Galway is a coastal city situated in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way. In the City of the Tribes, you are never far from the water or fun!
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What Galway lacks in sights it makes up for in ambience. Spend an afternoon just wandering its medieval streets, with their delightful mix of colorful facades, labyrinthine pubs, weather-resistant street musicians, and steamy eateries. Galway also offers tourists plenty of traditional music, easy train connections to Dublin, and a convenient jumping-off point for a visit to the Aran Islands. After dark, blustery Galway heats up, with fine theaters and a pub scene that attracts even Dubliners. Visitors mix with old-timers and students as the traditional music goes round and round.
Loam is a Michelin-starred restaurant and wine bar located just off Eyre Square in Galway city. It first opened its doors in November 2014 and is owned and run by Head Chef Enda McEvoy – voted ‘Best Chef in Ireland‘ at the 2016 Irish Restaurant Awards.
Address: Loam, Geata na Cathrach, Fairgreen, Galway.
Tel: +353(0)91 569 727
Aniar has the enviable accolade of being Galway’s only Michelin starred restaurant, having been awarded their prestigious star in September 2012. Aniar is an innovative restaurant, bringing terroir-based dining to Dominick Street in Galway City. The word terroir is usually associated with winemaking and the combination of factors that gives a wine its distinctive character: soil, climate and environment. Aniar, owned by the people who brought you Cava Restaurant (next door to Aniar) is focused on local earthy ingredients and natural influences.
Address: 53 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 535947
Kai Café and Restaurant
The philosophy at Kai Café and Restaurant is very simple, fresh, organic produce is sourced from local suppliers to create daily menus bursting with flavor, texture and colour. If you’re lucky you might even get an edible flower on your plate.
All menus change on a daily basis dependent on what is fresh and in stock from local suppliers.
Head Chef, Jess Murphy takes an artisan approach to food by combining her classical culinary training with an affinity for distinctive and fresh seasonal produce. She directly sources raw ingredients of the highest standard, while overseeing the entire preparation and cooking process until the finished product leaves the kitchen.
Chef Jess Murphy, originally from New Zealand but has been in Ireland for many years. Murphy worked with Kevin Thornton in his Michelin restaurant, then Ard Bia and of course Bar 8 where she was awarded Best Chef in Connacht this year. Cooking is excellent and based strictly around whatever is in season and available locally.
Address: Sea Road, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 526003
Ard Bia Nimmo’s has gone from strength to strength since winning Food & Wine magazine’s Best regional restaurant award a few years ago. The eclectic arty dining room overlooking the Corrib in historic Spanish Arch is renowned for its to-die-for delicious food that uses the best of local sourced and seasonal produce. The mezze plate, Rib-eye steak with roast shallot potato cake and Crozier Blue sauce and chickpea pancake with spinach and feta are our favourites. Ard Bia also a local gallery upstairs with some fabulous artwork to browse and chat about over coffee.
Address: Long Walk, Spanish Arch, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 561114
Brasserie on the Corner
Brasserie on the Corner is a fine restaurant in the centre of Galway City which specialises in seafood and steak dishes. A wide range of locally sourced seafood starters and beef, lamb and seafood mains will leave you spoilt for choice. The creative and varied menu together with an extensive boutique wine list has something to suit all tastes. The stylish, comfortable décor and the friendly staff makes for a wonderful dining experience. Not to be missed.
Address: Eglinton Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 530 333
Traditional Irish cooking in a restored Stone cottage at a crossroads in Moycullen village. White Gables Restaurant serves on traditional Irish dishes, with a focus on seafood, including fresh lobster from their fish tank. Warm, homely red tone, floral lampshades and dark mahogany furniture, portray a picture of Ireland in a different time. All fish is fresh off the boat, but meat is not off the menu either with traditional Irish favourites fillet steak and t-bone on offer.
Address: Moycullen, Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 555744
O’Gradys on the Pier
Fantastic fish and meat restaurant, really special location and people. Seafront, nautical-themed eatery serving dishes using fish and seafood caught daily, plus views.
Address: Barna Pier, Barna, Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 592223
Traditional, family-run chippy, cosy maritime-themed dining room & a deli, trading since 1902.
Address: 22 Quay St, Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 565001
Dominick St, the owner/chef is a photographer, the same artistic detail is obvious on the plate.
Quay St, nicely varied seasonal menus that utilises and supports our local food producers.
