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Galway is the capital of the west of Ireland and has experienced somewhat of a revival in recent years, making it a popular destination for travellers visiting Ireland. A small, cozy coastal city with roots dating back to the thirteenth century, it is also a lively city known for its nightlife, specifically the live music scene which often consists of impromptu music sessions in the city centre pubs. Clubs and restaurants are also abundant.
The city centre is currently closed to traffic, allowing for a much more enjoyable experience when visiting the narrow shopping streets. The numerous old buildings clustered closely together remain testimony of the history of this quaint little Irish getaway. Centrally located in the city centre lies John F. Kennedy Park, or Eyre Square as the locals still refer to it.
Galway is a city that many visit for the vibe. Taking a walk through the city centre, weaving in and out of shops, turning down small cobblestone alleys, and listening to the ever changing soundscape as you walk past the many street musicians is probably the best way to take it in. If it is raining and you don't care to get wet, you can dodge the rain in a pub, an art gallery, or a cafe. Here are some interesting places, and a couple of sights:
A number of Internationally renowned festivals are held in or near Galway throughout the year.
Due to the strong influence of the Gulf Stream, Galway escapes extreme temperature shifts, with the temperature generally ranging between 2 °C and 19 °C and any temperature under 0 or above 30 °C being rare. Galway gets an evenly distributed average of 1147 mm of precipitation.
Summer is generally considered to be the best time to visit, with long summer days giving you the feeling of a never ending day.
Trips to the Aran Islands, three small islands just off the coast, can be arranged in Galway.
There are plenty of good restaurants and cafes to visit while in Galway! Here's just a few:
You can also go to many of the pubs for coffee. For Canadians, you can get Tim Horton's coffee at the Spar in the city centre.
Galway has more than enough pubs to suit anybody's tastes! Here are a couple of favourites:
If you'd like to try a good local beer, Galway Hooker beer happens to be very tasty, and is locally brewed! (Keep in mind, a Galway Hooker is not a woman with a questionable profession, but actually a kind of boat that the area is famous for).
|Glasáin Holiday Village||Ballybane Road Galway||HOSTEL||83|
|Atlantic View||4 Ocean Wave Salthill||Guesthouse||87|
|Barnacles Quay Street Galway City||10 Quay Street||Hostel||87|
|Ben Lettery||Recess-Clifden Connemara||hostel||77|
|Clochard B&B||4 Spires Gardens Shantalla Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Corrib View||12 Woodhaven Merlin Park||Guesthouse||86|
|Corrib Village||New Castle Road||Hostel||83|
|Corrigeen Bed & Breakfast||4 Woodhaven Merlin Park||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Desota House Bed and Breakfast||54 Newcastle Road Galway City||Guesthouse||87|
|Doorus House||Kinvara (close to the Burren)||hostel||-|
|Gardenfield House||5 Woodhaven Merlin Park||Guesthouse||83|
|Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel||Eyre Square||HOSTEL||93|
|Oughterard Holiday Hostel & Angling Center||Station Road Oughterard||HOSTEL||89|
|Rusheen Bay House||Rusheen Bay House 8 Cashelmara, Salthill||Guesthouse||-|
|Salmon Weir Hostel||3 St. Vincent Avenue Woodquay||Hostel||82|
|Seashore Lodge||4 Cashelmara, Knocknacarra Cross Salthill||Guesthouse||-|
|Sleepzone||Bothar na mBan Wood Quay, Galway||Hostel||89|
|Snoozles Hostel Galway||Forster Street||Hostel||91|
|The Branches||13 Woodhaven Merlin Park Galway City||Guesthouse||89|
|The Galway City Hostel||Eyre Square||Hostel||76|
|The Twelve Hotel||Bearna Village Galway||Hotel||-|
|The Western Citypoint Apartments||33 Prospect Hill Galway City||Apartment||87|
|The Western Hotel||33 Prospect Hill Galway||Hotel||88|
|Tir na gCapall||Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit Galway||Apartment||-|
|Travelodge Galway||Tuam Road Galway||Hotel||89|
|Wards Hotel||Lower Salthill Galway||Hotel||-|
|Woodlands||Killomoran Gort, Co. Galway||Guesthouse||88|
|Woodquay Hostel Galway City||23/24 Woodquay||Hostel||79|
|Barnacles Galway 2 Bed Apartment||10 Quay Street Galway||Apartment||-|
|Celtic Tourist Hostel||Queen Street,Victoria Place Galway||HOSTEL||83|
|Ramada Encore Hotel Galway - Oranmore||Castle Road||Hotel||90|
|Almara House||2, Merlin Gate, Dublin Road, Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Corrib Haven Guesthouse||107 Upper Newcastle Galway City||Guesthouse||-|
|St Judes||110 Lower Salthill Galway||Guesthouse||88|
|The Herons Rest Boutique B&B||The Long walk Galway City Centre||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Forge||42 New Road Galway City||Guesthouse||88|
|Woodville||Barna Road Salthill, Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Eyre Square Townhouse||35 Eyre Street, Galway City Co. Galway||Guesthouse||-|
|Ross House||14 Whitestrand Avenue Lower Salthill, Galway City||Guesthouse||-|
|Sli Na Mara||9 Whitestrand Park Fr. Griffin Road, Galway City||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Kilbree House||Circular Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Lisnagree Bed and Breakfast||1 Cherry Park Newcastle, Galway||Guesthouse||-|
|100 Glasan||GMIT Student Village Ballybane Road Galway||Apartment||-|
|Barnacles Galway 1 Bed Apartment||10 Quay St Galway||Apartment||-|
|Copper Beech B&B||College Road Galway||GUESTHOUSE||85|
