Dublin may technically be the capital of Ireland but Galway is for sure its cultural capital. It’s even been named the European Capital of Culture for 2020 which proves it’s not just me who thinks so! The city of tribes sits where the River Corrib meets the west coast. Its winding medieval streets are packed with authentic Irish pubs and on every corner you are greeted by a street performer from buskers, to artists to magicians. You may even come across the next Ed Sheeran, he busked on shop street long before he was famous.
The Latin Quarter is a beautiful pedestrianised part of the city which contains its cultural heart. It features the Galway City Museum which shows the rich heritage of Galway through a variety of exhibitions. Galway is especially famed for its nightlife and the Latin Quarter is the place to experience this. Walking through this area your ears will be filled with traditional Irish music flowing from every pub. It is also home to many of the West’s best restaurants so it is the perfect place to grab something to eat.
The promenade gives you a perfect view of Galway Bay where small finishing boats provide the perfect relaxing backdrop and you can watch salmon fisherman from the vantage point of the Salmon Weir Bridge.
In the centre of Galway city centre is Eyre Square an award winning landscaped park. Regularly filled with stalls from local food & craft producers it is the best place to sit and watch the city go by.