Asian Tea House
15 Mary St, love this place and they bend over backwards to be nice to you!
Cava Tapas Bar 51
Lower Dominic St, queues out the door of a Saturday night so get there early.
161 Upper Salthill, great Italian and with all of the Italian atmosphere and ambiance you’d expect.
Galway provides a unique shopping experience with a wide range of shops to cater for the tastes of both visitors and locals. As well as the highstreet shops, there is an interesting variety of specialist and tourist orientated shops, which offer unique and interesting gifts. Many of the shops are located on streets in the main shopping area in the centre of the city including Galway’s famous bustling market which has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas’ Church in the centre of the city for literally centuries. The city centre shopping areas are supplemented by a number of enclosed shopping centres, most of which are situated on the city’s outskirts.
Galway’s leading fashion store in men’s and ladieswear stocking all major designer labels. Also visit the new homestore that specialises in linens, cooking utensils, lighting, gifts, curtains, haberdashery and luggage.
Away With The Fairies
A small company based in Co. Galway, who design and manufacture fairy related gifts, to bring a little magic into your life. All of our works are handmade with great care to ensure each piece is perfectly unique.
The home of handcrafted Irish Jewellery. Blacoe Jewellery are committed to providing our customers with an unrivalled selection of handmade jewellery. Feel free to browse our range of Claddagh Rings, Wedding Rings and Celtic Jewellery plus Blacoe Jewellers own range of products, created at our Galway workshop.
Bone Carving Studio and Gallery
The Bone Carving Studio and Gallery in Galway offers the only bone carving classes in Ireland. At a one-day class you’ll create your own bone carving from start to finish. Whether you’re a visitor or a native, a bone carving class is the perfect activity for a rainy Galway day…it’s also a unique souvenir, whether you create a piece for yourself or make something special for someone special!
Ceardlan Spiddal Craft Village
Ceardlann Spiddal Craft Village and Café is located at the entrance to Spiddal Village, just beside the beach, overlooking the beautiful Galway Bay, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Here you will find 10 craft workers designing, creating, making and selling their work. This unique and very accessible craft village, is a “must stop” for visitors interested in culture, heritage and craft.
Charlie Byrnes Bookshop
Located in the heart of Galway City, Charlie Byrnes Bookshop stocks over 50,000 used, new and remaindered titles on subjects ranging from popular fiction to Irish interest to art and archaeology. They have an excellent collection of new, secondhand and discounted books (many €1) in a number of rooms to loose yourself in for a little while. A must for any bookworm visiting Galway.
Claddagh Jewellers are based in the heart of Galway City, Ireland, the traditional home of the Claddagh Ring. A family run business trading since 1967, we are the makers of The Authentic Claddagh Ring. From Galway with Love.
Cloon Keen Atelier
Cloon Keen Atelier is a family-run niche perfumery, creating unique products for the body, bath and home. A trained perfumer is always on hand to offer advice on their Galway made products. Their chic little shop is secretly tucked away in the heart of Galway’s Medieval design district (21 A High Street) and is a regular haunt for Galwegians in the know.
Cobwebs is a must on the shopping schedule of any visitor to Galway with an interest in high quality antique and contemporary jewellery. It was established in 1972 in a derelict building that was brought back to life by the owner. That very building, overlooking the Spanish Arch, has since featured in a Bord Faille advertising campaign on Fifth Avenue New York. That revival is echoed in the store itself, which gives beautiful antique jewellery a new lease of life. There is an excellent selection of antique and modern jewels, engagement rings and one of a kind gifts under its roof. From brooches to bracelets, Cobwebs has an impeccable stock for any discerning customer.<br/><br/> The owner, Phyllis McNamara, has managed to combine her passion and background in fine art with a thriving business. She has also studied with Sotheby’s London and Cartier London. Customers are assured of expert advice from Phyllis and her staff on items they are interested in purchasing. The team at Cobwebs is as proud of its expertise and outstanding service as much as the fine assortment of stock on offer.
Connemara Celtic Crystal
Celtic Crystal was founded in 1972. This family-run business has been pioneering the incorporation of Celtic Designs and Gaelic Motifs into its ornate Irish Crystal and it is proud to claim leadership in this field. Today, this tradition is continued by a talented and creative group of young Irish crafts people; reproducing the culture and history of Ireland by crafting the unique and intricate designs that are synonymous with Ireland’s Celtic heritage on our exquisite crystal pieces.
