Some of you who have been reading this blog for a while may know that I’m originally from Ireland! Galway holds a very special place in my heart and I visit this vibrant and friendly city in the West of Ireland often. I’m sure that if you took the time to visit Galway too, you would love it just as much as I do. So with that in mind, I have put together some ideas for people visiting Galway and hope that it will encourage you to visit too…..because this city is awesome!
1) Explore The Latin Quarter
I spend a huge amount of time in Galway just wandering! Wandering around the Latin Quarter and down to Spanish Arch and just soaking up the atmosphere and watching some of the buskers do their thing! The city if small but perfectly formed. You can easily walk around it without needing public transport but there is loads to keep you occupied too.
The Latin Quarter is perfect for those who enjoy doing a bit of shopping at independent boutiques and shops, while supporting local businesses and buying local crafts, jewellery and more. It is often referred to as the cultural heart of Galway and along with its super shopping, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and events to go along to too. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and look out for all sorts of entertainers and performers.
2) Foodies all the way!
We all know that Ireland is fast becoming known for its ‘foodie’ offerings and Galway is amazing for this. Whether you fancy traditional Irish grub (think hearty and warm) or you are looking for a terrific Thai restaurant in Galway there are some wonderful options to choose from. Galway is especially known for its Oysters, all washed down with a glass of bubbles or of course a Guinness too. Make sure you have a full Irish cooked breakfast when you visit too!
3) Join in a trad session
Have you experienced traditional Irish music? You’ll need to make sure you join in (or at least observe) a traditional Irish music session while you’re there too. Lots of the pubs host them and if you can hold a tune, why not join in. Play an instrument? Bring it along and participate too! No matter what age you are, you’ll be welcome and I dare you not to enjoy it!
The amazing Aran Islands
If you are travelling all the way to Galway City then you really must visit The Aran Islands. Have you heard of them before? They are basically three rocky, windswept islands set off the west coast of Ireland, around 30 miles from Galway City. The biggest of the islands is Inis Mór and you can get there by passenger ferry. I went there for a school trip for several nights many years ago and have such wonderful memories. It’s like stepping back in time! Go go go…
Galway City Museum
Explore the archaeology, history and culture of this medieval city by the sea at Galway City Museum. You’ll be able to experience a wealth of learning, inspiration, engagement and enrichment while there and really engross yourself in Irish history and how the city has evolved. There’s a big focus at Galway Museum on preserving and sharing Galway’s archaeology, history and sea science through their collections, exhibitions, events and online learning resources. So put aside some quality time to spend at the museum and you’ll soon be an expert!
We hope you found this blog post useful? Are you tempted to go to Galway? If you do visit this magical place, let us know what you thought!