Galway is renown for its
Geographical features, including its
Twelve Bens dominating the
There are many islands off the coast with the
being the main attraction. Galway
has lots of freshwater
with trout, salmon and coarse fish in abundance.
has several blue flag
The largest beaches are found in Connemara.
Galway is also home to the greatest array of
castles in Ireland, some in ruin, but some
some of the main attractions in County Galway.
Town with Arts and Heritage Centre
Athenry, a medieval town situated 23km from Galway City is
steeped in history. Founded in the 13th century by Meiler
de Birmingham, who surrounded the town with a curtain wall
with towers and a moat. It is the only walled town in Ireland
whose still-intact walls are clearly visible to the approaching
Aran Islands - located in Galway
Situated at the mouth of Galway bay. Day
trips available from Galway and Clare coasts.
Organised tours available on the Islands.
Visit the cottage where J.M. Synge, the well-known Anglo-Irish
author and playwright stayed and took the theme of The Playboy
of the Western World.
of Aughrim Interpretative Centre
Aughrim, Ballinasloe - on the main Galway - Dublin
Relive the bloodiest battle in Irish history fought in a
small Connaught village.
Move back in time and place to that fateful day in 1691 through
an audio-visual show based
on the moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought
at the Battle of Aughrim.
St. Jarlaths Wheel - Tuam
Located beside the Catholic Cathedral in the North Galway
town of Tuam.
Tuam is also home to a 13th century parish church
ruins and graveyard, located at Teampall Jarlath, High St.
Galway Bay offer a range of activities from
sailing, fishing, diving and cruises to the
Islands of Aran and Inishbofin. Or simply drive along the coast road from Galway to Spiddal and view
the splendour of Galway Bay.
Later in the day one can experience the famed in song 'Sun
go down on Galway Bay'.
Continuing West takes one into the Twelve Bens of Connemara
Carraroe, Connemara, Galway. 2 miles from Rossaveal Harbour
Located in the heart of Connemara, Seawinds Nurseries and
Tropical Butterfly Centre offers a unique experience in family
entertainment, regardless of weather. Set amid the lush splendour
of a tropical enclosure, you can see hundreds of free flying
exotic butterflies in their natural environment.
Square - Galway City
Eyre Square (renamed John F Kennedy
Park) ; an open green park where
on can relax or view the many attractions,
the Statue of Paraic O'Connaire ; erected in 1935 in memory
of the writer who travelled the roads with his horse and
cart. Best remembered for M'asal Beag Dubh. Died 1928
Lane - Galway City
Kirwan's Lane (off Quay Street) is one of Galway's last remaining
late Mediaeval Lanes and has been recently redeveloped as
a residential area. It was here that the Galway MP Richard
Martin built a 100-seater theatre for his actress wife in
1783. Among those who acted there was the republican patriot,
Clifden in West Galway
The location of the landing of the first Trans-Atlantic air
crossing by Alcock and Brown. A very scenic part of Ireland.
- Galway Hooker Boats
Kinvara hosts an annual festival to celebrate those unique
sea boats each year. Always a selection of the old style
Hooker boats on view. Those boats were used to transport
turf in bygone days.
The great semi-fortifed house at Portumna was built before
1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde.
There are exhibitions in the castle and Gate House.
Located close to Gort, on the Galway Road, the former home
of Lady Gregory, a founder of the Abbey Theatre and friend
of William Butler Yeats. The house no longer stands, but
the estate is now a national nature reserve. The garden of
the house, with its yew walk and autograph tree is preserved.
Carved on the autograph tree, among others are the signatures
of John Masefield, George Bernard Shaw and Sean O'Casey.
Attractions include nature trails, walks, a lake and
Once the former summer home of W.B. Yeats this restored Norman
tower house was purchased by Yeats in 1916. In 1965 the tower
was opened to the public. An audio visual presentation and
push button audio narratives in the rooms are available in
the tower, which is open to the public from Easter to October.
Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Daily demonstrations. You have the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and view for yourself a Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies are available to buy on the farm.
Turoe Pet Farm
Located close to Loughrea, in a beautiful rural setting,
Turoe Pet Farm provides great attractions for young and old,
native and tourist! Excellent facilities are provided catering
for individual, family and group needs. The renown Turoe
Stone is also closeby.
Located in Kinvara, Dunguaire Castle was built by the O'Hynes
in 1520. The clans association with the castle dates back
as far as 662AD when their ancestor Guaire, King of Connnacht,
ruled his kingdom from an earthwork rath close to the present
castle site. Richhad Martyn, Mayor of Galway, acquired the
castle in the seventeenth century and it was subsequently
purchased by Oliver Saint John Gogarty. During his tenure
the castle was the venue for meetings of the literary revivalists,
led by W.B Yeats. The bardic tradition which Yeats believed
in, is reflected in the Medieval Banquet held every night.
Located in Tuam, this is the last surviving corn mill in
the Tuam area. It closed as a working mill in 1964 - its
machinery is still in place, however, so visitors can view
the old milling process.
This mill played a vital part in the life of the local community
and a voluntary committee opened it as a museum in 1974.
It also serves as a seasonal tourist information office.