Ireland’s Cultural Heart
Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is a vibrant city of cultural events and historical attractions. Lynch's Castle, a medieval townhouse and the Church of Ireland St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church (the largest medieval church in Ireland) are two examples of Galway’s grand architecture. Visit the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire, Galway’s famous poet and learn more about the city and its people from the interactive exhibits at the Galway City Museum. Stroll around the city and stop off at the Eyre Square and Spanish Parade; nearby cafes make these areas an ideal spot to watch the world go by. Galway has a rich heritage in performance so be sure to book tickets to see a show at the Nun's Island Theatre, The Bank of Ireland Theatre, The Druid Lane Theatre or The Town Hall Theatre. For an authentic evening take in a performance at the Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Galway’s Irish language theatre.
Travel to Galway to experience the festival capital of Ireland. Join in on the celebrations and watch the colourful parades pass by. Galway is a friendly city so meet the locals, get chatting in the many taverns and pubs and share your stories over a pint of peaty Guinness.
When To Go?
Galway, like the rest of the country, experiences a mild and temperate climate. Winds from the North Atlantic current ensure changeable weather with occasional sudden downpours. Visitors to Galway are advised to bring a brolly at all times. The winter months are generally the coldest and dullest with some frost. July and August are considered the best times to visit with average temperatures of 17°C; festival season begins during this period.
How To Get There?
Galway is served by Galway Airport (GWY) located 6km (approximately 3 miles) east of the city centre. Aer Arann operates domestic flights daily to Dublin, Edinburgh, London Luton and Manchester; the journey takes less than an hour and provides a gateway to international destinations. A seasonal flight to Lorient in France is available during the summer months. Passengers can take the local bus service into the city or book a taxi from the desk inside the airport.
Galway is an energetic and friendly Irish city boasting a vibrant arts community. Travel to the city during the summer months to see the best of the festivals. Galway Arts Festival, Galway Pride, Fleadh Imboilg and the International Oyster Festival are just some of the event’s highlights. Join the crowds lining the streets to see the Macnas parade, a colourful assortment of dancers, performers, musicians and carnival acts. For more peaceful pursuits, cast your line alongside the fishermen down by the harbour.