Discover the Charms of Galway on Our Cruises to Ireland

With its brightly colored shops, excellent bars and restaurants, and traditional Irish music sessions, Galway may be one of Ireland’s most enchanting cities. It’s certainly one of the country’s liveliest, with an average of 122 festivals and events every year.

That’s not to dismiss Galway’s storied history. Dating back to 1124, the city has survived everything from Norman invaders and Cromwellian conquests to the Irish Potato Famines of 1845-1852. This juxtaposition of historic and contemporary is on full display at the Eyre Square Centre, where the city’s medieval walls can be found on the inside of this popular shopping destination.

Speaking of shopping, be sure to head to the aptly named Shop Street. As the city’s main thoroughfare, this pedestrianized street is filled with bustling boutiques, historic brick buildings like Lynch’s Castle, talented buskers, and of course, some really great Irish pubs, where live music is always on the menu.

But if you’re in the mood for more edible fare, visit one of Galway’s delicious seafood restaurants, renowned for some of the best oysters in the world. So, isn’t it about shucking time you joined us on one of our cruises to Ireland?

Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas

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The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas in Galway, Ireland

Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas

Founded in 1320, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval church in Ireland (and still holds services every day). It’s not only the site of the first public blessing of a same-sex couple in an Irish church, but it’s also said that Christopher Columbus worshipped here when he visited Galway in 1477.

Claddagh Jewelry

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A gold ring from Claddagh Jewellers in Galway, Ireland

Claddagh Jewelry

Located near the city center, Claddagh was once a fishing village dating back to the 5th century. Nowadays, it’s far more famous for Claddagh jewelry, especially the Claddagh ring—a traditional symbol of love and friendship that consists of two hands holding a crowned heart (and makes for the perfect Irish souvenir).

Aran Islands

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A brown horse at a stone fence on Aran Islands in Galway, Ireland

Aran Islands

They may just be a 40-minute ferry away from nearby Rossaveal Harbour, but the Aran Islands seem like they’re from a throwback in time, with windswept fields, stone fences, and barely a sign of modern civilization in sight. A must-see is Dún Aengus, a 2,000-year-old fortress perched at the edge of 300-foot-high cliffs.

Galway, Ireland At a glance

Current Weather:
9°C / 48 °F
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
9:53:19 pm2018/10/22 21:53:19 pm
Monday, October 22
UTC/GMT +01:00
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.16
  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
GPS: 53°9'36"N 9°1'48"W
Size: 53.00 KM2 (20.46 MI2)
Population: 79,934
Density: 1,508 Pop/KM2 (582 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 91

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