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Visit Galway: plan your trip

Nestled on Ireland's scenic west coast, the historic city of Galway, or Gaillimh in traditional Gaelic, is renowned for its vibrant culture and friendly, bustling streets. The brightly coloured buildings that adorn the water’s edge add real character to an already charismatic city, and there’s an excellent mix of traditional charm and contemporary culture.

 

Galway’s glorious seaside setting, medieval architecture and critically acclaimed food scene all add to its allure. Famed for its artistic outlook (Galway is a UNESCO City of Film), friendly locals, and up-tempo atmosphere, Galway doesn’t really do downtime – making it the perfect place for an action-packed visit, from day trips to weekend breaks.

 

Book your ferry trip to Ireland today, and start planning your visit to Galway using this handy city guide.

 

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The following ferry routes offer a direct link to Ireland:

 

Holyhead - Dublin Port

Fishguard - Rosslare

Liverpool - Belfast

Cairnryan - Belfast

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Nestled on Ireland's scenic west coast, Galway is renowned for its vibrant culture and bustling streets.


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Galway Brasserie
Brasserie on the Corner

Brasserie on the Corner offers a great choice of lunch, evening and Sunday meals, ranging from sizzling seafood to sumptuous steaks. It’s won a plethora of awards over the years, so is certainly worth a visit during your stay in Galway.
Eglington Street

Oscars Seafood bistro
Oscar’s Seafood Bistro

With fresh, seasonal specials on a daily basis and hearty, satisfying portions, Oscar’s never disappoints. This is a fish restaurant with a difference, with really imaginative dishes. As you’d hope, the seafood is sourced from local fishermen and fishmongers and caught off the Galway coast.
Upper Dominick Street

O'Gradys
O Grady’s on the Pier

Based in the village of Barna (just a 10-minute drive from Galway), O’Grady’s on the Pier is the perfect place for all occasions. It offers high quality local seafood and fine meat dishes in a fabulous setting, with striking views of Galway Bay.
Seapoint, Barna