Galway is situated in the West of Ireland on the River Corrib. The city has an interesting history and at one stage was separate from the rest of Ireland and Gaelic people were not allowed access to the city without permission. Galway was ruined by the potato famine and did not recover until the late twentieth century. You will now find a vibrant and picturesque city.
- Quiet Man Bridge
If you are a fan of the John Wayne movie “The Quite Man” then this is a must see. There is a bronze statue of the lead characters near the bridge, making this a lovely photo stop. The bridge with its white mortar and stones stands out in the landscape and is a picturesque spot to walk around.
- Teach an Phairsaigh
This small cottage was the summer home of Padraig Mac Phiarsaigh or Patrick Pearce. The cottage has been restored to the style of the early 1900’s. Here Pearce and his collegues drafted the 1916 proclamation that would change the history of Ireland. He wrote some of his best pieces while sitting in the cottage. A group of volunteer guides show visitors around this historic site.
A paddling tour gives you the chance to see the rivers, harbours or coastline around Galway. The Wild Atlantic Way offers spectacular scenery and adds some exercise to your holiday. Novice paddlers are welcome and tours are changed according to group size and experience.
- Segway Tours of Galway
Ride on a Segway through the historic heart of Galway. This is a great way to see the city if you are short on time, tired of walking everywhere or if you want to have fun with friends. Riding a Segway is easy to master and great fun. The tour will take you to some of the city’s most famous sites and stops at a local restaurant for lunch or tea depending on the length of the tour.
- Take a walk through the Connemara
There are a number of walks through the Connemara Mountains, ranging from a gentle stroll to the taxing climb to the summit of Diamond Hill. The view from the summit of Diamond Hill is particularly spectacular at sunset. The park includes a number of small hamlets where you will find friendly locals and interesting restaurants and pubs.
- Bone Carving studio
Learn a traditional Irish art form and take home an unusual souvenir. You will be taught how to do your own bone carving and take it home with you or gift it as a gift to someone special. This ancient Celtic art creates beautiful pieces of jewellery.
- Aran Island Ferries
A short but beautiful ferry ride will take you to the Aran Island’s just off the coast of Galway. Only Gaelic is spoken on the islands and most people live in quaint thatch cottages surrounded by stone walls. You can rent a bike or walk around the islands. Don’t forget to buy an Aran Island Sweater as a unique souvenir.
- Galway Cathedral
This building was originally a prison but was added to and converted to a Catholic Cathedral in the 1960’s. The church is by European standards very modern but the prior life of this building and the work that it took to make such a beautiful church makes this an interesting and unusual place to visit. The stained glass windows have been very well made and cast interesting colour patterns over the muted grey stone.
- Galway Atlantaquaria
This is the largest aquarium in Ireland and is well set out. Here you will find interactive displays, large tanks with information boards and helpful staff. The aquarium has shows and feeding times throughout the day allowing visitors to interact with the marine life. There is also a small cinema that shows the movie “Finding Nemo” which small kids will enjoy.
- Hall of Red Earl
Here you will find an interesting insight into life in Galway around 900 years ago. Richard or the Red Earl was in power and this hall was where people would come to ask favours of him or to do some grovelling. When the ’14 tribes’ took over the hall was left to ruin. Only recently rediscovered after a recent expansion of a government building uncovered the ruin, the site is now well preserved and guides will take you on a tour of the ancient building. You will find out interesting facts about the history of Galway and Ireland.
Galway is one of the most interesting cities in Ireland with a history dating back almost a 1000 years. Visit at least one of the above mentioned sites and you will have an unusual tour of this historic city.