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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“A trip to the West wouldn't be complete without a trip to Connemara. Perfect if you like walking, you can't beat the view from the top of Diamond Hill. The park is across from Kylemore Abbey.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher - one of the world's greatest natural attractions. These cliffs stand 1/3 the size of the Empire State Building and have large populations of puffins and gannets. You can enjoy a hike or a relaxed walk, while gazing in amazement at this geological and natural beauty. The Cliffs of Moher also have shops and restaurants, anything from snacks and souvenirs available.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland's top tourist attractions, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Irish coastline. A must see. Easy day trip at 1 hour 45 mins from The Calves Field”
  • 70 locals recommend
Garden
“Amazing scenic drive to kylemore and a great experience for the whole family.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Located just off the coast of Galway are the Irish-speaking Aran Islands. The largest of the three islands, Inis Mór, has been described as 'one of the world’s top island destinations' by National Geographic. Reachable by ferry from Rossaveal, a 5-minute drive from Tigh Tommy Connolly, the welcoming island is home to the World Heritage site Dún Aonghasa, a Bronze Age fort set on dramatic 300 feet high cliff. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Plants live here that exist nowhere else including some thought to be extinct!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Mountain
“Ireland's Holy Mountain is climbed by enthusiasts every day of the year. We recommend making the ascent on a clear day to be rewarded with panoramic views of Clew Bay.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There are kid (and big kids) things to do in the Forrest Park which is quite near (more or less across the lake). To get there go left at my gate keep right at first "T" junction cross Knockvicar bridge and about one KM on you will see on your left a gate house shaped like an old three-penny coin. Turn in opposite and follow the road to the park. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Cave
“The Aillwee Cave is one of the many caves beneath the Burren. It was formed by glacial melt waters that seeped through the cracks in the limestone pavement during an early ice-age. It is the oldest cave in the Burren at 1.5 million years old, and boasts some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in Ireland . The powerful flow of these melt waters eroded through the rock, forming a subterranean river. Since the last ice-age, this river has subsided, leaving in its place one of Ireland ’s most spectacular caves. The largest area in the cave is known as The Highway, which is located at the centre of the cave. The cave was inhabited by animals for thousands of years before it was discovered by man. Hibernation pits dug out by bears were found in the cave, as well as bones of a brown bear. Bears are no longer found in Ireland , and have been extinct here for over 1,000 years. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum is ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland. Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. The Museum has been a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five years running and the 2016 Expert’s Choice award, ranking it among the ‘highest rated attractions in Galway’. Most recently we were awarded Full Accreditation status from the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Galway is the beating heart of Ireland's west coast. Enjoy seafood by the Atlantic, next stop New York! The streets are full of charming shops and the best street performers in Ireland and thats saying a lot! If you take the early train or bus you could catch the ferry from Salthill to the wonderful Aran Mor to travel 200 years back in time. Enjoy lobster pulled up that morning and smell the freshest air in Europe! Local Tip 1: The aer arran light planes are surprisingly cheap to take over and it is quite a thrilling experience. Local tip 2: Visit at Christmas when tourists are light on the ground, and the shops are full of charming Christmas cheer. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Pub
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“Famous galway pub on Quay st. Great atmosphere. Sit outside with a drink and people watch. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Amazing fresh, local produce. Every time we leave this place we feel like we did something good for ourselves.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Perfume Shop
“We make perfumes and cosmetics using natural and organic ingredients. We take our inspiration from the landscape around us. Everything is made by hand, on site, in the Burren. We have a free audiovisual presentation on the flora and fauna of the Burren for you to enjoy when you visit. Relax in the rose-covered Tea Rooms, which serve a mouth watering selection of organic cakes, scones and pies. Homemade soups with freshly baked bread, selections of local cheeses and salads all made with organic vegetables... ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Cave
“Marble Arch Caves and Global Geopark. A guided 75 walk through one of Europes Exquiste show caves. There is an ongoing programme of events that take place in the Geopark - Fossil fun days, heritage trails, guided walks and scavenger hunts.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“There's always something going on, be it comedy, music, disco, cabaret or other gigs. You'll never be bored, just check their programme. ”
  • 41 locals recommend