Today, there is a lot of talk about Ireland and for good reasons. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. At the top of Ireland’s crown is the shining gem known as Galway, a charming city with a thriving nightlife, impressive street performances, friendly locals, and memorable experiences. Standing majestically on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay, Galway is a divine destination. It is where traditional Irish culture is in plenty, and the city is vibrant with modern and diverse aspects.
Visit the Pubs
There are countless thrilling pubs in Galway, so you will no doubt have an exciting experience when you visit them. You are free to choose from any of them, but a trip to Galway means hitting the most interesting ones. Start with O’Connor’s in Salthill, a charming pub with visual delights such as a motley of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling and the old bloomers by the fireplace. Here you will enjoy good drinks, and make some new friends as the locals are friendly.
Be sure also to visit the Skeffington (popularly known as the Skeff) where you will get to watch sports with devoted fans, and share unforgettable sports moments. You can also sit by the charming fireplace, or have a drink outside while you enjoy a little people watching across Eyre Square.
Impressive Street Performances
Lazy days are for strolling through the streets of Galway to admire the architecture. And mingle with the locals. As you take your walk, be sure to pass by and get stuck between Williamsgate Street and Quay Street. It is here that you will meet with lively street performers who will not only entertain you but help you fall in love with the city. The performers set the ambiance for this town with the distant but melodious tunes of traditional singers blending perfectly with the music from traditional dances. A few spirited performances here and there heighten the buzz of the city, treating you to a once in a lifetime experience.
Ireland’s Greatest Horse Races
If you happen to visit Galway in august, then you are in for a treat as you will get to see Ireland’s greatest horse races. The delightful village of Ballybrit transforms into the host of thousands of horse race fans who love the thrill of a good horse race. You can take part in this experience with fellow fans who will be treating you like family in a heartbeat.
A Hub of History and Culture
There is nothing quite as unique as Ireland’s history and culture; Galway is the hub of both these things. Expect to find lively traditional music from street performers and night shows. Creativity runs deep in Irish culture, and so the poetry, practices, and beliefs are impressive and indulging. The peak of culture and history, however, is best seen in June during the annual International Arts Festival. During this event, you will get to experience traditions and beliefs represented through dances, literature, art, and much more. It is guaranteed to be unlike anything you have ever seen.