The first time I visited Galway was my Senior year of Syracuse University in 2008. I wanted to visit Ireland so bad that I somehow managed to talk my way into a Graduate level class that takes you to Europe as part of the curriculum. Don’t ask me what I said to convince them, but somehow I succeeded. Right when we stepped foot in Galway, I was in love. Galway is a tiny fishing village that has a quaint and majestic allure to it. The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming and behind every corner is something beautiful. Cheesy? Maybe. Fact? YES. While we were in Galway we took side trips to the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey. I was devastated to leave but promised myself I’d be back again one day. And I was! My best friend from NY and I went to visit Galway a few weeks past and it was everything I remembered and more.
We stayed in an amazing hotel in the Latin Quarter called The Spanish Arch.
Not only were the rooms incredibly clean, comfortable and reasonably priced, there was also a bar/pub attached to it, that was opened late night for registered guests (we took full advantage of that)!
The town of Galway itself is gorgeous to just walk around.
Free sights to see in Galway?
Take a walk around the Woodquay
Cathedrals and Churches
All the Churches we went into were absolutely stunning (and free entry of course). The best ones in my opinion to check out would be Claddagh Church of Galway, St. Nicholas Church and The Church of the Sacred Heart.
If you want to see the Cathedrals however make sure you time your day correctly, most of them close at around 5pm so we weren’t able to see the inside. Also, mind your camera in Claddagh Church of Galway. We were yelled at by the priest along with getting some evil glares for taking pictures before Mass!
Galway has a plethora of beautiful rivers and walkways!
The Bridge Mills
This present building dates back to the late 18th century but milling has been carried out on this site since 1558.
This castle was once the home of Galways most powerful family, the Lynches.
Galway is an absolutely gorgeous city that I would strongly encourage tourists to visit if they are in this past of Ireland. Make sure to try some of their Irish Coffee and make a stop at The Kings Head for live Irish music and River Dancing!