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Galway

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals. The city's many pubs, a major draw for bohemian crowds from around the world, offer live music and outdoor seats, ideal for observing street performers and ordinary natives going about their business. Deeply respectful of its traditions and rich heritage, Galway is one of the few areas where Irish remains a thriving language in everyday use. Start your urban adventure by exploring the lively areas along the Corrib River, where you can search for handcrafted souvenirs and traditional Aran sweaters. Galway is in County Galway. Make the most of your holiday in Galway by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Ireland travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Galway

Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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