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Local Attractions

As you would expect, Galway has a huge range of attractions for the holidaymaker to enjoy!

The city centre is easily walked or pubcrawled with its winding streets, packed pubs and array of shops and restaurants with plenty of things to do for all. The picturesque west-coast city of almost 70,000 is merriest during the summer period. We have brought you a selection of Galway attractions to visit during your stay with us at the Skeffington Arms Hotel.

Eyre Square- Galway City Centre

Eyre Square is a newly renovated open green park in the centre of vibrant Galway City. This well known Galway Attraction is visited by thousands every year and is a place where one can unwind and relax and take it all in while viewing the many attractions, including the Statue of Paraic O'Connaire, or just simply enjoy the picturesque surroundings and wonderful atmosphere of vibrant Galway City.

Galway Cathedral

Possibly the most impressive building in Galway, this cathedral is the most recentyly constructed cathedral in western Europe. The Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and overlooks the Salmon Weir Bridge.  The building is in the Renaissance style. Built in 1957, it is not particularly antiquated, yet still corresponds with conventional church design and features a marble floor and brown cedar ceiling. The woodwork, stained glass and mosaics were all hand-crafted by Irish people. The fine cut stone with which the Cathedral is built was paid for by Irish people, who purchased and donated single stones over a period of time. See the Galway Cathedral's website for listings of Cathedral events.

Galway Bay

Galway Bay offers a range of things to do and activities from sailing, fishing, diving and cruises to the Islands of Aran and Inishbofin. Or simply drive along the coast road from Galway to Spiddal and view the splendour of Galway Bay. Later in the day one can experience the famed in song 'Sun go down on Galway Bay'. Continuing West takes one into the Twelve Bens of Connemara mountain range.

The Spanish Arch

The Spanish Arch built in 1584 and located on the banks of the River Corrib, as an extension of the city walls that protected the quay. Today The Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum, which nestles into one of its impressive walls. Its current title Spanish Arch dates from the last century - a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain, whose galleons often docked under its protection.

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum is situated behind the famous Galway Attraction - The Spanish Arch, overlooking the River Corrib and the ancient Claddagh village. The Museum houses exhibitions which explore aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City and County. For more informtation visit their website.

The Corrib Princess

A cruise on board the luxurious Corrib Princess is one of Galway's more relaxed activities. The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city, along the famous Steamers Line, which is the lakes traditional trade route.
Opening Times: The season will begin in May with daily sailings for individuals at 12.30pm (July and August only), 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Tickets can be bought at the boat itself. For more information 
Telephone: 091 592447


Aran Islands

A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people, this is Aran in Galway bay on the west coast of Ireland a Galway attraction which will delight all ages.

Tel: 099 61355
Fax: 099 61454


Kirwan's Lane - Galway City

Kirwan's Lane is situated just off Quay Street and is one of Galway's last remaining late Mediaeval Lanes. Kirwans Lane has been recently redeveloped as a residential area. It was here that the Galway MP Richard Martin built a 100-seater theatre for his actress wife in 1783. Among those who acted there was the republican patriot, Wolfe Tone.

Galway Tours

Be sure to avail of the fantastic service offered by Galway Tours. Our knowledgeable local Guides will walk you through Galway City on a half/full day walking tour. These amusing and informative tours will introduce world renowned landmarks to you and show you the History and Culture of this Vibrant Medieval "City of the Tribes".

St Nicholas Collegiate Church

The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland in continuous use as a place of worship at the heart of Galway's life. Amongse the visitors to St Nicholas over the centuries the most famous is probably Christopher Columbus who prayed here during a visit to Galway in 1477.  

Salthill Promenade

Two miles of promenade overlooking Galway Bay with spectacular views of Clare and the Burren-enjoy a romantic stroll or a revitalising jog with some of the best views.

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