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.
Ard Ri House hotel on the Milltown Road (N17), Tuam, Co. Galway invites you to enjoy a welcome, hospitality and service, last savoured in the time of ancient Irish kings, The Ard Ri House Hotel in the North East of the county is nestled in the hinterland of low green fields and old stone walls and offers the Cead Mile Failte of a bygone time. The Ard Ri House Hotel is centrally located to explore the local Galway towns of Claregalway, Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Athenry, and the Mayo towns of Claremorris, Castlebar, Westport, and not forgetting the close proximity of Knock Shrine. Tuam is easily accessed with both Galway airport and Irelands West Airport (Knock) within driving distance.
The Clifden Station House Hotel is a modern hotel set around the old Railway Station. More than 70 years ago the last Steam Train departed from Clifden to Galway. Today the Railway Station, its Station House Platform and Engine House have been magnificently restored and transformed into The Clifden Station House Hotel and Courtyard. The hotel combines old brick and native oak, with quintessential Irish hospitality and all the facilities of a new International standard hotel. Anyone who loves relaxing, shopping, wining and dining will feel instantly at home at the Clifden Station House Connemara Hotel. This amazing hotel is located in the heart of Connemara. Make it the centre of your holiday experience, for a short or long stay, come and explore the many wonders of Connemara. This amazing hotel is located in the centre of Clifden Town, leave your car and walk around the streets to find a great selection of Shops, Boutiques, Cafes and Restaurants.
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.
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]
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