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Things to do in County Galway

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.
Natural Feature
“World famous cliffs. Great for a good hike ... can walk from Doolin to cliffs and back or carry on from cliffs and end up in Hags Head. I like to walk from Hags Head and back. Fab walk. If you are not up for a hike drive up, park and visit the visitors centre. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Park
“Entry to the park is free. There is a cafe, children's playground and picnic area, an exhibition in the Visitors Centre and guided walks if you wish to learn more about the biodiversity of the Park. You can also do self guided walks and see some Connemara Ponies and donkeys and cattle here. Diamond Hill will impress you. Its possible to climb to the top and the views from the top on a clear day are absolutely stunning. You will see the Twelve Pins, Partry and Sheffrey mountains and stunning seascapes of northwest Connemara and also Kylemore Abbey. Appropriate footwear and clothing is required if you intend to climb Diamond Hill.”
  • 85 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.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“The Burren is a very special place. Visit and admire the flora and the fauna, walk one of more of the special Burren loops. Climb Mullaghmore or walk Lough Avalla farm loop ... this loop is one of my favourites finish off with a visit to Harry’s for homemade apple pie or brownies!! ”
  • 70 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”
  • 68 locals recommend
Pub
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“One of the best bars in Galway at the end of Shop Street. Always buzzing with good music. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Award winning Michelin star restaurant. Incredible dining experience. Best in Galway in my opinion. Book in advance though as it's booked a long time in advance.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Garden
“You cannot leave Connemara without a visit to Kylemore Abbey. The beautiful walled garden is the place to wander around and after visit the Tea House here for a relaxing chat and cuppa. Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a Castle in 1867. You can visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and Gothic Church. The scenery here is wonderful, so dont forget your camera. There is also a very nice restaurant and coffee shop on the grounds - the apple pie and cream is delicious. This is a very popular tourist attraction, so booking in advance is advised”
  • 46 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Visit Galway; 120 km from Coolderry lodges. Fabulous coastal city. Walk the pier in Salthill, roam the streets and listen to the many buskers from all over the country. ”
  • 47 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
Cave
“Ailwee cave is Europe's largest cave and tours run all the time. The bird of prey centre is right beside it and presentations on the birds run in tandem with the tours of the cave. Children (and adults) have a chance to hold the birds and see them in hunting flight. There is also a great cheese shop here. Only 20 minutes drive from the cottage. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Pub
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“Upstairs you can just be lucky and get a taste of Irish traditional music sessions”
  • 50 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. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Spanish Arch area of Galway is a wonderful place to relax on a sunny day. You can look across the water to the historic Claddagh area and admire the huge number of swans!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lovely family run pub where you can enjoy a fine pint, a warm welcome and you can listen to lively traditional music every day of the week, all year round! ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Pub
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“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Award winning Michelin star restaurant. Incredible dining experience. Best in Galway in my opinion. Book in advance though as it's booked a long time in advance.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pub
“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Best Seafood along the Wild Atlantic Way Visited by many Famous People from across the Globe!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Famous for their fish and chips. Almost a Galway landmark. And for good reason. Can't get fresher fish than that unless it's still swimming! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favourite - brilliant any time of day but we especially love brunch at this spot”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pub
“Best pint of Guinness and unbeatable atmosphere and location for Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl video!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our favourite places to eat with excellent seafood, lovely views and a relaxed informal environment. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Downstairs there is a very good standard deli which serves soup and sandwiches and coffee, perfect for when your on the go there is also a shop which sells lots of Galway and Irish produce. Upstairs there is a restaurant which has a fantastic window view of Shop St and most of all has delicious food.”
  • 35 locals recommend

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