6 Things To Do In Galway Ireland

When in Ireland you absolutely have to visit Galway! The city is filled with Irish charm, great people and even greater pubs. Whatsmore, walk five minutes away from the lively city centre and you can enjoy a picturesque walk along the seafront. This means that there’s plenty of things to do in Galway despite it being relatively small:

Things To Do In Galway Ireland –

1) Drink on Quay Street –

Quay Street is the bustling heart of Galway. Its colourful houses are draped with flags and bunting which brightens even the rainiest Irish day.  


It’s also home to most of Galway’s famous pubs! My favourite is undoubtedly Quays Bar which has been open for over 400 years and has amazing live music!

2) Eat Your Heart Out –

The restaurants in Galway are superb! Therefore, one of my top things to do in Galway is to try and sample as much food as possible… Located so close to the sea, it’s no surprise that the town is renowned for its seafood. You’ll find restaurants serving fish and chips throughout the city! Some of the best I had was from  The Front Door. 

This said, my favourite restaurant in Galway is one specialising in Mexican/Italian: High Cafe. Located on Quay Street, the restaurant is hard to spot because it’s not on street level (hence the name). You have to climb a hidden flight of stairs to reach the restaurant but it’s more than worth the extra effort!

SIDE NOTE: planning a trip to Ireland? Then check out my 5 Day Ireland Itinerary 

3) Stroll To The Harbour And Along The Long Walk –

One of the most scenic parts of Galway is its harbour. Here you can catch a glimpse of the famous Galway Hookers… Clear your mind as these are simply old fishing boats!

Galway Harbour, things to do in galway ireland

From the harbour, you can then walked back into town via the ‘Long walk’ – a section of the bay adorned by colourful houses. By doing so you’ll also pass one of the oldest things to see in Galway, the Spanish Arch, which was built in 1584!

Top Things to do in galway ireland, see the long walk
The Long Walk which is seen at the end of Ed Sheeran’s video for Galway Girl!

4) Sample Some Murphy’s Ice Cream –

Moving back to food briefly, Galway is home to Murphy’s Ice Cream Shop which is said to serve the best Ice Cream in Ireland, a statement I definitely agree with! Even If you travel to Galway in the cooler months I’d recommend getting a cone… Or two. 😉

5) Visit Salthill –

If you ask locals what to do in Galway, many will suggest heading to Salthill. It takes about 20-minutes to walk from the city centre to Salthill, however, you’ll be rewarded with picturesque coastal views and beaches that are popular with locals and tourists alike. In the summer months, some brave souls even dive into the Atlantic from a custom-built diving tower.

6) Take One Of The Many Day Trips From Galway –

One of the great things about Galway is that it’s so close to many of Ireland’s rural attractions. For example, it’s very easy to take a Cliffs of Moher tour from Galway. The cliffs are only about an hour and a half’s drive away from the city and as one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks, they are certainly worth a visit!

Cliffs of Moher tour from Galway

Other areas of the countryside that are easy to reach from Galway are the Burren (a unique landscape dominated by limestone rocks) and the Aran Islands, that can be reached by boat from Galway Bay.

There’s really an endless amount of Galway Tours that you could take! If you want more infomation on Day Trips from Galway check out this post. 


I fell in love with Galway when I visited and hopefully by doing some of the things on my list of ‘things to do in Galway Ireland’ you’ll leave the city feeling the same way!


Also looking for things to do in Dublin? Then check out my post on Irelands Capital HERE 




  1. July 25, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am planning Ireland trip and probably will add it to my list.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 11:00 am

      Hope you love Ireland as much as I did!

  2. July 25, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    I would for sure visit Burren and those islands you mentioned. Looks like a really great place to explore.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 11:02 am

      It’s wonderful! The Burren is so unique, never seen anything else quite like it…

  3. July 25, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ireland bit have only visited small parts of it. I’ve heard great thighs about Galway and now I’ve read this. It’s certainly creeping it’s way up my destination list for quick trips from mainland UK. Thanks for sharing.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 11:03 am

      I too will definitely need to go back to explore more of its adorable villages! Least it’s not far at all from the UK 🙂

  4. July 25, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    This is great and timely! My husband and I hope to visit Ireland next June so I am gathering up intel to ensure we have a great trip. I have pinned your post to my Ireland board as well. Galway sounds charming with lots to do. We hope to rent a car so we will add it to our list of must-see destinations! Thanks!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Thanks for sharing!
      Renting a car is definitely the best way to go, simply driving along through the gorgeous scenery is a day well spent, hope you enjoy your trip!

  5. July 26, 2018 / 2:01 am

    The second I saw this post, that Galway Girl song popped into my head, so it’s nice to see one of your photos mention the music video haha. I didn’t realize it was that close to the Cliffs of Moher. Is it very touristy? It seems like it would be a good base to tour that area.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 11:05 am

      I did watch the music video while there to try and spot some sites haha. I found it to be a great base to explore the area from! It was busy but didn’t feel touristy to me 🙂

  6. July 26, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    As much as Galway seems like an amazing location, its the Cliffs of Moher that really insipre me to visit. The nature and landscape of Ireland always looks amazing no matter the weather! Your 5 day itinerary looks great too!

  7. July 26, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    You had me sold at pubs!! I’ve wanted to visit Ireland for sooo long, and Galway has always been on the list! Even after living the UK my whole life I can’t believe I’ve not made it over, but this absolutely makes me want to visit even more – those coastline views are insane! Thanks so much for sharing your tips 🙂

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Don’t worry you’re not alone I’ve lived in the UK forever too and only just made the trip! The pubs of Ireland are certainly a good selling point 😉

  8. July 26, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Had it not been for Ed Sheeran or you, I would not have added this place to my radar! Looks beautiful and charming!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Haha yes I do wonder how many more tourists they get now because of the song!

  9. July 26, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    This must have been epic 🙂 I have been to Ireland so many times but havent made it to Galway yet. I am going to pin you tips. Thank you.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      July 26, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks for sharing! Hopefully if you return to Ireland again you’ll get to visit 🙂

  10. July 27, 2018 / 5:03 am

    I have not made it to Ireland yet (except a brief layover) and I remember being mesmerized by the landscapes as we were landing. I really do hope to visit the country and Galway will certainly be on my list. Love the harbor photo and of course the best ice cream in the world 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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