Truth be told, Galway City is a jewel in Ireland’s crown which many of us have been trying to keep a secret all to ourselves for years. Standing on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, Galway is a very special destination where traditional Irish culture sits beautifully within a modern, vibrant and diverse city.
Read our Ten Reasons to Visit Galway and we reckon you’ll be packing your bags before you get to the end! Although when you do go, you might not want to leave – so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
10. It has some of the best pubs in Ireland
Pubs of Galway would be a full book in itself, but there are a few that you really must visit. O’Connor’s in Salthill is a visual delight – from the motley of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling to the old bloomers by the fireplace. The live music and special atmosphere of O’Connor’s attracts people from all over the world, and you are sure to make a few friends if you call in. In Galway city, call into the Skeffington (affectionately known as the Skeff) to watch sports, sit by the fireside, or have a drink outside people watching across Eyre Square. If you love horse racing, then you must call into Kennedy’s in Eyre Square. Have a flutter in the bookies next door, then sit patiently with your pint in this traditional cosy bar and watch your horse win by a nose. You won’t be short of a few places to spend your winnings either, with quality bars such as An Pucan, The Dáil, The Quays and Taffes.
9. The food is out of this world!
Someone wise once said – Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper. In Galway we say, eat like a King all day long! You won’t hear the mantra ‘Eating is Cheating’ in Ireland – our food is too good. Call into Esquires in Eyre Square for great breakfast – or Dela on Lower Dominick Street for amazing pancakes. Tucked behind the Spanish Arch, Ard Bia at Nimmo’s is a popular lunch haunt where you can expect to wait for a table, but it is definitely worth it for the original, organic cuisine and craft beers. If you want some good old traditional Irish fayre, try the Galleon out in Salthill or The Quay Street Kitchen in the city.
8. There’s Always Street Entertainment
When you’ve had a few lemonades in the Skeff, walk-off Eyre Square down through Wiliamsgate Street, Shop Street and onto the cobbles of Quay Street. On the way, you’re sure to see and hear singers, dancers, traditional groups or mime artists – all helping to give the city it’s characteristic buzz and ambience.
7. The locals are great!
Old and young, big and small, Galway city loves them all. Multi-cultural, diverse and spanning the generations, it is the myriad of wonderful people who give Galway the unique charm and atmosphere which makes those same people want to return time and time again.
6. You’ll have amazing Craic
If you combine numbers 7-10, you have the definition of Craic. Craic is the Irish word for fun, entertainment and the general high experienced from enjoying the company of others. Expect singing. Expect dancing. Expect laughs with friends and complete strangers. Expect the unexpected. Galway is the ultimate craic den.