Galway – Fun Days Out

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Fun Days Out Guide to Galway

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We’ve put this small guide together because apart from the pleasures of browsing and shopping in the many shopping centers, malls, and side streets of Galway Town Centre, – stopping to explore some intriguing, historical nooks & crannies; or captivated by a piece of great of street entertainment, there are many other activities to consider undertaking while here!


Ourselves- we’re so keen on the simplicity of beautiful walks that abound all around Galway itself. For instance, along the delightful town canals; or over at Riverside/Woodquay; or over at the University & its campus & boat clubs; and of course, out at Salthill & Blackrock! One of the great quiet pleasures everyone does locally at all hours of the day and night is to simply head out the door and go for a walk! All of these are so easygoing, relaxing or invigorating – as much as you want. From The Crescent – walk into town. Or catch the bus to Eyre Square, and make your way over to the Riverside area at Woodquay. At the water’s edge, enjoy the flocks & gaggles of ducks, geese & swans, and on college afternoons observe the oarsmen launch their boats to begin their practice runs up-river. Take a moment to look at the great expanse of water collecting here – this is the River Corrib as it pours downwards from the lake – Lough Corrib. Now follow this over and through to the Salmon Weir Bridge – heading behind Galway’s Court House and towards Galway Cathedral, and cast your mind to the bounty of fresh wild salmon that regularly swim their way up here – up and over the large Weir to get to their spawning grounds up in the great lake. Enjoy the fantastical tumult of water under and over the old Weirs, where the River Waters meet their wilder cousin, the tidal Sea Waters! No need yet to cross over the Salmon Weir Bridge to the Cathedral yet, as you can slip to one side at Newtownsmyth, and go through the stone entrance archway to the canal-side walkways. These beautiful walkways weave their way through the town centre, following the broiling or peaceful flow of waters (depending on rainfall and tidal behaviors) until it all emerges in great currents at Wolfe Tone Bridge. And off out to the sea at the Spanish Arch! Just across from here is the Claddagh – Galway oldest and most original fisherman’s village, where kings of seafaring families have lived for many generations. At the Claddagh Basin, you can observe regular tidal movements by watching the water levels rise or drop, and for the engineers amongst you, explore one of Nimmo’s great piers shielding the inner waters from the force of Atlantic storms. From this point – near the Dominican Priory & Church, is the beginning of a quite stunning, and on some days bracing, 2 mile walk along direct seafront promenades to Salthill & Blackrock. Perhaps for returning to on another day! Together with soaking in the fresh sea air and exercise of all these walks, you will have earned a wonderful hot dinner somewhere afterwards.

1. Galway Greyhound Stadium – Old Sports Ground, College Road, Galway

With stadia throughout Ireland boasting excellent facilities combined with fun & food, as well as topclass racing… we are sure you will want to come back again and again (and again)! For a novel way to celebrate a family birthday or special occasion – click here for more details

2. Killary Adventure Co – Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway

We specialise in exciting outdoor activities, for beginners and experts from ages 8 to 80. With superb accommodation the purpose-built K2 Centre, there is room for everyones budget and taste. Climb Irelands highest rope course, brave the bungee jump.

3. City Limits – Oranmore, Galway

City Limits is the ultimate in family entertainment, an emporium of indoor adventure for all ages. Activities include City Bowl, Bonkers, Zero Limits, Laser Quest, Tobyco Arcade, Snooker and Pool and the Amazania Restaurant. We have a range of package – click here for more details

4. Athenry Castle – Athenry, Co Galway

The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition – click here for more details

5. Athenry Heritage Centre – St. Marys, The Square, Athenry, Galway

Athenry Heritage Centre brings this Medieval Town to life using models, storyboards and audiovisual touch screen to celebrate and interpret the towns medieval past. The Heritage Centre, situated in the ruins of the Medieval St. Marys Parish Chur – click here for more details

6. Battle of Aughrim Visitor Centre – Aughrim, Ballinasloe, Galway

Visitors can discover the original Twelfth of July and the roots of Irelands turbulent history at this award-winning centre. The Battle of Aughrim – heard by the citizens of Galway over 35miles away was the final battle of the War of the Two kings Ja – click here for more details

7. Cleggan Riding Centre – Cleggan, Galway

The Cleggan Beach Riding Centre is an approved riding school and is Connemaras most renowned beach trekking centre. Our facilities include A variety of beach trekking available – Mountain treks – Our most popular ride is our 3 hour trek – click here for more details

8. Clonboo Riding School – Clonboo, Corrandulla, Co Galway

Clonboo Riding School, established in 1984, is only 15 minutes drive from Galway City, but in the heart of Corrib Country. All standards of riders, both beginners and advanced, are very welcome. Height and weight restrictions apply. We offer tuition – click here for more details

9. Connemara Heritage and History Centre – Lettershea, Clifden, Co Galway

This award winning heritage centre offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Whether you visit for an hour, an afternoon or stay in our accommodation you will leave with memories to trears click here for more details

10. Connemara Trail – Aille Cross, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Your adventure through Connemara will be guided by Willie Leahy and his family, quintessential Irish horsemen. Willie Leahy was the first man to lead a vacation trail ride, anywhere in the world. Willie is the largest breeder of Connemara ponies – click here for more details

11. Coole Park – Gort, Co Galway

Coole Park, now a nature reserve, was the home of Lady Augusta Gregory dramatist, and co-founder with Edward Martyn and W.B. Yeats of the Abbey Theatre. Attractions include exhibitions, tea-rooms, nature trail walks, the famous “Autograph Tree”, and – click here for more details

