Destinations: Galway

Located on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is the third largest city in Ireland. Galway gives you a small town feel but still has plenty of sites to visit. Here are 6 of my favorite things to do in Galway:

1. Visit the Galway market

One of my favorite things to do in Galway is to go to the farmer’s market located next to St. Nicholas’ church. From fruit to bagels to art, the market is bustling at all times with local products. I highly recommend visiting the donut stand- the donuts are made on the spot right after you order. 

2. Go to the bars on Quay Street

One of Galway’s most notable places is Quay Street. Crowded with restaurants, pubs and bars, there is always something to do. If you are looking for nightlife, this is the place to go. Simply just walk down the street exploring the different pubs and restaurants.

3. Take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher

From Galway, you can take a bus to some of Ireland’s most notable sites, including the world famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are Ireland’s most visited attraction, and provide Instagram-worthy views. It’s easy to hop on a bus to the cliffs during the day, explore one of Ireland’s greatest beauties, and still make it back to Galway to hit the bars at night.

4. People Watch in Eyre Square

If you happen to catch some nice weather, sitting in Eyre Square is a fun place to hang out at. Tourists and locals like to relax on the grass, so it is a great place to observe Galway life. While I was there, there happened to be a stag party dressed up and playing games!

5. Explore the surrounding country

If want to see castles in Ireland, Galway provides you with a great opportunity to do so. There are several castles that are only a short drive away, so rent a car or take a taxi and explore the countryside. Keep in mind, if you do take a taxi from the city, it is extremely hard to call one for the way back if you are in the middle of nowhere.

6. Take a ferry to the Aran Islands

Right off the coast of Galway are the Aran Islands. They are known for their ancient sites, medieval ruins and fantastic scenery. The islands are also the filming locations for several Hollywood movies. If you want to get out of the city, the islands are the perfect place to explore nature. 

Many of our tours visit Galway, so if you are interested in seeing the city, click here.

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