Attractions and Places to Visit in Galway

A visit to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a historic attraction. Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century tower house sitting on Galway Bay’s rocky shores. It’s open to explore during the day, or you can catch a medieval-themed show there at night. Check out a local church or cathedral like St. Nicholas’s or Galway Cathedral, and explore the city’s history at Galway City Museum. While you’re at the museum, take a snap of the Spanish Arch next to it. Constructed in 1584 as part of the city wall, this arch was built to protect the city.

While you’re here, visit the Aran Islands, just a 45-minute ferry ride away from Galway city. These three spectacular islands have sweeping green landscapes dotted with forts and crisscrossed with stone walls. The steep cliffs above the North Atlantic Ocean make this an incredible place for a coastal walk.

Other must see attractions in Galway for every tourist include Galway's famed architecture. The city's map is peppered with historic buildings still in use to this day. Start with St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, which is the largest still functioning medieval church on the island. Then head to Lynch's Castle, first built as a castle for a prominent family in Galway in the fifteenth century now used as a bank. After this, go to the Spanish Arch to see what's left of the city's walls.

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum lies in the heart of the city. Here visitors can learn about the extensive history of the city, stretching back to its foundation in Norman times. It houses a variety of...
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Kylemore Abbey & Garden

Kylemore Abbey & Garden

A visit to Connemara would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent Kylemore Abbey & Garden - the jewel in the Connemara crown! Read on to find out why Kylemore Abbey & Garden...
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The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are a group of three islands situated in Galway Bay, just about 45km off the coast of County Galway in the west of Ireland. These islands are very special places as they...
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The Galway Tourist Train

The Galway Tourist Train

Galway City Tourist Train is the only sightseeing tour that carries you into the heart of Galway’s beautiful medieval city while also enjoying kilometres of breathtaking coastal scenery which brings you through the picturesque villages of Salthill and Claddagh.

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