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 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
Discover Salthill Hotel, known as one of Ireland's finest hotels in Galway city centre and renowned for its Galway Weddings, Conferencing in Galway, Leisure and Luxury Galway Breaks. Set amidst breathtaking views of the Salthill Promenade Salthill Hotel is Galway's most exclusive enclave, boasting 161 spacious deluxe bedrooms and suites with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Clare hills. Whether it's a romantic getaway or a Business Conference, Salthill Hotel will fulfill and exceed your wildest expectations. Indulge yourself with our two exclusive Galway Restaurants, the Blackrock Bar and the Amber Room, where our chef will tempt you with our internationally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Both restaurants are ideal for intimate gatherings or can host large corporate events and family celebrations. Extend your experience with a visit to our exclusive new leisure facility and fitness centre where you can swim laps in our sunlit 18m or 25m indoor pool
Travelodge Galway City hotel is situated in a perfect location, just one mile away from key locations around Galway city. Less than a mile to Greyhound Stadium, Galway Shopping centre or very heart of Galway - The Eyre Square. And another mile from City centre to Salthill, Galway Aquarium and lovely Galway Beaches. You can leave your car in our free car park and reach any destination in or less than 10 minutes walking. Rooms at the Travelodge Galway City all feature bathroom with bath and shower. They also include flat screen TVs and free tea/coffee making facilities, with high speed Wi-Fi access (fees apply). The Café Bar is open daily and serves a range of snacks and beverages. Our restaurant staff will cook you traditional Irish breakfast, which will not start frying until you place an order. Indulge yourself with a lovely evening meal at our restaurant at reasonable prices [Served Mon-Sat 6pm-9pm]
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.