Lose your heart to Galway
The city of Galway began as a small fishing village, called 'The Claddagh', located at the meeting of the River Corrib and Galway Bay. In 1232 Richard De Burgo and the Anglo-Normans invaded the territory. They built a wall around the city in 1270, part of which still stands today. In 1396 governing power was given to 14 merchant families, locally known as the '14 Tribes of Galway'. Under the rule of the 14 families Galway saw an increase in trade and there was great prosperity for the port city. In the 17th century Galway went through a slight decline when eastern port cities like Dublin emerged. Today Galway is a vibrant sea-side city full of culture, history, entertainment, and a bustling café and restaurant scene.
- Galway is the 3rd largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the only city in the province of Connacht.
- 6,870 Irish speakers live in Galway, which is 10% of the counties population. A great place to pick up some Gaelic terms.
- Late actor Peter O'Toole (famous for his role in Lawrence of Arabia) was born in county Galway in 1932.
Things to do, For FREE!
Enjoy a walk along the seaside promenade. Bonus points if you find a 'Galway Girl' to enjoy the views with.
Check out the Galway City Museum and take a look at the artifacts from the old city. You could even imagine yourself sailing the Galway Hooker that's suspended from the ceiling.
Visit St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church for a break from the bustle of the city. Christopher Columbus is said to have visited the site before setting sail for the New World.
Pizza & Pasta Napoli: Sean, our founder and CEO raves, "the best pizza slice I've had in Ireland". Traditional Neapolitan pizza at it's best and the pasta is great too - fresh and homemade. You can also enjoy with a pint next door at Neachtains, win win!
Roisin Dubh: One of the best venues in Ireland, the Roisin Dubh is the place to go for live gigs and comedy. The silent discos and street parties are legendary!
Kayak Rentals: The trips are a great way to get active, keep fit and see parts of Galway from another perspective.
McDonagh's: Probably some of the best fish and chips in the country, simple as that. The McDonagh family are a cornerstone of the city, providing the best seafood for four generations. It's a must for any visit to Galway.
Neachtains: The idillic setting to enjoy a relaxing pint with many snugs and outside tables (weather permitting). It is a pub filled with culture, stories and heritage, a real gem.
Galway Photo Walk: Walk around Galway’s beautiful lanes and canals, photographing the city’s iconic vistas.
Ard Bia at Nimmo's: Experience the delicious delights of fresh local produce on the banks of the River Corrib at the Spanish Arch. The food, service and setting are Galway at its best.
Tig Coili: If you're looking for a traditional Irish music session, you won't go wrong with Tig Coili, with sessions most evenings - guaranteed great cráic!
Murder Mystery Dinner: A deadly dining experience. The murder is solved by mingling and sleuthing, allowing everyone to participate fully, insuring every party is kept lively!