There’s no doubt that Galway is one of the most scenic, naturally beautiful countries in Ireland. There are many things to do on a bright sunny day, even just walking down shop street and listening to the many buskers is enjoyable in itself. However what if it’s a dark, rainy day? Salthill beach or the nature walks of Connemara aren’t as appealing on a cold wet day. We aren’t short on a drop of rain in Ireland but fortunately, Galway has plenty to do on those days where the heavens have opened. No matter what your interests are, there is sure to be something for everyone in this article. So, if you had planned to visit Galway with your family for the day and the weather wasn’t on your side don’t worry there is still plenty to do in this beautiful, lively City.
1. The Great Escape Rooms
The Great Escape Rooms is located in the City Centre and has become massively popular in recent years. The aim is to solve riddles, clues, and puzzles in teams in order to find the key and escape the room. You will have 60 minutes to solve the clues as a team and you are guaranteed to laugh enjoy the tense atmosphere as you try to escape. The rooms are not scary and are suitable for all ages although the clues may be slightly difficult so those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You are guaranteed to test your brain power and have a great hour of fun with your friends or family at the Great Escape Rooms.
2. Galway Atlantaquaria
Galway’s aquarium Atlantaquaria is located on the Promenade in Salthill overlooking the ocean. The aquarium opens 7 days a week and most public holidays and also hosts children’s birthday parties and school tours. Once you purchase your ticket you can come and go all day as you please with your receipt. There are regular events throughout the day which include fish feeding and handling certain species in rock pools. You can book a tour guide or wander around of your own accord. Atlantaquaria is home to a wide range of both marine and freshwater species including starfish, sea horses and many different species of fish. There’s sure to be something for everyone with a trip to the aquarium.
3. The Amazing Museums
Considering Galway is well known for being extremely cultural it’s no surprise that it is absolutely full of museums. Two museums that are very popular are the Galway City Museum and the Claddagh Ring Museum. The Galway city museum is one of Galway’s largest museum with here different floors showcasing many different exhibitions including history, archaeology, and even sea exhibitions. Some of the most famous exhibitions include “Galway and the Great War” and a science expedition titled “The Wild Atlantic”. The Claddagh Ring Museum is a very cultural visiting center where you can see your family’s coat of arms and also learn about the historical tribes of Galway.
4. Galway City Karting
Do you have a competitive streak? Thrive off adrenaline? Galway City Karting is the place for you! With an indoor track, it is also the perfect place for a rainy day in Galway. There are children’s tracks available also but you must be a minimum of 7 years old to participate. Galway City Karting also hosts children’s birthday parties and they offer a “Fastest Driver Competition” where the record holder will receive a years’ worth of free karting. Galway City Karting is also in partnership with Apache pizza so why not make a day of it and eat out. Once you place your order with the staff they will organize everything and have your order delivered right to the centre so you can carry on racing until your order arrives.
Leisureland is a great day out in particular for the kids. Located in Salthill just opposite the beach, Leisureland is in the perfect location. With a competitive style pool, a 65m water slide, large inflatable obstacle course the pool is sure to have something for everyone. As well as the water activities there is also a 9-hole mini golf course that you and the family can enjoy. If you get hungry there is a range of foods such as sandwiches, sweet treats, soft drinks and tea and coffee is available at Leisureland and if you fancy a big meal you are in the perfect location with restaurants scattered all over Salthill’s promenade.