3rd July 2015
Things to see and do in Galway
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.
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’.
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