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
Renvyle House is an historic country house hotel, situated in the wild splendour of Connemara on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located on 200 acres which include a private lake, a 9-hole golf course, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site. It is an award winning hotel for hospitality over the years with a warm welcome for every guest, scrumptious food and comfortable bedrooms. Some of the leisure facilities you will find on the grounds of Renvyle House Hotel include golf, tennis, swimming, boating, fly-fishing, snooker, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, gardens, woodlands & more.
The Connacht Hotel, one of the leading hotels in Galway, is located just 1.5 miles from Galway City Centre, and as a result is one of the more centrally located hotels in Galway. Galway is well known for it's great shopping and good food with plenty to see & do, including a great nightlife of dancing, concerts, funfairs, festivals and much more. Other amenities at the The Connacht include: FREE Wi-Fi in public areas and all bedrooms, FREE car parking, FREE daily newspaper, superior guest bedrooms and suites (including interconnecting rooms), 9 purpose built conference rooms, Rueben's Restaurant, Bar Solo with Sky Sports & Setanta Sports, Active Leisure Club and our Kids Club. Check-in time is 3.30pm and check-out time is 11.30am.
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.
Flannery’s Hotel features spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, The Galwegian Restaurant and Frankie’s Bar & Bistro. There is free parking on site, and central Galway is a mile away. Rooms at Flannery’s have elegant hardwood furnishings, large mirrors and comfortable beds with thick duvets and crisp white sheets. They feature TVs, work desks, tea/coffee-making facilities and a 24-hour room service menu. The restaurant serves breakfasts and international cuisine in the evening including fresh seafood from Galway Bay, beef and pork from Connemara and lamb from the Flannery’s family farm. The bar shows all live major sports events and has live Irish music on weekends. There is a bus stop across from Flannery’s Hotel, which has regular services to Galway. The Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Eyre Square is a 5-minute drive from Flannery’s. Galway Airport is within a 10-minute drive from the hotel.