Historic Attractions

The Galway City Museum

Spanish Parade House, Merchants Road Lower, 800m / 7mins walk
Galway City Museum is a bright, open, contemporary building perfectly located within easy walking distance of the Victoria Hotel on the banks of the River Corrib. The museum houses various artefcats tied closely to the city’s history and heritage; such as archeology, art and crafts. Featuring both permanent and touring exhibitions and it is has free admission!

The Claddagh Ring Museum

1 Quay Street, 550m / 5 mins walk
Located in the building of the jeweler who originally designed and created the very first Claddagh Ring. The design quickly grew in popularity all across the country and is now one of the symbols strongly associated to Ireland. Displayed in the The Claddagh Ring Museum displays some first rings created including the smallest ring ever created, rings at various stages of the intricate crafting process and many more.

Galway Cathedral

University Road, 850m / 8 mins walk
The impressive cathedral looks like it has stood for centuries but was built in the 1950’s making it one of the last great stone cathedrals to be built in Europe. Sitting on the banks of the River Corrib it is the perfect place to visit to escape the hubbub of Galway city for a few moments.

Co. Galway Places to Visit

Brigit's Garden

Rosscahill, Co. Galway, 19km
One of the most unique and special gardens in all of Ireland, Brigit’s Garden takes you on a magical celebration of Celtic mythology and heritage. These gardens are themed around the four Gaelic festivals Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. Spaced over 11 acres of unspoiled land full of wild flowers and are embedded with nature trails.

The Glengowla Mines

Oughterard Co. Galway, 30km
Situated in Oughterard, County Galway, the mines were established in the 19th century and produced silver and lead. The Glengowla Mines are the only show mines you can visit in Ireland and a remarkable and inspiring illustration of our industrial heritage. The mines have been reclaimed, restored and changed into an excellent visitor attraction.

Dartfield Horse Museum

Loughrea, Co. Galway, 43km
Dedicated to Irish Horses, this museum and heritage centre is one of a kind. Dartfield Horse Museum celebrates Irish horses and also historic Irish country life from the 1800-1900s. It even has a section of vintage cars from 1901-19.30. The founding of Dartfield was the vision of Willie Leahy, the largest breeder of Connemara ponies in the world, this house is set in 350 acres of beautiful parkland which are open to the public to explore.