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Galway is a cozy town on the west coast of Ireland, an area of ​​magnificent scenery. You can enjoy lovely walks here and you can in the city of Galway too with its medieval streets, beautiful churches, colorful houses and much more that makes the trip memorable.

At the Galway Museum you can experience the history of the city, and from here you can easily walk around to the sights in the streets. The Latin Quarter with Kirwans Lane is a must during a visit where the lawns of Eyre Square and the houses along The Long Walk should be seen.

Galway's churches are also worth a stroll. The old St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church is one of Ireland's largest medieval parish churches, and the impressive Galway Cathedral stands as one of the newest, large stone cathedrals in Europe.

The West Irish city is also a good starting point for trips to impressive landscapes and monuments. The world-famous Cliffs of Moher are located to the southwest, and to the northwest you can see the beautiful building, Kylemore Abbey, which is located in a breathtaking landscape.

Other attractions

Spanish Arch, Galway

  • Spanish Arch: The Spanish Arch is the daily name for the two arches, Spanish Arch and Caoċ Arch, which are the remaining ones in Galway's so - called Front Wall from 1584. Front Wall was built to protect the city's harbor.
  • Galway Town Hall Theater: This theater building was erected in the 1820s as a courthouse. In 1901, the building with its monumental architecture was converted into a town hall and later into a theater.
  • Galway Courthouse: In 1812, Galway's courthouse was designed by architect Richard Morrison and subsequently built on Courthouse Square. The building still functions as a courthouse.

Lynch's Castle, Galway

  • Lynch's Castle: This bank building was commissioned by the Lynch family and built in several steps as a residence. The largest part of the fortified house dates from the 16th century and is today a beautiful architectural example from the Galway of that time.
  • Galway Museum: This is Galway's city museum and the place to get an interesting overview of Galway's history from the medieval city to the present day. At the museum there are various exhibitions with interesting themes and collections.
  • Forthill Graveyard: This cemetery is a place with an interesting history. In 1589 William Fitzwilliam ordered the execution of 300 Spaniards here, and in 1602 a fort was established, which was demolished again in 1643.

University Library, Galway

  • National University of Ireland, Galway: This is Galway's traditional university, which opened as Queen's College in 1849. Today it is a large educational institution with a beautiful main building, newer buildings as the library and various works of art in the area.
  • Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum: This small tower is one of Galway's lesser known sights. The tower was built as a fishing tower in 1853 and is today the museum of fishing in the Corrib River.

St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway

  • St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church: This church is one of Ireland's largest medieval parish churches. The oldest parts of the atmospheric building date from the 14th century. It is said that Christopher Columbus prayed in the church in 1477 before one of his attempts to sail to the New World to the west.
  • The Claddagh: This is a neighborhood located southwest of Galway city center. It was from the 400s a separate fishing village where the inhabitants sold their fish in Galway. You can go for some nice walks in The Claddagh and look across the water to Galway.
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Galway Cathedral

  • Galway Cathedral: This is an impressive Catholic cathedral, which was built 1958-1965 on the site of the city's former prison. The inspiration came from several styles of European architecture, and the 44 meter/144 foot high dome stands beautifully in the city skyline.

The Long Walk, Galway

  • The Long Walk: The Long Walk is the name of one of Galway's most famous streets. It is located down to the River Corrib and Galway Bay and it is known for the many houses painted in different colors.
  • Kirwans Lane: Kirwans Lane is one of the finest streets from old Galway in the so-called Latin Quarter. One can see beautiful buildings from the 1500s-1600s in Kirwans Lane, named after the Kirwan family.

Eyre Square, Galway

  • Eyre Square: This square is the center of Galway, and its history dates back to the Middle Ages, when there was a market square here. Today, the square is a lovely and well-used urban space, where residents enjoy the sun on the lawns. Eyre Square is officially named John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, and you can see a bust of the US President here.
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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

  • Cliffs of Moher: The beautiful coastal cliffs along the west coast of Ireland are one of the island's biggest attractions. The cliffs consist mostly of slate and sandstone, and they rise over 200 meters/650 feet up from the Atlantic Ocean. The most famous view is from O'Brien's Tower, which was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien as a lookout tower for the tourists of that time.

Kylemore Abbey, Galway

  • Kylemore Abbey: Kylemore Abbey is a beautifully situated Benedictine monastery founded on Kylemore Castle in 1920. The castle was built in the 1860s by Mitchell Henry and the convent was founded by Belgian nuns who had fled World War I. At the monastery you can see a fine Victorian garden.

Limerick, Ireland

  • Limerick: With around 100,000 inhabitants, the city of Limerick is one of the largest in the Republic of Ireland. It is located on the banks of the River Shannon, which forms a large estuary west of the city. Limerick is cozy for walks in the center and along Shannon. The highlights of the sights are St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and a walk down O'Connell Street.
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