Galway is one of the most popular areas to visit in Ireland and includes famous tourist spots such as the Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway City, and the Twelve Pins and is home to Ireland’s only fjord at Killary Harbour in Leenane. There are over 75 Galway Hotels and Galway Guesthouses in the city and county with great value Galway hotel breaks and deals.
Galway City, otherwise know as the City of the Tribes – known as such because of the charter which was presented to the 13 Anglo-Norman tribes or families in the 14th century. Galway is a vibrant city based at the estuary of the Corrib River, which flows into Galway Bay. The heart of the city is around the elegant Eyre Square and off it run the many colourful streets, which make up the heart of the old medieval part of the city.
Part of the lively atmosphere is due to the many students who attend Galway University. With its location on the Atlantic coastline it is not surprising that Galway is well known for its seafood and in addition festivals, such as the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. Galway has a number of excellent restaurants, hotels and pubs to sample all types of food.
The city also has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, clubs and music and theatre venues and every night there is a traditional music sessions going on somewhere in the city. Each year sees Galway City host a number of festivals such as the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races, held in Ballybrit each summer and in 2009 the city hosted a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Irish music, dancing and song abound in County Galway and the area also has a number of Gaeltacht or native Irish speaking areas, such as the Aran Islands – which is made up of three islands including Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr, and one of Ireland’s largest gaeltacht areas, Connemara with its attractive main city of Clifden. Connemara has a dramatic landscape of mountains, lakes, rivers and rugged coastline.
The outdoor enthusiast can enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, surfing and diving throughout the area. It also has islands, gardens and visitor attractions such as Kylemore Abbey that are well worth a visit. The Aran Islands have a unique landscape, which includes thousands of miles of stonewalls criss-crossing the islands and also has dramatic cliff-top walks and spectacular coastal scenery. The islands are also well known for their archaeological treasures, including prehistoric and Christian monuments such as Dún Aengus Fort, one of best examples of this type in Europe. Other sites worth visiting include Dún Eoghanachta and Dún Dúcathair.
Whatever your reason for visiting County Galway you can book any of our fully approved Galway hotels and guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find a Galway Hotels or Galway Guesthouses to meet your needs.
A Castle Hotel for Romantic Breaks or a Tour of Connemara The family run 4* Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Connemara is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden. Only 3 hours from Dublin, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is in a perfect location for touring Connemara or a romantic break with breathtaking scenery. What guests like about Abbeyglen Castle in Connemara - Panoramic view of Clifden with a backdrop of the Twelve Bens - Beautiful gardens with babbling brooks and streams - Complimentary Tea & Scones is a speciality - AA Award-winning restaurant, 1 AA Rosette
A Manor to which you can become accustomed... Galway’s 5 star luxury hotel, Glenlo Abbey, is the ideal resort property for your breakaway in Galway, of all Galway Hotels, the Glenlo Abbey hotel offers guests unrivalled personal service in the warmth of one of the few 5 Star Hotels in Galway Ireland making it the perfect place for either relaxation or an activities based holiday. The wildness of Connemara is right on our doorstep and the vibrancy of Galway City is only minutes away.
At the Merriman Hotel in Kinvara, Co. Galway, you are guaranteed a warm welcome, exceptional service, fine accommodation and an experience that will bring you back for more. With it’s superb and convenient location on the edge of the Burren, the Merriman also offers a private secure car-park on hotel grounds, and with our price of from €45 per person B+B, we are suitable for all budgets.
Located in the heart of Galway city centre and the closest hotel to Galway University NUIG, the Imperial Hotel has an impressive location. Flanked on all sides by high profile shops, restaurants and bars; Galway centre day or night, is a whirl of activity just outside the door! The hotel enjoys close locality to the bus and railway station, which are a mere 3 minutes walk. The taxi rank resides just outside the door and all main bus routes leave from Eyre Square. Newly refurbished, the hotel is the height of modern comfort. Every care has been taken to ensure guests feel right at home.
The Great National Lady Gregory Hotel is next to Coole Park Gardens and offers full Irish breakfasts, a restaurant, and a bar. Guests can enjoy free access to the Swan Leisure Centre and and enjoy treatments at The Claddagh Heart Spa - one of the finest spa hotels in Galway. The hotel has easy access to Galway and Connemara to the North, and Clare – with the Burren and Cliffs of Moher, to the South. Gort Golf Course is about 2 miles away. Swan Leisure Club & Spa which includes an 18-metre swimming pool, children's pool and a gym. There is also an exotic herb sauna, crystal and floral steam rooms and a salt grotto with health showers. At Claddagh Heart we offer Spa treatments at competitive prices in our beauty salon and cutting edge treatments in our complementary health centre. Bedrooms at Lady Gregory Hotel have satellite TV and internet access. The restaurant offers carvery lunches and an à la carte menu.