Designs of Ireland
Opened in April 2013 on Galway’s bustling Cross Street, Designs of Ireland is one of the city’s leading retailers in Irish designed and made clothing and giftware. The store stocks everything needed to create that genuine Irish look and specialises in sweaters and excellent, high quality products. Designs of Ireland is a necessity on any Galway shopping spree. Despite being located in what’s known as Galway’s Latin Quarter, Designs of Ireland could not be more Irish. Whether you’re looking for some warm winter woollies, a light but fashionable summer scarf, poncho or shawl, the best in real Irish tweed, or some traditional Tara and Claddagh jewellery, Designs of Ireland offers something for everyone. With fantastic seasonal sales, there is never a bad time to wander in. Great for gifts as well as treating yourself, Designs of Ireland are proud of bringing some of the finest Irish made wares including brands like Carraig Donn, Bill Baber, Aine Knitwear and Ireland’s Eye as well as a wide range of knitwear.
Dubray Books is one of Ireland’s leading independent booksellers. Visit our website to search our full range of books, see what the hottest titles of the week are, find out what our dedicated crew of booksellers recommends, and order books without even picking up the phone.
Evergreen Florists Galway have been making special occasions even more special in the west of Ireland for decades. For quality flower displays and bouquets at affordable prices, you won’t be disappointed. Evergreen Florists can design spectacular arrangements for any occasion, from special deliveries, birthdays, new baby celebrations, wedding anniversaries to changing jobs. You can be assured you that the recipient will be more than pleased. Flowers say so much, spoil someone you love.
Eyre Square Centre
Located in the heart of Galway, Eyre Square Centre has been described as Irelands most modern and yet historic shopping centre. The centre is Galway City’s liveliest and attractive meeting place incorporating over 60 national and international shopping outlets.
Dating from 1879, Fallers of Galway has long been a prime source of Claddagh rings, many of which are made on the premises. It also sells Celtic crosses, some inlaid with Connemara marble, as well as gold and silver jewelry and crystal. Located on Williamsgate street, just off Eyre Square.
Galway Bay Gifts
Galway Bay Gifts is a gift shop in Galway’s Latin Quarter with a great range of Irish and Celtic Gifts. Family run with Irish Souvenirs, Galway Claddagh Rings, Mullingar Pewter, Guinness Memorabilia, tweed caps and hats.
Galway’s famous bustling market has been trading in Church lane by St Nicholas’ Church for literally centuries. You will find hundreds of stalls selling fresh produce and locally produced crafts. Open on Saturday, there’s a great variety of food available. There’s a great variety of food available, Madras curry, Yummy Crepes, Japanese Sushi, and mouth watering handmade chocolates among many others or you can buy the ingredients for a delicious gourmet picnic. Many people come to the market to chat as well as to shop and it’s a good place to meet the locals and hear local issues discussed.<br/><br/> The market is open Saturdays and Bank Holidays from 8.00am to 6.00pm and Sundays 2.00 to 6.00.<br/><br/>
Outdoor adventure equipment provider stocking everything from surfboards, wetsuits to skiing and mountaineering gear. Open Monday to Saturday.
At Hartmanns of Galway we stock an extensive selection of engagement rings, wedding rings, diamond rings, Swiss watches, diamond engagement rings and fine jewellery.
Judy Greene Pottery
Judy Greene’s pottery is produced using traditional skills of craft-potters. Judy’s workshop is situated in her adopted city of Galway in the west of Ireland – a unique urban center with a lively “town atmosphere” housing a cosmopolitan diversity of craftworkers and artists.
Keanes Florist is a well known flower and giftware shop in Terryland, in Galway city. In business for the last 38 years, Keanes have gained valuable experience and expertise in the flower and gardening trade. Mary Theresa and her team of florists will look after your flower arrangements for any occasion.
Kennys Bookshop & Art Gallery
Kennys have been selling books and art in Galway since 1940. Shop thousands of books in their new bookshop in Liosbán, only 20min walk from the City Centre. The Kenny Gallery hosts some 14 solo exhibitions, in addition to many group shows, during the year. Check website for signings, art demos, exhibition openings etc. Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm. Free parking. Free coffee.
