The port city of Galway is Ireland’s third-biggest city after Dublin and Cork. It’s one of my favorites, not only because of its location close to the sea but because of its lively art scene and the many places to hear traditional Irish music.
There are some great pubs here, like Tigh Chóilí or Tigh Neachtain, where you can sidle up to a local for a great conversation or tuck yourself away in a corner snug with a good book and a properly poured pint of Guinness.
Some of the places to visit in town include the Spanish Arch, Ireland’s National Aquarium, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, the largest medieval church in Ireland, complete with well-preserved stained glass windows, a unique triple nave, and gargoyles, and the Galway City Museum, where you can explore the rich archaeology, history, and heritage of Galway.
Be sure to “walk the prom” (the magnificent seaside promenade) as the locals do by customarily “kicking the wall” at the end of the trail near the Blackrock diving board, which is said to bring good fortune and luck. It’s been mystifying tourists for years!
Other nearby not-to-miss sights include the famous Cliffs of Moher, the wild and unique landscape of The Burren, and the Aran Islands.
This originally appeared in the article The Best Cities in Ireland to Visit According to Top Travel Bloggers
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