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Things To Do in Galway

Salthill Promenade

If you are fortunate enough to walk the Salthill Promenade when the skies are clear you’ll see the outline of The Burren down in County Clare, while up in the northwest are the peaks of Connemara. The land behind the promenade was set aside for farming until the Great Famine in the middle of the 19th century, and was then set up for early tourism in 1860 with the arrival of the Eglinton Hotel, which is still here today.The promenade is lined with bars, seafood restaurants and cafes. 

 

Corrib Princess River Cruise

The Corrib River Princess sails twice a day from Woodquay in the middle of the city and on the 90-minute trip you will journey through green, pastoral countryside, with farms on the south and east shore of the lake and heath and bog to the north and west. The lake is also loved for its many islands, with more than 1,300 at the last count. On the river you will pass the ruins of Menlo Castle, a 16th-century mansion that burnt down in 1910 and is now completely taken over by ivy. 

 

Dogs Bay Beach

If you are wondering what to do in Galway that will keep you away from the groups of tourists that flock to the city, get yourself out to Dog’s Bay Beach.

Dog’s Bay is a horseshoe-shaped bay that boasts over a mile of unspoiled white sandy beach along with gorgeous clear water. You’ll find this little hidden gem a short drive from Roundstone Village where you’ll find plenty of places to grab a pre or post-walk bite-to-eat. 

 

Galway Food Tour

An Unforgettable Culinary Experience. No better way to spend 2.5 hrs around Galway
Walk + Chat + Eat + Drink and Laugh. Galway food tours offer an arrange of experiences which you can choose from whether it be a food & cycle tour of the city, a sweet tooth food tour or an evening dining experience, Sheena & Gosia have something to suit everyone! 

 

Cliffs of Moher

One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged west Clare coast.  Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands.   Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, and poets for generations, as well as absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit.  The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever. ()

 

Scuba Diving

Scubadive West have the experience, the equipment and the ideal location to get you diving! Start your adventure and learn to scuba dive in one of the best dive locations in Ireland.  They offer a range of experiences to suit all. 

 

Galway Cathedral

Galway Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in Galway City. Although it looks like it was built a couple of hundred years ago, it is not that old. Construction on the cathedral finished in the late 1950s, which makes it the youngest of Europe’s stone cathedrals. Visitors to the Cathedral can expect Renaissance details combined with Romanesque and Gothic traditions, an impressive mix of art, along with gorgeous rose windows.

 

The Latin Quarter & Galway Market

The Latin Quarter is home to the city’s most popular bars, restaurants & retailers. Gaze in wonder at the amazing street performers or grab a pint of Guinness in Tigh Neachtain and just watch the world go by. If you are looking to try some of the local foods, then you need to head to the market situated just outside St. Nicholas’ medieval church. Galway Market is open all year round on Saturdays and Sundays and has an exciting mix of food and craft stalls to browse. 

 

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey in Connemara is arguably one of the most iconic places to see in Galway. During your visit, you can explore the six-acre walled garden, take a walk through the extensive woodland and visit the neo-Gothic church. Before you finish your trip, stop off in The Garden Tea House for a treat before heading back for the city. 

 

Aran Islands

The Aran Islands offer visitors a glimpse into a way of life that has long since disappeared from most of the world. Filled with traditional Irish culture, the islands offer breath-taking scenery, ruins and world-renowned stone forts. There are various ways of getting to the Aran Islands. The most popular route is to Inis Mór from Galway City although Inis Meain and Inis Oirr are also popular. From the Galway city Docks it is a 35-minute coastal drive to Rossaveal (Connemara) where you can take a Ferry.  However, Aran Island Ferries will be introducing a ferry directly from Galway city docks during the Summer of 2021! 

 

Connemara National Park

Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Meander along the walking trails at your own pace or set off on a challenging mountain hike. 

 

Escape Rooms

The Great Escape Rooms are the leader of trendy entertainment and the newest way to have fun! You enter the locked escape room and for 60 minutes you, and your team will become removed from your current day to day lives and be totally focused on nothing but escape. Observe your surroundings, solves clues, work as a team and make the connections. 

 

Wildlands

Wildlands situated in Moycullen has a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities, they have entertainment whatever the weather and whatever your desire, as Wildlands is a place for all ages, for thrill seekers and for those in the pursuit of serenity. 

 

Burren Smokehouse

Burren Smokehouse Tasting Room located in Lisdoonvarna just off the Wild Atlantic Way and a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher. Discover the mystery of salmon smoking and the secret of how smoked salmon is handcrafted. 

 

Foot Golf

Galway Foot Golf is Ireland’s newest & coolest sports game that combines the two popular games golf and football. Foot golf is easy and fun to play. If you just want to relax and enjoy some fresh air and light exercise foot golf is ideal. Need to settle for once and for all who is the most skilled footballer, foot golf is very competitive when played to win. 

 

Pure Skills

Pure Skills spans over 25, 000 Sq Ft the facility offers you a wide selection of sports from all around the world for everyone to enjoy. You complete 10 different sporting challenges and get a score out 100 points at the end. Each sport has its own unique challenge. Using fully automated technology via your own swipe card, you can gear up for over 2 hours of nonstop action! It is not overly physical, they are skills-based challenges, meaning anyone from the age of 8 years and above can attempt our circuit. 

 

Horse Riding

Moycullen Riding Center offers one and two hour horse treks for individuals, couples, families and larger groups. Horse treks go back a bog road and across mountains with beautiful Connemara scenery and over looks Lough Corrib. Alternatively, they offer a beach trek and beach rides on Rusheen Bay off Galway Bay. Just two km from Salthill, where you can go for a gallop or for something more relaxing, just walk along the shore of the beautiful sandy beach.