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Sightseeing in Galway - what to see. Complete travel guide

Galway Catherdral Galway is an old port city and administrative center of the eponymous county located in the west of Ireland. The history of the city begins in 1124. Fort at the Mouth of the Gaillimh (Dún Bhun na Gaillimhe ) was built here at the beginning of the 12th century. The settlement that formed near the stronghold had a very advantageous strategic position, therefore these lands had been under the close attention of the Normans for a long time. The fort was captured by 1230 when the conquerors were headed by Richard Óg de Burgh.
In Galway, you can find many historic hotels, and the most prestigious one is Glenlo Abbey. It is housed in a magnificent old castle standing on the shore of Loch Corrib Lake. The hotel is … Open
Since that time, the rule of the de Burgh dynasty that has eventually accepted the Irish culture was established in Galway. The city developed primarily as a trade center. During the Middle Ages, the city's administration was occupied by local merchants' dynasties. Galway's official status was received in 1484, when it maintained close economic ties with England, while relations with Ireland were more than restrained. The situation changed only at the end of the 17th century when Galway was captured by the troops of William III.
During the War of the Two Kings, all hereditary trading dynasties living in Galway were destroyed. The city's economic achievements were seriously undermined and it eventually fell into decay. Galway has restored its former importance as a major economic and commercial center only by the end of the 20th century. It has experienced incredibly rapid economic growth over the past decades. A significant part of the city's present-day economy is occupied by the tourist sphere. More than one million foreign guests visit it every year. Copyright
Despite the fact that Galway has partially lost its once high economic status, its historical charm is fully preserved. Travelers are recommended to explore the city's attractions on foot, … Open
The today's city is distinguished by its well-developed agricultural industry. After years of battles and wars, it has retained one of its main virtues - the fabulously beautiful nature and a favorable climate. Galway has become a venue for holding annual agricultural fairs, which attract both professionals in this sphere and ordinary travelers. The modern city is characterized by quite a calm and relaxed atmosphere. it is pleasant to walk on foot on its picturesque streets; the city is not overloaded with motor transport and has kept a lot of unique historic landmarks.
Connemara, Co Galway. The favorable climate makes Galway incredibly attractive in the eyes of tourists, as they can go on a trip at any time of the year. Frosts are extremely rare here even in the midst of winter, and in summer there is always a moderately warm weather. The city is sure to appeal not only to lovers of hiking and excursions but also to shopping fans: a huge selection of shops is guaranteed.
Galway is an ideal place for enjoying all kinds of recreation. It offers many historic landmarks, wonderful entertainment facilities, and a huge number of shops, as well as great places to … Open
It's a good idea to start a walk through the shopping streets from the Eyre Square located in the city center. This is the place where William Street , Mainguard Street start. These and many other streets accommodate incredibly interesting shopping pavilions. It is noteworthy that almost all the Galway's shopping streets are fully pedestrian, while many popular shops occupy spectacular historic buildings. The city would be a great destination for gastronomic tourism enthusiasts who can explore some charming national restaurants and pubs. The national cuisine is based on hearty meat and seafood dishes, while any meal is not complete without some potatoes. The most popular national drink is local Irish coffee with traditionally added fragrant whiskey.
Menlo Castle, Galway. Galway is rich in historical landmarks, but it is particularly important to mention Kylemore Abbey. The gorgeous building is located in a picturesque place near a lake. The beautiful castle was built in 1871. When all construction works were over, the luxurious mansion was already occupying an area of more than 13,000 acres. It was surrounded by lush gardens and parks, some fragments of which have survived till our days. The castle was privately owned until 1920, and after that Benedictine monks founded a monastery in the strikingly beautiful building. In 1993, the historical building was thoroughly reconstructed and then opened to the general public.
In Galway, you can find many historic hotels, and the most prestigious one is Glenlo Abbey. It is housed in a magnificent old castle standing on the shore of Loch Corrib Lake. The hotel is … Open
Travelers are recommended to visit Ashford Castle that is present in the list of the most famous castles in Ireland. First mentions of the fabulous castle date back to 1228. During its centuries-long history, the castle changed several owners. At the beginning of the 20th century, the unique castle changed its owner once again. Noel Huggard purchased it and decided to open a posh hotel there. The hotel greeted its first guests in 1910 and keeps working until our days. Ashford Castle is the winner of many prestigious awards. Nowadays, absolutely everyone can spend several days in this beautiful castle.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Galway
♥   Shopping area ' Shop Street' Galway, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Galway
♥   Castle 'Castle Eyre' , 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Oranmore Castle' , 7.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Dunguaire Castle' , 16.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Aughnanure Castle' , 22 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Caherconnell Stone Fort' , 26.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Galway from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Clonmacnoise Tower

From the series “Falling towers and buildings”
Clonmacnoise tower is the tallest one that has been preserved. Other towers do not exceed 30 meters in height. According to some reports, such towers could serve as a shelter for locals during enemy raids. The structure of all towers is similar. The presence of a double wall is typical for them. The space between the walls is filled with rubble. The entrance to the towers is also quite unusual. It is located at a height of 2-3 meters from ground level. All these features suggest that the Clonmacnoise tower was also used as a defensive structure hundreds of years ago. … Read further

Plassy Wrecks

From the series “The Surviving Remains of Shipwrecks You Can Observe Yourself”
The crew was saved by the locals, thanks to them the sailors stayed alive. They rushed to save them from the drowning ship. Nobody from the crew was ready for such extreme situation. The miracle and the locals saved this people from death. Nowadays this abandoned ship is a major point of interest for tourists. Every excursion group visit this ship. Apart from the old drowned ship, Inis Oírr island has an ancient castle of the 15th century and many other outstanding sightseeing. … Read further

Sightseeing in Ireland: things to see

The cities of Galway and Cork are popular tourist destinations. The latter is also the location of an annual jazz festival, so this city is well-known to all music connoisseurs. Galway is famous because of a completely different thing. The city is renowned because of the biggest National Aquarium in the country. The aquarium is home to several thousand species of marine animals. … Open
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