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.
Failte, 150 years of Irish hospitality awaits you. The Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Conference and Leisure Centre Galway is a prime location just off the N6 approach to Galway offering ease of access from all destinations, located only 7kms from Galway city and airport.... The Oranmore Lodge is a superb venue for a major conference or small meeting, private dining, wedding reception or gala banquet alongside superb guest rooms and excellent service, we provide the best whether its for business or pleasure! The Hotel offers luxury accommodation with a variation of 50 non smoking standard and executive rooms offering WIFI throughout the hotel for all our guests and the luxury of a full leisure centre and gymnasium available to help you relax and enjoy your well deserved break!
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.
Carna Bay Hotel is situated in the heart of Connemara and just 5 minutes from beautiful sandy beaches. Providing en suite rooms Carna Bay has a restaurant and offers free fishing for guests. Rooms have satellite TVs and most enjoy beautiful views of the countryside. There is free Wi-Fi in public areas and free parking is available. The restaurant offers an à la Carte and table d'hote menu, with specialties of fresh local seafood and Connemara Lamb. A children’s menu is also provided. Free fishing is available for guests on the beautiful Loch Scannive. There are several golf courses nearby, including a Championship links course. The Aran Island Ferry, Klymore Abbey and Connemara National Park are all 40-minute drive away.
The award winning Menlo Park Hotel is one of the finest 4 star hotels in Galway City. Boasting 70 elegantly designed guestrooms, including our luxurious new Superior King Rooms, we at the Menlo Park Hotel pride ourselves on ensuring each guest has a truly exceptional stay. Galway Diners will not be disappointed with our tempting choice of restaurants available. The Bia Beo restaurant is a contemporary fine dining experience where our talented chef David O'Neill and his team create exquisite dishes using the freshest locally sourced produce. Our menus are over 90% gluten free. For something more relaxed, drop into our Bar Beoga and enjoy traditional food and drink in a true Galway pub atmosphere. Live music most weekends in Bar Beoga.
Ross Lake House is a splendid Georgian Country House, on 7acres of rambling woods and rolling lawns, in the magnificent wilderness of Connemara. Lovely classic rooms oozing with country house charm, fabulous deluxe rooms with period furniture and stunning suites with their own sitting area. Dinner is served each evening with emphasis on fresh produce from Connemara hills, rivers ,lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. An ideal base for touring Connemara , visiting Galway City, the Aran islands and the Cliffs of Moher.