Insider's Guide to Galway

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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The Burren

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

One of Ireland’s most unique and photogenic landscapes, stretching over 160 square km, the Burren, derived from the Gaelic word Boireann meaning ‘rocky place’, is one of the most visited attractions ...  Read more

Cong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Set between the lakes of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, the idyllic village of Cong is known for its pretty, thatched-roof cottages and its starring role in the Oscar-winning movie, The Quiet Man, ...  Read more

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Tucked in the shadows of the mighty Seven Pins Mountain range, Kylemore Abbey cuts a striking figure against its majestic backdrop. A Benedictine monastery founded in 1853, the Abbey took seven years ...  Read more

Ross Errilly Friary (Ross Abbey)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

One of the best-preserved Franciscan friaries in the country, Ross Errilly Friary is a National Monument of Ireland that’s thought to have been founded in the mid-15th century. Known as Ross Abbey ...  Read more

Aran Islands

Renowned for their stark beauty and enduring Irish traditions, the enigmatic Aran Islands have long drawn fascination from their mainland neighbors, inspiring generations of Irish artists and writers ...  Read more

Doolin

With allegedly more musicians per square mile in this county than anywhere in the world, among them the world famous Russell brothers, it’s unsurprising that Doolin is hailed as the capital of Irish ...  Read more

Dunguaire Castle

Celebrated as one of the most picturesque of Ireland’s many castles, the majestic Dunguaire Castle is perched atop a grassy promontory off the coast off Kinvarra in Western Ireland. A four-story ...  Read more

Galway Arts Centre

A long-standing cultural institution, the Galway Arts Centre is one of the city’s principal art establishments, dedicated to nurturing and furthering local talent, and encouraging awareness and ...  Read more

Galway Atlantaquaria

Designated as the National Aquarium of Ireland and the largest aquarium in the country, Galway Atlantaquaria is one of western Ireland’s most popular attractions. An incredible 170 saltwater and ...  Read more

Galway Cathedral

A spectacular feat of Hiberno-Romanesque architecture, Galway Cathedral, or the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, has a regal presence, perched on the banks of the River ...  Read more

Galway City Museum

Overlooking the famous Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum has been devoted to preserving the history and heritage of Galway since it opened its doors in 1976. The award-winning building is worth a ...  Read more

Lough Corrib

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Covering 69 square miles, Lough Corrib is the biggest lake in Ireland and a famous fishing spot that’s well-known for its wild brown trout and salmon. Practically cutting off western Galway from the ...  Read more

Salthill

One of Ireland’s premier seaside resorts, on the cusp of Galway Bay, Salthill has been drawing in tourists since the early 20th century and remains a hugely popular vacation spot during the summer ...  Read more

The Spanish Arch

Standing on the left bank of the River Corrib, Galway’s famous Spanish Arch is the sole remainder of the city’s 16th century bastion, designed to protect the town’s quays and merchant ships from ...  Read more

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