Galway city life
Galway, often referred to as the most ‘Irish’ of all the cities in Ireland, has a unique and interesting vibe, combining the remains of the Medieval Times with a thriving and contemporary atmosphere and architecture. Galway is stepped in history and culture so you have plenty of places to discover and admire.
Notable attractions in Galway are:
- Lynch's Castle
- The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church – is the largest medieval church still in everyday use
- The Spanish Arch
- Galway Atlantaquaria
- The Galway City Museum
- Galway cathedral
- Salmon Weir Bridge
- The Hall of the Red Earl – the earliest medieval settlement fragment surviving within the walls of the city
Walk along the Eyre Square, the main square in the city containing John F. Kennedy Park, and along the Spanish Parade area. Admire Galway Bay or wander through the Claddagh area, where you can even try fishing or shop at one of the numerous specialty stores, popular for the Claddagh rings souvenirs.
Galway has a rich sporting heritage, with a history in sports like horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, greyhound racing, so you can enjoy many sports events.
You will find plenty of interesting venues, including special pubs and bars where you can listen to authentic Irish music and see performances of Irish dancers.
Curious about Dublin? Take a trip to the more vibrant and busy city, only two hours and a half away by bus.
International atmosphere in Galway
Stated as one of the best cities in Europe anyone can visit, Galway draws many tourists and is also home to several ethnic communities. More than half of the minorities’ population are people coming from Poland and other Central European and Baltic States, such as Latvia and Lithuania. A smaller crowd of Asian and African immigrants come from East Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
With a growing economy and many job opportunities, Galway has been continually attracting foreign investments and allured big financial and technology companies from U.S. and UK to set local offices here.
Galway has a mild, humid and changeable climate, with no extreme temperatures. Most precipitations are rainfalls and hail, sleet and snow only occur occasionally, mostly during cold winter time. Due to a consistent humidity, Galway may experience heavy showers, and even thunderstorms. Average temperatures in the winter are 6 – 7 C (42 – 43 F), while during summer temperatures record 15 – 16 C (60 – 61 F).