What to do in Galway, Ireland

What to do in Galway

I fell in love with Galway almost instantly. It is so charming, completely walkable and full of character. If Galway isn’t on your bucket list yet- add it now. The city is vibrant and young, but not in an overwhelming kind of way. It is full of history and has something for everyone. I promise, you will love it! We were there during the Christmas season and it was absolutely magical! They had a huge festival/market and the whole town was completely decorated.

Here are a few tips on what to do in Galway!  Stay tuned for more recommendations for other Irish cities!


  • We only spent one night here, but I would love to go back and spend more time in this delightful city!

Airport/Train Stations

  • Dublin Airport DUB & drive about 2 hours {it’s a stunning, terrifying drive!}


  • HomeAway
  • Airbnb
  • Corrib House B&B {we stayed at B&B’s all over Ireland & LOVED getting to meet locals. we loved the location of this B&B and would stay here again in a heart beat. It was perfect}


  • We ate breakfast at our B&B and it was SO SO SO good! If you don’t stay here, at LEAST go for the breakfast. Best eggs, scones & salmon ever.
  • Lunch/Dinner
    • McDonagh’s {get their fish & chips- the fish is caught locally}
    • The Pie Maker
    • Quay Street Kitchen


  • Rent a car
  • Walk {my favorite way to see the city}
  • Uber


  • Shop – Buy a wool sweater at O’Maille. We bought so many fun local treats in this city.
  • Eat at local pubs  {and try a local beer and an Irish Coffee}
  • Visit the St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church {built in 1320} & the Galway Cathedral
  • Visit the weekend Galway Market
  • Listen to music on Quay Street
  • Explore Galway’s Latin Quarter
  • Visit the Spanish Arch {built in 1584} overlooking the River Corrib
  • Visit Eyre Square

Did I miss anything?
What would you add to the list?



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  • Reply
    Ashley DTKAustin
    November 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Galway is one of my favorite places!! This post brings back so many great memories!

  • Reply
    November 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    OMG! This looks so fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply
    Kasey | Running in Heels
    November 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I love this post! How fun was this trip?! It looks so pretty and Christmassy there!

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