A short break in Galway
When many of us think of going on a short break in Ireland, the first destination that will come to mind is of course the bustling city of Dublin. But if you fancy a more relaxing holiday in, arguably, the most Irish of Ireland’s cities, Galway is your answer.
Take a look at our guide to the wonderful Irish city and start planning your next European adventure.
WHERE TO STAY
From cheap hostels and Airbnb’s, to relatively expensive hotels, here’s our top picks of places to stay in Galway:
If there’s a big group of you and you’d rather save a bit of money, Galway has loads of fantastic hostels. Check out Galway City Hostel & Bar, recently the winner of HostelWorld’s The Best Hostel in Ireland 2016. Prices start from £16 per person per night.
As big lovers of Airbnb, we would always suggest checking out the selection on their website. Aim to pick a place in the heart of Galway city centre and be sure to book in advance. Prices start from £25 per person per night.
For something a little more up-market, check out the four star Park House Hotel, located in the city centre, a stone’s throw from Eyre Square. Prices start from £140 per person per night.
WHAT TO SEE
Whether you are a culture vulture, or a seaside fan, there’s lots to see and do.
THE LATIN QUARTER
After a walk along Galway bay, head to The Latin Quarter in the heart of city. Here there is something for everyone; pubs, cafes, shops and talented buskers on (nearly) every corner.
THE SPANISH ARCH
A nice little tourist spot and Instagram-worthy picture opportunity. Great in the summer to sit near with an ice cream or fish and chips.
STROLL BY THE SEA
If you are lucky enough to visit Galway in the sun, have a stroll along the long promenade that leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, on Galway Bay.
WHERE TO EAT/DRINK
Whether you are looking for a cafe lunch, a tasty dinner or just an afternoon pint, Galway has an abundance of choice.
OSCAR’S SEAFOOD BISTRO
Located in the heart of Galway city centre, Oscar’s is a delicious seafood experience. With fresh, seasonal daily specials, you can’t go wrong. Check out their website for a mouth-watering menu.
For a true Irish pub experience, head to Tigh Neachtain. If you are a cider fan, be sure to try a pint of Stonewell, and of course, Guinness is on tap.
Hands down the best place to eat in Galway. If you are a fan of pie (sweet and savoury), The Piemaker is certainly not to be missed. We bet you’ll also fall in love with the quirky interior.
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