Summer is a great time to go to Galway with its plethora of festivals like the Galway International Arts Festival or the Galway Races Week but the city is equally as charming in the other seasons and there are many great events to experience throughout the year. When you grab a room in a budget hotel like Travelodge Galway Hotels you’ll get that chance to experience the uniquely Irish atmosphere of Galway City.
But what to do when you’ve made the trip to Galway? Don’t worry, we’ve made it easy for you by picking out some of our favourite places to visit when you stay in Galway. Read on for Five Great Places to Visit in Galway City and start booking your trip!
Here An Púcán stands in for all the traditional music pubs all over Galway, a key component in the lively atmosphere of the city. An Púcán, just off the city’s main Eyre Square on Forster Street, hosts plenty of traditional Irish music, one of the highlights of Galway nightlife and is one of the main Irish language pubs in the city further enhancing its authenticity. This Galway pub has bodhráns being banged every day at the front of the pub in the afternoon and early evening with more contemporary music from the local scene in the back for some late night dancing. An Púcán also serves some cracking food and you can chew and chat with the locals all evening. Be careful about making it your first stop though on an evening out in Galway, you may not want to move anywhere else!
The Latin Quarter
When you’re planning your night-time excursions in Galway, you have to include some time in the city’s famous Latin Quarter. Centred around Quay Street, this area of great pubs, cafés and restaurants is buzzing with activity day and night. The traditional music pubs on Quay Street are perhaps the highlight where you can mix with locals who are ready and willing to talk to visitors to the city while listening to top class trad.
In Galway for the weekend? Then you can’t go wrong by spending some time at the Galway street market in Church Lane beside the also-worth-visiting St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. Dating back to medieval Galway, this weekend market provides some of the best food you’ll get anywhere in Ireland. But it’s not just top quality ingredients or delicious takeaway stalls that this market offers. You can also browse craft items of superb quality including the celebrated Aran knitwear to squirrel away in your suitcase!
In the very centre of Galway City sits Eyre Square, the perfect spot to sit and watch city life go by. Controversially redeveloped a few years ago, Eyre Square is now in pristine shape and full of Galwegian history from the statue of Irish language writer Pádraic Ó Conaire to the bust of US President John F Kennedy which the park in Eyre Square is named after to two large Crimean War cannons used by the famous British Army unit, the Connaught Rangers. If you fancy an even closer look at Galway’s history, the Galway Civic Sword and Mace are housed nearby in the Galway Civic Museum.
The Prom in Galway
A real Galway tradition is to walk the Prom. Stretch your legs along the Salthill Promenade from the Spanish Arch all the way to the seaside resort of Salthill. It’s only 2 kilometres but on a clear day you will have the most splendid views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. If you have your glasses on you may even see County Clare across the way. Make it all the way to the Blackrock diving boards and observe another Galway tradition and kick the wall before setting off on your way back to Galway City and a reviving beverage.