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With a youthful population and a bohemian spirit, Galway’s charms are best enjoyed by strolling the city lanes and soaking up the atmosphere. There’s plenty to keep sightseers happy, too.
Galway is a place packed with many things to do and experience. Use our recommendations in this guide to get you started on your holiday in Galway.
1) Co Galway – The Eastern Drive (orange route) Taking in Galway, Oranmore, Athenry, Ballinasloe, Portumna and returning to Galway A distance of 150km (94 miles), approximately. Journey to the heart of East Galway, visiting many historical sites along the way. Highlights include Oranmore Castle, the medieval town of Athenry (including Athenry Castle and local Heritage Centre) and the popular cruising town of Portumna where you can see Portumna Castle & Gardens, Forest Park and Dominican Friary. Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland. 2) Co Galway – The Northern Drive (purple drive): A journey through the towns and villages of north County Galway. First stop is the ruins of a Franciscan Friary in Claregalway with the newly restored Claregalway Castle nearby. Further along is the ancient town of Tuam with its 12th Century High Cross and two Cathedrals. Mountbellew has delightful forest walks, whilst Abbeyknockmoy has ruins of a 13th Century Cistercian Abbey. Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland. Taking in Galway, Kinvara, Ardrahan, Gort and returning to Galway. A distance of 80km (50 miles), approximately. 3) Co Galway – The Southern Drive: A short drive through the southern towns and villages of Co Galway. One of the main highlights is Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara. Travel on to Ardrahan, where you can still see the gable ruins of a Norman Tower in the churchyard and head south to the town of Gort where there are many sites linked with the great Poet W.B. Yeats. Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland. 4)Co Galway – The Eastern Drive (orange route): Taking in Galway, Oranmore, Athenry, Ballinasloe, Portumna and returning to Galway A distance of 150km (94 miles), approximately. Journey to the heart of East Galway, visiting many historical sites along the way. Highlights include Oranmore Castle, the medieval town of Athenry (including Athenry Castle and local Heritage Centre) and the popular cruising town of Portumna where you can see Portumna Castle & Gardens, Forest Park and Dominican Friary. Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland.
No matter what your budget or occasion, you’ll find an array of eating establishments in Galway.
Enjoy delicious traditional Irish homemade cakes, bakes and lunchtime treats, such as warm fluffy brown scones, jam-laden soda bread, Irish fruit cake, open crab sandwiches, boxty and soda farls.
Throughout the year there’s a party atmosphere that gives Galway a special edge. It’s no wonder people pour into the traditional pubs and hopping bars every weekend. Come and join us for an unforgettable time!
Galway provides a unique shopping experience with a wide range of shops to cater for the tastes of both visitors and locals. 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.
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