Galway Travel Guide

Irish to the bone: Galway

Just like its colorful houses and cheerful streets, so is Galway a fun city to explore! It is also a terrific starting point for trips to nearby landmarks and attractions such as Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, multiple castles and other wonders of nature. Either way, the city will keep you busy. Being bored in Galway? Not a chance! This small college city on the West coast of Ireland is full of spark and energy. Just like other Irish cities and towns, this one too is home to super friendly, kind people, great pubs, arts, markets, museums and it’s filled with historic spots. Galway, in particular, is a lovely mixture of old and new. Many students bring relaxed, smart atmosphere and help make it such a desirable destination.

Dunguaire castle in Co. Galway, Ireland

Let this short and informative travel guide help you around this marvelous city.

Things to do and see in Galway

Salthill Promenade

This 2km long promenade is a popular spot for both tourists and locals who call it Prom. If you don’t feel like walking, you can sit at one of the many bars, restaurants or even choose to stay in of the many hotels overlooking Galway Bay.

Museums and galleries

The city is home to many interesting museums and art galleries. Head over to the Galway City Museum to learn about city’s history, or visit The Claddagh Ring Museum to find out more about the art of this typical Irish ring that represents love, loyalty, and friendship.

Urban landmarks

There are many great things to see in Galway and nearby areas. Stroll around and spend some time in the always busy Quay Street, the city’s historic downtown. Visit the ultra modern Galway Cathedral, which was unlike many other cathedrals, built in the 1960’s and features many modern, unusual details. Pass The Spanish Arch one of Galway’s historical gems, dating back to pre-medieval times. Or simply enjoy the relaxed vibe of the city in one of the pubs.

Escape for a day

Cliffs of Moher in Galway, Ireland

Like already mentioned, Galway is a great base for different day trips. If you’re staying in this area, you should definitely visit Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Dogs Bay, Gurteen Bay Beaches… The beauty and power of nature will amaze you!

Travel Costs

Accommodation

You may get a private room for a low cost of US$ 36, although it’s more likely you’ll have to pay at least US$ 55 to enjoy a privacy of the own room. Dorms are cheaper, starting US$ 13. Most hostels will provide you free linens and give you access to the internet some even offer free breakfast. Try Airbnb for US$ 20 per night if you’re willing to share accommodation or US$ 43 if you want it all for yourself. There are some good value hotels to be found with prices starting at US$ 55 per night. Connect with locals who are also members of the Couchsurfing community. Stay with them for free and take advantage of their local knowledge for some first-hand tips and advice!

Food and drinks

You can enjoy a simple, but delicious meal at pubs for around US$ 12. Two people will pay around US$ 55 for a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant, and eating at fast food places costs roughly US$ 7.60. You can also grab quick snacks and fast foods for approximately US$ 4.40. If you plan on cooking own meals, you’ll need around US$ 65 for a week’s worth of groceries. You can get a half-liter of domestic beer from US$ 5. Sipping cappuccino will cost some less than US$ 3, while you’ll need around US$ 1.70 for small soft drinks.

Transportation

It’s easy to get around Galway on foot as it’s so small. Otherwise, one-way tickets cost around US$ 2.30. You can rent a bike for US$ 15-20 per day. They are a great option to explore the city. You can save up some bucks with the Leap Visitor Card. As Ireland has such a great public transportation system, use either train or bus to travel between cities.
Bus to Cork costs between US$ 24-38 and train to Dublin between US$ 38-60. Return ferry ticket to Aran Island will cost you US$ 28.

Sights

If you’re a student, keep your ISIC card close to get discounts or claim a special price. If you visit the Burren Nature Sanctuary, you’ll need about US$ 5.50. A bus tour to Cliffs of Moher cost from US$ 24 for adults and US$ 20 for students and seniors.

Pictures of Galway

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