Fourteen families once dominated the political, commercial, and social life of the city, and they inspired a Capital of Culture that grew around them and gave way to more tribes.
Now, the remnants of the medieval town walls burst with energy and creativity, with established links to universities, R&D institutions, a diverse commercial base, a creative economy and a distinct identity.
Galway is a town, full of energy, street entertainment, a city of festivals, it has the major benefit of a strong Irish language tradition and in recent years, the arrival of so many different nationalities has added considerably to the rich multicultural tapestry that is life in Galway today.
Things to Do & See
Unsure of what to do in Galway? Click here for some fun activities and places to visit.
Travel & Transport
Galway is a simple city to navigate with many pedestrianised areas. For more information on how to get around click here
Food & Drink
Galway has established itself as a centre for fine dining in the West of Ireland, as a Region of Gastronomy 2018 and with two Michelin star restaurants and a wide range of restaurants using high quality locally sourced produce.
Click here for a list of bars and restaurants
Galway has an abundance of wonderful accommodation options. Click here for more information.
Connemara is a place to make special memories. Explore the walking trails of Connemara National Park where you can meander at your own pace or alternatively, set off on a challenging mountain hike.
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal route in the world. This route from start to finish unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the west coast of Ireland, and the stunning countryside in all its diversity.