From stylish seasonal fashion to handmade jewellery, dazzling crystal and pottery to contemporary interior design, you’ll find many wonderful Irish and internationally designed products at the Kilkenny Shop in Galway, offering a unique selection of the very best of Irish! At the Kilkenny Shop Galway, you can find some of your favourite Irish brands under one roof, including Waterford Crystal, Orla Kiely, Nicholas Mosse, Alan Ardiff, Fee G and Newbridge Silverware to name but a few. And if you’re visiting from outside the city, you can find the perfect memento to mark your trip, whether it’s some authentic Irish pottery or a piece of our very own Galway Crystal, designed and produced on the outskirts of Galway City. A visit to the Kilkenny Shop Galway on High Street in Galway is like no other, with the store’s beautiful array of products nestled in a 16th century listed building in the very centre of the city. Overseas customers can also avail of Kilkenny’s Tax Free Shopping and enjoy one of the best shipping rates in the country, with a flat -rate of just £29.95 to deliver anywhere in the EU and USA. No trip to Galway is complete without a visit to the alluringly charming Kilkenny Shop.
Knocknacarra florists are a family run business based in Galway Ireland. Our shop is open from 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday. We receive deliveries of fresh flowers and plants 5 times a week, we import directly from Holland thus insuring you of the best of quality and selection. Laoise Flaherty MSF WFC who has worked and trained in both Ireland and the Netherlands heads our team.
Les Jumelles is a designer boutique run by Mary McSweeney and Margaret Gallagher — the stylish twin sisters with on-the-nose instincts concerning all things fashion, the sisters stock an impressive range of labels over two spacious floors in their beautiful store at Church Lane. Many of the brands are exclusive to them in the west of Ireland including; New York designer Rick Owens, J Brand Jeans, Schumacher, Helmut Lang, Preen, Acne, Goat, Moncler, Paule Ka and Philip Lim. Customers can choose from casual wear and evening wear pieces, as well as a large range of jewellery, handbags and shoes. Strong emphasis is placed on the ‘therapy’ element of retail therapy at Les Jumelles, with its luxurious interior and beautiful attention to detail on all levels of the customers’ experiences at the boutique making it incomparable to the often much less personal experience of choosing an outfit at a department store. Les Jumelles offers fashion that is fresh, fun, feminine and, above all, fabulous, accompanied by a retail experience that is a true ‘luxurious treat’.
McCambridge’s of Galway
Open since 1925 McCambridge’s of Galway is a gourmand’s delight. It is a wonderful mix of select grocer, coffee shop, deli and off-licence downstairs and a beautiful casual restaurant upstairs. The shop prides itself on providing the best of Irish and international cheeses, meats, and organic vegetables. The take -away sandwich bar is a busy hub of activity, where sandwiches are custom made to order. The coffee bar has great views out onto the main pedestrianised street, or you can sit in the outside seating and watch the world go by. Some of the specialities of this shop include Irish jams and preserves, chutneys, the best of Irish chocolates and confectionary. The award -winning offlicence selection features boutique wines and whiskies, which are a specialty here, along with the widest range of Irish and Scotch whiskies in the west of Ireland. McCambridge’s also does wonderful hampers for all occasions and can custom make a hamper to your specific requirements. To top it all, their cafe/restaurant upstairs from the shop uses the finest local ingredients to produce a range of modern Irish dishes, with Mediterranean influences.
Mortons of Galway
Mortons of Galway is a gourmet grocery supermarket located beside the Warwick Hotel in lower Salthill. Specializing in fine wines, cheeses, seafood and much more.
O’ Dalaigh Jewellers
O’ Dalaigh Jewellers is a unique family run hand crafted jewellery workshop in Clifden, Co. Galway. Making jewellery and commission metal work since the early Seventies, we also make one off, unique pieces to your design. We have expertise in wedding rings, sculptural wax carving, metal carving, etching, fabrication, stone setting, we work in any metal and any carat, and would be delighted to give you a price quote on any project you might have in mind. The Family tradition is being carried on by our son Jonathan who is trained as a jeweller, and is working in our family run jewelry shop, located in main street Clifden.
Ó’Máille’s store incorporates the finest elements of traditional Irish manufacturing with a contemporary range of Irish knitwear, tweeds, rainwear and unique designs for men, women and children. Famous for its selection of the highest quality, handknitted traditional Aran sweaters, made by Ireland’s best and most creative knitters.
