Hotels Near Spanish Arch Galway
The Spanish Arch is a 3 minute drive or a 7 minute walk from The Spanish Arch Galway. When you stay at Victoria Hotel, you are within walking distance of many of Galway City’s best bars, restaurants, shopping areas and even attractions such as The Spanish Arch. Victoria Hotel offers spacious and comfortable accommodation in Galway City centre and you can choose between double rooms, twin rooms and triple rooms. Our hotel also offers great dining options at The Vic Bar and Alexandra’s Restaurant. Book your stay direct on our site today for the best rates and offers available.
Positioned on the left bank of the River Corrib, The Spanish Arch is one of Galway’s historical gem and it dates back to medieval times. The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 but it is actually an extension of a 12th century Normal-built town wall which stretched from Martin’s Tower to the riverbank. The Spanish Arch once housed soldiers who even manned cannons on the roof. It was constructed by Wylliam Martin who was the 34th Mayor of Galway and it was first known by the name Ceann an Bhalla which means the head of the wall but it was later renamed to Spanish Arch. The new name was a reference to the former merchant trade with Spanish galleons which often docked there. In medieval times, European ships carrying wines and spices used to dock at the Spanish Arch and even Christopher Columbus visited in 1477.
Unfortunately, in 1755, The Spanish Arch was partially destroyed by a tsunami and in the 1800’s, the Eyre family added the long walk extension. The Spanish Arched used to house the Galway City Museum but it has now moved to a new location only 50 yards away behind the original museum building.
See What Our Guests Have to Say:
‘Great Location, Great Value’
“We spent 4 nights at the Victoria in what was our first trip ever to Galway. It's right around the corner from Ceannt Station and the coach station- no having to lug baggage through the city center! Eyre Square is one block away, the Spanish Arch is about a 8 minute walk, 10 minute walk to Galway Cathedral. The location, especially for the price, was fantastic.”
‘Walking distance to Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, the shopping alleys and lots of bars.’
“With the restaurant, bar and nightclub, there is a lot going on here. We had the corner room on the fourth floor which has a great view of the port. Breakfast was included in our rate and that was sweet. The room was comfortable and the staff were lovely.”