Arts & Culture Galway

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Arts & Culture Galway

From Latin Quarter and Eyre Square to the great Galway Outdoors, you'll have plentiful when it comes to things to do and see in Galway! 

MUST-VISIT CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

 

THE GALWAY CITY MUSEUM, GALWAY CITY

Galway Museum

Ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland. Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots.
 
 

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KYLEMORE ABBEY, CONNEMARA

Kylemore Abbey

Visit the abbey with its beautifully restored period rooms and fascinating visitor experience and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower, vegetable and her gardens. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000 acre estate.
Residence Hotel Guests get a special discount of 20% to visit Kylemore Abbey when booking online. Use Promo Code 'ResidenceHotel20' to avail the offer.
 

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ARAN ISLANDS

Aran Islands

Filled with traditional Irish culture, the islands offer breath-taking scenery, ecclesiastical ruins and world-renowned stone forts. Each of the Islands, Inis Oírr, Inis Meain and the largest Inis Mór has its own individual character and is a favourite for biking. These three rocky limestone outcrops are a bastion of traditional language, culture, music and history on the edge of Europe. Regular music sessions, lively dances, traditional crafts, sea-going currachs and the wonderfully warm and welcoming Atlantic spirit, are inimitable parts of Aran.
 
Travelling to Aran Island from Galway City: Book with Aran Island Ferries
 

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MV PLASSY, ARAN ISLANDS

MV Plassey Shipwreck

An exploratory landmark, the iconic MV Plassey  is a long-abadoned boat in the wilds of the Aran Islands. She also features in the opening credits of the popular comedy series, Fr Ted and is a “must see” for visitors to this, the smallest of the three Aran Islands.
 
 
 

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN GALWAY

 

GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, 2021

Galway International Arts Festival

The annual art festival that boasts a collision of artists, musicians, actors, writers etc. should definitely be on your checklist! This year, GIAF will take place from 28 August - 18 September 2021 and will include an exciting hybrid programme of live and online events!
 
 

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PREMIERE OF 'MEDICINE', 2021

Medicine

Landmark Productions & GIAF will be presenting the Irish premiere of 'MEDICINE' written and directed by Enda Walsh, starring Clare Barrett, Aoife Duffin and Domhnall Gleeson, with Sean Carpio at The Black Box Theatre Galway from the 2nd September - 18th Septempber, 2021 (In-Person). 
 
 

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RUN GALWAY BAY, 2021

Galway International Arts Festival

Galway as the midway point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Run Galway Bayrace route takes you along the shores of the iconic Galway Bay. This year, it takes place on Saturday, October 2nd 2021 at Nimmo’s Pier, Claddagh, Galway.
 
 

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GALWAY RACES, 2021

Galway Races

Galway Racecourse plays host to one of the greatest race meetings in the world! The iconic Galway Races Summer Festival takes place this year from Monday 26th July to Sunday 1st August 2021. Known as ‘race week’ locally, the Festival traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over Ireland and worldwide.
 
 

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