Galway | The “Most Irish” of Ireland’s Cities

Aran-Islands-GalwayNestled along Ireland’s western coast, Galway and its surrounding county is known as one of the most beautiful regions of the country. Along with being a popular seaside destination with astonishing beaches and long winding beachfronts, it also has a lively cosmopolitan city center.

With a student population making up about a quarter of the city, Galway has a world-famous arts and entertainment scene. In this relatively small and walkable city, you’ll discover brightly colored cafes and pubs, live music and street performers filling the streets. Today, Galway is also well known for its festivals throughout the year, attracting large crowds for the annual Galway Arts Festival, races and numerous other events.

From narrow streets buzzing with activity and Irish culture to stunning landscapes and seascapes, Galway just about has it all. A mix of strong history and contemporary elements gives this city a wondrous air.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN GALWAY

Connemara National Park
Boasting scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands, Connemara National Park is a must-see for its nature and beauty. There are three main walking routes throughout the park, each one offering spectacular scenery and wildlife with every step.

Leisureland Water Park
Located in Salthill directly on the seafront, you can find Leisureland Water Park. The leisure center is an award-winning entertainment and health and fitness facility offering great value in a fun, family-friendly environment.

Galway City Nightlife
Galway is a seven-night-a-week city, famous for its live music scene and relaxed atmosphere. The combination of a vibrant student population, cultural festivals and countless visitors combine to give Galway one of the most lively entertainment scenes in the world.

Kylemore Abbey
Known as Ireland’s most romantic castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co., Galway, is the top tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden offers woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tearooms.

The Aran Islands
The three Aran Islands – Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle Island) and Inis Oírr Island (East Island) – are situated in a northwest, southeast direction at the mouth of Galway Bay. These scenic islands are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Galway City Museum
The Galway City Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. The museum houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions dealing with archaeology, local history, art and craft.

The Cliffs of Moher
The name derives from a two thousand year old 1st Century BC fort that was built where the current Moher tower stands. Today, the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction. An estimated 1 million visitors come every year to watch the breathtaking view 700 feet above the Atlantic ocean.

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