Nestled away in the breast of the Wild Atlantic Way, the European Capital of Culture is a hive for international tourism and attracts tens of thousands to its enchanting city every year. Reputed as the artistic heart of Ireland, Galway city and county offers a generous taste of Irish culture and heritage to satisfy every palette. From the uplifting tones of traditional music careening down Shop Street to the sprawling greenery of the Connemara coast, the West of Ireland beckons!
Often considered the crown jewel of Connemara, Kylemore Abbey’s prestige has only ripened with age. Steeped in history, its magnificent Victorian Walled Gardens, intricately designed Neo-Gothic Church and the myriad of heritage events on offer make the former home of the Benedictine Monks a cultural treasure and a must-see for visitors to the county.
The beating heart of the festivities, a night in the City of the Tribes is like no other. From traditional pubs thronged with locals and tourists alike to impromptu gatherings on a glorious summer evening at Spanish Arch, visitors are left charmed by the picturesque amenities and spellbinding appeal that Galway is globally renowned for. So take a stroll down the old Long Walk and sample some of the exquisite food that the local restauranteurs have to offer!
Galway is an undisputed epicentre for the arts, hosting some of the country’s leading musicians, visual artists, authors and performers every summer for the International Arts Festival. Capitalising on the buzz and energy that the festival ignites, the Galway Races draws eager punters to Ballybrit Racecourse for an unforgettable week brimming with lavish style and opulence. So don your finest clothes, place your bets, and we'll see you at the starting line!