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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.
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
Pub
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“Famous galway pub on Quay st. Great atmosphere. Sit outside with a drink and people watch. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“personally our favourite in Galway! fusion of irish and New Zealand food. For special occasion or treat. booking essential. ”
  • 61 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. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
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. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Spanish Arch is one of the oldest parts of Galway City, and was once used as a docking area for Spanish traders and ships in the 17th and 18th centuries, which is where it gets its namesake. Walking through the Arch, you’ll be able to walk one of Galway’s most famous promenades, the Long Walk. It’s one of Galway’s best-known sites, and one of the best places for enjoying the evening sun in the summer. (Be warned though, it's not really a long walk!) If you're interested in history and have a little time to spend, you could also pop into Galway City Museum which is just off to the left when you pass under the Spanish Arch. It has a broad range, showing exhibits based on periods such as Ancient Roman Civilization, World War I and, of course, local Irish history, among many others. Spread across three floors, many of the exhibits are highly interactive, so it's great for families, and make sure to check out the lovely views from the top floor. On top of all of that, entrance is free! If you're feeling a bit hungry after all the sight-seeing, there are some great places to eat close by. The Kitchen, located in the museum, is fantastic for brunch or even just for a coffee, and Ard Bia, which sits on the water just in front of the Spanish Arch, is one of the most unique restaurants in Galway City; we'd recommend everything they serve in there! If you feel like something a little more oriental, you can choose from Thai Garden Galway, or Lime. Lime has quite an extensive menu for vegans and vegetarians, and specialise moreso in Asian Fusion, whereas Thai Garden can provide you with some authentic Thai food in a gorgeous setting. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
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“Upstairs you can just be lucky and get a taste of Irish traditional music sessions”
  • 49 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
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“Typical old Irish “teach taibhairne” pub and music venue with a stunning range of vintage Irish memorabilia. Also the pub in Ed Sheeran’s music video for the sing “Galway Girl”. Just note: it Does not serve food. ”
  • 33 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! ”
  • 40 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
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
Road
“If its life you are after you will find it all here. This busy shopping street has many cafes to people watch from. Take in an impromptu concert from one of the many buskers that play music from every part of the world. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
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“Our favourite - brilliant any time of day but we especially love brunch at this spot”
  • 34 locals recommend
Church
“One of the city's largest buildings, the Cathedral stands on the former sight of a jail! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Located just 3 mins walk from the property facing Eyre Square and has a wonderful beer garden and a great atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“personally our favourite in Galway! fusion of irish and New Zealand food. For special occasion or treat. booking essential. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Pub
“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pub
“Typical old Irish “teach taibhairne” pub and music venue with a stunning range of vintage Irish memorabilia. Also the pub in Ed Sheeran’s music video for the sing “Galway Girl”. Just note: it Does not serve food. ”
  • 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”
  • 34 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
Restaurant
“Relax in this main square/park of the city. Watch crowds walk by and sometimes even live entertainment. All the festivals have their presence in this Square”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a most authentic pizzeria with every imaginable topping to suit diverse tastes.”
  • 20 locals recommend

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