Galway City Activities
Galway City & West of Ireland Activities
Galway offers a unique and diverse shopping experience with a wide range of shops fully equipped to cater for the needs of both visitors and locals alike. Weekly Saturday Market in the centre of the city offers a wonderful selection of foods, novel goods and gift ideas. Traditional Irish musicians perform in many of the well known bars in the city. Theatre shows and plays are performed in the 'Town Hall Theatre', 'The Druid' and 'An Taibhdhearc'.
Galway City Museum
Situated behind the famous Spanish Arch, Galway City Museum houses exhibitions which explore aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City, focusing on the medieval town, the Claddagh Village and Galway, 1800-1950.
The West of Ireland offers unique golfing opportunities – Galway Bay Golf Resort, Bearna Golf Club and Oughterard Golf Club are amongst the world’s finest golf courses. With variable wind speed and directions, these championship courses play differently each day posing a considerable challenge to even the most experienced golfers. Oughterard Golf Club is a charming course set in tranquil parkland between Lough Corrib and the Connemara Mountains. Galway Bay Golf Resort and Bearna Golf Club are both enjoying spectacular views of Galway Bay - after your round you can relax in the clubhouse enjoying the amazing scenery.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
The Aran Islands
Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands offer a glimpse into a way of life that has long disappeared from Ireland. Breathtaking scenery, medieval castles, cliffs, the prehistoric Dun Aengus ring fort, sandy beaches, unique flora and folklore are the highlights that the islanders are proud to introduce to visitors. The Islands raw beauty and charm leaves everyone longing to return again and again.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Garden
Known as Ireland’s most romantic castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No. 1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a day out and easily accessed, Located in Connemara off the R344 and on the N59 just 1 hour from Galway City, 40 minutes from Westport and 30 Minutes from Clifden. Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers a unique experience for every visitor including nature and play trails, scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, mountain treks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and seasonal, homemade dishes served in Mitchell’s Café & The Tea House by the Victorian Garden using a variety of ingredients from the Kylemore Kitchen Gardens.
Cnoc Suain Cultural Retreat
Cnoc Suain Cultural Retreat offers a memorable learning experience in the Conamara Gaeltacht which is an Irish speaking area at the West of Ireland. There are exclusive two hour programmes available for private groups with a variety of activities: live traditional Irish music and storytelling, an opportunity to learn a céile dance, Gaelic poetry and songs from native speakers, traditional customs of a Gaeltacht farm including Irish soda bread-making demonstration.
Corribb Princess Boat Journey
This boat journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and provides visitors with unsurpassed views of the historic monuments that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, along the famous Steamers Line, which is a traditional trade route. The Corrib Princess team offers informative live commentary in all major European languages, a comfortable salon, observation deck, full catering facilities and a fully stocked bar.
Brigit's Garden is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens in Ireland set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows and it takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage. Visitors can experience the richness of Irish mythology through the Celtic-themed gardens as they relax in the hand-crafted basket swings and sit on the 6,000 years old bog-oak throne, wonder at the giant woman sculpted of earth and admire sculpture and artwork by some of the country’s leading artists.
Connemara Heritage and History Centre
Located near Clifden and overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben Mountains, the Heritage Centre introduces the history, culture and traditions of Connemara. The centre is based around the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O'Hara who was forced to emigrate inthe 1840's when he was evicted from his home. Dan O'Hara's farmhouse is built on the original site of the historic Connemara man’s home who is renowned by a popular ballad all over the world. There is an audio visual introduction to Dan O'Hara's story and the history of the area, followed by a tour of the artefact room with articles and displays on Connemara through the ages and many items of historical and cultural interest.