Galway and Environs


Galway Street Art in City Centre

Galway, Ireland (Gallimh in Irish) is located on the central west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a great jumping off point for touring the natural rugged beauty of the coast and lakes of the Connemara.  

The town itself is lively with young people, traditional music and pub culture. Talented street musicians fill the the main pedestrian walk through the city centre at all hours.  Narrow, cobbled alleyways lead away from this main path to charming shops and eateries.

Galway Family-Friendly Eateries and Activities:

Our favorite restaurants include the 800 year old King’s Head (named in honor of the executioner of King Charles I–great pub food), The Pie Maker (tiny, whimsical space with hearty pot pies), Universal (across the river, casual gourmet), and the Sheridan’s Wine & Cheese Shop (strictly wine and cheese). 


If your family loves books, do not miss Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop! Within walking distance, or a short bus ride, is Galway Bay which is home to the Salthill promenade and park. This area is full of fun activities for families. 


River Corrib, Galway, Ireland

Tourist Links:

Gallway Atlantaquaria – The national aquarium of Ireland includes fun exhibits of the local aquatic flora and fauna.

Visit Connemara — Tourist suggestions for the scenic area of Connemara just northwest of Galway.

Salthill Promenade, Galway

Salthill Tourism — Descriptions of the beaches, promenade and other activities next to Galway.

The Aran Islands — Tourist information for visiting the scenic and culturally significant Aran Islands.

Galway Bay Hotel

Galway Bay Hotel

Accommodations: The Galway Bay Hotel is located just a few minutes from the city of Galway. It has suites and large guestrooms that accommodate a family of five (5), as well as, rooms that can be connected which sleep up to eight (8) people. The Family Suites have a “double” bedroom for parents and another bedroom…

Claregalway Hotel

Claregalway Hotel

Accommodations: This “family friendly” hotel sleeps a family of five (5) in their Family Suite. These guestrooms include three beds in a larger sized room.  Additionally, roll-away beds and cots are available upon request from the hotel. The comfortable guestrooms are elegant and contemporary in style. Please, note, the room rates listed fluctuate with the seasons.…


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