Information Galway Ireland

Welcome To Galway!

Galway is a large county divided into two contrasting regions by the expanse of Lough Corrib. To the west, lying between the lake and the Atlantic, is Connemara - a region of superb scenic grandeur dominated by the rocky mountain range known as the Twelve Pins.
Galway East, or East of Lough Corrib, is a fertile limestone plain extends to Roscommon

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The city of Galway rests on the River Corrib, right on the west coast of Ireland. It has a long history and is also home to a strong population of around 70,000, making it one of the fastest-growing European cities. Its Irish term is Gailimh, which mean stony. At the same time, it has a nickname that is “City of the Tribes” because according to history, there were fourteen merchant families or tribes who led the place in the twelfth century. Today the city is a tourist destination and a center for the arts and Irish culture.   

Commerce and tourism are the major industries of the city. There is a strong interest in the arts evidenced by the number of areas where one can hold events. Finding a place to stay will not be an issue as well since there are number of hotels around the city. Some are even castles that are converted into hotels. One can also stay at the many guesthouses, hostels, and campsites.

As a major city, tourists will enjoy doing many activities during their length of stay. The nearby body of water makes it ideal for angling and other water sports such as surfing, diving, and boating.  Other outdoor activities include walking, biking, and horseback riding. There are a number of restaurants and pubs in the city squares. There are also a lot of the theaters and clubs, a huge fraction of which perform traditional Irish productions.

The city itself has numerous points of special interests such as the Eyre Square, which is the center of the city. The Spanish Arch located near the Corrib is also a popular spot. Another area worth visiting is the Claddagh, which shows how fishing was an important way of life in the city for a long time. Other interesting places include the Town Clock and the Church of St. Nicholas.

Galway County

One of the fastest growing cities of Ireland located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is also called Cathair na Gaillimhe in Irish. The city owes its name to Gaillimh river . The temperature of Galway is moist, temperate and variable throughout the year. Galway is famous for its vibrant culture and lively festivals which attract tourists from all over the world. Galway also holds the reputation of being the bilingual capital of Ireland due to its close association with Irish music and culture.

Accommodation in Galway County

The county of Galway provides tourists with a variety of options for accommodation to suit taste, requirement and budget.

Galway Hotels

The hotels in Galway are equipped with modern facilities to make the stay of guests warm and comfortable. Some of the best names include Radisson Blue Hotel & Spa, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Meyrick, Ard Ri House Hotel, Galway Harbour Hotel and many others.

Galway Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Guest House accommodation in Galway provides you with a delicious breakfast of your choice in a cozy environment. Windfield Lodge, Corner House, Lisava, Chestnut Hill include some of the bed & breakfast guest houses in Galway. • Bed & Breakfast Homes : Some of the popular bed and breakfast homes include Ashton’s House, Amber Hill B&B, Amber Lodge B&B, Ivernia House B&B, Ivy Rock House and many others.

Restaurants in Galway

The restaurants in Galway offer vibrant and lively atmosphere with lip smacking Irish snacks and dishes served in the most hygienic environment. Basilico Restaurant, West Wing Restaurant, Vina Mara, Emperors Inn include some of the prime restaurants in Galway.

Tourist Attractions and Activities in Galway

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Galway include Athenry Castle, Spiddal Craft Centre, Coole Park, Dunguaire Castle, Mill Museum, Kinvara, Eyre Square and Tropical Butterfly Center. Tourists can enjoy sports such as sailing, fishing, soccer, squash, diving, water sports and much more.

Attractions Galway Ireland

Athenry - Mediaval Town with Arts and Heritage Centre - Athenry

Amedieval town situated 23km from Galway City is steeped in history. Founded in the 13th century by Meiler de Birmingham, who surrounded the town with a curtain wall with towers and a moat. It is the only walled town in Ireland whose still-intact walls are clearly visible to the approaching visitor

Athenry Castle - Athenry

Athenry is one of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, owing its foundation to Meiler de Bermingham who built his Castle there c.1250. The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition.

Aughnanure Castle Galway - Oughterard

Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the Castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.

Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre - Aughrim

Relive the bloodiest battle in Irish history fought in a small Connaught village. Move back in time and place to that fateful day in 1691 through an audio-visual show based on the moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought at the Battle of Aughrim.

Clifden in West Galway - Clifden

The location of the landing of the first Trans-Atlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown. A very scenic part of Ireland.

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