Galway City is more than well known for its close connections with Arts and Culture and with good reason. Not only will you begin to appreciate Galway's culture and arts as soon as you step outside our Hotel in Galway City but there are many places and venues to visit. See below for more:
Town Hall Theatre
Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, presents an extensive and eclectic mix of theatre, concerts, musicals, dance, film, comedy and family shows year-round. It attracts audiences well in excess of 100,000 annually making it the most successful theatre of its size in Ireland. Each year, the venue is the epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway’s key festivals and cultural events including Galway Arts Festival, Galway Film Fleadh, Cuirt and Baboro Children’s Festival to name but a few.
Guests of our Galway Hotel can enjoy a 10% discount on tickets for Town Hall Theatre & Black Box Theatre events.
Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery.
Kennys was established in 1940 by Des & Maureen Kenny. Web folklore has it that Kennys Bookshop was the second bookshop in the world to have its own website. Only a sci-fi shop in San Francisco beat them to it. As pioneers of bookselling online, Kennys have continually redeveloped their site over the years to keep up-to-date on the changing trends and needs of their customers. Kennys has a renowned stock of books on Irish history, culture, literature and language, as well as a comprehensive selection of non-Irish material that covers all aspects of the human experience.
Galway Oyster Festival 23-26 Sep
The first Oyster Festival in Galway took place in 1954. A local hotelier came up with the idea of celebrating the opening of the oyster season with a festival. With help from local businessmen and Guinness, the first festival took place the following September with 34 guests attending the first Oyster Festival Banquet and from such humble beginnings grew what is now regarded as one of the most celebrated and longest running festivals in the world. For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it is well worth making the trip to the Galway Oyster Festival. For four days and nights on the last weekend in September, Galway City comes alive as thousands of people travel from the four corners of the world to enjoy a remarkable festival.
Galway Early Music Festival 28-30 May
Since its inception in 1996, Galway Early Music has produced annual festivals which celebrated the culture of Europe from the 12th to the 18th century in music, dance, costume and colour. The aim of the festival is to create an audience for the music and dance of the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods through concerts and participation in workshops and masterclasses. The festival also encourages interaction of professional and amateur musicians and the development of historically informed performance in Galway and in Ireland as a whole. Galway Early Music Festival takes place in May each year.