Galway

Top Attractions

Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is the second largest county in Ireland. The city is full of artistic talent, culture, history and music. Many international artists have moved to the Galway region, inspired by the rugged landscape, the sea and the clear light. This is reflected in the abundance of modern and traditional arts & crafts.

Aran Islands

The three Aran Islands project into the Atlantic from Galway Bay. Inis Mor is the largest of the three, picturesquely situated at the mouth of Galway Bay. Dun Aengus has one of the most dramatic stone forts in Western Europe, whilst Inishmaan is a wild and mythical place of distinctive beauty stretching 2,252 acres.

Athenry Castle

A Norman castle consists of a three-storey tower surrounded by remains of a strong outer wall. Guided tours are available of Athenry Castle on request.

Connemara National Park

Covering 2,000 hectares of Connemara mountain countryside, this beautiful area is one of Ireland’s five national parks. Two short signposted nature trails, which start at the Visitor Centre in Letterfrack, afford views of Ballinakill Harbour, Inishbofin and Inishark.

Coole Park

The former home of Lady Gregory, a founder of the Abbey Theatre and friend of William Butler Yeats. The house no longer stands, but the estate is now a national nature reserve. The garden of the house, with its yew walk and autograph tree is preserved. Carved on the autograph tree, among others are the signatures of John Masefield, George Bernard Shaw and Sean O’Casey. Attractions include nature trails, walks, a lake and turlough.

Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle, which overlooks Galway, dates back to the sixteenth century. From April to September the castle comes alive with medieval banquets, featuring a theatrical performance of rhyme, verse, music and song. The castle also has a crafts shop and visitors shop.

Irish Crystal Heritage Centre

This centre features a guided heritage tour and specially commissioned film of Galway. Learn about the merchants and artists who made up the original fourteen Tribes of Galway in the ‘Hall of the Tribes’.

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey is home to the Benedictine Nuns which, along with the Gothic chapel, they have partly opened to the public. The chapel is the jewel in the crown of Kylemore – a miniature cathedral of exquisite beauty. Visitors can enjoy the Lake Walk in the grounds and also an audiovisual presentation.

Little Mill

All the old machinery is still in place in the Little Mill so visitors can see the milling process exactly as it was at the time. This mill played a vital part in the life of the local community.

Nora Barnacle House Museum

This tiny turn of the century house was the home of Nora Barnacle, companion, wife and life-long inspiration of James Joyce, one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Portumna Castle

The great semi-fortifed house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. There are exhibitions in the castle and Gate House. Guided tours of the gardens and part of the castle are available on request.

Roundstone

This village has become famous through the works of many well known painters, attracted by it’s picturesque harbour and wonderful outlook across a deep inlet of the Atlantic.

Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park

Situated in a rural setting, Turoe Pet Farm provides attractions for young and old, native and tourist.