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3rd July 2015

 

Things to see and do in Galway

The rugged scenery, wind-swept headlands, crystal waters and pristine beaches are what make the West of Ireland ideal for lovers of the outdoors. Adventures and a touch of adrenaline make the perfect accompaniment to the breath-taking views. This summer why not make the trip and discover the awe-inspiring landscapes, wildlife, heritage, culture and people for yourself.
 
Galway is a fantastic city full of exciting things to entertain visitors of all ages. From thrilling activities such as windsurfing, diving and mountain biking to strolling along one of the many scenic beaches dotted along the coast. There’s nothing like a day out in Galway to make you appreciate the wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way.
 

Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is an area of Galway City that is situated on the left bank of the River Corrib. The Latin Quarter is part of Galway’s famous medieval district. It is defined by some of the city’s most historic landmarks and stretches from the Spanish Arch at Long Walk to O’Brien’s Bridge to St Nicholas’ Church and back (via Buttermilk Lane) to An Taibhdhearc on Middle Street. It is home to Galway’s Saturday Market, Galway City Museum and the internationally acclaimed Druid Theatre Company.

It is also home to many of Galway’s quirkiest and best-known and independently owned shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels and for years it has played host to much of the city’s renowned cultural activity. Its extensive pedestrianised cobblestoned streets have a unique atmosphere and provide the heartbeat to this amazing city.

Latin Quarter

Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch is located in The Latin Quarter and is thought to be an extension of Galway's medieval city walls, designed to protect ships moored at the nearby quay while they unloaded goods such as wine and brandy from Spain.
 
Today it reverberates to the beat of bongo drums, and the lawns and riverside form a gathering place for locals and visitors on a sunny day. Many watch kayakers manoeuvre over the tidal rapids of the River Corrib.
Spanish Arch

Shopping in Galway

Galway provides a unique shopping experience with a wide range of shops to cater for the tastes of visitors and locals alike. As well as the high street shops, there is an interesting variety of specialist and tourist orientated shops, which offer unique and interesting gifts. Many of the shops are located on streets in the main shopping area in the centre of the city including Galway's famous bustling market which has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas' Church in the centre of the city for literally centuries. The city centre shopping areas are supplemented by a number of enclosed shopping centres, most of which are situated on the city's outskirts.

Day tours to the Burren and Connemara

If beautiful scenery and historic landmarks are what you seek on an adventure then there is no better place to be. A visit to the Burren is a must; it’s like no other place in the world. The name derives from the Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place and it certainly lives up to the name. Across acres you can see the spectacular limestone rocks consuming the land while still showcasing the unique flora and fauna.

Similarly Connemara is a must see while in Galway. Why not take a breath-taking walk along some of the most idyllic beaches along the coast and take in all of the awe-inspiring sights. Finish off the adventure or take refuge from the unpredictable Irish weather in one of the region's many cosy pubs where you can get to know the locals and enjoy some ‘craic agus ceoil’.

Galway Atlantaquarium

The National Aquarium of Ireland offers a fantastic day out for both adults and children alike. Dive into the wonders of the ocean from seahorses to sharks. All of us, both big and small, have our own favourite marine creature, so be sure to keep an eye out for your favourite in addition to some of the stars from Pixar’s Finding Nemo including Dory, Gill and even Nemo himself. The aquarium is one of Ireland’s premier attractions offering a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions. Make the trip and ensure you don’t miss out on the fun! 

*Photos credited to Failte Ireland

  

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