Galway, Connaught
Galway, Connaught Ireland
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Stunning natural region and delightful small Irish city packed with culture
Did you know? Galway takes its name from the Gaillimh river (River Corrib) which was called Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe ("Fort at the mouth of the Gaillimh")
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At the mouth of Galway Bay is the picturesque and lively city of Galway. Now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, it was originally a small fishing village with a strategic coastal location and natural harbour area. Galway has changed considerably over the last few years and the city now enjoys a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture, but the city still features many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to walk around comfortably.

Activities in Galway

churchLocated on the West bank of the river Corrib, the Cathedral is one of the largest and most dominating buildings in the city. It took 7 years to complete its construction started in 1958 which makes it the youngest of Europe’s great stone cathedrals. The cathedral features a huge octagonal dome and inside the building, you’ll find impressive rose windows and wall paintings.

Claddagh used to be a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. Since the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century, people have been gathering seafood and fishing in Claddagh in front of the Spanish Arch.

Galway City Museum boasts interesting exhibitions about the history and heritage of the city, focusing on the medieval town, the Claddagh village and Galway. The building itself affords spectacular views of the Claddagh, the Spanish Arch, the River Corrib & Galway Bay.

The Salthill Promenade is a 2-mile long walkway beginning at Wolfe Tone Bridge, passing by Galway City and continuing through the splendid Galway Bay and Salthill village. Local folklore has it, that you have not completed the walk unless you kick the wall at the end of ‘The Prom’ at Blackrock!

Lynch’s Castle is remarkably well preserved. It was the historic home of Galway's most powerful family and is a great example of the Irish Gothic style and gives you a rare glimpse of old Galway.

What's nearby to Galway?

AranSituated off the west coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are a group of three islands named Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. Each of the islands managed to keep its traditional language, culture and music. The islands are unique in their geology and archaeology and they preserved their sense of history. It is striking how peaceful and calm the Aran Islands are, and if you’re visiting Galway, you wouldn’t want to miss the amazing day out they have to offer. Though the islands are quite isolated, you can easily travel to Aran by ferry boat, directly from Galway City Dockside.

Connemara National Park is situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway (1 hour away from Galway City) and covers nearly 3,000 hectares of rugged mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. The fauna and flora of the park is simply amazing: you’ll ba able to find the famous Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife. Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin.

The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a stunning panoramic view capturing hundred of thousands visitors each year. The Cliffs rise up to 214 (700 feet) at the highest point and range for 8km over the Atlantic Ocean on the Western seaboard of Co. Clare. The unusual, underground Visitor Centre also houses the exciting Atlantic Edge display.

Athenry, 23km east of Galway City, is one of the most notable heritage towns that contains some of the finest town walls in the British Isle including five towers and a town entrance known as North Gate. The 13th-century castle has been recently carefully restored using the building techniques of its time and now hosts a very interesting exhibition inside.
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