If you’ve never visited Galway, you need to add it to the top of your list. I lived there for four years when I was in college in NUIG and it’s literally one of my favourite places ever. I genuinely could see myself moving back there in a few years to settle down.
We went over for one night at the weekend & it honestly was so refreshing to be away from home and enjoying one of my favourite cities. I feel as though a lot of people will be visiting over the summer, so a Galway travel guide was an essential addition to the blog. I’m actually going to be back myself at the end of the month for the Galway Races and I am already so excited!
There is something so authentic about this city, I can’t put my finger on it. I could be biased since I have so many amazing memories from my NUIG days, but almost everyone seems to want to visit Galway more than once. There is always a brilliant atmosphere & I was so impressed with all of the restaurants we ate in, it’s seriously upped it’s foodie game since I left! These are just a few of my recommendations when visiting Galway so let me know if you try any of them.
Where to eat:
We ate in 56 Central, Dela, The Dough Bros & McCambridge’s this time round. Kai Cafe is an all time favourite of mine too though! All of the places I’ve listed below are worth a try!
Where to drink:
Where to stay:
I’ve stayed in a few hotels in Galway and have yet to find one that I don’t like. The first three on my list are places that I’ve stayed in and would definitely recommend. The remaining hotels have great reviews on Booking.com so they are definitely worth looking at!
The House Hotel – this one has to be my favourite so far. I used to live around the corner from this hotel and always wanted to stay here. It definitely lived up to my expectations! It’s situated in the heart of the city, you couldn’t ask for more.
The Galmont Hotel – we stayed here recently & would definitely go back. Location wise it is 10/10, just located at the bottom of Eyre Square. The hotel’s main restaurant Cooper’s, does really great food and drinks and the hotel in general has a great buzz around the place. I think the highlight for me of the whole experience was the breakfast in the hotel the following morning. It offered literally everything that you could want, and it was all delicious. There’s also a pool and spa that we didn’t make it to, but I’ve heard great things about them from friends who have visited before.
B & B’s – a lot of people opt for a B&B as hotels do tend to get busy in the summer time. There are a huge amount on Booking.com worth looking at.
What to do:
- Take a stroll down the Salthill prom
- Wander around NUIG
- Check out the different parts of the city – The Latin Quarter, Spanish Arch, Shop Street, Quay Street
- Have a drink in an old man’s pub – there’s a lot!
- Enjoy all the foodie options
- Tours – If you’re travelling from abroad, there are loads of tours to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher
- Head out to Connemara and take in the gorgeous sites
- Wander down Shop Street & enjoy the local music of the buskers
- If you love horse racing, then the Galway Races is a must!
- If you’re into the Arts, the Galway Arts Festival is not to be missed
I’m probably missing a few hotspots and activities so if there is anything that you feel needs to be added to one of these lists, let e know! Hope you found this helpful!