Galway – Ireland

Having only ever previously driven past Galway en-route to other destinations, I was very happy to have had the opportunity to spend time in Galway and explore what the city has to offer.

Galway is a vibrant city, full of history, great pubs, restaurants and music. You don’t have to look far to find something fun to do.

Here’s a list of things I found in Galway:

Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland

Situated along the beautiful shoreline of Salthill in Galway, it was the perfect stop after a walk along the scenic Promenade. Galway’s National Aquarium is known for being the largest native species aquarium in Ireland. At the aquarium you can see and learn about Ireland’s native sharks, crustaceans, rays and fish.

At the aquarium you can learn about what species you can find in Ireland’s lakes, rivers and ocean.

Interesting exhibits you will find at the aquarium include a Fin Whale skeleton, biodiversity zone showing colourful wish from the warm waters of Africa and South America, a log boat over 5000 years old, and a big ocean tank.

The latin quarter

A great place to visit if you’re travelling in Galway is The Latin Quarter. It has many examples of Galway’s medieval history and is a perfect place to explore the traditional pubs, restaurants, bars and shops along the cobbled street. You’ll find lively buskers playing, colourful buildings and plenty of options to buy a souvenir or two at.

Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch is a great example of Galway history, where it was on reading the official sign at the arch I learnt that it was built in the late 16th century as an extension to the existing Medieval city walls which served to protect the ships moored at the medieval harbour.

Eyre square centre – medieval city walls

During my visit in Galway I stumbled across this attraction purely by accident. The medieval city walls of Galway are preserved within the shopping centre, and there are also some information boards to read about the history. Galway was founded by the Anglo-Norman conquerors in the early 13th century who built a defensive wall to protect the town against Gaelic attacks.

walk along the corrib river

A nice way to explore Galway and escape the crowds is walking along the Corrib River which cuts through the city. During the walk you’ll see colourful Galway houses, popular fishing spots and the surrounding nature. Walking along the river you can walk up to Lough Corrib, just north of the city.

Trad on the prom

I was very lucky that my visit to Galway coincided with a Trad on the Prom show, since they perform for selected times of the year only. They are famed as Ireland’s Number 1 Music, Song & Dance Experience. Each moment of the performance was full of Irish music and dance, alternating from lively to somber. The talented musicians, singers and dancers will be sure to keep you entertained!

Taylors hill pitch & putt club

Taylors Hill Pitch & Putt is a small 9 hole pitch and putt course. Since the course is quite small, it’s a great place to test out your chip shots and putts.

Please note that players need to be over the age of 10 to use the course.

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