A short guide to Galway – Ireland


Nicknamed the “City of Tribes”, Galway has lived up to its reputation with the current vibrancy of the different cultures within the city. As the fifth largest city in Ireland, with around 70,000 inhabitants, it is the gateway to the west of Ireland. Those with a Eurail pass will find Galway easily accessible by train from Dublin. The city itself has a lively nightlife, so night owls can expect to have a good time.

Galway history

Galway’s recorded history began in 1124 when a fort was built within the area. In 1170, the English invaded the area and made it a city in 1232 under the command of Baron Richard de Burgh. In 1396, it was granted a charter, and thereafter 14 families ruled Galway. Wine became the main import of the region. Galway grew into a prosperous city from the 16th to the 18th centuries. During the potato famine in 1845, the region suffered and there was a decline in population. Like the other cities in Ireland, Galway lived through the 19th century in poverty. But during the 20th century, Galway’s economy revived. Galway became a busy port with its many modern industries.

Galway Attractions

In Galway you can find various activities. In the morning, golf fans can visit the Galway Golf Club, which has a large golf course with a restaurant serving delicious food at a reasonable price. After the golf experience, there is a bone carving studio and gallery where one can join a bone carving class for an entire day. There you can create your own bone carved masterpiece. In the evening, you can head to Galway Greyhound Stadium to witness greyhound racing. You can even dine in the restaurant while you place your bet at the table. Later, Quay Street provides the nightlife of the city. Pubs are everywhere, where you can drink and shop.

The next morning, after visiting Galway Cathedral and Coole Park, the Galway City Museum is located one mile from the city center. The museum highlights the Galway Civic Sword and the Great Mace. In the museum, you can see Galway Bay and the Corrib River. On the Corrib River, climb aboard the Corrib Princess as you set sail on a 90-minute cruise where you can see castles, wonderful landscapes, and Galway’s abundant wildlife. If you have more time, you can come to the Spirit One Spa to unwind and relax. For those who opt for adventure outside of the city, there is the Connemara National Park located 60 miles from the city center or the Galway Atlantaquaria for an aquarium experience, 120 miles from the city center.

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