Best Bar: Taaffes on Shop Street has been open for over 150 years and is one of Galway's best known bars. Make sure to catch one of the many traditional Irish music sessions that have become legendary here.
Best Restaurant: Vina Mara (19 Middle Street,Galway)opened in 2002 and has since established itself as one of Galway's favourite restaurants.
Best Shopping: Born in Galway stocks a range of designer brands including Mina, Lipsy,Prophecy and Rare for women and Franklin and Marshall and Gio Gio for men.Best Kept Secret: The Galway Market (located in the laneway between Shop Street and Market Street) takes place every Saturday and is extremely popular with both locals and visitors.
Regarded as one of Europe's key cultural events, Galway Arts Festival is an international celebration of the performing and visual arts. Celebrating artistic innovation and excellence from around the world.
Lookaroundireland.com offer a comprehensive list of what is happening in Galway this year.
The historic Spanish Arch. Only one remaining of the four which is just opposite the hotel.
Salthill is a small resort with amusements, a leisure centre and sandy beaches. 10-minute drive from the hotel, 25-minute walk or accessible by bus route from front of hotel.
Stunning landscape and cliffs region. Just over one hour from Galway.
Group of three islands located in the Atlantic Ocean boasting some of Ireland's most impressive landscape. Located 50 minutes' drive from the hotel to Rossaveal, and 40 minutes' ferry ride. Serviced by a number of main agents who provide coach-and-ferry tickets, or ferry-only tickets. Pick-ups are made from the hotel. Approximately €25 return per adult. Cars cannot be taken.
National Aquarium, located one mile from city in Salthill. 25-minute walk or five-minute drive from the hotel. Accessible by bus route from outside the hotel.
Located outside Oughterard, these are Ireland's only show mines. 30 minutes' drive from the hotel.
Located just outside Oranmore, this park surrounds a stately home. 15 minutes' drive from the hotel and admission is free.
Home of the Irish Benedictine nuns. Located on the N59 in north Connemara. One-hour drive from the hotel.
Admission is free and it is located just outside Letterfrack in Connemara.
On the route from Galway to Dublin.
Discover the 300-year-old Irish tradition of china making at this historic 17th century mansion. Two miles from Galway city centre on the N6 to Dublin.
A centre devoted to horses, with horse riding, galleries and illustrations of horses through Ireland's history. About 40 minutes' drive from Galway on the N6 Galway to Dublin route.
For more information on things to see and do in Galway, visit the Discover Ireland website