GALWAY VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
Listed below are just a selection of visitor attractions in Galway and the surrounding areas and the 4 star Ardilaun Hotel offers a great selection of Galway Hotel Deals.
Trad on the Prom
Trad on the Prom celebrates the passion of Ireland’s past with a contemporary production, of world class music, song and dance derived from the pulsating energy that has survived from the dawn of Celtic mysticism to become the record breaking phenomenon it is today. Showing from May to September. www.tradontheprom.com
Cliffs of Moher & Burren
The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island, Inis Meáin Island and Inis Oírr Island. The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English. www.aranislands.ie
The Saturday market
Galway’s famous bustling market with hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce and locally produced crafts. Open Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 8am to 6pm and Sundays 12 noon to 6pm.
Discover Ireland’s award-winning Celtic gardens and explore the unique themed gardens, beautiful nature trails, crannóg and many other features. A magical experience for adults and children. Enjoy fresh food in the Garden Cafe and browsing in the gift shop. Open daily all year with many special events. www.brigitsgarden.ie.
Connemara Heritage Centre
This award winning heritage centre is situated approximately 5 miles from Clifden – the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. www.connemaraheritage.com
DunguaireCastle and its history lies at the heart of the Ireland’s literary revival in the early 20th century. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky outcrop on the shores of GalwayBay. Medieval Banquets also available www.shannonheritage.com.
Woodville Walled Gardens
Woodville is home to a restored walled kitchen garden along with a museum outlining the fascinating connection to Lady Augusta Gregory at Woodville. www.woodvillewalledgarden.com.
Lady Gregory Trail
This trail incorporates historical sites between the towns Gort and Loughrea associated with Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats. www.ladygregoryyeatstrail.com
Connemara National Park
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. www.connemaranationalpark.ie.
Hop on the Corrib Princess, which departs from Woodquay in the city centre and tour the Corrib river and lake. www.corribprincess.ie.
The Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway city on the banks of the River Corrib and overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. www.galwaycitymuseum.ie.
Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! www.glengowlamines.ie
At the Kylemore Abbey Craft & Design Shop you will find a wide variety of Irish and International souvenirs, gift ware, fashions and jewellery. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history and tales of tragedy and romance. www.kylemoreabbey.com.
The Spanish Arch
The Spanish Arch is located on the banks of the River Corrib where the river meets the sea. It was built in 1584 and was part of the city walls, built to protect merchant ships from looting. In the past it was known as The Blind Arch and is located on the site known as Ceann na Bhalla (The Head of the Wall).