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48hrs in Galway

You’ve got just 48hr in Galway, what are the top recommendations of things to do and the must-see highlights on any short trip to Galway?

Who better to ask than our Julia – she’s the smiling face you meet when you arrive after your journey with the best tips and advice on making the most of your experience in Galway City.

We had a wonderful stay at the Residence Hotel in Galway. All the desk staff were friendly and accommodating to us, providing wonderful information on local things to do and see. Especially Julia, she was ahhhhmaaaazing!!!”

Option 1:

Take The Wild Atlantic Way Tour to The Cliffs of Moher and The Aran Islands, this is a fully guided tour, that allows you to visit the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher in a single! The full day tour but a great way to see both sites with the bonus of a guided scenic cruise beneath the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, as you return from the Aran Islands.

After a busy day, unwind in our very own, award-winning 1520 Bar with a casual dinner and cocktails. Recently voted the ‘Best Hotel Bar in Ireland‘ with the Irish Hotel Awards – it’s a must when in Galway!

1520 Bar – Best Hotel Bar in Ireland

Option 2:

You could take a free walking tour from outside the Skeffington Arms in the morning. These take you on a whistlestop walking tour of the sites of Galway City, with a mix history, legend, theatre, conversation, laughter into one eventful walk around Galway City.

Followed by a leisurely lunch in An Púcán. An Púcán is a genuine, great craic, proud to be Irish Bar, located on the corner of Eyre Square with a reputation for great food.

The Galway City Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon, with three floors of exciting exhibitions that take you through the rich archaeology, history and sea science of Galway – with fantastic views overlooking the Corrib and across to The Claddagh.

Stretch your legs with a nice stroll out to The Salthill Promenade, a 3km stroll through The Claddagh and along the spectacular coast, overlooking Galway Bay and The Burren.

Sunset on Galway Bay from Salthill Promenade

Return for dinner and drinks at Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour -a very stylish and elegant bar stocking over 500 Gins from around the world!

Hyde Bar & Gin Parlour

Option 3

You could alternatively, escape the city for the day and take a Day Trip to Connemara with the Wild Atlantic Way day tours and explore the hidden gems of Connemara with it’s spectacular scenery.

Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

Then the evening, enjoy an unforgettable entertainment experience that is Trad on the Prom, Ireland’s Number 1 Music, Song & Dance Experience

Trad on the Prom

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