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Guidebook for Galway

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Guidebook for Galway

Food Scene
Awesome fresh and locally sourced food from an award winning chief.
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Kai Restaurant
22 Sea Rd
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Awesome fresh and locally sourced food from an award winning chief.
McCambridges is an institution in Galway. It is a family owned (going on 90 something years) shop and restaurant. Expect excellent food and service. It's also a great spot to purchase locally produced food products and wine!
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McCambridge's Of Galway Ltd
38-39 Shop St
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McCambridges is an institution in Galway. It is a family owned (going on 90 something years) shop and restaurant. Expect excellent food and service. It's also a great spot to purchase locally produced food products and wine!
If you like fish, you need to go here! That is all.
O'Conaire's on the Docks
1 Dock Rd
If you like fish, you need to go here! That is all.
Restaurant, cake and coffee shop. This is a great spot for families. Pick up some freshly baked bread and cakes for a little treat later on...
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Gourmet Tart Company
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Restaurant, cake and coffee shop. This is a great spot for families. Pick up some freshly baked bread and cakes for a little treat later on...
Traditional fish and chips, you won't get it better anywhere else.
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McDonagh's
22 Quay St
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Traditional fish and chips, you won't get it better anywhere else.
AMAZING tapas courtesy of top chief JP McMahon. An absolute must.
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Cava Bodega
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AMAZING tapas courtesy of top chief JP McMahon. An absolute must.
This place is so delightfully dainty I can barely handle it. They have their own range of teas (make sure to try the Dreamy Creamy Galway tea) and the food is fresh and delicious. Definitely one not to miss.
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Cupán Tae
8 Quay Ln
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This place is so delightfully dainty I can barely handle it. They have their own range of teas (make sure to try the Dreamy Creamy Galway tea) and the food is fresh and delicious. Definitely one not to miss.
Very good pizza and burger joint. It's just up the road and they deliver.
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Capones Galway
1 Kingston Rd
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Very good pizza and burger joint. It's just up the road and they deliver.
Drinks & Nightlife
Bar and restaurant, these guys have one of the most unique menus in Galway. The food is delicious. The cocktails are outstanding. The sounds are super cool and smooth. Suitable for folks into good food, good booze, good music and good chats!
The Universal
9 William St W Galway H91 H5R9 William St W
Bar and restaurant, these guys have one of the most unique menus in Galway. The food is delicious. The cocktails are outstanding. The sounds are super cool and smooth. Suitable for folks into good food, good booze, good music and good chats!
Iconic music venue. Great beer garden. Check their website for listings.
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Róisín Dubh
9 Dominick Street Upper
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Iconic music venue. Great beer garden. Check their website for listings.
Iconic traditional Irish music venue
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The Crane Bar
2 Sea Rd
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Iconic traditional Irish music venue
I love this place. Not to be missed, O'Connor's is an old world style bar. They have live music most nights. Check out their videos on Facebook or Twitter to see more.
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O'Connor's Famous Pub
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I love this place. Not to be missed, O'Connor's is an old world style bar. They have live music most nights. Check out their videos on Facebook or Twitter to see more.
One of the best pubs for pub grub in the city. Also has a late bar... cocktails... dancing... age profile 30ish... bi-bar (i.e. welcomes all sexual orientations)... nice crowd.
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Massimo Bar Galway
10 William Street West
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One of the best pubs for pub grub in the city. Also has a late bar... cocktails... dancing... age profile 30ish... bi-bar (i.e. welcomes all sexual orientations)... nice crowd.
Traditional old man's pub on the inside and epic beer garden out the back. Great spot!
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O'Connells
8 Eyre Square
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Traditional old man's pub on the inside and epic beer garden out the back. Great spot!
This bar/restaurant is a classy joint serving excellent and even better cocktails!
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Tribeton
3 Merchants Rd Lower
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This bar/restaurant is a classy joint serving excellent and even better cocktails!
