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.
4 - 12 May
The Galway Theatre Festival, now in it's 10th year, will take place throughout the city with the inclusion of more venues than before including An Taibhdhearc, Druid Lane Theatre, the Town Hall Theatre, and of course, the Nuns Island Theatre.
12 - 19 June
The Galway Sessions Festival returns celebrating Irish folk and traditional music and the music Irish emigrants brought with them across the world.
16 - 19 July
Running in parallel with the Galway International Arts Festival, the Galway Fringe Festival aims to provide a platform for local artists, writers, playwrights, poets, actors and musicians to perform and showcase new work.
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.