City of the Tribes, is a medieval city dating back to the 5th century. A thriving and vibrant artistic community, the home base of the International renowned Macnas and Druid Theatre company.
A whirlwind of activity with Art galleries, old book shops, pubs, restaurants, theatre, arts, culture, and traditional Irish music. All centred in the narrow streets bustling with activity and friendly people.
Enjoy great shopping, the city is proud to offer an array of shops to cater for all tastes. The Canal walkways, the salmon fishing at the salmon weir bridge and the meeting of the sea and river bed between long walk and the old fishing village of the Claddagh create a peaceful escape from all the bustle.
The nearby village of Salthill over looking Galway Bay provides a seaside recreational facility with family leisure activities, swimming complex, golfing, horseriding and promenade walks.
- The Galway Arts Festival
- Galway Race Week
- Guinness Oyster Festival
- Salthill Airshow
- Traditional Boating Festival
Activities in the Galway area.
Co. Galway is a golfers paradise with 10 choice golf courses, stunning scenery and all close to the city. Fishing in Galway is renowned worldwide. Salmon and wild brown trout fishing, course fishing, deep sea and shore fishing are all close to the city.
Horseriding although challenging is not just for the experienced is well catered for with riding schools, trekking centres and fox hunting during the winter months.
For walking and cycling enthusiasts the choice is vast. Get off the beaten path and enjoy the scenery, the peace, and solitude. There are forest walks and national parks in Co. Galway.
A photographer’s vision awaits you in Connemara and the Burren. The region was heavily glaciated which leaves us with wonderful geographical shapes in the Connemara landscape. The city is enhansed to have the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara so close.
The Arus Grattan complex is beside the Galway English Language school and close to other language schools in the city.
History and Heritage
The West is rich with a history and heritage just waiting to be discovered. University College Galway is one of the Queens universities founded in the 1820’s in the heart of the city.
St. Nicholas Collegiate church where Columbus prayed and docked his ships before continuing his journey seeking new lands.
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is a must when visiting Connemara. A lovenest now owned by the Benedictine Nuns and run as a boarding school for girls.
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo once owned by the Guinness Brewing family. Set in picturesque village of Cong at the head of Lough Corrib. Croagh Patrick, Westport, Co. Mayo, Irelands holiest mountain, is a place of pilgrimage since the 4th century.
The tradition of the Gaeltacht or Irish speaking areas is strong west of the city, in Connemara and the Aran Islands.