Have you bought a plane ticket to the Emerald Isle and are looking for useful information on what to visit in Galway?
First of all let me congratulate you on the choice, you’ll love this fantastic country.
The Ireland’s history, nature, music, traditions but also wonderful cities.
Valentina and I have been there several times driven by that love for the country that is greener than the moment that has invested our hearts since the first time we set foot on its soil.
Between Dublin, the Burren, Connemara and the North belonging to the United Kingdom, we visited wonderful places that left an indelible mark inside us.
Among the places we have had the pleasure of visiting there is one that has particularly impressed us. This is Galway, a medieval town with 75,000 inhabitants and located in the homonymous county on the west coast. A young and lively city able to capture the visitor thanks to its palpable “sympathy” everywhere, from the colors of houses to the smiles of its inhabitants.
Where to visit in Galway?
The heart of the city. Surrounded by numerous shops, restaurants and pubs, it has a splendid tree-lined garden that serves as a meeting point for citizens. In the Middle Ages it was the place where the market was held and the rides were held.
Galway’s main street, also full of shops, artisan shops, pubs and restaurants.
Its peculiarity is that during its journey that starts from Eyre Square and reaches the Corrib River it takes several names, becoming Shop Street, High Street, and Quay Street St.
At the beginning of Williamsgate Street towards Eyre Square there is a splendid bronze statue of Oscar Wilde chatting while sitting on a bench with his friend Eduard Vilde.
Nicholas’s Collegiate Church
It is the largest medieval parish church still in use in Ireland and the only Anglican Church in the city.
Its construction began in the 1300s and ended in the fifteenth century.
Its interior is rather austere and preserves tombs and tombstones sculpted with mastery by the medieval artisans of the city.
Behind the cathedral is a wall with a window in which in 1493 James Lynch Fitzstephen – chief of Galway magistrates – hanged his son accused of murder. No one else had the courage to execute a death sentence against a member of the most important and most feared family in the city.
Among the things to visit in Galway there is certainly what is considered to be the best example of a fortified house in the city. It dates back to the 16th century and was built by the Lynch family – who at the time was the richest family in the city – to protect themselves from the incursions of other Galway tribes. It is located at the point on William Street becomes Shop Street.
House of Nora Barnacle
Nora was the wife of the famous Irish writer James Joyce. It is located at 8 Bowling Green. He lived here until he moved to Dublin for work and met James. Inside, a small museum has been set up in which objects, letters and photos belonging to her are displayed.
Claddagh Rings Shops
The Claddagh Rings is the Irish engagement ring.
According to legend it was created by Richard Joyce, a Galway resident who was captured by pirates and sold as a slave to an Arab goldsmith. During his imprisonment he learned the art of goldsmithing and when he was released and returned to his city he created this ring as a symbol of love for a girl who had been waiting for him for all the years of his imprisonment.
The most famous shop is Thomas Dillon’s Claddagh Gold which is located at 1 Quay Street. Inside there is also a small museum.
Galway City Museum
It is the museum that traces the history of Galway, from prehistory to the present day. Important to understand the historical, cultural and economic evolution of one of Ireland’s most important cities.
Arch built in 1584 on the banks of the Corrib river where the river flows into the sea. It was part of the walls that defended the ships docked on the docks of the old port from looters attacks.
You can’t go to visit in Galway without experiencing the festive atmosphere you breathe in its old pubs. As in the rest of Ireland the pub is part of the culture of the country and spending an evening there is equivalent to immersing yourself completely in the life of the locals, including music, laughter and long chats.