Youthful and spirited, Galway is a good-time city, with loads of culture and craic (fun) on offer. The city is also very compact, making it easy to see a lot of it with only limited time. From biking along the Salthill Promenade to pub-hopping around town, here’s how to experience the best of Galway in just one day.
Morning: Get to Know Galway
With just a day to spare, you won’t want to waste any time dawdling, which is what makes a guided bike tour such an attractive option. Hop on the saddle and discover more of the city in less time. Pedal between top attractions, including the National University of Ireland Galway Campus, the Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum, and the Salthill Promenade, a scenic waterfront pathway that runs along Galway Bay. If you’d prefer a less strenuous sightseeing tour, take a seat aboard a hop-on hop-off tour bus instead, disembarking where you like and exploring at your own pace.
Afternoon: Treat Your Tastebuds
Galway is the west of Ireland’s foodie hub, and chefs here are known for their imaginative use of local produce, from Connemara Hill Lamb to wild Atlantic seaweed. Embark on an afternoon food and drink tour to taste artisanal cheeses, traditional Irish stew, and Guinness, a legendary rich and creamy Irish stout.
If you have a car, you could leave the city behind for the afternoon. Head for a family-owned oyster farm, shucking and slurping bivalves in front of the crashing Atlantic waves, or visit a hill sheep farm, where hardy flocks are bred for their wool and meat.
Night: Experience Local Culture
Galway’s arts scene is the envy of Ireland, and there is almost always something happening here, be it a live music, theater, or dance performance. Listen to fiddlers and singers, and watch traditional Irish dancers at a show, then close out the night with a pub crawl around the city center. Gather friends for a boozy pedal-powered pub crawl on a multiseat party bike, stopping for a midway tipple at a local watering hole. If you’re an Irish whiskey fan, you can opt for a tasting tour, which leads you to several different pubs to sample pours from various producers.