Galway City Just 20 Minutes from The Claregalway Hotel
The Claregalway Hotel is the ideal location for those looking to explore Galway and beyond. With convenient access to all main motorways from Dublin, Limerick and Sligo, making us the best choice when booking accommodation while discovering Galway.
Located just 20 minutes from Galway City centre, our 4* hotel has the added benefit of being on a main public transport route giving guests direct access to the famous Eyre Square and greater Galway City.
Galway or Gaillimh is one of Ireland's most engaging and multicultural cities. With brightly painted pubs heaving with live music and entertainment, specialist restaurants and cafes offering front-row seats for observing buskers and street theatre. Medieval town walls can be found between shops and down side streets, with stalls selling traditionally handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and traditional musical instruments. The gorgeous River Corrib passes through this beautiful city allowing visitors to sit along the Spanish Arch discovering wonderful characters and stories. Journey further afield to find yourself in the seaside suburb of Salthill, walk along the Promenade overlooking Galway Bay, the source of the area's famous oysters.
Galway City comes alive with an energetic vibe, home to a brilliant student body making up almost a fifth of the population. Its energy and creativity have seen it become the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
Galway International Arts Festival hosts performances in Eyre Square and Galway City every July. Free events are always a highlight of this festival and The Claregalway Hotel is the perfect choice for these big events that take over this wonderful city. Our location provides a safe place to park your car, while you hop on the bus and journey to the centre of all the excitement. The Galway Christmas Market also takes place in Eyre Square, making The Claregalway a perfect choice for a city shopping break, festive getaway or office Christmas party.
Eyre Square Shopping Centre
Eyre Square Centre is known as Galway City's friendliest and most attractive meeting place, boasting over 70 shops including a mix of local Irish retailers as well as the best-known brands from the high street including Penneys, New Look, JD Sports, Mothercare, Dunnes Stores, Burger King and many more.
Eyre Square is named “John F. Kennedy Memorial Park" in honour of US President John F. Kennedy after his visit to Galway City in 1963, but most locals and visitors still refer to it as Eyre Square. It has always been a central part of Galway life and culture.
Galway International Arts Festival hosts performances in Eyre Square every July. Free events are always a highlight of this festival.
The Spanish Arch
The Spanish Arch in Galway City, two remaining arches on the Ceann an Bhalla ("Front Wall") of this Medieval City. The two arches were part of the extension of the city wall from Martin's Tower to the banks of the River Corrib.
Seen here is the Long Walk, a picturesque promenade leading from the Spanish Arch to the Galway docklands.
The Latin Quarter
One of the most popular areas of Galway City, the Latin Quarter is a collection of pedestrian streets which are home to some of the most delightful Shops, Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants this city has to offer. Colourful and welcoming, a trip to Galway City is not complete without a stop at the Latin Quarter.
Galway City Museum
Galway City Museum holds three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway and Ireland. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors annually.
From the medieval roots of Galway to more modern history, the Galway City Museum will educate, entertain and implore you to discover more.