Galway is full of action and activity for visitors all year round. Medieval Galway City is a whirlwind of activity with pubs and restaurants, arts, crafts and culture, full to bursting with things to do and people to meet.
Outside the city attractions include Connemara, is celebrated for its ethereal beauty, history and heritage, and has plenty to entertain including the town of Clifden, its picturesque capital.
For more information on Connemara and Galway City, visit www.discoverireland.ie/galway
Cruise on Ireland’s only fjord
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Ireland's only fjord at Killary Harbour, nestled between Co. Mayo and Co. Galway. The purpose-built cruise ship on Killary Cruises offers maximum comfort and safety to guests. The endless views of spectacular landscape and calm waters make Killary Harbour such a unique place to visit.
The Atlantic Film Trail
Covering a number of different regions along the West (including Connemara), explore the iconic film which have inspired generations of movie-goers across the world from Poitín, the first feature film to be made in the Irish language filmed in Carraroe, Co. Galway to Jim Sheridan’s film adaptation of John B. Keane’s play, The Field, filmed in Leenane, Co. Galway.
Relax in the basket swings and sit on the ancient throne in the beautiful Celtic gardens in Roscahill, Co. Galway. Take a stroll around the nature trail and explore the stone chamber and crannóg. The Garden Café offers excellent cuisine made with organic ingredients fresh from the gardens. Throughout the year, Brigit's Garden offers a full calendar of family-friendly special events.
Connemara National Park
Covering almost 3,000 hectares of scenic landscape, this park is home to ponies, red deer and an variety of birdlife. Open from March to October , the Park features an exhibition, multi-lingual audio visual show, AV Theatre, playground, tea rooms and picnic area. The Visitor Centre offers walkers picturesque nature routes and special events for children as well as free entry.
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
The permanent exhibition of 24 play pieces scattered through the estate all of which were made using naturally fallen wood on the estate. Each piece is inspired by an element of Kylemore’s rich history. Adult can feel the same excitement as the kids when following the Mitchell Henry Children’s Play Trail as there are magical whispering trees, musical instruments and miniature picnic tables.
Galway Atlantaquaria, the National Aquarium of Ireland in Salthill is home to over 150 aquatic species. View the world under the sea through exciting presentations, informed staff, and animal interaction. Highlights include the Ocean Tank which currently houses Valentine, the only White Skate in the world on public display – a must see on a family trip to Galway City.
Test your mettle on the thrilling 65m Waterslide and become a pirate on the Misty Dawn. From Easter to September, enjoy an outdoor Amusement Park, while "Inflatable City", a cool new inflatable obstacle course with paddle boats provides hours of fun. Relax with delicious freshly baked goods in the poolside restaurant. Come rain or shine, Leisureland is ideal for a family fun afternoon.
What is a Segway? It is a fantastic, eco-friendly, hi-tech, self-balancing personal transporter and it’s a fantastic way to get around and explore. It’s so much fun to ride and so easy to learn Your segway adventure will take the whole family on scenic routes through the heart of the lively, bustling and historic Galway City, visiting the less travelled paths for a unique experience of this beautiful city.
Cruise on the Corrib Princess
The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in Galway city, taking passengers along the majestic River Corrib providing visitors with unsurpassed views of natural. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and sites of both historical interest and natural beauty – simply a natural wonderland for the whole your family to enjoy.
Galway City Museum
Adjacent to the Spanish Arch, the Museum’s exhibits explore aspects of the archeology, history and heritage of Galway City while admission is free. Look for the photos of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 visit to Galway. Also check out rotating displays of works by local artists. When the roof deck is open, there are sweeping views out to the Claddagh, River Corrib and Galway Bay.
Pure Skill – Fusion of Sport
Located minutes from Galway City, this indoor multi-sport and entertainment complex is divided into two main sections, the Pure Skill Circuit and the Pure Skill Interactive Sports room on AstroTurf surfaces. The famous Circuit features 10 of the most popular world sports while the Interactive Skills include baseball batting, cricket bowling, pitching and putting, tennis serving, and hurling shots.
For further information on things to do, where to stay and special offers in Connemara and Galway City, visit www.disoverireland.ie/galway.