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GALWAY CITY

Galway City is a thriving, bohemian centre on the western coast of Ireland famous for its festivals, culture and characters. Known as the “City of the Tribes” Galway is a gateway to the unique Irish-speaking Gaeltacht, the Connemara and the Burren region and is a joy to explore with its maze of cobbled streets and colourful shop facades. With the opening of the Dublin – Galway M6 motorway and excellent public transport links, Galway is both easily accessible and a popular weekend destination.

Galway City is one of the liveliest centres on the west coast of Ireland with cool culture, awesome art, adrenaline pumping adventure, and buzzing pubs and restaurants. It is also a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and a long winding promenade in Salthill. This is a cultural crossroads, and a bohemian hangout where you are guaranteed to meet remarkable characters. It is a joy to explore with its network of cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and a busy café culture.

Galway is also known as a festival city boasting many lively fun events throughout the year. It comes to a standstill every July for the seven-day Galway Racing Festival at Ballybrit racecourse. There is also The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, (April), the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival, (June), the Galway Film Fleadh, (July), the world famous Galway Arts Festival, (July), Galway International Oyster Festival, (September) and the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, (October).

Once ringed by city walls, Galway has a compact centre and is a delight to stroll around. Explore its medieval streets dotted with landmarks such as Lynch’s Castle, and investigate the quirky Latin Quarter with its charming craft, book and vintage shops, iconic pubs and restaurants and which comes alive at night time.

Galway is a haven for the arts boasting two world famous cultural icons The Druid Theatre and Macnas. Roll back the years on a visit to Galway City Museum and get in touch with Galway’s marine side on a visit to the National Aquarium where you can get up close to fascinating underwater creatures.

At night take in a play, join in a traditional music session in an old world pub in the Latin Quarter, let your hair down at a late night club around Eyre Square or simply soak up the vibe on the bustling city streets.

Or simply slow it down by day. Time passes easily when you stop by the Salmon Weir Bridge and watch patient fishermen jostle with the tumbling River Corrib below. The Corrib River meets the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean at the Spanish Arch, where small fishing boats and wild birds provide an idyllic backdrop to the famous shimmering sunsets over Galway Bay.