By Hannah Shambroom

Fáilte go dtí na Gaillimhe! These are the welcoming words you’ll hear as you set foot into Galway, a beautiful riverside city on the west coast of Ireland. You might think you’d escape that awkward traveler language barrier by choosing to visit a UK destination… but you would be very wrong. Despite the fact that many people speak English in the city, the Irish language is still alive and well there, making it an excellent vacation destination for anyone interested in experiencing true Irish culture. invites you to visit Galway today, and to discover for yourself that there is more to Ireland than limericks and leprechauns.

Established in the early 12th century, Galway rests today as the third largest city in the country, just after Dublin and Cork. Full of deep-seated heritage and gorgeous green countryside, it is the perfect city to commence a trip through the United Kingdom. Its western location makes it and incredibly easy location to which to travel from the United States. The Dublin Airport (DUB) offers many international flights, but the Shannon Airport (SNN) and the Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) are also within easy reach, and both offer convenient bus services to and from the city. can assist in booking your flight reservations; click ( to get started today! can also assist with your accommodations using our easy hotel booker ( – make your stay in Galway all the more authentic by finding a charming Bed & Breakfast right in the heart of town! recommends a summertime visit to take advantage of some of the city’s renowned festivals. Known as a cultural center in Ireland, Galway hosts energetic city-wide parades and festivals to commemorate, celebrate, and of course drink to, Irish heritage. The Galway Arts Festival takes place each July, and is internationally known for its showcasing of performance and visual arts. After two weeks of theater, street art, music, comedy and literature performances, the event culminates in the famous Macnas parade, a spectacle derived from various Irish traditions.

Galway also has a reputation for being a city replete with lyrical and instrumental song and dance traditions. As a treat for your eyes and your ears, suggests taking in a choir recital in the beautiful Galway Cathedral, the site of an international series of classical music concerts each July and August.

Anyone visiting Galway will quickly understand how important music is to the city’s culture. A visit is a great opportunity for music lovers to open their minds to a new genre. Galway is known as a major center for traditional Irish music, a custom kept alive largely in pubs and by street performers. For a fun and laidback night out, recommends finding a pub with live music and cold Guinness.

For those more interested in sports than song, book your trip to coincide with the Galway Races, a week-long horse racing festival held annually at the end of July. A summer tradition reaching back to 1869, the Galway Races are quite the spectacle, both for those who enjoy great horse racing and for those who enjoy great people-watching – Thursday of the festival is traditionally Ladies Day, where women compete for coveted titles such as Best Dressed, or Most Elegant Hat. It is truly a must see for anyone who appreciates well-made and elaborate fascinators.

Foodies and seafood enthusiasts will have their mouths watering at the thought of the Galway International Oyster Festival, a food celebration held each September at the start of Oyster season. Located right on the Bay, Galway has some of the freshest oysters in Ireland. In addition to sampling these oceanic delights, daring visitors can try their hand at the Guinness World Oyster Opening Championship, a highly competitive event.

Even if you don’t come during festival season, there is still plenty to do and see in Galway. recommends a visit to John F. Kennedy Memorial Park (more commonly known as Eyre Square), or taking The Long Walk along the shore of the River Corrib to the Spanish Arch. Also from the banks of the river, you can look across to the eastern side and see the remains of Menlo Castle, one of the ancestral homes of the Tribes of Galway in the 17th century. History buffs will appreciate the Galway City Museum, which features a collection dedicated to the heritage of Galway as well as a tribute to important 20th century Irish artists.

Whether arriving for a festival or simply to soak up the rich Irish culture that permeates the city, visitors will be amazing at the variety of sights and activities Galway has to offer. welcomes you to this fantastic UK destination!


  • 1. Connemara National Park
  • 2. Quay Street
  • 3. Galway Races
  • 4. Medieval City Walls
  • 5. Galway Cathedral
  • 6. Galway City Museum
  • 7. Galway Greyhound Stadium
  • 8. Corrib Princess River Cruise
  • 9. Nora Barnacle House
  • 10. Galway Bay


  • 1. Galway Early Music Festival - May
  • 2. Galway Arts Festival - July
  • 3. Galway Races - May
  • 4. Clarinbridge Oyster Festival - September