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Galway City Museum

Galway 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened in 2007, a stone's throw from its former site and dominating the mouth of the River Corrib, this museum traces everyday life in the area through the ages. — Michelin Guide

A rather endearing little museum overlooking the Spanish Arch, this is a good place to spend half an hour acquainting yourself with the city’s history. — Frommer's

Contains materials relating to local history: old photographs, antiquities. — Fodor's

Exhibits on the city's history from 1800 to 1950, including an iconic Galway Hooker fishing boat. — Lonely Planet

Set on the waterfront next to the remnants of the city’s ancient walls beside the Spanish Arch, the absorbing Galway City Museum chronicles the region’s rich cultural and historical legacy. — Afar Magazine

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Lynch's Castle

Galway 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The finest remaining example in Galway of a 16th-century fortified house. — Fodor's

Considered the finest town castle in Ireland, this old stone town house was built in the 14th century. — Lonely Planet

The façade of this impressive medieval manor (15C), now home to the Allied Irish Bank, sports finely carved gargoyles, hood mouldings above the windows and the coat of arms of Henry VII.... — Michelin Guide

This impressive structure was once home to the Lynch family, who ruled the city for many years. — Frommer's

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The Spanish Arch

Galway 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1584 to protect the quays where Spanish ships unloaded cargoes of wines and brandies, the hefty stone arch is now the central feature of the newly restored Spanish Parade, a... — Fodor's

The Spanish Arch is thought to be an extension of Galway's medieval city walls, designed to protect ships moored at the nearby quay while they unloaded goods from Spain, although it was... — Lonely Planet

The name is a reminder of the city's trading links with Spain. — Michelin Guide

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Dunguaire Castle's Medieval Banquet

Galway 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On a rock north of Kinvara Bay, the 16th-century Dunguaire Castle spectacularly commands all the approaches to Galway Bay. — Fodor's

The mellow-coloured landscape is dwarfed by the austere outline of the fortified four-storey house built in 1520 by a descendant of the kings of Connaught in the 7C. After looking at the... — Michelin Guide

Erected around 1520 by the O'Hynes clan, Dunguaire Castle is widely believed to occupy the former site of the 6th-century royal palace of Guaire Aidhne, the king of Connaught. — Lonely Planet

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Nora Barnacle House

Galway 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Souvenirs, photographs and letters are exhibited in this small house where James Joyce's wife lived before leaving for Dublin where she met her husband. — Michelin Guide

James Joyce's wife Nora Barnacle (1884–1951) lived here until shortly before they met in Dublin in 1904. — Lonely Planet

This tiny museum (which claims to be the smallest in Ireland) was the childhood home of Nora Barnacle—lover, muse, and eventually wife to James Joyce. — Frommer's

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Eyre Square

Galway 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest open space in central Galway and the heart of the city, and a favorite chill-out spot on a sunny day for students, visitors, and lunching locals, Eyre Square on the east side... — Fodor's

Galway's central public square is busy in all but the harshest weather. — Lonely Planet

The heart of the modern city, between the old town and the port, centres on the small John Kennedy Park, named after the President of the United States who visited in 1963. It is home to... — Michelin Guide

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Galway Cathedral

Galway 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Officially the “Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas,” Galway’s cathedral has an impressive domed exterior that looks suitably Romanesque in style, although it was... — Frommer's

Rising over the River Corrib, imposing Galway Cathedral was dedicated by the late Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston in 1965. — Lonely Planet

On Nun's Island, which forms the west bank of the River Corrib beside the Salmon Weir Bridge, stands Galway's largest Catholic church, dedicated by Cardinal Cushing of Boston in 1965, and... — Fodor's

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St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Galway 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Crowned by a pyramidal spire, the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra is Ireland's largest medieval parish church still in use. Dating from 1320, it has been rebuilt and enlarged... — Lonely Planet

This is Galway’s oldest church. — Frommer's

Take the opportunity to drop by the largest medieval parish church in Ireland, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, right in Galway’s historic center. When it was finished in the 1320s,... — Afar Magazine

Legend has it that Columbus prayed here on his last stop before setting off on his voyage to the New World. — Fodor's

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St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

Galway 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The medieval church, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed, is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors. Inside there is a medieval baptismal font and numerous tombstones,... — Michelin Guide

Crowned by a pyramidal spire, the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas of Myra is Ireland's largest medieval parish church still in use. Dating from 1320, it has been rebuilt and enlarged... — Lonely Planet

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Salthill Beaches

Galway 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A favourite pastime for Galwegians and visitors alike is walking along the Prom, the seaside promenade running from the edge of the city along Salthill. Local tradition dictates 'kicking... — Lonely Planet

A lively, hugely popular seaside resort, Salthill is beloved for its seaside promenade—the traditional place "to sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh, and see the sun go down on... — Fodor's

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