The 5 best Galway walking tours, RANKED

The 5 best Galway walking tours, RANKED

Galway is the ideal city to explore on foot, small but fulsome, so what better way to discover the history and hidden gems with the 5 best Galway walking tours?

Galway, aka The City of Tribes, has a vast history, as well as being the gateway to major attractions such as Connemara, The Burren and The Wild Atlantic Way. But the city itself has a lot to offer when it comes to culture, arts, music, food and crafts.

Its known to be one of the most livable cities in Europe, with a huge young population, giving it that unique bohemian vibe, so much so that it has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2020. Here we havethe 5 best Galway walking tours for you to enjoy

5: The Lost City of Galway– off the beaten track on the city’s cobbled streets

The coast of Galway city, a view of one of the Galway walkng tours.

This unique tour is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the city of Galway without following all the usual tourist trails. This tour will take you off the beaten track, through back alleys, quaint photo spots, as well as discovering some pretty interesting archeological areas of the city.

You can guarantee there won’t be herds of tourists in these areas, giving you a real authentic experience, complete with fascinating stories and delightful strolls along the cities cobbled streets.

Hosted by: Galway Adventures

Duration: 2 hours

More info: HERE

4: The City of Tribes Tour – entertainment the Irish way

Some of Galway's best bars in Quay Street, which is visited during the Galway walking tours.
Credit: geograph.ie

This fun walking tour provides you with a traditional walking tour with a twist. The tour incorporates song, dance and music into it, with verses performed by the guide, in between your historical stop offs.

You’ll get to discover the vibrant city of Galway in a truly unique way, learning the history, tales and hardships of the city over the years, but with the added bonus of being entertained the Irish way.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Hosted by: Private Guide

More info: HERE

3: Galway City Walking Tour – intimate local walking tour

Eyre Sqaure, hotspot of one of Galway's best walking tours.
Eyre Square, Galway.

This intimate tour is brought to you by a local, who will take you to all the spots that make Galway so unique and famous, including Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, St Nicholas Church amongst others.

The Galway City Walking Tour is a great way to see the city from a local point of view, giving you inside knowledge some of the bigger tours might miss, making this one of the best Galway walking tours.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Hosted by: Athas Tours

More info: HERE

2: Two Hour Walking Tour of Galway – one of the best Galway walking tours

Spanish Arch, Galway City.

This tour incorporates the usual historical spots plus much more. You’ll learn about the medieval history of the city as well as the Spanish influence from sailors of times past.

You will be immersed in the myths, trials, stories, facts, song and dance of The City of Tribes, as your guide helps you discover the real character of one of the most loveable and livable cities in Europe.

Duration: 2 hours

Hosted by: Galway Tour Guide

More info: HERE

1: Galway Food & Drink Walking Tour – an overview of the city with a taste of the local cuisine

One of the best Galway walking tours, taking in food, drink, and history.

They say that you really get to know a city by tasting its local cuisine, so here you go. This popular tour incorporates a walking tour of the city, passing by many of the historical sites, but with the added bonus of stopping off along the way, to sip on some local drinks and feast on some local grub.

Although the tour is food focused, you will be recommended of places to revisit, should you wish, when the tour ends. This is a great overview of the city but with the experience of trying the food and drinks that make Galway so popular.

Duration: 3 hours

Hosted by: Adventure Trails Galway

More info: HERE  

Whether you are in Galway for a long trip or just a quick weekend away, these tours are an ideal way to get you orientated with the city itself, as well as learning about the trials and tribulations of the city over the years.

The city marks the half way point along the Wild Atlantic Way, but don’t be too quick to leave in search of the many attractions that surround it, because there is so much to know and discover at your door. The multi-coloured houses, quaint craft shops and cobbled streets will leave a lasting impression and not to mention the many Irish pubs and restaurants, serving traditional Irish food and drinks.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sussing out a live music spot and will most likely pass by many talented buskers on your walking tour, which always liven up the atmosphere. The Tribe City has so much to offer, and when it comes to the Galway walking tours, the choice is endless and the choice is yours.

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.