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.
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.
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.
Spectaculary set on shores of Galway Bay and just 10 minutes drive from Galway City lies on of the finest luxury 4 star hotels in Galway. The award winning 4 star Connemara Coast Hotel is regarded as one of the most luxurious Galway Hotels, with an ambience of quality, style and luxury prevailing throughout from its restful lounges, exquisite restaurants, award winning bars and leisure facilities and superbly appointed luxury accommodation. The panaromic views of Galway Bay offer a truely unique setting for Weddings, Conferences and meetings and so much more. The Connemara Coast Hotel is also one of the very few Galway hotels with a swimming pool.
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.
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.