Our city is a playground of activity for everyone to enjoy – and the best thing is that there are lots of free activities to enjoy in Galway. That means you can plan lots without needing to tap your card or reach into your wallet – just another reason to make the City of Tribes your choice for an excellent stay away. So, join us as we run through some of the top things to do for free in Galway.
Explore the Colourful Streets
There’s always an excuse to parade through the streets of Galway. Their colour, charm, and constant hive of activity mean you’re sure to be drawn to them as you enjoy your stay at Residence Hotel. As you breeze through Quay Street, you’ll be enchanted by its cobbled streets which conjure images of times gone by, and you’ll be won over by the easy-going ambience. As you wind your way up Shop Street, you’ll see the artists working on their canvasses, and you’ll enjoy performances from lots of talented musician buskers. There are lots of other charming alleys and little thoroughfares to enjoy for their own sake, like Kirwan’s Lane which is one of the few remaining medieval lanes in Galway. All in all, Galway is great for a walkabout as you take in the air.
Visit the Many Famous Landmarks
One of the great things about Galway is the fact that you can see so many of the city’s iconic landmarks free of charge. It’s far from a pricey continental entrance fee we were reared in Galway! The red-sailed Galway Hooker fountain in Eyre Square is a must-see and offers a great photo opportunity. Browne Doorway in Eyre Square is another historical landmark that showcases a sliver of our Galway Tribes history. Spanish Arch, The Claddagh, the Salmon Weir Bridge, and the Cathedral are just a few of the other landmarks that we think you should definitely visit.
Devour the Galway City Museum’s History
Speaking of free entry, you can explore so much at the Galway City Museum, located right beside The Long Walk – and all completely free of charge. Whether you’re a history buff or not, you’re sure to be blown away by all the detail, fascinating facts, and unearthed secrets on offer here. The staff are always introducing new exhibits, so you’re bound to find something that piques your interest no matter what time of year you visit the Galway City Museum.
Stroll on a Beach in Salthill
A short bike ride from Quay Street to Salthill will deliver you some of the most beautiful beaches that the West of Ireland has to offer. Here, you’re welcome to pop your shoes off, feel the sand between your toes, and pad around with the sound of the sea as your soundtrack. From here, you’ll be able to look out across Galway Bay and enjoy panoramic views, a true sight to behold, especially if you’re looking to take in a sensational sunset or sunrise.