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About Galway

Galway sits on the west coast of Ireland, in the province of Connacht. Known for its beaches, welcoming pubs, live music scene, and traditional dance, the city is a true west coast cultural hub. Hotels in Galway are in demand come festival time as the city hosts annual events such as the Tuam Arts Festival and the Dunmore Festival of Song, both of which showcase the city's traditions and culture. Find cheap hotel deals through eDreams by booking early.

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What to see in Galway

Galway is steeped in history, which can be discovered in its museums, architecture and many landmarks. Start at the Galway City Museum, home to a vast collection of paintings, farming and industrial tools, medieval relics, and military and maritime artefacts. Nearby you'll find the Spanish Arch, a historical landmark which is one of two remaining arches built to protect the town’s harbours. Galway Cathedral, one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in the city, is also well worth a visit. On Eyre Square (also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park), you can relax and admire sculptures before heading over to William Street and Shop Street for some retail therapy.

Dunguaire Castle, a 16th-century castle featured in the film ‘Guns in the Heather’, is popular with visitors, while Lynch’s Castle, with its medieval edifice and prominent gargoyles, is also well worth a visit. The Galway Arts Centre is a must-visit for modern art fans while the James Mitchell Geology Museum has an interesting collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils. Whether you embrace the bohemian spirit of the city at Galway Market, immerse yourself in its history at the Hall of the Red Earl, or celebrate its pub culture in the Latin Quarter, Galway’s many attractions will keep you entertained during your visit.

Where to stay in Galway

The most popular area to stay in is the city centre, where you'll be near to shops, restaurants, and bars as well as landmarks and local markets. If you love walking and natural landscapes, Salthill is a terrific choice. The seafront area is a hive of entertainment and dining options, with restaurants, pubs, and casinos. Another great location is Oranmore, 30 minutes from Galway. Home to a beautiful castle, it offers visitors a relaxing setting, close to the amenities of Galway.

Another nearby village where you could book a hotel is Cong, home to picturesque lakes, a castle, and an ancient abbey. The quaint former fishing village of Claddagh is a great place to immerse yourself in the region's history, as you enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and hear the locals tell the tale of the famous ring. To the west is Loughrea, known for its ancient wooded hills and the Slieve Aughty Mountains. There are also horse riding centres, petting zoos, karting, and golf clubs in the area. For those who want to get away from it all, book a hotel on the Aran Islands, a 45-minute ferry ride away from Galway.