What to see in Galway in one day [GUIDE + ITINERARY + MAP]

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Welcome to Galway! The one that has undoubtedly become one of our favourite cities in Ireland. Galway has the mega atmosphere of an Irish city with its pubs, its street music and its taverns full of people. And yes, I confess, as I write this post I can’t stop looping the song What to See on Galway: Lynch’s Castle.

This urban castle was built in the 15th century and stands out for its stone fa莽ade, with its coats of arms and gargoyles. The ground floor can currently be visited during bank opening hours (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 and Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00) where the panels explain the history and architecture of the building in detail.

Galway Market

How we love markets! And the truth is that it was a pity that our visit was not a Saturday that is when they mount this wonderful market between Shop Street and Market Street.

Fruits, cheeses, flowers, vegetables, gourmet products… If you are lucky enough to visit the city on the weekend, don’t forget to stroll through this market, enjoy the smells and, of course, make a purchase 馃槈

Shop Street

This is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric streets in Galway. So you have to walk through it, live it and listen to it, because in addition to its endless shops, pubs and restaurants, it’s not uncommon for you to find street musicians putting a soundtrack to your walk. Be sure to check out all the colourful facades, which make this street one of the most lively areas we visit in Ireland.

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St. Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland. Although it is true that what we see today was built much later, the first sections of the church date back to 1320. So imagine the stories he’s lived through in his 700 years of history.

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This church is known above all because it is said that Christopher Columbus prayed here in 1477 before leaving in one of his attempts to reach the New World.

It is open to the public all day, every day, so you can visit it without any problem.

Barrio Latino, one of the most beautiful areas to see in Galway

Galway’s Latin Quarter stretches from the Spanish Arch to the O’Brien Bridge and St. Nicholas Church to Middle Street, and features many excellent examples of the city’s medieval heritage. It is home to many of the city’s best-known shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels, along with other historic buildings not to be missed during your visit.

Located right next to Cross Street, in Kirwan’s small alley you’ll find the best of Galway’s medieval heritage. It is in the center of the area that was originally within the city walls, and is named after Kirwan by one of the fourteen ‘tribes’ of Galways, the families who ruled the city for several centuries.

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It is now home to wonderful bohemian-style cafes, restaurants and even craft shops. You can’t leave Galway without walking down this lovely street.

Spanish Arch, one of the most curious things to see in Galway

Located on the left bank of the Corrib River, The Spanish Arch is one of Galways’ historic jewels, dating back to the city’s pre-medieval era.

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The Spanish Arch was built in 1584, but it is an extension of the city wall built in the 12th century. Its curious name is believed to be a reference to the ancient trade with Spain and the Spanish galleons, which often docked here. In medieval times, European ships carrying wine and spices sold their products directly on the docks.

The Long Walk

And to finish off this beautiful tour of Galway, you can’t miss the Long Walk area, with its colorful cottages and beautiful views of the sea.

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What to see in Galway if you have plenty of time

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Where to Eat in Galway

It’s not going to be difficult to find a place to eat great in Galway, because the centre is full of pubs and restaurants with a great gastronomic offer, especially when it comes to fish and seafood (as they know it).

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On the Galway map we have left you, as always, several options to eat and drink. We had dinner that night at The Seafood Bar at Kirwan’s, a charming restaurant where we dined in luxury. We took a seafood chowder to share (it’s like a seafood cream), some mussels (I’m a mussel junkie) and a pasta with seafood and paid 49.85 euros in total. Without a doubt, we would repeat, although there are so many options for lunch and dinner in Galway that perhaps you would try another 馃槈

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Where to Sleep in Galway

Galway was our base on the fourth stage of our route through Ireland. And as we were going with the car, we looked for a hotel in the outskirts so that the parking was not a problem. We stayed at Rose House, the home of a super friendly lady who rents rooms to travelers.

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The bed was sprung so it was quite uncomfortable, but the room and the house were very cool. In addition, the neighborhood where the house is located is very cool and the owner is super friendly, so we wouldn’t mind repeating if we came back. We pay 51 euros for one night.

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