Galway – Fun Days Out

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Fun Days Out Guide to Galway

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We’ve put this Fun Days Out guide together for you, because in addition to the pleasures of browsing and shopping in the many shopping centres, malls, and side streets of Galway Town Centre and stopping awhile there to explore intriguing or historical nooks & crannies, or captivated by a piece of great of street entertainment, there are a great many other activities or Guided Trips & Tours to consider doing while here!


Ourselves – we’re keen on many simple & beautiful walks that abound all around Galway itself. For instance, along the delightful town canals. Or over at Riverside/Woodquay. Or through the old University and boat clubs at the eiverside. Or along its newer campus sites beside the River Corrib. Or delightful walks out at Salthill and Blackrock to catch the fresh sea airs.

One of the great daily pleasures for Galwegians is to head out the door and go for a walk! At all times of the day and night. All of these easy-going, relaxing and/or invigorating as much as you want.

A rainy day? – simply 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. Following this over and through to the Salmon Weir Bridge behind Galway’s Court House and towards Galway Cathedral, and cast your mind to the bounty of fresh wild salmon that historically swam their way up here – up and over the large Weir to get to their spawning grounds in the great lake above.

Enjoy the tumult of water under and over the old Weirs where the River flow weaves to meet its wilder cousin the tidal sea waters! No need to cross over the Salmon Weir Bridge yet (towards the Cathedral) as you can nip to one side at Newtownsmyth – through a stone archway there onto the canal-side boardwalk.

Following along on this, you can work your way through the town centre – alongside calmly flowing or broiling waters, depending on recent rainfall and tidal behaviour, emerging in the great currents at / under Wolfe Tone Bridge and off out to the sea at the Spanish Arch.

Just across from here is The Claddagh – Galway oldest, original Irishtown and seaman’s village, where seafaring kings and their families have lived continuously for many generations. At the Claddagh Basin itself, you can observe tidal movements by watching the water levels rise or drop, and for the engineers amongst you, explore one of Engineer Nimmo’s great piers shielding inner waters from the force of Atlantic storms.

From this point – near the Dominican Priory & Church, is the beginning of a wonderful and on some days bracing 2-mile walk along seafront promenades to the swimming pointsz of Salthill & Blackrock.

And this above is but a small taste to get you of getting started. Together with soaking in oodles of fresh sea air and the exercise of many enjoyable walks, you can recover over a wonderful hot dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants of Town or those out in Salthill while there – enjoy!

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

Dining Out in Town!


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 Magnetti on Quay Street – excellent Italian food, great pasta dishes, freshly cooked ciabatta, seafood, lvery nice staff.

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

Park House Hotel on Forster Street (just off Eyre Square) – for its excellent traditional Irish Cuisine, warm hospitality and excellent service all round. Regular ‘Irish family food’ hot dinners served throughout the day.

The Meyrick Hotel on Eyre Square – wonderful for traditional Irish / Country House Afternoon Teas. Curl up to enjoy this on comfortable sofas, and enjoy a read of the newspapers too!

Kai Restaurant, Sea Road – Asian/ Fusion food – located at the end of Sea Road which is just around the corner from our locaiton on The Crescent. Lunch/Bistro from midday, by evening time this restaurant switches to its Reservation-only Dinner Menu specializing in fresh seafood and has proved to be a unique and superb dining experience.

Cake & Pastry Shops/Cafe’s

Goya’s Cakeshop & café, just off Quay Streer on Kirwan’s Lane: delicious! and very good coffee, teas, cakes & savouries.

Griffen’s Bakery, Shop Street: small, busy and crammed with delicious eateries, goodies,array of  baked fresh breads, and array of fresh teas & coffees.

McCambridge’s, Shop Street: famous for how long it’s been at the heart of Galway, McCambridges Store is renowned for its wonderful array of gourmet items, fine wines, and specialist deli items. Upstairs is an excellent Mediterranean-style Cafe/bistro, serving from the A la carte Menu all day with a delicuos range of salads, soups, breads, cakes & treats…

Gourmet Tart Company, Salthill Village: superb range of specialist cakes, tarts, bakery items, quiches, salads – everything available as take-home items too. Excellent table service, great Irish Breakfast!

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