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 warm, friendly, home from home, 400 metres (5 mins. walk) from Clifden centre. All rooms ensuite with WiFi & every modern convenience. Your warm welcome includes afternoon tea by the turf fire where there is always a cuppa available. Our extensive breakfast menu( each freshly cooked to order !) , free-range eggs, homebaking, complimentary parking, tasteful décor, stunning mountain views, Friendly Connemara Ponies, Free Wifi, Computer and Printer for guests use, and many extra touches ensure return visits. Laundry Service, Packed Lunches, Early Breakfasts, no problem! ITB 3 ***, Children over 5 welcome, No smoking home
The Maol Reidh Hotel is a charming small hotel set in the picturesque village of Tullycross on Connemara's rugged Atlantic coast. This is a charming family run hotel which boasts modern spacious en suite bedrooms, a stylish restaurant , a cosy bar and comfortable lounge. The hotel prides itself on it's excellent cuisine and personal caring service.
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.
While exploring the beautiful Connemara region, travellers can choose the three-star, family-run Foyles Hotel as their base. The accommodation is situated in Clifden, which is just 50km from Galway City. It offers 25 comfortable ensuite bedrooms, each of which is fitted with satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and central heating. The hotel is also home to Marconi Restaurant, which specializes in seafood. The eatery is popular among visitors and locals thanks to its imaginative dishes featuring mouthwatering beef, Irish salmon, sea trout, tender Connemara lamb and more. Additionally, guests can dine in the breakfast room, which offers a cosy atmosphere for all three main meals. For entertainment, they can stop into Mullarkey’s Bar, which has open mic sessions, impromptu gigs and all round good craic. Clifden, located near the sea and Connemara National Park, is an ideal destination for an activity-based break. Scuba diving, sea angling, hill walking, golfing and boating are all popular.