Galway offers many indoor and outdoor activities

Galway Arts Centre – Galway Arts Centre is the home to Cúirt Festival and is the host to brilliant visual arts exhibitions. Entry is free and you can check out details of the exhibitions here

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop – We have a very special place in our heart for our festival bookseller Charlie Byrne’s. Find them in the lobby of our venues with their pop up bookshop after each event. Give yourself a few hours to visit the flagship bookshop and browse their multiple rooms.

Palás Cinema – A brilliant cinema, showing all the latest films

Galway City Museum – Get to know Galway better by visiting the Galway City Museum located just through the Spanish Arch. Check out what exhibitions they have on here.

Outside attractions include:

Salthill Promenade – Take a stroll out to the seaside area of Salthill and walk the Prom (make sure you kick the wall at Blackrock!). If sea swimming is your thing there are multiple spots to get in including Ladies Beach and the Blackrock Diving Tower. We’d recommend heading at high tide. Check out daily times here –

Poetry Trail Walking Tour – Now spanning over 25 locations, the Galway Poetry Trail is a celebration of the literary roots and heritage of our vibrant cultural city. Join Tom Kenny of Kenny’s Bookshop for a guided tour of some of the highlights of the Galway Poetry Trail. This is a drop-in event so there is no need to book. Please wear weather appropriate clothing as this will take place outside. More info and times available here.

Farmer’s Market – Get yourself going on Saturday + Sunday with a visit to the Farmer’s Market which runs in the square by St Nicholas’ Church from the morning to the afternoon. Stalls include fresh fruit and veg, olives, juices, excellent Indian snacks and loads more.

Claddagh Walk – Take in the majestic Galway Bay with a walk along the Claddagh Walk. Kicking off at Nimmo’s Pier and going through South Park if you have time to spare it is a wonderful way to wander out to Salthill. 

Galway Walking Tour – Get to know Galway city yourself with a walking tour! There are great led tours available but there is great information here if you want to get to know the place yourself.

Galway Atlantaquaria – National Aquarium of Ireland – Along the route to Salthill you’ll find the majestic Atlantaquaria which is Ireland’s largest native species aquarium. An EAZA accredited Aquarium that celebrates education, awareness and conservation and a brilliant way to spend a few hours!