers, and musicians (locally called buskers) and m...Read more
  3. Eyre Square

    5 (2042 Votes)
    Eyre Square

    Park, Square

    Any Galway travel guide will tell you this is the Galway shopping central, though it also commemorates JFK (you’ll find a portrait bust of the man in the place). It’s an old square; in mediaeval times it used to be called the Green and even since then, it’s been a popular hangout for the people. The park is smack dab in the middle of Galway’s city centre; that, and the t...Read more
  4. Galway City Museum

    4.4 (1713 Votes)
    Galway City Museum

    Museum

    For what is arguably a small city, Galway has a rich historical heritage. The museum showcases it in it’s multiple exhibitions that include: The DJ Murphy – collection of farm implements. Medieval Stone Collection – carvings from 16th century Galway associated to the Tribes of Galway. Galway military Artefacts – belongings of the Galwegians who went off to war. Claddagh...Read more
  5. St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    If you’re wondering why so many seaport towns in Europe are dedicated to St. Nicholas, it’s because he’s the patron saint of seafarers. This particular church, built in 1320, is the largest of its kind in Ireland. It’s said even Christopher Columbus prayed here. It’s played a major role in Galway history; most of the mayoral and city council elections have taken pl...Read more
  6. Crane Bar

    4.6 (288 Votes)
    Crane Bar

    Bar, Food And Drinks, Performance

    The locals’ favourite watering hole. But more than drinks are on the menu – music is played live practically every night on the first floor. The ground floor is reserved for the bar. Amateur musicians may entertain the bar below, and the atmosphere is more relaxed. Upstairs however, there’s an almost concert like vibe every night after 9:30pm – quiet, respectful, serious...Read more
  7. Quiet Man Bridge

    View Point, Bridge

    At first glance, there is nothing remarkable about this humdrum looking bridge. But it’s actually a place of pilgrimage! – not religious, but film. “The Quiet Man” was a classic John Wayne movie, much of it set on the Irish countryside, and this was one of the iconic filming locations. Fans of the film from around the whole world come to visit the bridge. It’s not ...Read more
  8. Dunguaire Castle

    4.2 (918 Votes)
    Dunguaire Castle

    Outdoors, Castle, Historical Site, Performance

    What would you do if you had a big old castle lying about the place? Turn it into dinner theatre, of course. You didn’t expect this in your list of things to do in Galway did you? In summer, the grounds of this tower house are thrown open to tourists to have a quick look-see, but that’s not when the real fun goes down. No that’s in the evening Medieval Banquet, when minstrels ...Read more
  9. Rinville Park

    4.8 (914 Votes)
    Rinville Park

    Outdoors, Park, Picnic Spot

    It’s just a really nice countryside park. Landscaped around a good-looking 16th century castle, the park covers many miles of walks through woods, farms and the coast. Keep your camera read to catch pictures of the local fauna – ravens, herons and otters. Lead your kids over to the children’s playground. Enjoy a vigorous run. Camp down for an afternoon picnic. Spread a blanket...Read more
  10. Rathbaun Farm

    Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Farm

    You probably haven’t wondered what a life at traditional Irish farm is like. No matter, this place will fill that hole in your life for you even though you never knew you had it. Frances will welcome you with a bright, energetic disposition. The estate is super cute – thatched cottage, stone walls and the most adorable animals. She’ll lead you through the house, which is fille...Read more
  11. Ireland's Smallest Comedy Club

    Entertainment, Performance

    Curious name for an attraction, yes. But it’s justified when the club itself professes to have only one single goal with regard to its patrons – to give them the best night of entertainment imaginable. And for it’s ridiculously low price, it’s worth every penny! The night will kick off with a musical performance. The laughs begin at 9:30pm and from they continue till bre...Read more
  12. Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

    Book Shop

    The Irish Times voted this the best Irish bookshop in 2013. It has 50,000 old and new titles covering pretty much every topic under the sun. Spread over 3000 feet, it makes for some drool-worthy browsing. But another good reason to frequent this place is that it keeps its fingers on the pulse of the town. In other words, if there is anything interesting going on in town, there will usually be a...Read more
  13. Circle Of Life Commemorative Garden

    Outdoors, Garden, Sculpture

    This is a rare kind of garden – one to commemorate those who donated their organs. There is something mystic, something spiritual about it, but that is hard to describe. Birdsong fills the air. There is a nice artificial waterfall. The sculptures that commemorate are beautifully carved and carry inspirational quotes on the generosity of the human spirit. The grass is a bright, vivid green...Read more
  14. Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Gold

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    Rings come in distinct types, and this one is unique to Galway. It’s called Claddagh – a band of two hands holding a heart which wears a crown. It’s motif is ‘Let Love and Friendship Reign’ and this has served as the local wedding band for 200 years. Get a local to tell you the story of how it came to be. The staff is very friendly, and the rings are utterly beauti...Read more
  15. Hall Of The Red Earl

    Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    When the Office of Public Works tried to expand operation onto this site in 1997, they got the surprise of their life – archaeological remains of a 13th century building that had fallen into ruins, been built over, and forgotten. And yet, once upon a time, this used to be an important medieval building. It was owned by the Anglo-Norman De Burgo family, and was Galway’s principal mun...Read more
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  • How do I get to see the sun go down on Galway Bay?

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    • You may go to the Salthill Promenade to catch the beautiful sunset views. 

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  • Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, Galway, Are their disabled facilities i.e Lift up to the Banquet on the 1st floor and Toilets?.

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    • As far as I know, the castle area is not wheelchair-accessible. But, I would suggest calling the Dunguaire Castle on 353 61 711 200 to confirm. 

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