Galway, a beautiful harbour city, defined by its famous 18th Century Eyre Square, and adorned with colourful houses by the sea. There’s an eclectic mix of old world and new world charm here, and the city’s bohemian vibe is just a common characteristic of the West Ireland way of life. Laid back, cool and totally carefree. The locals are always ready for a party, so if you’re looking for an exciting stopover with superb pubs and nightlife, make sure you book your adventure tour here.
From hosting live Irish folk music nights to endless art venues and galleries, Galway is a hub of creativity. Home to a great community of local talent and unique artists who hang out in the lively Latin Quarter, this is one of the most vibrant cities to be in.
The Spanish Arch and Caoċ Arch are the remaining structures on the Ceann an Bhalla, once a part of the famous city walls. They were erected to protect the city’s quays, and are now considered to be historical gems in Galway.
Seen as the heart of the city, Eyre Square has a rich history and remains as a popular meeting place. There’s a huge shopping centre, a children’s playground, and seasonal markets take place throughout the year.
Head to Shop Street, the city’s main area for shopping. It’s one of the busiest pedestrianised streets and includes everything from boutiques to popular high street stores.
Go to the Galway Atlantaquaria (National Aquarium of Ireland) if you’re looking for an indoor attraction to suit all ages. For kids and adults who wish to get hands-on, there are opportunities to feed the fish, as well as some guided tours.
Galway Bay is one of the best places to try stand-up paddle boarding, a fun water based activity for all ages and a fantastic workout for the abs whilst enjoying spectacular ocean views.
Located not too far from the city is Dunguaire Castle, one of the attractions included in a number of our tour itineraries, and a great day out for all age groups.
If there’s one thing that can be said about Galwegians, it’s that they know their food. Gastronomy here is out of this world, and the food scene includes everything from chic cafes and laidback bistros to fine dining restaurants serving up seasonal dishes. If there’s only one thing you do here, make sure it revolves around eating. Good food made with fresh, local ingredients is never hard to find, and there’s something to suit every budget.
A Galway food tour can be a fantastic way of getting the full culinary experience. Whether it’s the freshest sushi, famous Galway oysters, the finest regional cheese, or beautifully baked local breads, there’s so much to sample.
Whilst you’re here, you’ll also want to have a taste of the pub culture too. The city boasts one of the liveliest nightlife scenes, and many of the pub venues feature traditional décor to take you back in time. Tigh Neachtain’s on Cross Street is one of the oldest drinking spots to check out, and there are a number of hip brewery bars serving craft ales for more discerning drinkers.
In the daytime, swap beer for coffee as the café culture is just as dynamic. During the summer months, many of the city’s coffee joints offer outdoor seating with front row view of street performers and musicians. However fast or slow you set the pace, there’s always something going on in Galway city centre.
For culture vultures, there’s a choice of museums, including Galway City Museum, the James Mitchell Museum, and The Fisheries Watchtower Museum. Plus some superb art galleries dotted across the city. And for lovers of the ocean, take a leisurely stroll along the Salthill Promenade and finish your day with some traditional fish and chips by the water.
A good time to visit is between the months of July and October if you’re after pleasant weather. For touring the region’s outdoor attractions, the summer months really are the best. But if you don’t mind a bit of wind and a slight chill, autumn and winter can be equally as beautiful.
Spring and autumn are midseason, so much quieter on the tourist front. If you want to miss the crowds, arriving before or after summer can be ideal. Both the Irish Week Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Festival take place in March, with the Clifden Traditional Music Festival and the amazing Galway Food Festival in April. But some of the city’s most coveted events do take place in July and August, including the Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Races Summer Festival and Galway Pride.
We have a number of adventure packages that will take you to Galway city, with quaint fishing villages, spectacular cycling tours, paddle boarding experiences, and food tours around the bay. Our itineraries are varied, and include other top destinations such as Co Cork, The Ring of Kerry, the small town of Dingle, the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch, Dublin, The Aran Islands and Westport, Londonderry, Belfast and The Giant’s Causeway.
Whatever locations you want to visit in Ireland, we have the tours to suit you and your group. And all tours to Galway will leave you ample time to explore on your own, and enjoy the local night scene. Take a look at our itineraries below…
Join us as we visit many of Ireland’s best loved landmarks and off the beaten track hidden gems.
Overland Jewel is a relaxed style tour that focuses on authentic experiences that capture the real Ireland.
Think castles, picture perfect villages, epic scenery and allow us to introduce you to our friends and partners throughout the country.
Enjoy very light activity including walking tours and kayaking (which is optional). Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace.
This is Ireland unfiltered!
Welcome to Ireland’s wilder side!
Put a bit of zing into your Ireland adventure with Overland Zest.
This is for those who want the perfect mix of a relaxed style tour with some activities included to bring up the thrill factor.
Our activities range from hiking, kayaking, surfing, biking and much more.
In fact, if there is something that we have not listed but you would love to do just let us know and we can organise from there.
Relax… we’ve got the adventure covered.
There are so many reasons to book your next adventure tour with a stopover in Galway. It’s one of the most unique destinations in the country, with easy access to the coast and vast countryside. This destination offers travellers the best of both worlds; outdoor fun and bustling city life.
Our thrilling tours ensure that you will get enough time on your own, to walk or cycle around. Whilst also organising all activities, sightseeing trips, excursions and transport, making life so much easier on your travels.
As well as our featured tours, we can also help you plan your own bespoke itinerary. If you would like to design your own tour to Galway and other destinations in Ireland, get in touch with our team today.
From start to finish the team at Overland Ireland ensured that my holiday was an enjoyable and memorable experience. Our guide Chris was fantastic throughout the journey and looked after us every step of the way. The tour provides options and space for flexibility which was brilliant and the accommodation and breakfasts were terrific! Personal highlights for me included the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Coromoroe Abbey and the vibrant and buzzing pulse of the amazing Galway city. I would definitely recommend Overland Ireland to anyone considering a tour of Ireland. I’m already planning my return to the beautiful Emerald Isle.
Sherie – Google Review
From the moment we booked to the last day this was the most incredible trip ever. We had such a lovely time and created memories that will last for ever. Our driver/guide Marie was funny and new loads of little things. We appreciated the stories she told relating to Irish myths and folklore as well as the historical background offered. What made the tour stand out for us was the activity and experience part. We kayaked with the local dolphin, we experienced the local cuisine during our food tour in Galway, learned about Kinsale from our local tour guide Barry and much more. So, all in all its more than just a bus tour, its like they say you get to experience the real Ireland and it did not disappoint for one second. One tip, pack light as there is plenty of shopping to be done.
Jenny – TripAdvisor Review