At Pippablue we like sourcing lovely things, making lovely things and selling lovely9 things! We stock fabulous cottons for sewing from Amy Butler, Faffe Fassett, Heather Bailey and Tanya Whelan. Knitting Yarns and patterns from Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Colinette and Drops. For gift ideas, bed-linen and towels from Orla Kiely. For kids bright wall stickers, height charts jigsaws & Uglydolls.
River Deep Mountain High
River Deep Mountain High is a specialist in outdoor sports clothing and equipment. A wide variety of outdoor activities are catered for including mountaineering, rock climbing, hill walking, backpacking, trekking, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and adventure travel.
Royal Tara China
The Royal Tara Gift Centre is set in the 18th century Tara Hall, the old family home of the Joyces, one of the fourteen tribes of Galway. The house is set in peaceful leafy grounds, offering free parking facilities so that you can relax and browse at your leisure. Our giftware collections are widely available in all good gift stores and we hope that they will bring joy to all who value gifts of the highest quality.
Sheridan’s will seduce any cheese lover that walks through the door. In addition to a comprehensive range of Irish cheeses, Sheridan’s also sells exotic, flavoured cheeses from elsewhere in Europe. Samples are readily given, and the staff are generally happy to chat about all things foodie. Speciality condiments and delicacies are also available, including stuffed olives and sundried tomatoes
For a truly unique piece of jewellery crafted to the highest standards, pay a visit to Silverwood Jewellery, located on High Street. Inside, the compact store is artfully arranged and all the display cases are full of unique pieces. There is a wide variety of brooches, necklaces, pendants, earrings and rings on offer with high quality materials such as handcrafted gold and silver, freshwater pearls, semi precious stones and marcasite. Styles vary from Celtic to abstract to those inspired by nature. Silverwood has an exclusive bridal range called Lily’s Bridal, available both in store and on the comprehensive website. This range of handmade bespoke jewellery and hair accessories are guaranteed to add extra sparkle to your big day.Customers will definitely find that special something for that special someone, even if that someone is you! Proprietor, Paula O’Meara, is passionate about jewellery and all pieces have the Irish Hallmarked Silver Stamp of quality. Silverwood prides itself on excellent customer service and can help you find and customise the perfect piece you or a loved one will treasure forever.
Standún Irish Craft Shop
Standun is an Award-Winning Department Store in the West of Ireland for over 65 years and is now in it’s 3rd Generation. Standun stocks the finest quality clothing and gifts from both Irish and International brands. A browse through Standun is like opening pandora’s box with a mix of traditional and contemporary products, for all walks of life.Standun won Best Ladies Fashion Supplier in the West of Ireland in 2011, it was also chosen as one of the Top 100 shops in Ireland in 2012. Standun also featured on RTE Feargal Quinn Retail Therapy where it undertook a huge revamp in 2010. Why not take a drive to Standun, only 25 mins from Galway city and browse through Ladies Fashion, Menswear, Children’s clothing, Jewellery, Gifts, Homeware and Chunky Aran Knitwear. If after all of that you feel exhausted, enjoy a cup of tea and home-baking in the cozy café. Hassle free shopping with free parking and everything under one roof! Something for everyone at this Unique Shopping Destination.Open Mon – Sat 9:30pm – 6:30pm and Sunday 10am – 5:30pm.
For those of you wishing to take home a piece of history, go no further than the veritable treasure trove that is Tempo Antiques. Located in the Latin Quarter of Galway City, you can be assured of a warm welcome when you pop in to browse on your next visit to Galway. They stock a wonderful range of antique and vintage jewellery, which includes diamond and other precious stone engagement rings, eternity and dress rings for all occasions. Along with this, you can choose from an extensive selection of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian neck pieces, brooches and earrings.<br/><br/> Their extensive stock of antique and contemporary silver pieces, including Georgian Irish silver, as well as a large selection of tea services, glassware and other unusual items is something to behold. The knowledgeable and experienced staff in Tempo Antiques are always happy to assist with any queries one might have. This shop is an Aladdin’s cave.
