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Experience one of the Emerald Isle’s finest cities with a visit to the gorgeous city of Galway. As the jewel in Ireland’s cultural crown, those seeking satisfaction will delight in Galway’s rambunctious music venues and majestic medieval charm. Although Galway’s epitomises the rich traditions of Irish authenticity, the prestigious university brings a contemporary and cosmopolitan vibe to this electric city; expect to discover raucous revelry, historical heritage and bags of imitable Irish charm.
The city’s most iconic landmark is undoubtedly the Spanish Arch, a majestic extension of the city’s medieval walls. Occupying a picturesque position beside the gently flowing river, the gate is an ideal place to absorb the infectious Irish atmosphere that resounds from the surrounding green spaces.
Solemnly gazing over Galway’s atmospheric Old Town is Lynch’s Castle, an austere and authoritative fortress steeped in intriguing history; a dramatic and turbulent family history unravels upon entering the abode, in which murder and madness occurred. Coats of arms, stone fireplaces and classic painting decorate the legendary interior, which can be enjoyed by visitors on most days of the week.
With its colourful history, Galway’s City Museum provides a captivating insight into the past with its eclectic collections and sparkling sculptures. Highlights of the exhibition include boats made from animal hides (certainly a dynamic display!) and classic photographs of famous personalities visiting the city.
Escape the unreasonable prices and sub-standard food over the usual tourists traps with a visit to Oscar’s Restaurant; locals herald this fine eatery as one of Galway’s best due to the incredible flavour and freshness of the sublime seafood served. The menu changes consistently according to the daily catch but diners can expect to feast on shellfish, hake and juicy langoustines. (Upper Dominic Street, Galway, Ireland)