Things to do in Galway
The problem with trying to present the brilliant activities centred around Galway City is that there are so many of them!! Though Galway is a major university town and commercial centre for the west of Ireland, it is also one of the most vibrant arts, cultural and entertainment destinations in Europe. In relation to its size, it may well be one of the few cities that hosts two excellent theatres working full time in two languages. The Druid Theatre has toured the world and gathered a host of international awards for dramatic excellence. The most vibrant Irish language theatre, An Taibhdhearc, in Middle Street hosts the National Irish Language Theatre. Again, as with the Druid, An Taibhdhearc has been an adventurous company presenting the works of a wide variety of playwrights works with many awards to their credit.
Traditional music of the highest quality can be found in a great many of the pubs in the centre of Galway. Tied to the musical community is a very energetic artistic community producing hand worked art and craft pieces which can be found throughout many of the shops in the town.
Good ideas for fun outings for the family might include a visit to the Galway Aquarium where there is an emphasis on the unique marine fauna around the Irish coast. Leisureland in Salthill is a great family facility with loads of options for all. Another possibility for the kids is a visit to the Turoe Pet Farm a few miles east of the city where the young ones can experience how farms work, how fresh local food is produced as well as having fun with the pets.
If you are looking for unique Irish quality gifts sourced from local artisans many of the shops leading down Shop Street will meet your needs. While you are strolling down you might want to drop into Saint Nicholas’ Church where Columbus also spent some time before making his third and final voyage to the New World. At the bottom of the street you’ll come to the Spanish Arch district with its many restaurants and in the nearby River Corrib there just may be some salmon to spot. If its some refreshing clear air you would like why not simply take a walk along the seafront on the Promenade in Salthill. The sights of Galway Bay and the Burren across the bay in north County Clare will beacon and who knows, you may just have developed an appetite for some of the excellent nearby restaurants.