Arts & Culture Galway
From the Latin Quarter and Eyre Square to the Great Galway Outdoors, you'll have plenty to see and do. Have a look at our list of must-visit locations.
THE GALWAY CITY MUSEUM, GALWAY CITY
Ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland, Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in archaeology, history and sea science. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots!
KYLEMORE ABBEY, CONNEMARA
Visit the Abbey with its beautifully restored Victorian 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 meticuolusly restored garden buildings, as well as its formal flower, vegetable and herb gardens. Go on a quiet woodland or lakeshore walk that will take you on a calming journey through the Abbey's 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.
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 of the three) Inis Mór, have their own individual character and are a favourite for biking trails. 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 all unique parts of the Aran Islands making them more than worth a visit!
Travelling to Aran Island from Galway City: Book with Aran Island Ferries
MV PLASSY, ARAN ISLANDS
An exploratory and historical landmark, the iconic MV Plassey is a long-abadoned boat on the Finnis Rock of Inisheer Island, grounded over 60 years ago. She features in the opening credits of the iconic Irish comedy series called 'Father Ted', and it is a must-see stop for all visitors who travel to the smallest of the three Aran Islands.
Upcoming Events In Galway
GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, 2021
The annual Arts Festival boasts a collision of artists, musicians, actors, writers, and more, so this year's events should definitely be on your checklist! GIAF 2021 will take place from 28 August - 18 September 2021 and will include an exciting hybrid programme of live and online events for the attention of a varied audience and tastes! Use our Promo Code 'GIAFHOTEL2021'to avail 10% discount on full price tickets.
PREMIER OF 'MEDICINE' 2021
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).
RUN GALWAY BAY 2021
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.
GALWAY RACES 2021
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.
GALWAY WALKING FESTIVAL 2021
Walking lovers unite, as Galway Tour Guides Association in partnership with Galway City Council will host the first ever Walking Festival in the city this July! This Festival will see 16 tour guides telling stories, from Coole Park in Gort through the streets of Galway City and onto the Western Lakes Geo Park. The Festival runs from the 9th to the 25th of July and there are over 25 walks organised for you to choose from.