The Celtic Shop
The Celtic Shop and Tara Jewellers has been a most popular choice for visitors to Connemara for the past 30 years, who have a discerning eye for quality. Experienced staff ensures that you receive personal attention and friendly help in making your choice from the fine selection of Jewellery, Gifts and Crafts. Our product range is constantly changing, but of course, we stock all the well known Irish brands such as Waterford Crystal, Galway Irish Crystal, Belleek China, Genesis Fine Arts, Newbridge Silverware and Nicholas Mosse Country Pottery. Celtic Pewter in jewellery and gifts, Tweed Caps and Hats, Irish Linen products are also a popular choice. In our aparell section, you’ll find Avoca Handweavers and Studio Donegal rugs, and other accessories amongst a large selection of woolens.
Galway has a vibrant traditional Irish music scene and a history of producing some of the most successful traditional irish musicians. De Dannan, were once based in Galway and other figures in traditional music like Dolores Keane, Frankie Gavin and Mairtin O’Connor, also hail from Galway. Popular bands including the The Saw Doctors and The Stunning, were formed in Galway too. The wealth of musicians performing on the streets and in local venues is a testament to the strong music scene here.
There are plenty of theatres and pubs that showcase the work of local and visiting musicans such as The Town Hall Theatre, An Taibhdhearc, Galway Arts Centre, the the Roisin Dubh, Crane Bar, Taaffe’s Bar, Tig Coili and Monroe’s are just a selection of places to see live performances of various types on a regular basis. Below is a list of the pubs where traditional irish music sessions are held on an almost daily basis.
You are sure to catch a traditional Irish music session in progress in Taaffes at any time of the day or night. The bar’s location in the middle of the main shopping thoroughfare ensures a busy daytime pub where the ceol and the craic take precedence. Taaffes is a great traditional pub in the centre of the city, with live sessions at 5pm and 9pm each day. Food served until 2pm each day.
Address: Shop Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 564066
The Crane Bar
The Crane is a renowned Irish traditional venue situated in the West end of Galway City. Traditional music is on the menu here seven nights a week. This corner pub has a beautiful Victorian façade from the 1800’s, Consisting of two levels, the bar on the ground floor is a local favourite while upstairs comes alive every night for music sessions at 9.30pm. Even though the Crane is tucked away in the West end of the City it is the first stop for many music lovers on their visit to the City due to its reputation as a live music venue. Over the last number of years the Crane has branched out to include a wider selection of music such as roots, blues and singer songwriters.
Address: Sea Road, Galway City
Tigh Coili Pub in Galway City is one of the most popular bars in Galway and is famous for its traditional Irish Music sessions. Tig Coili is at the end of the main shopping street in Galway and is full of atmosphere. Tigh Coili has no TV’s or pool tables to distract you from the excellent Irish music and craic where you are likely to see well known artists like Sharon Shannon join the session.
Address: Mainguard Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 561294
Tigh Fox Trad House
At Tigh Fox, you’re never far from fiddle-loving musicians or storytelling bartenders. A seat at the custom made wooden bar positions you perfectly to hear local tales and tunes, but it’s hard to resist a table next to the wood-burning stove. Although there are two scheduled music sessions per day, it’s not uncommon to find a musician strumming along throughout the day. Sessions at 5:30 & 9:30.
Address: 2 Forster Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 584181
Monroes Tavern features traditional Irish music every night and it is one of the main Irish language pubs in the City, Live music is played here seven nights a week. Monroe’s has a solid reputation as a home for traditional Irish music. Every Tuesday night they have Traditional Irish set dancing which you can join in on if you are confident enough. This is the real deal with locals and tourists really mixing in a great atmosphere.
Address: Dominick Street, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 583397
Child Friendly Activities
Galway is a wonderful city to visit with a young family. There are loads of activities and things to do in the city to keep your youngsters entertained and if you are willing to take a short drive out of town, you’ll find even more great visitor attractions to suit all ages too.
Burren Nature Sanctuary
Burren Nature Sanctuary is popular family visitor attraction only 30 minutes drive from Galway city and situated in the beautiful and unique Burren region of south Galway. Visitors can spend time exploring winding tracks of the fairy woodland trails while learning about the natural history of the Burren (the flora, fauna and karst geology). Along the way you’ll meet a variety of friendly animals from goats, shetland ponies to alpaca, rabbits and guinea pigs. You can also visit the disappearing lake that drains twice a day.
After the nature walk kids can play in the indoor play area or outside at the state of the art playground. Adults can enjoy the indoor exhibition, the delicious homemade food in the cafe or relax by the waterfall in the Rock Garden.
