Oozing Irish culture and heritage, Galway is filled with historic streets offering an abundance of Irish bars, pubs, restaurants, independent stores and more. Learn about Galway’s history and culture in the museums and galleries, enjoy the fantastic view over Galway bay or explore further afield and immerse yourself in the incredible landscapes and natural beauties that Ireland has to offer.

What's on in Galway

16 - 22 December
The Galway Christmas Market will take up residence in Eyre Square in the centre of the city again this Christmas season. The market promises to be a highlight of the Christmas Season and will make for a wonderful attraction for visitors young and old!

24 January
Cork comedian Chris Kent returns with his 6th solo show Looking Up. Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad and trying to grow a beard.

Staff Recommends

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 as well as  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.

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