What to do and see in Galway, Ireland: The Best Places and Tips

March 1, 2018 Nobuko Falco

For visitors, the best thing about Galway is that you can walk everywhere. As soon as you arrive, enjoy a walk through the city streets. There, you'll find lively pubs, independent shops and winding cobblestone streets packed with students, artists, writers and craftspeople. You may even hear Gaelic spoken. For a day trip, take a ferry to the island of Inis Mor. You'll return refreshed by the ocean air and Inis Mor's breathtaking scenery. Oh, and be sure to wear sunscreen on the island, no matter how chilly it is. (Just trust us, okay?)
Restaurants in Galway

1. Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way, Galway, Ireland +353 91 778 778
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5 based on 1 reviews

Wild Atlantic Way

Reviewed By grommit35 - Oxfordshire

Appropriately named , the west coast is spectacular, so much scenery and feels very remote in places. Roads are very well signposted and easy to follow. The roads are also very twisty, single track in places. If you suffer from motion sickness maybe the whole route would be too much. Take time to look at the various harbours as you go along.

2. Connemara National Park

Connemara National Park Connemara National Park Connemara, Co Galway | Near the village of Letterfrack, Galway, Ireland +353 95 41054
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Connemara National Park

Reviewed By André L

Absolutely love the Irish Bog! It's at the same time lonely and beautiful. The park is great. There are 4 different trails (in difficulty) that you can choose from. The visitor center, apart from the awesome staff, has an exposition that teaches about the landscape history. And it's free admission!

3. Circle of Life Commemorative Garden

Quincentennial Park | Salthill Promenade, Galway GALWAY CITY, Ireland +353 87 742 9080
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5 based on 162 reviews

Circle of Life Commemorative Garden

A remarkably beautiful stone sculpted national commemorative garden to commemorate and celebrate the lives and generosity of spirit of organ donors. Its inclusive and welcoming design and aura of mysticism and healing provide a very special place to remember and reflect on loved ones. Its richness of imagery, symbolism and sentiment offers an inspirational and memorable visitation experience for all ages. Convenient to parking and hospitality facilities, served by public transport.

Reviewed By Diana W - Tehachapi, California

This was right across from our hotel. Lovely place to walk around. The grounds are beautiful and tranquil. Took loads of picturesHi Diana, Thank you for visiting the Circle of Life Garden and for your review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted you "found" it and that you enjoyed your visit. With kind regards, Martina & Denis

4. Quay Street

Galway City Centre, Galway, Galway, Ireland
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Quay Street

Reviewed By PeterJT46 - Mandurah, Australia

Lots of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Well worth a visit while in Galway. Restaurants and pubs may be crowded when you go in, but be patient and in a short time you will get a table.

5. Galway Bay

Galway, Ireland
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4.5 based on 631 reviews

Galway Bay

Reviewed By Romacapoccia - Boston

Took a long walk around the waterfront and is simply breathtaking. Beautiful view of the city on the walk back. Also great for getting some exercise.

6. Rinville Park

Rinville | Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Rinville Park

Reviewed By wee j - Western Ireland, Ireland

This is a fairly small park. you can do a circuit of it in about 25mins. It has some really nice views and a castle, though you can't actually get into the castle which is a real shame. It's nice place to spend some time getting a spot of exercise.

7. Galway's Latin Quarter

21 High Street, Galway, Ireland
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4.5 based on 813 reviews

Galway's Latin Quarter

Reviewed By eamomacker - Galway, Ireland

I love this part of Galway as it really shows a wonderful part of Galway for those visiting from overseas. This area hosts many excellent restaurants and pubs and the streets are always a hive of activity.

8. Galway Cathedral

University and Gaol Rds. | Cathedral Square, Galway, Ireland +353 91 563 577
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Galway Cathedral

Reviewed By grommit35 - Oxfordshire

Built in 20c this Cathedral looks quite stark from the outside due to its granite exterior , also it’s located in essential a traffic island! Inside there are some lovely stained glass windows and it’s interesting to see a medieval design built in a modern way. Worth a look although it will only take 15 mins or so unless you want to attend a service.

9. Salthill Promenade

157/159 Upper Salthill, Galway, Ireland
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Salthill Promenade

Reviewed By william l - Roscommon

Salthill Promenade is a wonderful facility on the doorstep of Galway City and should be a must see for anyone visiting that ancient city. Stretching several kilometers along the sea front this beautiful wide walkway is ideal for a gentle stroll or maybe a jog or a run for the more energetic. For obvious reasons it is sometimes very crowded particularly at the western end but the other end is usually quieter. It is not very hilly so is ideal for older people or those less agile. Parking facilities in the vicinity are plentiful, but one cannot say the same when it comes to toilets as there to be a lack of such amenities. However it is an ideal was to get some exercise and smell the salt air, whether a bracing winter walk or a stroll in summer Sunshine.

10. National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG)

National University of Ireland Galway University Road, Galway, Ireland +353 91 493 361
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG)

Reviewed By IIbeach1 - Marlboro, New York

My niece took us for a tour of the campus. She just finished her graduate work there. I was very impressed by the diversity of both the students and the areas of study available. We joined in for an after-graduation get together in the quadrangle yard (where it is rumored that Quidditch matches are sometimes played), but being Muggles, we could not see any evidence. The NUI campus is located in a bend of the River Corrib, and very close to all the activities that Galway offers. A great location.

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