Things to do in Galway

Located on the west coast of Ireland, County Galway combines bohemian charm with traditional Irish culture.

Nestled in the harbour of Galway Bay you’ll find the charming city of Galway, famous for its vibrant mix of colourful buildings, seafood dishes, weekend markets and traditional Irish pubs. Venture further afield in to County Galway and you’ll find vast stretches of coastline and countryside to explore. 


Now is the time to visit! Galway has been named the European capital of culture for 2020, and to celebrate, Galway is predicted to hold the biggest cultural festival seen in Ireland. With a whole list of events happening throughout the year you will find plenty of things to do in Galway this year.


With a great road network direct from Dublin to Galway, you can explore the delights of western Ireland with P&O Ferries today by travelling via our Cairnryan to Larne ferry crossing.






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Galway harbour

Things to do in Galway

Seafood in Galway City

The city of Galway is one of the most picturesque cities in Ireland. With fishing boats lining the shores of Galway Bay and traditional Irish pubs filled with plenty of locals and live music, the city offers more than just great entertainment. Well known for its seafood scene, Galway is home to some of the best seafood on offer on the West Coast of Ireland. Try the famous Galway Bay Oysters, best eaten between September and April.

Recent years have seen an explosion of artisan foods, wines and beers in Galway – prompting a new food revolution. With hundreds of local producers, producing some of the finest Irish artisan foods and first-class restaurants, it’s clear to see why people come here to sample some of Ireland’s finest foods.

Galway City

Galway City

Aran Islands, County Galway

Aran Islands

Coastal Countryside

Situated along the western edge of the Wild Atlantic Way, County Galway's vast shorelines and countryside offer captivating views and sweeping panoramas at every turn. Take a short ferry ride from Galway City to the wave-sculpted Aran Islands, an area of desolate beauty. A place where the land drops away after a 300-foot cliff face and the remains of ancient forts and sacred ruins overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

With endless coastal routes to explore, and views sweeping far and wide across the Irish countryside, exploring this section of the west coast of Ireland will keep your adventurous side entertained for days.

Around County Galway

Head further afield in to the surrounding countryside and you’ll be inspired for things to do in Galway. With many medieval castles dotted throughout the County of Galway and the stunning Connemara National Park only an hour and 25 minutes’ drive from Galway city, there are plenty of great options to explore this beautiful county.

Connemara National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife and some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. From birds of prey to stoats and even a herd of Connemara ponies, there are ample opportunities to spot the native wildlife in their habitats. The National Park is open daily all year round* and there are guides on hand in the visitor centre to answer all your questions. Entry to the park and visitor centre is free of charge including the exhibition on site, plus with extra facilities including the café, picnic areas and plenty of walking trails, so you’ll be sure to find all you need to explore this stunning location.

* Restricted hours during winter, check before travel.

Connemara Pony in Galway

Connemara National Park

Galway City Cathedral

Galway Cathedral

Historic Galway

The heart of the city can be found in the pedestrianised Latin Quarter, which features cobblestone streets full of independent pubs, theatres and historic landmarks. With history to be found around every cobbled corner, history lovers will find plenty of things to do in Galway. The city is home to a variety of Irish museums, galleries and historic points of interest which are all dotted throughout the city, so a self guided walking tour of the city center is ideal for visitors.

Visit Galway Cathedral, located on the west bank of the River Corrib to marvel at its Renaissance style and beautiful glasswork, all handcrafted by Irish artists. The Cathedral was the last of its kind built in Western Europe, built solely from stone, donated by Irish locals. From here, Geology enthusiasts can head North over the canal to the James Mitchell Geology Museum or for those looking for entertainment take a stroll over the Salmon Weir Bridge and head south for plenty of bars, shops and an excellent hub of eateries.

Ready to try out these great things to do in Galway for yourself? Sail across the Irish Sea on our Cairnryan to Larne and you can be exploring this fascinating destination in no time.

Get lost in the beautiful bohemian city of Galway and surrounding coastal countryside.

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