Galway Museum
Galway City Museum

Opened in 2008, the City Museum is an Arts and Heritage Museum and tells the story of Galway’s history from medieval times to the present day. It is situated in the heart of Galway city close to the famous Spanish Arch.  Open 7 days in the summer months.

Phone + 353 91 532460

St Nicholas Church The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas

Built in 1320, it the largest Medieval Parish Church in Ireland.   Christopher Columbus worshipped here before crossing the Atlantic in 1492.  The church is still in use and still retains the chancel and nave from that time. Tombstones within the church provide a fascinating record of the lives and deaths of people from the 12th –  20th centuries.

Open 10am to 5pm daily.

Lynch's Castle Lynch’s Castle

Dating back to 1329, Lynch’s Castle is a fine example of a Tower House, with a gargoyle, carved coats of arms and stone mullioned windows.  It still retains its original stone façade and is now the home of the Allied Irish Bank.

Open Monday to Friday  10am – 5pm

Galway Cathedral Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas

The Cathedral stands on the site of the old Galway Gaol and dominates the Galway skyline.  This magnificent Cathedral was built in 1965 of cut limestone in a combination of classical and traditional design and has Connemara Marble flooring throughout.

Open 7 days, 10am to 6pm

Lynch's Window Lynch Memorial Window

The Lynch Memorial Window is housed in a stone façade backing on to the grounds of St Nicholas Church.  This is a 19th Century memorial to the ‘stern and unbending’ justice of James Lynch who, as mayor, condemned and hanged his own son from this window in 1493 for the murder of a Spanish youth.

Spanish Arch The Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch is on the banks of the river Corrib, so named because of Galway’s trading with Spain, was built in 1584  These two arches are the remains of the city walls  and were built on one of the stone cut piers of Galway’s Medieval Harbour..  The Arch leads to the Long Walk area, where in past times, Galway’s gentry strolled, while the Claddagh women sold their fish in the open park that had been caught earlier in the day by the Claddagh fishermen.

Swans at the Claddagh The Claddagh

The Claddagh was once a famous fishing village, which had a population of 3000 and a fleet of 300 fishing boats.  The small thatched homes are now gone, but the black hulls of the fishing boats, Galway Hookers and Pucans still remain, as do the white swans of the Claddagh.  In the Dominican Church, is the wonderful 17th century wooden statue of the Blessed Mother, known as “Our Lady of Galway”. The world famous Claddagh ring owes its origin to this area of Galway. It comprises a heart and two hands clasped in friendship, is used as a traditional wedding ring and is still made in Galway.

Medieval Wall Medieval Wall

This wall is a major section of the Galway medieval town wall, built in the 13th century, can be found in the centre of the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.

Nora Barnacle Nora Barnacle’s Museum

Nora Barnacle’s Museum is located at 8 Bowling Green, was the home of Nora Barnacle, who married world famous novelist, James Joyce.  Joyce visited this house in 1909 and 1912 and wrote poems and articles about the city and people of Galway.Open end of May to end of August.

Kirwans Lane Kirwan’s Lane

Off Quay Street, this one of Galway’s last remaining late medieval lanes, and bears the name of the Kirwans, on of the famous Tribes of Galway.

University National University of Ireland, Galway

University College Galway now known as the National University of Ireland, Galway, is a stately Victorian Quadrangle, built in 1816, now plays a very important part in the city’s social, business and artistic life.  Today, 10,000 students attend the university, studying arts, sciences, medicine and business courses.

Kenny Art Gallery Kennys Art Gallery

This Gallery is situated in Cross Street.  The Gallery organise several solo  and group Exhibitions each year.  Over the years they have showcased the works of artists such as Jack Yeats, Paul Henry, Sean Keating, George Campbell, to name but a few.

Bold Art Gallery Bold Art Gallery

Located on Merchant’s Road, the Bold Art Gallery is one of the newest art galleries in the west and has already built up an impressive reputation for quality and surroundings.  Its aim is to encourage and exhibit new talent alongside established Irish and International artists.  A wide variety of exhibitions can be found here throughout the year

Galway Arts Centre The Arts Centre

The Arts Centre located in Dominic Street, was established in 1982 by local Galway people whose aim was to further the arts in Galway.  Now the Arts centre has an enviable reputation for its innovative programme of Art, Literary and Cultural and Educational events

Galway Market The Galway Market

The Galway Market has been trading every Saturday morning in Church lane, beside the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas for centuries, selling fresh produce and hand made crafts.  There is also a great variety of locally produced cheeses, home made breads, jams, marmalades, crepes, hand made chocolates, soups, madras curry, sushi  to name but a few.  Crafts include Celtic and other types of jewellery, knitted scarves, hats, gloves, hand bags, and much more.