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Things to do in 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.
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Theater
“This 1820s building was originally as a courthouse and then the city's Town Hall. In the 1950s the building was converted into a cinema and was where I had my first date !! In 1996 it reopened as the new Theatre and the opening event was the world premiere of the Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“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
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“Our favourite - brilliant any time of day but we especially love brunch at this spot”
  • 36 locals recommend
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“Best pint of Guinness and unbeatable atmosphere and location for Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl video!”
  • 34 locals recommend
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“Located in Shop street, Galway. Great venue for Irish traditional musicians A must visit”
  • 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
French Restaurant
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“French dining, rustic style, good wine list, lovely cosy casual atmosphere. Recommended”
  • 22 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
“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
“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
French Restaurant
“French dining, rustic style, good wine list, lovely cosy casual atmosphere. Recommended”
  • 22 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Excellent tapas and wine bar. One of the best restaurants in Galway the food is superb. I would recommend booking in advance. ”
  • 24 locals recommend

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