Galway is a bubbly city that knows how to do entertainment. And do it well. You’ll find it virtually everywhere you turn, from the jugglers and puppeteers that adorn the streets by day, to the foot-tapping sounds of live music that spills from its bars and traditional pubs by night.
Soak up its heady mix of entertainment and attractions by wandering around the streets, or pick out an event from its lively social calendar to really get acquainted with this buzzing city. From the annual Galway Arts Festival, a summer festival and cultural celebration that attracts over 400 artists, to the banquets and atmospheric events that tell the story behind Dunguaire Castle, there are plenty of ways to get to know the real Galway.
Make a weekend of it by stopping over, giving yourself the chance to enjoy its legendary entertainment and attractions both during the day and after sundown. Try one of the Travelodge Galway hotels for a no-frills stay that won’t break the bank, or turn up the luxury stakes a little by opting for one of the city’s plush hotels, such as four-star residence The Twelve.
One part of Galway that simply can’t be missed is a visit to the iconic Spanish Arch. Thought to be an extension of the city’s medieval walls, part of which has been cleverly woven into the contemporary Eyre Square shopping centre, the arch is an iconic part of the city and an important piece of its heritage. As well as being part of the city walls, it’s also thought to have served as a passageway for ships carrying goods.
Another way to appreciate the city’s past is to visit the Galway City Museum. Located close to the Spanish Arch on the banks of the River Corrib, the museum offers an excellent collection of artefacts that trace the city’s past. Inside you’ll find a varied selection of items spanning hundreds of years’ worth of history and covering numerous subjects – from architecture and arts to crafts and warfare. From here you can also enjoy the views out across the Claddagh, the River Corrib and Galway Bay.
So whether you come to appreciate its heritage or enjoy its more modern appeal, Galway is a fascinating city that’s well worth a visit.