Arts & Culture
To be honest, I haven't been here in years. But I have it on good authority (my friend Brendan, who runs the show) that it is quite brilliant! Don't forget to tell him I sent you :)
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Galway City Museum
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To be honest, I haven't been here in years. But I have it on good authority (my friend Brendan, who runs the show) that it is quite brilliant! Don't forget to tell him I sent you :)
Think art installations and galleries, books, theatre, talks, science, street performance, parades and much much more. Advanced booking is advised. Check out their website from April for a listing of events. Without a doubt, this is the best time to hit Galway city.
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Galway International Arts Festival
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Think art installations and galleries, books, theatre, talks, science, street performance, parades and much much more. Advanced booking is advised. Check out their website from April for a listing of events. Without a doubt, this is the best time to hit Galway city.
Everything Else
Nice spot for business meetings. Great wifi, great coffee and suitable ambiance. It was the official office of TULCA Festival 2014 of which I have very fond memories of working.
The House Hotel - Galway Hotel
Nice spot for business meetings. Great wifi, great coffee and suitable ambiance. It was the official office of TULCA Festival 2014 of which I have very fond memories of working.
Award-winning West Restaurant that offers guests contemporary dishes with a nod to tradition. The menu influenced by rural practices of foraging, fishing and fermentation techniques and heavily driven by seasonality. A casual alternative is Pins Gastro Bar which offers a family friendly food, bar bites and pizza. Revitalise and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in our Le Petit Spa treatment room - a secluded sanctuary in which to enjoy some rare me-time. Enjoy Voya treaments and products.
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The Twelve Hotel Galway
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Award-winning West Restaurant that offers guests contemporary dishes with a nod to tradition. The menu influenced by rural practices of foraging, fishing and fermentation techniques and heavily driven by seasonality. A casual alternative is Pins Gastro Bar which offers a family friendly food, bar bites and pizza. Revitalise and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in our Le Petit Spa treatment room - a secluded sanctuary in which to enjoy some rare me-time. Enjoy Voya treaments and products.
Entertainment & Activities
The Galway Races is an internationally renowned race meet that take place during the last week of July. It is hands down the most hectic week in Galway as the city swells with race goers and revellers alike.
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Galway Races
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The Galway Races is an internationally renowned race meet that take place during the last week of July. It is hands down the most hectic week in Galway as the city swells with race goers and revellers alike.
Sightseeing
The Aran Islands are 3 rocky isles guarding the mouth of Galway Bay, in western Ireland. They’re known for their ancient sites. The largest island, Inishmore, is home to the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa, perched on top of a high cliff. Nearby is the Worm Hole, a rectangular natural pool. The medieval ruins of the Seven Churches are in the northwest. Clochán na Carraige is a stone structure with a beehive roof. Check out The Wild Atlantic Way for more details.
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Aran Islands
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The Aran Islands are 3 rocky isles guarding the mouth of Galway Bay, in western Ireland. They’re known for their ancient sites. The largest island, Inishmore, is home to the prehistoric fort of Dún Aonghasa, perched on top of a high cliff. Nearby is the Worm Hole, a rectangular natural pool. The medieval ruins of the Seven Churches are in the northwest. Clochán na Carraige is a stone structure with a beehive roof. Check out The Wild Atlantic Way for more details.
Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.
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Cliffs of Moher
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Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.
Parks & Nature
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Activities include: Exhibition on the Connemara Landscape (multi-lingual) Information Desk Connemara Ponies Picnic Areas (indoor and outdoor) Nature Trails Children’s Playground Diamond Hill Walks (This is an absolute must. The views are spectacular and there are three different trails to suit different fitness levels) Tea Room
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Connemara National Park
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Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Activities include: Exhibition on the Connemara Landscape (multi-lingual) Information Desk Connemara Ponies Picnic Areas (indoor and outdoor) Nature Trails Children’s Playground Diamond Hill Walks (This is an absolute must. The views are spectacular and there are three different trails to suit different fitness levels) Tea Room
The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren. It contains examples of Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen. Check out their website for further information on guided walk and trails.
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Burren National Park
2 Church St
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The Burren National Park is located in the southeastern corner of the Burren. It contains examples of Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen. Check out their website for further information on guided walk and trails.