Leisureland is situated in the heart of Salthill, overlooking Galway Bay is an all round entertainment and fitness facility for children and adults alike. There is a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool and water slide which proves very popular with the children on rainy days. Outside there is a large children’s playground and funfair including a train ride, a slide, mini golf and much more. Leisureland is less than 10 minutes walk from Marless House.
The Aquarium is located on the Salthill promenade, and offers a wonderful insight into the aquatic world in the West of Ireland with a diverse collection of marine, river and canal life. There are 170 species of Marine life from the Irish sea, including VALENTINE (the world’s only captive White Skate) Starfish, Sea horses, Octopus, Stingrays, Spider Crab and a 60 ft Whale Skeleton. The aquarium is less than 15 minutes walk from Marless House.
|Trad on the Prom
This show takes place in the Galway Bay hotel in Salthill. It is a fantastic mix of Irish music, song and dance at its best, showcasing the amazing talents of violin virtuoso, Mairin Fahy, who has performed as soloist with Riverdance and the Chieftains. She is joined by other equally talented members of her family. Special guests are the multi talented Chris Kelly and Eurovision star Marc Roberts to name but a few. All the Irish dancers are also world championship level (including several outright World Champions) who have performed with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Trad on the Prom is less than 10 minutes walk from Marless House.
|Town Hall Theatre
The Town Hall Theatre dating back to circa 1320 is Galway’s Municipal theatre and entertainment facility. It features a 400 seat main auditorium and presents a full program of plays, concerts, ballet, comedy and literary events each week throughout the year.
|Dan O’Hara’s Homestead – Heritage & History Centre
Located near Clifden overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben mountains this agri-tourism enterprise incorporates a Heritage Centre and Farmhouse B&B. Martin & Nora and their family run a hill farm in the heart of Connemara. The farm has cattle, sheep and the world famous Connemara Ponies with a few friendly donkeys & chickens.
At the Heritage Centre the family share the history, heritage, culture & traditions of the Connemara. The centre is based around the restored prefamine cottage of Dan O’ Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840′s when he was evicted from his home. The audio visual introduces Dan O’ Hara’s Story & the history of the area. The history & artefacts room has articles and displays onConnemara through the Ages and many items of historical and cultural interest. Reconstructions of a crannog, ringfort & clochaun.
Glengowla Silver and Lead mine dates back to the 19th century and it is located just 2 miles from Oughterard. Reputed to be one of the richest and most productive mines of its time, Glengowla has been restored to a level of 65 feet underground. There are guided tours where you will see silver, lead, calcite, quartz and many such mineral formations on the walls of the mines. Open daily March to October email:
For the less energetic evening, there are two Cinemas from which to choose:
* Omniplex Multiscreen Cinema on the Headford Road - Phone: + 353 91 566331 Omniplex Website
* Eye Cinema in Wellpark – Phone: + 353 91 780078 Eye Cinema Website
|Medieval Banquets at Dunguaire Castle
Medieval Banquets are held in Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara, during the summer months where guests can enjoy quality food and entertainment, once the preserve of the nobility, who resided in this historic fortress. The entertainment celebrates the richness of Ireland’s literary and musical past, and evokes the colourful characters that are so much a part of the castle’s history. The castle itself, was built in 1520 and gives an insight into the lifestyle of the people who lived there from 1520 to the present day.
|Traditional Irish Music
More informal Irish music sessions can be found in the many pubs and hotels in Galway and Salthill.
1. Tigh Coili on Mainguard Street provides Traditional Irish Music 7 nights a week. Music starts at 5.30 pm daily
2. Taaffe’s Bar on Shop Street provides Irish music sessions daily
3. Munroe’s Tavern, Upper Dominic Street, Irish music starts @ 9.30. Every Tuesday night you can see local people set dancing
4. Crane Bar on Sea Road, is renowned for its Irish Music sessions.
5. O’Connor’s Pub in Salthill provides music most nights.