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Galway City Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

Opposite the charming little port of Kinvarra, in Kinvarra Bay, a four-storey tower house and a bawn built in 1520 by the descendants of Guaire, King of Connaught during the 7C. Traces of... — 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

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

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Lynch's Castle

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

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

This 16C building belonged to the most powerful of the 14 tribes. The grey stone façade bears a number of fine sculptures: gargoyles, hood mouldings above the windows, medallions with the... — Michelin Guide

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

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The Spanish Arch

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

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

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

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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 →

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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Galway Cathedral

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

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

It’s easy to understand why this church’s nickname is so short and simple, given that its official name is “Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas”. Although the... — Frommer's

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

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Nora Barnacle House

Galway 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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. Several... — Michelin Guide

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

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

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Salthill Beaches

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

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

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

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Galway Bay

Galway 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Galway is one of my favorite cities in the world...even with all the grey and rain the colors and vibes of this little city pop, and there always feels there's something more to be... — Afar Magazine

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