For people who want to explore the history in this part of the West of Ireland then a good place to start is at the Galway City Museum. There are three floors to this venue, which covers the history of the city from early medieval times onwards. Free entry makes this a popular venue, and there is a special quiz for kids to complete too. The section about the Claddagh is especially interesting.
The Claddagh (in Irish: an Claddach – ‘stony beach’) is an area of the city which adjoins Galway Bay. In older times, this was actually a fishing village which lay outside the walls of the city. Some fishermen still work from the Claddagh, and the traditional atmosphere of the place allows visitors to sample something of what an older Ireland offered. Claddagh rings are designed and made here too.
Yet another name attached to Galway City is the City of Tribes. It really is a fantastic, colorful and vibrant town that is recognized and loved internationally. With its cobbled streets, historic buildings blended with contemporary architecture, street entertainment, colorful craft shops, high street style stores, gourmet restaurants, cosy conventional Irish pubs, and not forgetting the friendly people, it’s no wonder it’s among Ireland’s most beloved city breaks.
There are so many great places to visit in this part of the world. Arranging a car rental Galway deal means you will have a convenient and reliable mode of transport.
Galway City is great for lovers of the nightlife and socialising, and many cultural events take place there throughout the year. The large student population and frequent festivals mean that the city is lively all year round.
Many of the cafes, restaurants and bars offer great food at lunchtimes and in the early evening too, meaning that children can also sample some of the fantastic local produce, even if they have to pass on the local stout.
The city is a compact place and very easy to get about on foot. In the heart of Galway is Eyre Square, an inner-city public park with the primary shopping streets of Shop Street and William Street adjoining.
Points of interest in the town consist of Spanish Arch, a set of arches constructed in the late 16th century where Lough Corrib meets the sea, and the Galway Crystal Heritage Centre. The Spanish Arch is a prominent feature in the town and stands in peaceful surrounds with a beautiful promenade called the long walk running along its side.