Galway, as we know it is, are very own culture-rich centre in the west of Ireland, streaked with canals on the Corrib River and renowned for its vibrant lifestyle, as well as for hosting numerous festivals, celebrations and events, Galway is known as the “City of the Tribes” in Ireland. The city is currently the European Capital of Culture in 2020, alongside Rijeka in Croatia.
There are definitely more than just a few options to choose from if you are looking for things to do in Galway while taking a trip with a campervan rental.
Here are some of the best recommendations on things to do in Galway:
Connemara National Park
One of Ireland’s six national parks is located right next to Letterfrack Village in Galway, is open round the year, including the visitor centre. The park is free to enter with access to trails and to view the exhibition. The park is rich in flora and fauna, the most unique and abundant plant in the park is purple moor grass, which largely contributes to the tone reflected in the landscape. The largest animal you can spot in the park is the Connemara pony, amongst others that you might miss direct sight off like rabbits, foxes, stoats, shrews, and bats.
The Galway Cathedral is also known as The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas is one of the largest and most majestic architectures in the city. The Cathedral is located on the west bank of the River Corrib, a little north and west of the city centre. The interiors of the church are vaulted with stone, and the structure stands on the former site of the Galway jail. A place of distress was transformed into a place of beauty and peace. Entrance to the cathedral is absolutely free and visitors are welcomed to join the mass, but not interrupt for leisure.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden are the most visited attractions in western Ireland. Thousands of people come to visit them every year to see the fairytale castle. You can visit the Gothic church, Woodland and Lakeshore trails, nature trails, children’s trails and the 6-acre walled garden. In addition, the restaurant and tea house offers traditional homemade food, and it was there that we chose to have delicious food.
If you’re looking for unique things to do in Galway, take a ferry over to Inis Mor island (one of the three Aran Islands) and cycle out to DúnAonghasa. Few places in Galway boast a location as spectacular as this place. Dún Aonghasa was originally constructed c.1100BC to impede attackers. It later re-fortified around 700-800 AD. Standing out at Dún Aonghasa makes you feel like you’re perched at the place where Ireland ends. The gorgeous craggy cliffs, the immense power of the wind and the crash of the waves below send shockwaves through your senses.
Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium Of Ireland
Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland seeks to present a comprehensive view of the world of water through clear and interesting displays, informed helpful staff and exciting live presentations and animal interaction sessions. This is achieved through accurately displaying aquatic life in a manner that reflects their natural habitats, providing an enjoyable and educational environment to learn about the diverse marine ecosystem of Ireland. As Ireland's largest aquarium we strive to ensure that a visit to the aquarium is original and full of wonder for visitors of all ages. Galway Atlantaquaria is focused on the display of indigenous Irish fish and invertebrates. Spanning two floors the aquarium is home to over 150 different species of marine and freshwater life.
Have you visited County GALWAY before? If so, When did you go and which is your favorite place to visit? We enjoyed each and every place we mentioned can't decide on one fav. I'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Check out our more WhereandEverywhere travel blogs just click on the "Travel Blogs"