Galway is many things to many people, but to locals, it is our home. Here at Residence Hotel, we love welcoming visitors because it means they get to experience it like we do – even if only for a little while.
How would a local recommend a great way to spend a day here? And how should you live your best tourist life? The team at Residence Hotel has put together a handy guide to help you explore our gorgeous city – and, most importantly, have a fantastic time.
Kit yourself out in some amazing Irish fashion from the Emerald Isle and start your stay in Galway with a cool new look – or try their array of food and beverage options to enhance your experience. Standún, based in Spiddal in Connemara, is brimming with fantastic clothing options, exquisite jewellery, and gorgeous gifts, from amazing designers. Give your Galway tourist wardrobe an authentic look with an Aran knitwear sweater, pick up some handwoven gear, or buy a beautiful bracelet as a reminder of your Galway escape. Plus, make sure you get an essential waterproof jacket to protect you from those unexpected downpours – trust us, you’ll need it!
Seaweed was once gathered by fishermen and transported from town to town over the waters of Galway Bay in boats like the famous Galway Hookers. Part of the fabric of traditional Galway life, it has become a luxury item and is used as part of relaxing and immersive experiences like the Seaweed Centre, a 36-mile jaunt from Galway City’s centre. You’ll easily unwind and have a fab time as you while away some time just being present in the moment. A uniquely enjoyable tourist experience – you owe it to yourself to make time for this.
Take a spin to the Ceardlann Craft Shop and Café where you’ll get to watch expert crafters and makers in full flow. Here, you’ll be transported to times gone by when Galway locals would fashion amazing results using their skill, knowledge, and flair. Stylish ceramics, artfully made glass ornaments, and charming jewellery are just a selection of the items you can see being brought to life here. After your visit, why not take in the sights around Spiddal, one of the most beautiful locations in Galway – perfect for a tourist excursion.
Saddle up and see Galway on a WeWheel Galway ebike. There are few better ways to take the City of Tribes in as a tourist than while pedalling around on a guided electric bike guided tour. You’ll see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, past historic sights, and enjoy scenic views that only our gorgeous city can offer. The WeWheel app means that you can take a self-guided route if that’s more your speed. Cycle along at your leisure, enjoy your time, and maybe even grab a coffee for the ride!