The Irish word for a lively evening is craic (pronounced crack) and it’s safe to say that the craic is mighty in Galway, Ireland. Galway city is known the world over for its proud Irish culture and lively pub evenings filled with music, storytelling and conversation.
Entertainment isn’t all this city on Ireland’s western coast has to offer. You’ll find plenty of history to wander through and it is a terrific base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way – from County Mayo to the north, through Connemara in the western part of the county, and south into Clare to the famed Cliffs of Moher. Traveling inland, you will discover magnificent monastic sites and fairy tale castles.
Though Galway doesn’t have an international airport, the city is just over an hour from Shannon Airport by bus or rental car, or 2-2.5 hours from Dublin by train, bus or rental car.
Our recommended hotels in Galway are as varied as the people you’ll see as you gambol along the city’s cobblestone streets, but all promise the warm welcome, or céad míle fáilte, that Ireland is known for.