Attractions in Galway City
The gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. Vibrant and historic, located on the west coast of Ireland Galway City is renowned for its arts, culture, and lively atmosphere. Galway is often referred to as the “City of Tribes” thanks to its rich medieval history, and it was once home to fourteen powerful merchant families who dominated the city’s politics and trade.
Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just soaking up the local atmosphere, Galway city is a must-see destination on any trip to Ireland.
Eyre Square (An Fhaiche Mhór – In Irish), is officially called John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Located in the middle of the city and right in front of the bus and train station. Like the rest of the city it is soaked in history with a number of historical monuments.
Galway Cathedral is a stunning Roman Catholic cathedral located in the heart of Galway. It was designed by J.J. Robinson and features neo-Renaissance architecture, intricate stonework, beautiful stained glass windows, and a soaring central dome. The cathedral is home to a collection of religious artwork and artifacts, including a 14th-century wooden statue of the Madonna and Child. Galway Cathedral is a must-see destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, or religious art.
Galway City Market is a bustling open-air market that takes place every weekend and features dozens of stalls run by local vendors and artisans. Visitors can browse a variety of unique and handmade items, from jewellery and pottery to textiles and artwork. There is also a wide selection of fresh produce, including fruits, vegetables, and baked goods, as well as a range of international cuisine from local food trucks and vendors.
Founded in 1845 National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), is a prestigious public research university and one of the oldest universities in the country.
With its beautiful campus, diverse student population, and world-class academic programs, Galway University is a highly regarded institution and a popular destination for students from around the globe.
Galway city Museum contains a range of collections and exhibits featuring centuries of Galway and Irish history. It’s a must visit landmark in the city. Conveniently located right across from it, Spanish Arch is a historic stone built in the 16th century as part of the city’s defensive walls, which protected the city’s bustling port from foreign invaders. Both are amazing parts of Galway’s culture and well worth a visit.
The claddagh was once a small fishing village located adjacent to Galway city itself. As Galway has expanded the Claddagh has been engulfed by it and is even in the centre now.
The Claddagh is most famous for its connection to the Claddagh ring, a traditional Irish ring that symbolizes love, loyalty, and friendship.