Address: Kinvara, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 91 637444
Brigit’s Gardens is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is located off the main Galway – Clifden road (N59) about 20kms from Galway City. This is a Celtic garden that is themed on Celtic seasonal festivities with 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. There is a nature trail, ogham tree, children’s discovery trail, living willow play area and an ancient ring fort which all the family can enjoy. There is also a café and lots of events and other activities on offer.
Address: Roscahill, Co. Galway
Tel: +353 91 550905
Galway is home to Irelands National Aquarium, which houses the countries largest display of sea and fresh water life. You can see young and freshly hatched fish in the Auquaculture rearing centre and learn about the huge variety of life in the Estuary, Harbour, Lighthouse, Mill Pond along with many other exhibits. The star attraction within the aquarium is the 120 tonne Ocean Tank showcasing over 200 species including cod, pollack and small sharks. For hands on learning visit the Touch Pools for a unique chance to hold starfish, crabs or even sea scorpions! The building is located on the Seafront Promenade of Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay and is open daily from 10am till 5pm and closes at 6pm in Summer.
Address: Salthill Promenade, Galway City
Tel: +353 091 585 100
Loughwell Farm Park
Loughwell Farm Park is located in Moycullen, about 8km from Galway City and is the ideal place for a day out for kids. There is a host of animals to pet such as pigs, ponies, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens, donkeys, rabbits, reindeer and much more. There are also lots of activities such as a playbarn with bouncy castles, bouncy slide, bstacle course, timber play villages, sand dunes with slides and play diggers, sand pit with play boat, strawbale maze, toddler swings, zip wire, pedal go karts and more.
Address: Loughwell, Moycullen, Co. Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 868631
Leisureland is a wonderful leisure facility for all the family. Inside there are 3 pools with the highlight being the 65m water slide. The baby pool include a bubbly pool and other fun water spouts. There is also a learning pool and then the main 25m swimming pool with inflatable obstacle course during peak times. Outside there is crazy golf and during the summer a wide variety of amusement rides.
Address: Salthill, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 521455
Monkey Business is a children’s play centre in Knocknacarra (behind B&Q). It has lots of slides, climbing frames, ball pools, bouncy castles, a painting corner, baby / toddler area and café area for parents. The ideal place for kids birthday parties, communions, confirmations, tour groups and school tours and of course when the weather is not the best.
Address: Knocknacarra, Galway City
Tel: +353(0)91 580956
Kidsplace is large indoor play area located on the 2nd floor of Briarhill Shopping Centre, in Galway. Ideal for babies, toddlers and kids up to about 7 years old, it will keep your kids entertained for hours. Facilities include climbing frames, computer interactive area, ride on equipment and an enclosed football pitch. There is a cafe with light snacks and refreshments too.
Address: Ballybrit Shopping Centre, Ballybrit, Galway City
Tel: +353 (0)91 773633
Busy Bees is a fun-filled activity centre for kids of all ages. Located in Oranmore Business Park, close to Oranmore village just 10 minutes drive from Galway city centre. Busy Bees have combined 4 state of the art activity areas with a fine café making it an ideal venue for all the family. The bright, clean activity areas include a baby and toddler play area, Busy Bees activity zone, Bees on Skates, Creative Art Corner, Construction Zone, Library and Teddy Mountain
Address: Oranmore Business Park, Oranmore, Galway
Tel: +353 (91) 788516
JumpLanes indoor trampoline park is a fun activity centre for kids. The 10 lane indoor trampoline arena is an ideal activity for families, clubs or groups of friends and provides a great workout too. Enjoy some of the games the staff organise such as dodgeball or jump to your hearts out across the various lanes. The centre also has an all year round artificial ice skating rink and man sized pool tables where you kick the custom built soccer balls into the corners via the white balls, in the same way as is done on standard pool tables.
Address: Monivea Road, Galway
Tel: +353 (91) 762590
Things To Do
1. Shop for some traditional Celtic jewellery
Call in and watch Jonathan Margetts tinkering with rings in Thomas Dillon’s shop. He’s an expert on the history of the Claddagh Ring, Ireland’s most famous traditional ring. The rings were originally made in the shop, which date back to 1750.
2. Savor the tastes
From fabulous farmhouse Irish cheeses at Sheridan’s to the irresistible McCambridge’s food emporium– you’ll find something to your taste in Galway. No visit is complete without calling in to the family-owned Griffin’s Bakery (going strong since 1876 and now in its fifth generation) for their unbeatable breads.
