Galway City Sights and what to see and do
Galway is the bohemian city of Ireland; it is renowned for its entertainment, especially its live music. Students make up a quarter of its population and they do their best to make sure that Galway city is always lively.
Located in the West of Ireland, Galway city has always been a popular starting point for exploring the beautiful wilds of Connemara. It is also the city in Ireland where you are most likely to hear Irish spoken.
If the weather is good it is well worth including the Aran Islands, which are about 12 miles off the coast of Galway. They are magnificent in their isolation and desolation.
Galway City Museum.
A spacious modern building hosts this museum exploring Galway’s history, from the time it was ruled by the 14 tribes of Galway. Exhibits include Routes to the Past (Prehistoric Galway); Galway within the Walls (Medieval Galway); Pádraic Ó Conaire: Man & Statue; Dance Hall Days;
Cinema in Galway; the Arts in Galway; and Galway & the Wars of Empire. They also have touring exhibitions, at the moment it is Celtic art and Literature and the works of various craft artists.
A short walk out from Galway city centre is Salthill, a small sea side town, now a suburb with beautiful seaside walks, restaurants to eat in and cafe’s to sit back and enjoy the view. There is also a wonderful pub called Lohans, where you can sample the local Galway Hooker. It’s a beer named the local boats and is brewed by the Galway Brewing company located in Salthill.
Bone Carving Studio
The Bone Carving Studio and Gallery in Galway city offer the only bone carving classes in Ireland. At a one-day class you’ll create your own bone carving from start to finish. Whether you’re a visitor or a native, a bone carving class is the perfect activity for a rainy Galway day…and it’s also a unique souvenir, whether you create a piece to keep for yourself or you make something special for someone special! Its quiet a unique way to spend a day and if it is wet in the West, then here you go.
Where to Stay.
There is a wide selection of hotels and hostels to choose from in Galway. I have always found these two to my satisfaction.
Located in the heart of Galway City, Kinlay’s hostel is suitable for back packers or couples; it has individual, doubles and dorm rooms. The days of the hostel being a glorified army barracks are thankfully over. A twin room is from 30 to 35, while an 8 person dorm is from 18-21. Kinlay’s Hostel provides a free breakfast, free wi-fi connection and free linen
Skeffington Arms Hotel.
Overlooking Eyre Square, you can’t get more central than this. €The rooms are of a high standard and the skeffington provides a breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Room deals start from €70.