City Vibes & Gateway to Connemara
Best of Galway
Galway has been described as 'the best place on earth'. To us, Galway is home. We have the luxury of enjoying a vibrant city lifestyle with lots of award-winning restaurants, fun festivals, cultural attractions and great Irish pubs. We also have the magic of Connemara on our doorstep. Galway city is the gateway to the wild landscapes of Connemara which have been described as 'food for the soul'. This is our Galway, our city, our Connemara:
Best City Tours of Galway
We hugely recommend taking a walking tour of Galway city centre. Our winding medieval streets are best explored on foot. You can hire a private tour or join a group from Galway Tourist Office. Our Concierge team have a detailed map to help you find your own sights if you prefer. The local town crier, Liam Silke, can provide walking tours with character or Conor Riordan is also a great guide. Make sure you explore our canal walk ways to Galway Cathedral and the historic National University of Galway. You will capture some great photos along the banks of Claddagh Quay or out along the promenade in Salthill where the warmer temperatures have our young & old taking a dip from the Blackrock diving boards.
Best Day Trips from Galway
You can choose to self drive or again join a group tour aboard one of four local tour companies - Galway Tour Company, Lally's, Naughton's and Healy's. All of whom are excellent and some will collect you from the g Hotel & Spa. Connemara is a must see while visiting the west of Ireland. It offers a veritable kaleidoscope of colours from the rust of the heather, the purple hue of the mountains and the ever changing sky reflecting in the lakes of Connemara National Park. Diamond Hill is an accessible walk and free to access. At the top you will have great views of Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens. Both the beaches at Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay in Roundstone are a beauty to behold in the sunshine and ideal for blowing away the cobwebs on windy days. We recommend trying the open crab sandwich at Vaughan's or drive further to Ballyconneely for some freshly smoked Irish salmon. A flight or ferry to the Aran Islands are also a must do for day tours from Galway.
Best Irish Pubs in Galway
We love our music in Ireland and the west of Ireland is the birth place of many famous traditional Irish musicians. A true Irish pub will serve a great pint of Guinness with a few tunes to keep you entertained. We recommend The Crane in Galway's west end for their genuine rustic style and nightly sessions. These can grow in size depending on how many musicians decide to join in! Alternatives include Tig Coili and Taafes on Quay street, Tigh Fox on Eyre Square (beside Hotel Meyrick) and Monroe's Tavern on Dominick Street for a larger venue with nightly live music.