Irish Nightlife and Seaside Charm in Galway

Galway- cobblestone streets, colourful buildings, and salt air from the sea. Before heading to Galway, everyone I knew who’d been there told me it’d be one of my favourite stops of the trip.

Ultimately, I loved Galway, but smaller Irish cities, like Kilkenny, Kinsale and Doolin won my heart.

Not to say though Galway isn’t worth a visit. Buzzing with history, Galway is a vibrant town. If you find yourself driving through Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and can swing a few hours or a day or two, I’d definitely recommend stopping in Galway.


While in Galway, a few of my favourite activities: 

  • Learn about the city’s history and get acquainted with its cute streets through a free walking tour with Shamrock Tours
  • Stroll along the River Corrib and visit the Galway Cathedral, a beautiful modern church. Walk the opposite way to see the Spanish Arch, the gateway to the city. And, from the arch, head across the river from the arch for a great vantage point of The Long Walk, a row of pastel coloured homes
  • Meander Eyre Square, a central focal point for the city for over several hundred years
  • Savour Irish cheese and fine wine at Sheridans, so good
  • Wander Shop Street and The Quays, packed with pubs, restaurants and shops
  • Take part in Irish nightlife, there’s no shortage of it in Galway. Galway is the kind of city where pub patrons pour into the streets on a standard Wednesday night. The city is practically alive with the sound of music. Head to Taafees Bar at the bottom of Shop Street to start, a few other favourite places: An Pucan pub and The King’s Head. Need a kick start the morning after? Coffeewerk + Press does mean espresso


Have you ever been to Galway? If you have, what was your favourite part of the city? 

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