About Galway

In 2014, Galway was the 5th city in the world to be designated a UNESCO City of Film. Facing the Atlantic, Galway City is the capital of the West of Ireland and the gateway to Connemara.

A busy economic and artistic hub, Galway’s tight streets and winding canals are a hive of creative activity and bustling festivals, including the world famous Film Fleadh. Home to a thriving cultural population. It’s also the heart of our Irish language film and television industry and home to Irish language broadcaster TG4, the broadcaster behind the first Irish language film to receive an Oscar nomination: The Quiet Girl (An Cailin Ciuin).

Over the last 30 years, Galway has become the de facto national centre of Film in Ireland.

Explore Eyre Square

Start your journey in the heart of the city at Eyre Square, a bustling hub surrounded by shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks.

Stroll along the Claddagh

Wander down to the picturesque Claddagh area, known for its colourful houses, charming waterfront, and iconic Claddagh ring.

Visit Galway City Museum

Dive into Galway’s rich history and culture at the Galway City Museum, featuring exhibits on archaeology, local folklore, and maritime heritage.

Shop in the Latin Quarter

Lose yourself in the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter, where boutique shops, artisanal craft stores, and traditional Irish pubs await.

Attend a Traditional Music Session

Experience the soulful melodies of traditional Irish music at one of Galway’s many pubs, where lively sessions often continue late into the night.

Walk the Salthill Promenade

Blow away the cobwebs with a leisurely stroll along the Salthill Promenade, offering stunning views of Galway Bay and the distant hills of Connemara.

Sample Galway’s Culinary Delights

Indulge in Galway’s burgeoning food scene, from fresh seafood at the famous Galway Market to innovative cuisine in award-winning restaurants.

Take a Day Trip to the Aran Islands

Venture beyond the city limits and explore the rugged beauty of the Aran Islands, where ancient stone forts and breathtaking landscapes await.