Galway Cathedral

galway cathedral

One of Europe’s largest and most spectacular great stone churches, The Galway Cathedral in Galway City is located on the west bank of the River Corrib, a short distance north-west of the city centre. Originally opened in 1965 making it the last great stone cathedral to be built in Europe. That in itself makes a trip to see this wonderful site, worthwhile.

The interior of the cathedral is vaulted with stone and it stands on the former site of the Galway Jail.  The land it was on was donated by the county board to the church when the jail closed long ago. This brought with it a new level of hope and faith to the greater Galway region.

The Cathedral is usually open from 08:30 until 18:30 – these times are approximate. On certain occasions, i.e Christmas Day, the Cathedral may close earlier.

Guests staying at The Claregalway Hotel have easy access to this site with our hotel located only 20 minutes from Galway City. The regular bus route that stops directly outside the hotel gates will bring guests to the city centre and a short walk will find you standing in the vaulted rooms of the Cathedral. Visitors travelling from Claregalway can attend a mass ceremony if they so wish or take a walk around the church at any other time. Donations are always welcome as this will assist in the upkeep of this amazing building.

Our Golden Years packages are very popular all year round, giving priority to more senior guests visiting the area. These offers include overnight luxury accommodation, a 3-course evening meal and full Irish Breakfast each morning. We are more than happy to assist our valued guests with travel arrangements if they are required. With so much to see and more to do, we understand that sometimes it can be challenging to fit it all in. This is why our family-friendly hotel is the ideal destination for exploring Galway City.

We are blessed to boast a state of the art gym and leisure centre here in the heart of Claregalway which is free for guests to use during their stay, this includes a large indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna for our guests to unwind after their day in the city.

  • Location

    Galway City
  • Distance

    20 mins by Car
  • Attraction

    Points of Interest
  • Cost



Book your stay today and explore this and many more wonderful local attractions near The Claregalway Hotel.