3. Experience a musical medieval church
Packed with curious corners and ancient tombs, Ireland’s largest medieval parish church, St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church, was built in 1320. These days, the traditional ‘Irish Tunes in the Church’ feature the rector on his concert flute on summer nights. Don’t miss the weekend Galway Market just beside it, too.
4. Kirwan’s Lane
The lane itself is named after one of Galway’s 14 Tribes, the Kirwans, who helped build the city into a bustling centre of industry in the 1500s. It’s said to be one of five existing medieval lanes out of a former 14 in the City of Tribes. A highlight of the current Kirwan’s Lane is Judy Green’s Potterystudio where Ms Green can be seen working away.
5. Traditional music on Quay Street
It might seem that Quay Street is home to most of the pubs, restaurants and cafes in Galway. It also has the best selection of live traditional music in bars such as The Quays, Tigh Neachtain and The Spanish Arch HotelBar. Sit in on a sessiún and enjoy the sounds of the bodhráns and banjos.
6. Visit the Spanish Arch
A true Galway icon, the Spanish Arch was built in 1584 and overlooks the River Corrib. The arches were used to access the quays from the town when Galway was a walled city and this is all that remains. Nearby, The Spanish Arch Hotel on the bustling Quay Street is the perfect spot to enjoy a locally brewed beer and some people watching from its outdoor seating.
7. Walking tour of the city
Galway city, while jam packed with sights, is easily walkable and by taking a guided tour, you’ll get the insider knowledge. You’ll visit most of the city’s iconic sights including the Galway Cathedral, Eyre Square and the Spanish Arch.
8. Galway Hooker boats
The Galway Hooker is a traditional fishing boat developed in the 18th century. Many of the boats have been restored by Hooker enthusiasts and can be seen during a festival in Kinvara. There’s also a locally brewed craft beer sharing the name, which can be found in many pubs in Galway and all over Ireland.
9. Take a cruise on the River Corrib
A cruise on the Corrib Princess glides out from Galway city into waterways surrounded by the lush green countryside. Sail by ancient castles, ruins and Ireland’s famously beautiful landscape. On board, enjoy a drink from the bar. P.S. they do an unbelievable Irish coffee.
10. Festival fun
Galway is a festival town, there’s no doubt about it. Literature is celebrated at the Cúirt Literature Festival; screens are filled during the Galway Film Fleadh; the Big Tent pops up for the Galway Arts Festival; the Galway Races gallop in at the end of July; and September sees thousands of oysters shucked and enjoyed.
11. Galway City Museum
Small displays of documents, photographs, memorabilia and medieval artefacts chronicling urban life.
Tracing Your Ancestors
A comprehensive guide to tracing families in the City and County of Galway. Galway is home to a diverse population whose culture and history has been shaped by the barren landscapes of its Western seaboard, or the rich farmlands at its Eastern end. In the centre is the historic city of Galway, an ancient trading port and home to the 14 ‘Tribes’ whose story is central to that of the county. These were Athy, Blake, Bodkin,Browne, Darcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwan, Lynch, Martin,Morris and Skerrett Native families include the O’Flahertys and O’Hallorans, O’Kelly, O’Shaughnessy, Hynes, Lally, O’Fahy, Madden, O’Daly, Donnellan, Egan, Ward, Divilly, Duggan, Conneely, Conroy and Forde. Norman and other later arrivals include Burke or Bourke Bermingham, Eyre, St. George, Hackett, Blakeney, Trenche and Persse. Genealogical records are diverse, varying from sparse in the Western areas to extensive for Galway city. This book sets out the records available to the family history researcher, where they can be obtained and how to use each to best effect.
Public Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m
Friday: 9.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
East Galway Family History Society Co. Ltd.
Woodford Heritage Centre
Republic of Ireland.
Tel: +353 (0) 909749309,
Fax: +353 (0) 909749546
Galway Family History Society (West) Ltd.
Galway Family History Society (West) is a genealogical project helping people trace their ancestry. The office is located in Galway city, County Galway
EAST GALWAY FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
Woodford Heritage Centre, Woodford, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)90 974 9309
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Galway Family History Society West Ltd.
St. Joseph’s Community Centre ; Ashe Road, Shantalla, Galway.
Phone: +353 (0)91 860464 ~ Fax: +353 (0)91 860432