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Reasons to visit Galway in 2020…

So if you are planning a trip to Ireland in 2020, we’ve put together a list of Reasons to visit Galway in 2020

The European Capital of Culture

Galway is The European Capital of Culture for the year 2020. The year will see an extraordinary showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Galway’s culture and its people. A large opening ceremony is due to take place in February 2020, to launch the year long of activities with a programme of over 1200 events throughout the city and county.

Explore the full programme of events…

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture 2020

Voted 4th Best City in the World by Lonely Planet

Galway has been voted the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Loney Planet. Read a snippet from the Lonely Planets – Best in Travel for 2020, where we are delighted that Galway is included in “the best destinations, journeys and sustainable travel experiences for the year ahead.”

“Brilliantly bohemian Galway is arguably Ireland’s most engaging city. Here brightly painted pubs heave with live music and cafes offer front-row seats to watch buskers perform. And this year all that creative exuberance is being supercharged by events marking the Galway region’s role as a 2020 European Capital of Culture – the city’s calendar is as packed with activity as the bars are with locals on a Saturday night. Expect street spectacle, live and digital art as well as world-class music, theatre and dance. Sleep might have to wait – in Galway even the buskers play late into the night. Vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party. And you’re invited too.”


Wild Atlantic Way Driving Route

Galway is perfectly positioned on the West Coast of Ireland, midway along the spectacular driving route, The Wild Atlantic Way. “Brimming with enigmatic character, unmistakable atmosphere, unforgettable encounters and lasting memories...” Take the ultimate trip of a lifetime and experience spectacular scenery and dramatic coastlines. Galway is the perfect base to explore the region, with Connemara, The Cliffs of Moher and The Aran Islands all withing a couple of hours drive.

Winding, windswept, wondrous. These are just a few of the words that describe a road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. Want a few more? Try majestic, sublime or even mind-blowing.”


See Connemara in Green for St. Patricks

Connemara, County Galway, Ireland.

World-famous artist Kari Kola will set the Connemara Landscape alight in his creative light shows that will coincide with the St.Patricks Day celebrations. He has created light installations for several unique sites like UNESCO HQ, Stonehenge, Villa de Laak and Saana Mountain and now will turn his attention to the Connemara landscape as part of Galway 2020, The Europan Captial of Culture


Macnas are master storytellers who inspire and engage audiences by creating big, bold, visual shows and performances through world-class theatrical spectacle. Throughout next year Macnas will bring the story of Gilgamesh to the streets of Galway through the seasons. In Spring, the story unfolds, in Summer, two giants meet across the city. In Autumn, the production comes indoors and in Winter it closes with a spectacular event that will travel throughout city and county.


The Galway International Arts Festival

The Galway International Arts Festival will be one of the major highlights of a year of events being held in the city as part of Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture 2020.

The 43rd Galway International Arts Festival is expected to run from Monday July 13th to Sunday 26th 2020 and will feature a wealth of theatre, music, comedy, visual art, dance, and literary events from artists from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and of course Ireland and Galway.

Galway International Arts Festival, Highlights from 2019

Residence Hotel Galway

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