Wondering what to do in Galway this weekend? Galway is one of the loveliest cities in Ireland for a variety of great reasons. Keep reading to plan your itinerary for your next visit!
Promenade By the Shore in Galway this Weekend
First things first when you get to a new city – take a walk around! Galway is actually not that large of a city, especially during summer time when the kids are out of university.
There are many things to do in Galway, and it’s one of the easiest cities to get a feel for just by taking a stroll. Navigate yourself from wherever you are staying on a course towards the Spanish Arch. While not the most impressive site in the world, this path will take you along the wharf with lovely sunset views and colorful fishing boats.
Galway City Museum
Now that you know where everything is, it’s time to learn about Galways past and present. The Galway City Museum is right next to the Spanish Arch, and is one of the best things to do in Galway for those who like learning. It’s also free!
Meander through comprehensive exhibits that celebrate what Galway has had to offer the world over the years, from Neolithic axes to 1900s guns. It’s good for both children and adults, with interactive features and models. If you’re planning a day trip to the Aran islands, there is information on that too to help you prepare.
It’s always nice to get a taste of what the place you’re visiting has meant in a wider context, and this museum won’t take too much time out of your itinerary.
Shop for The Best Gifts and Souvenirs
Galway is in a part of Ireland that works to preserve traditional crafts, music, and other things of cultural significance. You can find established shops for buying new instruments or jewelry dotted throughout the city.
But, if you’re looking to get a little more local, this weekend in Galway the Galway Market is your best bet. Only on Saturdays and Sundays, you can find the wares of small businesses on display. From ceramics to baked goods, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list – including yourself!
Also, if you’ve been looking for the best Claddagh ring in Ireland, they actually originated in Galway! So you’re sure to find the best one here.
Get in on a Live “Trad” Music Session in Galway this Weekend
Of course, the main thing people head to Galway for is the drinking and live music. But you can get live music in just about any pub in Ireland, so it’s the traditional “trad” music you should be on the lookout for.
Beware, though, these venues tend to fill up incredibly fast and will even have waitlists. Get there up to two hours ahead in the busy months to secure your spot for the music.
Some of your best bet pubs for being whisked to the past are Tig Choili, An Pucan, and Monroe’s Tavern.
Get Fancy at a Michelin Star Restaurant
Galway is home to two Michelin Star restaurants, and it’s worth the splurge for these takes on traditional dishes with prized local ingredients. While some of the dishes may look odd, they are fantastic and fun. The above dish had savory egg foam and ham in a sortof inverted scotch egg – incredibly enjoyable and a lovely chef.
Michelin star restaurants are often about the experience, the seemingly never-ending array of dishes. And this has been my favorite of the three I have been to! You can check out the Aniar restaurant to make your reservations.
Daytrips from Galway
Of course, visiting Galway this weekend should only be half the story. This entire region is know for beautiful scenery that often finds its way onto postcards. If you’re looking for other regions to head to, my Sligo Itinerary details one of the best places I’ve ever been to!
Cliffs of Moher
Of course, your trip to Galway this weekend would not be complete without a visit to the famed Cliffs of Moher. And unlike many popular places, the Cliffs of Moher exceeds expectations.
You can spend hours here, wandering as far as you can and then heading in the opposite direction. As you progress, the cliffs move out like a wave, rippling in the sea. Beware, though, the going can get a little treacherous!
You might also be surprised to spot some cows grazing up here – it seems livestock truly own the land in Ireland. What lucky, lucky cows!
The Aran islands are one of the most traditional places you can visit. Not only is it the original source of the famed Aran wool (which makes the best sweaters!) it’s also one of the few places where Irish Gaelic is still spoken.
Be aware, by October the ferries are frequently cancelled. They will claim bad weather and it will be frustrating because every day will be beautiful. Irish people don’t seem to understand their own seasons! Take it from someone who knows and don’t set yourself up for disappointment.
Ever wanted to see the surface of the moon? The Burren is absolutely wild – and a total surprise. The landscape is lunar, grey cracked and dented rock stretches out until it reaches the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Apparently the grass here is so nutritious that it’s the best place to graze cattle!
It is a national park, but most tour buses won’t stay here long enough. If you can, plan a day trip to here on your own. It’s truly worth your time.
And that’s what you should know about Galway this weekend! Good luck planning your next trip.