Galway City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city on the west coast of Ireland. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and long winding promenade, it also has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café / bar culture. Right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, the city has a reputation for artistic creativity and an infectious up-tempo vibe that’s played out in a full calendar of festivals and events. From music and horseracing to literature and oysters – Galway knows how to celebrate.
Galway has been voted the 'friendliest' and 'most charming' city by a number of global publications. Galway is a place like no other. Set on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the broad sweep of Galway Bay, Galway is as distinctive as it is beautiful. We are renowned as a place where arts and culture are celebrated, reinterpreted and shared with the world.
Lonely Planet magazine has ranked Galway among the Top 5 Cities in the World for 2020. According to their global travel index, 'brilliantly bohemian' Galway is Ireland's most engaging city. Lonely Planet focused its praise on the city's culture and creativity, as the county, city prepares for Galway's year as European Capital of Culture 2020: 'Vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party.'
'Ireland’s Most Charming City' - New York Times
The New York Times has described Galway ‘Ireland's Most Charming City’! The newspaper's travel section, states that 'Galway might be Ireland’s most charming city: compact, walkable and filled to the brim with independent shops and restaurants. Cozy, old-fashioned pubs showcase the city’s ever-growing selection of craft beers, chefs serve up west-of-Ireland ingredients in creative new ways, and almost every building housing a modern cafe or new atelier has a centuries-old story behind it. It’s not a city in which to hustle; rather, it’s one in which to enjoy a locally brewed pint, relish the excellent seafood and get your fill of views of the rushing River Corrib as it sweeps out to Galway Bay.’ (Author, Nell McShane Wulfhart.)