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About Galway

Galway City as well as the Galway County offers its visitors a lot of attractions. The historic ‘City of the Tribes’ itself is a lovely and vibrant place with bustling streets and outgoing people. After a full day of sightseeing, hiking or playing golf you can rest in cosy and friendly atmosphere of city’s pubs and restaurants.

During the summer months Galway becomes the home of exceptional entertainment events like Galway Races or Galway Arts Festival. Its location makes it a perfect base for tours to Connemara , the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and other sights in counties of Mayo and Clare.

 

Castles and Houses


All three counties surrounding Galway are soaked in history and studded with amazing castles and mansions, which differ not only in size and shape but also setting and atmosphere. Some of them are surrounded by beautiful gardens suitable for walks and rest, whilst others are perched on hillsides. Among the most beautiful are The Abbeyglen Castle, The Lynch’s Castle, and Ashford castle.

 

Events


During the summer months Galway becomes a melting pot of cultures and the home of many famous festivals. The Galway Film Fleadh attracts directors, actors, cinematographers and artists from different countries and backgrounds. The Galway Arts Festival presents an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature & comedy involving hundreds of artists and performers. The Galway Race Week is the largest and longest horse racing festival in Europe. The atmosphere is full of fun and excitement. Every evening after the races, the city centre becomes a meeting ground for
socialising and entertainment .

 

Connemara


Galway city is located on the edge of a Gaeltacht region (Irish speaking area). It is the gateway to Connemara which is an area of spectacular scenery and landscapes drawing tourists from all over the world. In Connemara you can pursue activities such as hiking, cycling, swimming and camping to name a few. .
Kylermore Abbey certainly a must see place.

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Nightlife


Galway City, especially the area of Quay Street, is famous for the vibrant nightlife. The cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants, cafes and pubs which offer a mixture of traditional and modern-day entertainment. The music played ranges from club dance to traditional Irish/Céili.

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Water Sports


Thanks to Galway’s location, on both the edge of the Atlantic and the banks of Corrib River, it is the ideal place for water sports. You can enjoy various activities like: sailing, canoeing, rowing, surfing, kite surfing, and diving as well as resting on a sandy beach on a warm summer’s day.

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Golf


From lush, green parkland to wind-lashed rugged coastal dunes Western Ireland is unbeatable in terms of choice, quality, and awe-inspiring scenery. In the Galway City area there are four golf clubs offering visitors different course types and of course a variety of 19th Holes!

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Aran Islands


The islands are located in Galway Bay and are considered to be the foothold of Irish language and culture. Locals to this day use Gaelic as their first language and traditional music sessions are held in the pubs nightly. Unique lanscapes with both sandy beaches and high cliffs make this a must to see place while visiting Ireland. This is also an archeological site dating from the bronze age called Dun Aengus. It is considered the top destination for Megaliths and Prehistory worldwide

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