Near the g Hotel in Galway city
The 5-star g Hotel in Galway is located in the west of Ireland, a city bursting with life, energy and vitality. Steeped in history and tradition, Galway is known as the arts capital of Ireland. The exuberant spirit of Galway has been captured in the g Hotel. Overlooking Lough Atalia, the 5 star Galway hotel offers luxury, convenience, award-winning cuisine and spa, plus complimentary parking and wi-fi.
Galway itself has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. From monthly festivals to sporting events, golf, sailing and shopping, you are bound to find something to do during your stay. Our Concierge Team are on hand to help plan your perfect stay and will be happy to recommend activities and attractions.
Let us take you on a tour of Galway ...
IMAGINE....The birds are singing......the sun is rising........and the sky is brightening into the cool fresh blue of a crisp morning. After an early morning coffee at the g Counter, your day in Galway might start with a drive to Salthill and brisk walk of Salthill Promenade. Stretching 2km, the prom is a hive of activity no matter what the weather. Couples - new & old, friends, families, grandchildren and their pets all gravitate to the coastal walk. Some breathe in the fresh sea air, others enjoy the stunning view of The Burren (UNESCO site), talking at nineteen to the dozen swapping their week of stories in less than an hour but ALL 'kick the wall'. No-one really knows how this started but it’s a tradition that we all uphold and observant visitors join in.
The Salthill Prom leads into The Claddagh, Galway's original fishing village and the home of a graceful bevy of swans. Feeding the swans is an enjoyable way to build up an appetite for and a great activity for families as there is an adjoining playground. The sound of 'higher higher' mingled with excited squeals of fun are all part of a good day in Galway.
In addition to delicious breakfasts at the g Hotel served until 10.30am on weekdays and 11am on weekends and Bank Holidays there are a wide range of dining options in the city from the vegetarian friendly Kitchen at the Museum, the boho Ard Bia at Nimmos, An Cupan Tae Tea house with sinfully good cakes as well as over 30 loose leaf teas and many more in the Latin Quarter. Once you are nicely full, stroll under Spanish Arch, across old Fish-market Square where the women of Claddagh used to sell their fish up to the early 20th century. Pedestrian Quay Street will be teeming with locals and visitors enjoying the much loved atmosphere in Galway. If you're lucky, a group of talented musicians may be balancing above you on bollards as they entertain the crowd that have gathered. The mood is light, smiles are bright and life is good in Galway.
Every weekend Galway's famous bustling market trades by St Nicholas' Collegiate Church - winding though the stalls, you will glimpse stunning photography, colourful woollen knits, aromatic pestos & marinades, Galway oysters, Irish cheeses, hand carved wooden furniture, a falafel stall, spicy curries, freshly dug up carrots beside seasonal fruit bursting with flavour and so much more. The market is open all year round on Saturdays from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
Still walking off your tasty bites, continue to the boardwalk along the River Corrib and make your way towards Galway Cathedral and Salmon Weir bridge to watch the fisherman as they stand firm against the fast moving waters to claim their prize. Beyond lies Lough Corrib, the 3rd largest lake in the whole of Ireland and home to some of Europe's greatest pike fishing.
If your love of cheese is as strong as ours you'll be drawn back towards Sheridan's Cheesemongers & Wine Bar for a nibble (maybe even a tipple!) where you'll no doubt meet a range of people with competing opinions but a shared love of food and the local landscape. Whiskey lovers will have discovered McCambridges by now, dating from 1925, this family run business is a great supporter of local producers and the spot to pick up a taste of Galway or treat yourself to a gift of whiskey. Or perhaps call into Jimmy Griffin of Griffins Bakery who's family have been baking bread for the people of Galway since 1876 (their congar bread is a particular favourite). As they say, food without passion is just a business and the foodie peeps of Galway have a dynamism in their veins that is brimming with potential.
Overall, the city of Galway has the humming vibe of a city but the gentle heart of a village and we hope your imagination could hear the sounds, smell the aromas and feel the vibes of the best city in Ireland!