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Sightseers & Culture Seekers

  • If you are looking for what to do in Galway while you are visiting, we have put together a list of local tourist attractions and activities in Galway.

  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Garden

    Known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey, located in Connemara, Co. Galway is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland.

    Perfect for a family day out and easily accessible from Galway or Mayo, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms.

    Open all year, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens Connemara is also popular for day tours from Galway and Mayo, school tours and group visits.
    Discounted tickets available for hotel residents - available from reception.

  • Galway City Museum

    Situated in the city centre behind the historic Spanish arch.

    The Galway City Museum tells the story of Galway's history from medieval times to present but also offers you spectacular views of the Claddagh and Galway Bay.

    Take a Virtual Tour through the Medieval Streets of Galway  - View Video 

  • Connemara National Park

    The breathtaking landscapes, rugged hills and captivating colours of Connemara are an experience never to be forgotten, it is a landscape of lakes and mountains, dominated by the purples and browns of the surrounding bog-land.

    A one-hour drive will take you from the hotel, through Connemara as far as Kylemore Abbey. Here you can take in the walled gardens and displays featuring the cultural heritage of the region. Our team can arrange entrance into this iconic visitor attraction at preferential rates; it is also an ideal place to stop for lunch. Just 4km from Kylemore Abbey is Connemara National Park, where the Loop Walk (1.5km) is a perfect way experience the topography of the Bog-land at first hand before heading back to the Galway City Centre and Harbour Hotel.

    There are a host of outdoor activities in Galway to cater to all tastes, walking along Salthill Prom or through the unique scenery of Connemara. Enjoy sailing with the famous Galway Hookers, golfing, horse riding, fishing and cruises through Galway Bay or to the Aran Islands. Our team are happy to lend their expert local knowledge to assist you in making arrangements for any of these activities.

  • Bridgets Garden

    Bridget's Gardens is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    It is located off the main Galway – Clifden road (N59) about 20kms from Galway City. This is a Celtic garden that is themed on Celtic seasonal festivities with 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. There is a nature trail, ogham tree, children’s discovery trail, living willow play area and an ancient ring fort which all the family can enjoy. There is also a café and lots of events and other activities on offer.

    Address: Roscahill, Co. Galway
    Tel: +353 91 550905

  • Tribes Alive

    Tribes Alive

    Tribes Alive is a 60 minute dramatic walking tour through the winding medieval streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter.
    Presented in an engaging and humorous way, the tour in association with Failte Ireland returns for an extended run after a successful pilot last year. Written by Paraic Breathnach, directed by Rod Goodall and featuring local actors, the tour will visit nine of the city’s most historic landmarks including Blake’s Tower, Kirwan’s Lane, St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, The Hall of the Red Earl and Spanish Arch.
    Book online at www.myticketsireland.ie.
    Tickets also available from:
    Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick St & Lally Tours Office Forster St.
    ** Tour concludes 15 September.
    For more information visit www.thelatinquarter.ie or email info@thelatinquarter.ie
    Tickets €10* (*Accompanied U-14’s free).
    Tour departs from outside Blake’s Tower, near Jury’s Inn, Quay St.  
    2.30pm Mon - Fri until Fri 9 Aug; and then 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tues to Fri & also 2.30pm Sundays ‘til Sun 15 Sept
    Further details..