72 Hours in Galway

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  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • Adventure Travel

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  • Ireland

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

This vibrant city on the western coast is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a lively and culturally rich experience. Known as the "City of Tribes," Galway seamlessly blends history, tradition and modernity. As you embark on your 72-hour adventure, prepare to be enchanted by the charming streets, warm hospitality and lively atmosphere that make Galway truly special and one of my favorite places!

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Where to stay

The Dean Galway

Immerse yourself in Galway's vibrant culture at this chic boutique hotel, where contemporary design meets lively atmosphere, providing a stylish retreat in the heart of the city.

The g Hotel & Spa

The g Hotel & Spa in Galway, Ireland, is a luxurious retreat that seamlessly blends contemporary design with artistic flair. Offering sumptuous accommodations, a rejuvenating spa, and a central location near Galway's cultural attractions, the hotel provides a stylish and indulgent escape on the scenic west coast of Ireland.

Gregans Castle Hotel

Gregans Castle Hotel is an 18th century manor house and gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren on Ireland's west coast.

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Day 1: Eyre Square, Galway City Museum & the Latin Quarter

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Begin your day by exploring Eyre Square. Eyre Square is oft considered the heart of the city. This bustling square is surrounded by shops, restaurants and historical landmarks. Another must-visit location is the Galway City Museum, where you can delve into the city's rich history through interactive exhibits and artifacts. For a taste of local culture, make your way to the Latin Quarter, a vibrant area teeming with traditional Irish pubs, street performers and unique boutique shops. Make sure to end your day in one of Galway's famous seafood restaurants. There are numerous award-winning spots from which to choose, so go crazy!

Day 2: Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher

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Today, embark on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. No visit to Galway would be complete without a day trip to the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. Situated along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, these majestic cliffs offer panoramic views that will take your breath away. Marvel at the sheer drop into the Atlantic Ocean and keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife that calls these cliffs home. It's one of the top things to do in Galway.

To make the most of your day trip, consider joining a guided tour from Galway. This way, you can sit back, relax and let a knowledgeable guide share fascinating insights about the history, geology and folklore of the area. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the ever-changing weather conditions along the coast.

Tonight, grab dinner at a local pub and take in some local music to feed your soul.

Day 3: Last Day Connemara National Park

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Spend your final day in Galway exploring the outdoor wonders of Connemara National Park, located just a short drive from Galway. With its rugged mountains, pristine lakes and picturesque trails, this national park offers a serene escape from the city. Don't forget to pack your camera to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Connemara region during your three-day trip. End your day with a relaxing stroll along the Salthill Promenade, enjoying the sunset over Galway Bay, the perfect conclusion to your three-day trip.

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