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Things to do in Galway on a Rainy Day

Rainy Day Activities in Galway - The Ardilaun Hotel

Galway is a vibrant city brimming with activities and attractions that are perfect for those rainy Irish days. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or simply relaxing indoors, we've got you covered. Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Galway when the weather isn't cooperating.

1. Explore Galway City Museum
Located just a short walk from the Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s rich history and heritage. With exhibitions ranging from prehistoric times to contemporary Galway, it’s an ideal spot for history buffs and curious minds alike. Admission is free, making it a perfect stop on a rainy day.

2. Visit the National Aquarium of Ireland (Galway Atlantaquaria)
Dive into the underwater world at Galway Atlantaquaria, where you can explore Ireland’s largest aquarium. Discover a wide variety of marine life, from local species to exotic creatures. The interactive exhibits and touch pools are sure to entertain visitors of all ages.

3. Take a Stroll Through the Galway Market
Even if the rain is pouring, the vibrant Galway Market is a must-visit. Located near St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, this market is filled with stalls offering everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. Grab a cup of hot coffee or some delicious local treats and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

4. Enjoy a Performance at the Town Hall Theatre
The Town Hall Theatre hosts a variety of performances, including plays, concerts, and film screenings. Check their schedule to catch a captivating show or a classic film. It’s a great way to spend a rainy evening in Galway.

5. Relax with a ‘Day-In’ at The Ardilaun Hotel
Why not take advantage of the rainy weather to indulge in some relaxation and down time? The Ardilaun Hotel offers a wonderful Leisure Club experience. Take a dip in our Indoor Swimming Pool, sweat out the stress in the Sauna or Steam room, or just unwind in the Jacuzzi. Catching up on some reading in our cosy lobby or lounges is also a great way to wait out the rainy day

6. Discover Local Art at the Galway Arts Centre
The Galway Arts Centre is home to contemporary art exhibitions featuring both local and international artists. Stroll through the galleries and immerse yourself in the creative spirit of Galway. The centre also hosts workshops and events that you can participate in.

7. Experience Galway’s Culinary Scene
Galway is renowned for its culinary delights. Spend the afternoon savoring the flavors of the city at one of the many cosy cafes, pubs, or restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Irish fare or something more exotic, Galway’s food scene has something for everyone.

8. Learn Something New at the Planet Entertainment Centre
For a fun and educational experience, visit the Planet Entertainment Centre. It offers a range of activities including bowling, laser tag, and an arcade. Perfect for families or groups of friends looking to stay active indoors.

9. Browse the Shelves at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop
Get lost in the aisles of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, a beloved independent bookstore in Galway. With thousands of books to choose from, you can spend hours exploring different genres and finding your next great read. It’s a book lover’s paradise.

10. Delve into History at the Nora Barnacle House
Visit the former home of Nora Barnacle, the wife of famous Irish writer James Joyce. This small museum provides an intimate look at their life together and Joyce’s connection to Galway. It’s a charming and unique spot to visit on a rainy day.

Plan Your Stay at The Ardilaun Hotel
After a day of exploring Galway’s indoor attractions, return to the comfort and warmth of The Ardilaun Hotel. With our cosy rooms, excellent dining options, and top-notch amenities, you’ll find everything you need to relax and unwind.
Book your stay with us today and enjoy all that Galway has to offer, rain or shine!

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