12. Corrib Cruises – Oughterard, Galway.

We offers pleasure cruises on Lough Corrib, Irelands largest lake and one of the cleanest and scenic in Europe. A cruise through this unique waterway is a must while visiting the West of Ireland. In 1977 Corrib Cruises began operating on Lough – click here for more details

13. Creagh Equestrian Centre – Newton Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

There is nothing like the feeling of riding in beautiful, serene settings like those found in wonderful Ballinasloe. Opening Times & Lesson Prices Please contact us for further details. – click here for more details

14. Dartfield Horse Museum – Dartfield, Kilreekhill, Loughrea, Co. Galway

“Spend a day at Dartfield and discover an interest that could last a lifetime”. Dartfield Horse Museum and Park is a purpose built facility dedicated to telling the 5000 year old story of mans relationship with the horse. Exhibits include farm

15. Duffy Equestrian Centre – Rockwood, Claregalway, Co. Galway

Please contact us to arrange a booking. – click here for more details

16. Errislannan Manor Riding Centren – Keeraunmore, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

If you want to ride Connemara ponies this is the place to come. It is one of the most highly regarded Connemara Pony Studs in Ireland and these sturdy and active ponies are the perfect mounts for exploring the moorland, hills and beaches around the c – click here for more details

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17. Feeneys Equestrian Centre – Bushypark, Galway

Irish Tourist Board approved. Specialists in equestrian holidays. Large outdoor arena. Unaccompanied children welcome Opening Times & Lesson Prices Please contact the centre for further details. – click here for more details

18. Galway Atlantaquaria – Seapoint Promenade, Salthill, Galway 

Galway Atlantaquaria is the National Aquarium of Ireland and one of the West of Irelands premier attractions. It is home to 170 marine and freshwater species. Highlights include seahorses, stingrays, sharks and an enormous skeleton of a Fin Whale. Th – click here for more details

19. Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre – Merlin Park, Dublin Road, Galway

At the Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre you are invited to experience a guided heritage tour and specially commissioned film on Galway, City of the Tribes, and the jewel of Irelands West Coast. Join us in a celebration of this ancient citys rich and – click here for more details

20. Galway Omniplex Cinemas – Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway.

Boasting the latest in projection and digital sound technology, Omniplex Cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities. Stadium seating in all screens with superbly comfortable seats and more than ample leg room provide patrons with – click here for more details

21. Glencree Riding Stables – Lackagh, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

Come along and experience the beauty of Galway on horse-back Opening Times & Session Prices Please contact us for further details. – click here for more details

22. Glengowla Mines – Glengowla Silver & Lead Mines, Oughterard, County Galway

Glengowla Mines is a Historic 19th Century Silver and Lead Mine, situated in Oughterard, County Galway and is in fact, Irelands ONLY Show Mine! It is a remarkable and impressive example of how part of our valuable industrial heritage has been reclaim – click here for more details

23. Kinvara Riding Centre – Kinvara, Co. Galway

A wide range of options available from beginner to advanced. Opening Times & Lesson Prices Please contact us for further details. – click here for more details

24. Kylemore Abbey – EXCELLENT!

Kylemore Abbey is the Monastic home of the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland. A visit to Ireland, and especially to the West of Ireland and Connemara is not complete without experiencing the beauty and tranquillity that is Kylemore Abbey & Garden. – click here for more details

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25. Laragan Stables – Aughrismore, Cleggan, Co Galway

From beach rides to 1-2 hour Treks to Omey Island and surrounding beaches in the Connemara countryside. Picnic rides by arrangement. Top-class horses and Connemara ponies are provided. Childrens lessons. Friendly qualified staff. Located 50 mile – click here for more details

26. Leisure World Galway – Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, Galway.

We offer something for everyone including: Ten Pin Bowling, Quasar 2000, Tumble Towers & Tumble Tots kids soft play arena, Astro-Turf Soccer pitches, American Pool, Snooker, and the very latest in Video Game Simulators Tumble Towers & Tumble Tots ki…

27. Marley Stables – Marley, Tuam, Co. Galway

Come along and join us for some lessons or simply a leisurely Trek. Opening Times & Lesson Prices Please contact the centre for further details. =

28. Monard Riding Club – Monard, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

Come along and join us for some lessons or simply a leisurely Trek. Opening Times & Lesson Prices Please contact the centre for further details. Monard Riding Club

29. Oranmore Omniplex Cinema – City Limits, Oranmore, Co Galway.

Boasting the latest in projection and digital sound technology, Omniplex Cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities. Stadium seating in all screens with superbly comfortable seats and more than ample leg room provide patrons with… – click here for more details

Are you hungry?


We can recommend the following as normally excellent for delivery of great food, a warm and responsive service, and overall happy dining experience. It is really important that you drop into these earlier in the day you hope to eat there, as they can become Very busy. It could also be useful to mention to head staff that we / Liz recommended you dine there . And if you can think to let us know on a small note before you leave what your experience was, we can keep an eye that it continues to be a good thing to recommend these few.

Trattoria on Quay Street – excellent Italian food, great pasta dishes, freshly cooked ciabatta; & seafood.

Rouge on Dominick Street – superb French approach to dining out, excellent simple menu and a fabulous selection of wines.

Lynch’s Café on Shop Street – very straightforward, but not to be missed for traditional, quick, self-service – all regular Irish family food hotplates throughout the day.

Java’s on Abbeygate Street – French-run, excellent fresh Mediterranean Salads; delicious coffee, and Carrot Cake to dream of!

Goya’s cakeshop & café – end of Kirwan’s Lane – very good coffee, teas & cakes!

Kai Restaurant & Café – Asian/ Fusion food – located at the end of Sea Road, just around the corner from The Crescent! By evening time the award-winning Chef specializing in delicious seafood is proving to be a superb dining experience and a big winner. Operates as a simpler café by day.

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