Galway is a charming medieval town on the west coast of Ireland, and despite being one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, is still small enough to be friendly and intimate. It began as a small fishing village on the estuary of the River Corrib, a river traditionally called Abhainn na Gaillimhe (The Galway River) after Galvia, a mythological princess said to have drowned in its waters. In medieval times, it became an important trading port; the town gained its charter from Richard III of England in 1484; and Christopher Columbus attended Mass here before setting out for the New World. In 1845, Galway became a university city, with the foundation of Queen’s College Galway (now the National University of Ireland, Galway). It is now famous for its internationally renowned arts, film, and literature festivals, as well as the Galway Races (horses) and the Oyster Festival. Although Galway is predominantly an English-speaking town, it lies in the Gaeltacht (the Irish-speaking region) and is extremely proud of its Irish-language heritage. Visitors venturing west into Connemara will see and hear Irish in daily use.
Galway is the gateway to the breathtaking scenery of Connemara, the Burren and the Aran Islands.
GETTING TO GALWAY
Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland and may be easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these.
Our local airport Galway (GWY) offers connections to Ireland and Britain (and some French destinations). Aer Arann serves several Irish and UK destinations, the most useful of which may be London Luton (LTN) or Manchester (MAN). Galway airport is just a 10 minute drive from the city circa €15.00 by taxi.
Alternatively, there are a number of other access points - please see the following links for further information.
- Shannon Airport (SNN, approx. 1.5 hours away by bus or car; many airlines fly to Shannon, including Ryanair)
- Knock Airport (NOC, approx 1.5 hours by car or bus, but the bus service is not as good as from Shannon)
- Dublin Airport (DUB, approx. 4 hours by bus, car or train; this is the major international airport, served by Aer Lingus, Ryanair and many others)
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Travel around Ireland
During your stay you may wish to take in some of the wonderful sights of Ireland. For further information please see website www.discoverireland.ie or