Things to do in County Galway
There’s more than one way to enjoy the splendour of County Galway thanks to rugged landscapes, wild beauty and bright city lights all on your doorstep.
We forced ourselves to pick some favourites – not an easy task – to make planning your dream trip to County Galway even easier…
Explore Connemara National Park, County Galway
You’ll find walking trails you’ll remember for a lifetime at Connemara National Park thanks, not least, to the views awaiting you from the 400 metre Diamond Hill.
You can expect to see bogs, woodlands, mountains, distant islands, historic buildings and much more Connemara’s National Park, one of six National Parks in Ireland.
Watch out for special events – including activities for children – and the birdlife of the area: from meadow pipits, skylarks, stonechats, chaffinches, robins and wrens to kestrel and sparrowhawk. There are even occasional visits from merlin and peregrine falcon as well as the likes of woodcock, snipe, starling, song thrush and mistle thrush in winter.
Savour the Spectacular Ashford Castle
In the mood to treat yourself to somewhere REALLY special for a meal to remember?!
Ashford Castle, on the Galway / Mayo border, allows you to dine like royalty thanks to its reputation for fine Irish cuisine in the historic spendour of the castle and its 350 acres of woodland.
You might even catch sight of a visiting VIP!
With a string of awards and a top-class spa, this is truly a fairytale venue to dine in style.
Delve Into the Past in County Galway
An Orient Express Adventure
Another dining experience of a lifetime! The deliciously unusual Pullman Restaurant brings you a chance to dine in one of two 1920s Orient Express rail carriages originally used in the filming of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express.
You can expect to find decadently plush surroundings and a rich vintage feel to this unique experience.
Immerse Yourself in Galway Cathedral Splendour
Galway Cathedral – or The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas – may be the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals, but it is undoubtedly great and undeniably majestic.
Keep an eye out for concerts and special events, after all there could hardly be a more inspirational venue, held within this imposing 1960s building.
Immerse Yourself in County Galway Life
A Top Class Museum
Not sure where to begin your County Galway adventure? The highly-rated Galway City Museum is a recommended starting point.
Covering the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway, special events for all ages focus on bringing the past to life by making items such as masks, gifts and much more.
At the time of writing, exhibitions including Prehistoric Galway, Galway GAA, The Great War are on offer. Guided tours can be used to make the most of your visit.
Relax in a Home From Home!
In our office we eat, sleep and breathe great Irish staycations, but there’s one thing every great trip has in common: a superb Irish holiday home.
The popular RentACottage ‘homes from home’ have great facilities both inside the property and are situation close to local attractions.
Shopping…With a Difference
Take in a Landmark City Square
The imposing sight of Galways famous – perhaps infamous – Eyre Square is a must-see for your visit.
With a history dating back to medieval times as a market-place, the square split local opinion following a major redesign which, despite controversy, went on to win a major design award.
On sunny days you’ll find a hive of activity not to mention a range of shops including gift and book shops.
Visit a Timeless County Galway Pub
We suspect this idea won’t be too hard to sell!
While you’re visiting Eyre Square you’ll find the popular and historic O’Connell’s Bar.
This pub retains many features of its rich past, has an outside beer garden and offers a range of craft beers.
Our tip (and tipple!)? The choice of Irish whiskey available locally just gets better and better. Ask to try some great Irish whiskeys (hold the mixer, of course, and easy on the ice too if you really must!) for a superb taste tour of Ireland.