Things to do in Galway and the Aran Islands

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    Cliffs of Moher

    60 reviews

    Originally I did not plan to visit the Cliffs of Moher, but we had a free day to visit it. I cannot believe I nearly wrote this off my to-do list. The view is outstanding and a site that must be seen when on the west coast of Ireland!

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    14 reviews

    Ireland at its best. Stunning magical place where imagination comes to life!!

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    Shop Street

    10 reviews

    Fresh seafood, traditional Irish music and shopping in one of the most beautiful cities.

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    Salthill Promenade

    7 reviews

    Absolutely gorgeous, regardless of the weather. The bay is beautiful and picturesque.

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    Dunguaire Castle

    7 reviews

    Beautiful castle on Galway Bay. It's actually about 12km south of Galway but it is a must see as you can get some spectacular pictures of it from the road going past it.

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    Dún Aonghasa

    7 reviews

    A world of stone, it's hard to believe and amazing that people settled on the edge of this wind blown cliff where the land ends in a sheer drop. A must see!

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    The Quays

    4 reviews

    This bar is owned by one of the hotels we stayed in during our Dublin stay. A nice clean pub with a lot of locals and provides a number of nooks and crannies to have a nice conversation with friends. We ducked in here to watch the Irish horse races. Off track betting right nearby. I'd definitely stop in here ...

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    Spanish Arch

    3 reviews
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    2 reviews

    Burren is a description of the rock formations that sit along about three quarters of Galway Bay. The photo is a dolmen.

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    Ross Abbey

    2 reviews

    We enjoyed spending an hour or two at the well-preserved ruins of this Franciscan friary near Galway.

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    Tigh Neachtain

    1 review

    Despite the fact that Galway is the biggest tourist city on the west coast, it is still home to bona fide Irish people as well as students from across Ireland and abroad who have made their home in Galway to study. Given the huge number of tourists, though, it can be quite difficult to find a pub that isn't packed ...

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    Crane Bar

    1 review

    With a mix of locals and tourists alike, this lively bar is always a great place to hang your hat for a few hours and meet some new people-- or just hang out in a corner over an ice cold Guinness and watch all the activity. Definitely one of the better bars in town for catching live music-- everything from ...

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    National University of Ireland

    1 review

    I spent a semester studying here. The professors are nice and helpful, they have a great selection of courses for Irish history. Beautiful campus.

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    Lahinch Surf School

    1 review
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    o'connell's bar

    1 review
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    Galway City

    1 review

    Only 45 minutes away, Galway is a lively university city of narrow streets, quaint shopfronts, bustling pubs and stunning surrounding scenery. It has always attracted a bohemian mix of musicians, artists and intellectuals and that attitude is palpable as you walk the streets. Galway has been commercially important since the 11th century when it was a centre for trade with ...

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    Monroe's Tavern

    1 review

    If you want a recommendation for a warm and cozy pub, definitely check out Monroe's. They've got open fire pits and a great atmosphere, especially on Tuesday nights when they feature traditional Irish dancing on a regular basis. If you get hungry, you can grab a pizza at the attached Monroe's Pizza Cabin. Upstairs there's a large (and popular) nightclub ...

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    Galway Cathedral

    1 review

    A nifty (and very grand) building within walking distance of the city center. As much as this monstrous cathedral is a sight by itself, the walk there from the center of the city is quite nice. From wherever you are, make a beeline for the river, then walk along the river in the direction of the cathedral. There's a mini-park ...

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