Discover Galway City

Galway is a city, a county, and an experience to be savoured and remembered. The historic city of the tribes dances to a beat uniquely it’s own. There are many reasons to visit Galway and to stay at Claregalway Hotelfor your well earned hotel break Galway. The city takes its name from the Gaillimh River (River Corrib) that formed the western boundary of the earliest settlement, which was called Dun Bhun na Gaillimhe, or the fort at the mouth of the Gaillimhe. The word Gaillimh means “stony” as in “stony river” (alternative and more mythical, derivations are given in History of Galway). The city also bears the nickname The City of the Tribes, because fourteen “Tribes” (merchant families) led the city in its Hiberno-Norman period. The term Tribes was originally a derogatory phrase from Cromwellian times. The merchants would have seen themselves as English nobility, and hence were loyal to the King. Their uncertain reaction to the siege of Galway by Cromwellian forces earned them this label, which they subsequently adopted in defiance.

Galway city is unique among Irish cities because of the strength of its Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions – it is often referred to as the ‘Bilingual Capital of Ireland’. The city is well known for its ‘Irishness’, and mainly due to the fact that it has on its doorstep the Galway Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). The language is visible on the city streets, with bilingual signage on display on shops and road signs, and can be heard by locals around the city. A vast array of festivals take place in Galway City each year – too many to mention here so be sure and click on the ‘Festivals & Events’ tab at the top of the page for a detailed list! Among some of the events taking place in Galway City each year is the Cúirt International Festival of Literature(April), the Galway Early Music Festival (May), the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival, the Galway Film Fleadh (July), the Galway Arts Festival (July), Galway Races horse racing festival (start of August), Galway City Marathon September), Galway International Oyster Festival(September), the Baboró Galway International Arts Festival for Children (October) and the Tulca Visual Arts Festival (November) to name but a few.


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Galway Atlantaquaria
The National Aquarium of Ireland, Galway, is home to the country’s largest display of marine and fresh water life with 150 species to see.

Opening Times
Monday To Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm
Open 7 days a week for the Spring and Summer.
Closed some Mondays and Tuesdays from November to February for essential tank maintenance.

Child €6.25
Adult €10.25
Student/Senior €7.00
Family 2 Adults + 2 Children €29.00
Family 1 Adult + 2 Children €20.00
Group Discount 10% for 8 or more people
Children Under 3: Free Admission!
Tickets Valid All Day

Address: Galway Atlantaquaria, The Prom, Salthill, Galway.
Telephone: (091) 585 100



Corrib Princess
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lakes traditional trade route.

Opening Times
The 2009 season will begin in May with daily sailings for individuals at 12.30pm (July and August only), 2.30pm and 4.30pmAddress: Woodquay, Galway.

Telephone: 091 592447

Aran Islands
All details of transportation and things to do and see are available from

Tel: 099 61355
Fax: 099 61454

Glengowla Mines
Facilities Include:

Guided underground tours and other amenities (including museum)Coach and Car ParkRock & Mineral ShopGold Panning, treasure hunting

Location: Situated 2 miles west of Oughterard, 300 metres off the N59 Galway/ Clifden road, 20 minutes from Galway, 10 minutes from Maam Cross and 40 minutes from Clifden.

March – November – Open 10am – 6pm (7 days a week)
December – February – Ring in advance to book space
Telephone: 091-552021



Turoe Pet Farm

Turoe Pet Farm provides a great day out for everyone to enjoy no matter what the weather conditions. One can take a leisurely walk around the 14 acre park in the fresh country air and the delightful sound of birds singing or go indoors to experience the excitement of children of all ages bouncing their way around the “Inflatable city” – one of Europe’s largest bouncing castles.

Opening Times:

May to September
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 until 19.00
October to November and Halloween
From 13.30 until 18.00

December – Thursdays and Fridays
From 17.00 until 20.00
December Saturday and Sunday plus 8th December
From 14.00 until 20.00

Location: The farm is situated 6km north of the N6 at Loughrea near the village of Bullaun on the R350.

Historic Dartfield Horse Museum and Heritage Centre

Ireland’s horse museum and park is a truly wonderful interpretation of the horse, emphasising the relationship between the Irish and their horses. Lots of interesting displays; a gallery, forge, saddlery, library and lots more. Discover a forgotten world where society relied on the gentle pace of the horse in days gone by. Why not go horse riding lessons or go trail riding while you’re there?

Address: Killreekill, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Tel: 091-843 968
Fax: 091-843 969
Location: East of Loughrea on N6 – main Galway to Dublin Rd
Opening Times: All Year
Daily: 09.30-18.00 – last admission at 17.00.

Connemara Smokehouse

The Connemara Smokehouse specialises in producing wild and organic salmon. As Connemara’s longest established Smokehouse, this is a fascinating location to visit, take a tour and purchase a great array of traditionally hand-prepared seafood products. The tour takes about 1 hour.

Location: Located right on the water’s edge at Bunowen Pier.

Address: Connemara Smokehouse, Bunowen Pier, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Connemara, Co. Galway
Tel: 095 23739
Fax: 095 23001

City Limits

City Limits is the ultimate in family entertainment, an emporium of indoor adventure for all ages.

Address: Oranmore, Galway
Tel: 091 388100

Greyhound Racing

Enjoy the thrill of the Races form this amazing Greyhound stadium. Catch dinner and drinks in the Masters Restaurant while receiving at the table tote service.

Location: In Galway City
Tel: 091 562273

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum reopened in April 2007 with the launch of its permanent exhibition. Among the highlights on show is a rare 17th century altar piece, the new location of the statue of Pádraic Ó’Connaire and the Galway City hooker boat, named ‘Máirtín Oliver’ by the public.

Tel: 091 532464