|Trieste Bed and Breakfast||12 Forster Park, Dalysfort Road Salthill||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Westway Guest House||Glenina Heights Dublin Road, Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ace Accomodation||19 College Road||Guesthouse||88|
|Inishmore House||109 Father Griffin Road Galway||Guesthouse||-|
|Cappa Veagh B&B||76 Dalysfort Road, Salthill Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Abbey View||Bushy Park||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Nimmos Hostel||1 Upper Dominick Street||HOSTEL||74|
|Woodhaven Lodge||20 Woodhaven Merlin Park||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Lynfield Guesthouse||9 College Road Galway City Center||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dun Cromain||Crank Road,,Banagher||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Anach-Cuin House||36 Wellpark Grove,Galway City||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Abbey Lee||3 Cuan Glas,Bishop O'Donnell Road,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Consilio||4 Whitestrand Avenue,Lower Salthill,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Kilbrack House||2 Woodfield,Barna Road,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rock Lodge||Whitestrand Road,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Four Winds Lodge||Opp. Gentian Hill,Salthill,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Lynburgh||Whitestrand Road,Lower Salthill,Galway City||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Roncalli House||24 Whitestrand Avenue,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Cappagh B&B||15 Ross Ard Cappagh Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Claremount House||Upper Salthill, Salthill Co. Galway||Guesthouse||-|
|Woodlands Bed & Breakfast, Kinvara, Co. Galway.||Woodlands Gort/Kinvara||Guesthouse||83|
|Spring Lawn||Stradbally, Clarinbridge||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|St Kieran's||33 Rockbarton Road,Salthill,Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Connaught||Barna Road Salthill||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Winacre Lodge||Barnacranny Bushy Park||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ashbrook House Galway||Oranbeg Oranmore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Arches||Woodstock Bushy Park||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Villa De Porres||Barna Village||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Carraig Bed and Breakfast||Ballindooley Headford Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Galway Arms Inn||65 Dominick Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dun Aoibhinn House||12 St Mary's Road Galway||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Birchgrove House||Dublin Rd, Oranbeg Oranmore||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Glenariff||4 Rockhill Ave, Salthill||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Anchor Lodge||13 College Rd||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sea Breeze Lodge Galway||9 Cashelmara Salthill||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dun Roamin Guest House||30,Beachcourt, Grattan Road, Salthill||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ontario House Bed & Breakfast||48 Dalysfort Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Galway Bay Sea View Apartments||The Promenade Salthill||APARTMENT||-|
|The Stables||The Stables College Road Galway City||APARTMENT||-|
|Arches B&B||Moy Rd, Kinvara||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant||Ballyconneely Road, Clifden Connemara,||Hotel||-|
|Carna Bay Hotel||Carna Connemara||Hotel||-|
|Abbeyglen Castle Hotel||Sky Road, Clifden,||Hotel||-|
|Ballynahinch Castle Hotel||Connemara||Hotel||-|
|lough Inagh Lodge Hotel||Connemara Recess||Hotel||-|
Public WiFi services are available in many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. They are also available on most Irish long-distance Intercity trains, some commuter trains and buses. Internet cafes are available in major urban areas, but are not as common as they once were, due to the growth of 3G data services and public WiFi. However, you will still find them in areas popular with tourists.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are currently four main mobile phone operators dominating the Irish market:
Most European phones and operators will allow you to roam on Irish networks, however you should ensure before arrival that your phone can operate on the GSM900/1800 network and that your service provider has set you up to allow roaming. This is especially true for visitors from outside the Eurozone. You can also buy a cheap prepay SIM card if you have an unlocked handset. This can be considerably cheaper as it means that you will be assigned an Irish number which you can be called at during your trip and your outgoing calls are charged at normal Irish mobile rates.
Pay phones are fairly widely available (but becoming less so) and most take euro coins, prepaid calling cards and major credit cards.
The police service (An Garda Síochána) and fire services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112 on any phone or mobile phone throughout the country.
An Post is the national postal service provider. They're generally open Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm, and smaller post offices would also impose lunch-time closure. Half-day service is available on Saturday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The post offices are closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday. If you want to use private courier services for sending packages you can also use companies like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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