Galway travel guide

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You're Going to Love Galway

The ancient walled city of Galway is the center of arts, culture, and commerce in Western Ireland. Stroll medieval alleyways, tap your toes to traditional Celtic music, and, as the old song says, watch the sun go down on Galway Bay.

Galway was founded in the 13th century by 14 English families who built a well-fortified town on the spot where the River Corrib runs into the Galway Bay. Today, the city is a thriving business center that still retains much of its Gaelic charm. Locals who work in the high-tech industry by day crowd the city's many pubs at night for a pint of Guinness and a friendly chat. Galway also draws thousands of visitors each year to its many arts and music festivals.

Galway is an ideal base to explore Western Ireland. Experience the barren beauty of the Aran Islands, visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, or simply take a car trip around the countryside to view the region's famous "40 shades of green" scenery.

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When to Visit Galway

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Galway has a temperate climate year round, so when you travel to the city largely depends on what kind of experience you prefer. If you enjoy quiet strolls and intimate dinners, spring is a good time to visit. However, if you're a social animal, plan your trip for summer. The annual Galway International Arts Festival at the end of July draws thousands of visitors for live music, theater, and literary events. The festival is immediately followed by the start of the summer horse racing season at Ballybrit Racecourse.

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Where to Stay in Galway

Galway is Ireland's bed and breakfast capital with a cozy inn on almost every street. Try Ard Mhuire Bed and Breakfast and Tara House Bed and Breakfast in the Salthill neighborhood, or the Asgard Guest House in the city center if you are looking for comfortable rooms and a good breakfast. The luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in the city center offers lovely views of Galway Bay.

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Shopping Streets

Galway's main shopping drag is the pedestrian zone encompassing High Street, William Street, and Shop Street, which runs west of Eyre Square. There you can buy everything from rare books to Irish cheddar. The shops can be touristy and the prices reflect that, although authentic Irish knitwear is worth the price. Irish crystal makes an affordable gift at EUR15 for a small figurine.

Groceries and Other

Tesco and SuperValu are large American-style grocery stores in Galway that are well stocked with food and necessities. The prices are somewhat cheaper than in the US, with a loaf of bread at EUR1 and eggs at EUR2 per dozen.

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Where to Eat in Galway

Galway's proximity to the ocean makes it a seafood lover's delight. Head to McDonagh's on Quay Street for take-out fish and chips or seafood specialties like oysters in garlic and wine sauce and seared scallops. Martine's Restaurant and Winebar on Quay Street is another great fine dining experience serving a large selection of delicious dishes from lasagna to Asian fusion cuisine. O'Reilly's Bar and Kitchen in Salthill serves traditional fare like Guinness stew and bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes). The average meal in Galway costs EUR25.