Galway city is the cultural and historical heart of Ireland located in the western seaboard; it is the ideal stepping stone to explore the mysteries of Connemara and the Burren.
The city is renowned for its thriving Irish theatre, arts, music and cultural scene. The “Quay Street” area enjoys an unrivalled selection of delicatessens, eateries, craft shops, specialty stores, art galleries and traditional pubs. Galway is the gateway to the entire western region and Barnacles Quay Street House is the perfect base for exploring the Aran Islands, Connemara, The Burren and Lough Corrib.
While in Galway don’t miss a visit to some of Galway’s pubs and clubs, which cater for all tastes from traditional to ultra trendy and a visit to the theatre is also a must while in Galway.
Places To Visit
At the end of Quay Street, just across the Corrib River you can explore the old fishing village of The Claddagh. The traditions of this place remain in Irish heritage today these include the claddagh ring which is a heart being clasped by two hands representing friendship.
Located at the bottom of Quay Street, you will find the remains of medieval Galway's docks area. Today the tower adjoining Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum, and allows visitors to explore the Arch's history fully.
Dominating the Galway skyline the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas is a sight which has become synonymous with the city and is located to the north of shop street (the main shopping area of Galway City).
- Shop Street
Lynch's Castle is to be found on the intersection of Shop Street and Abbeygate Street in the centre of Galway. The building is believed to originate from the early 1300's but in the 16th Century it became a castle.