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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“personally our favourite in Galway! fusion of irish and New Zealand food. For special occasion or treat. booking essential. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Galway is a vibrant and picturesque city, 30 mins from the cottage. Full of music, theatre, fantastic restaurants and pubs, it is a great city to wander around. Many festivals take place here The Galway Film Fleadh, The Galway races, The Arts Festival and many more. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Museum
“The Museum is ranked the 11th most popular free tourist attraction in Ireland. Galway City Museum has three floors of exciting exhibitions engaging visitors in the archaeology, history and sea science of Galway. The attraction is one of Galway’s most popular cultural hotspots and welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. The Museum has been a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five years running and the 2016 Expert’s Choice award, ranking it among the ‘highest rated attractions in Galway’. Most recently we were awarded Full Accreditation status from the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Pub
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“Famous galway pub on Quay st. Great atmosphere. Sit outside with a drink and people watch. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Pub
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“Typical old Irish “teach taibhairne” pub and music venue with a stunning range of vintage Irish memorabilia. Also the pub in Ed Sheeran’s music video for the sing “Galway Girl”. Just note: it Does not serve food. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pub
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“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“There's always something going on, be it comedy, music, disco, cabaret or other gigs. You'll never be bored, just check their programme. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pub
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“Upstairs you can just be lucky and get a taste of Irish traditional music sessions”
  • 50 locals recommend
Historic Site
“On a warm summer’s evening, you will find hundreds of young people soaking up the atmosphere by the Spanish Arch.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lovely family run pub where you can enjoy a fine pint, a warm welcome and you can listen to lively traditional music every day of the week, all year round! ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Famous for their fish and chips. Almost a Galway landmark. And for good reason. Can't get fresher fish than that unless it's still swimming! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favourite - brilliant any time of day but we especially love brunch at this spot”
  • 35 locals recommend
Theatre
“This 1820s building was originally as a courthouse and then the city's Town Hall. In the 1950s the building was converted into a cinema and was where I had my first date !! In 1996 it reopened as the new Theatre and the opening event was the world premiere of the Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pub
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“Located in Shop street, Galway. Great venue for Irish traditional musicians A must visit”
  • 25 locals recommend
Church
“One of the city's largest buildings, the Cathedral stands on the former sight of a jail! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Downstairs there is a very good standard deli which serves soup and sandwiches and coffee, perfect for when your on the go there is also a shop which sells lots of Galway and Irish produce. Upstairs there is a restaurant which has a fantastic window view of Shop St and most of all has delicious food.”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“personally our favourite in Galway! fusion of irish and New Zealand food. For special occasion or treat. booking essential. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Pub
“Typical old Irish “teach taibhairne” pub and music venue with a stunning range of vintage Irish memorabilia. Also the pub in Ed Sheeran’s music video for the sing “Galway Girl”. Just note: it Does not serve food. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Pub
“It's an amazing pub/restaurant with stain glass, inlaid woods, Gothic arches and church pews. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Famous for their fish and chips. Almost a Galway landmark. And for good reason. Can't get fresher fish than that unless it's still swimming! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favourite - brilliant any time of day but we especially love brunch at this spot”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Downstairs there is a very good standard deli which serves soup and sandwiches and coffee, perfect for when your on the go there is also a shop which sells lots of Galway and Irish produce. Upstairs there is a restaurant which has a fantastic window view of Shop St and most of all has delicious food.”
  • 35 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“French dining, rustic style, good wine list, lovely cosy casual atmosphere. Recommended”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Relax in this main square/park of the city. Watch crowds walk by and sometimes even live entertainment. All the festivals have their presence in this Square”
  • 17 locals recommend

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