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Visit Galway and be catapulted back to medieval Ireland! Characterised by charming cobble-stoned streets and stunning architecture including the beautiful Spanish arch, it is easy to fall in love with this picturesque city. Renowned for its friendly people, fantastic shopping and vibrant nightlife, Galway is the perfect destination for a city break. Feel the pressures and strains of everyday life slip away as you are greeted with a relaxed, bohemian vibe that is unique to Galway. And while there is plenty to see and do in the city, if you do feel like going further afield and discovering some hidden gems that this part of the world has to offer then we have some tips for you!
Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument ShopBodhran by Wikimedia / CC 3.0 (image size has been modified)
Ever wondered how Ireland’s wide variety of beautiful musical instruments are made? Malachy Kearns will show you first hand as he stretches the sheep skin across a bodhran, or puts the finishing touches to a finely-tuned fiddle.
The cosy old shop located in Roundstone in the heart of Connemara is home to a huge selection of traditional Irish instruments and nic-nacs for the whole family.
Dogs BayDogs Bay by Wikimedia / CC 3.0 (image size has been modified)
For a secret escape to two of the most beautiful strands Galway has to offer, head off the beaten track to Dogs Bay or Gurteen Bay in Connemara.
These secluded beaches could be your quiet little secret, with few visitors, beautiful sights and even sand dunes to shelter the breeze.
Dunguaire Castle BanquetDunguaire Castle by Geograph.ie / CC 2.0 (image size has been modified)
Leap back through time into the age of old and dine like a true medieval knight. Visit Dunguaire Castle where you can enjoy a mighty feast in an authentic setting featuring intimate bench seating, dim candlelight and long oak tables.
Guests can savour a goblet of mead in the inner quarter while mingling with the ladies of the castle, listen to castle singers or let superb artists inspire you with extracts chosen from the works of great literary writers such as Yeats, Shaw, O’Casey and Synge.