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Destination guide

Visit a cosmopolitan harbour city from a Galway cottage

The harbour city of Galway offers a charming, laid-back area for finding holiday cottages in Ireland. You’ll have endless options for how to spend your time, from exploring historic sites in the city square to drinks and live Irish folk music at lively pubs. The city has many cafes, art galleries and boutiques to check out as well, giving you a chance to experience and immerse yourself in the local culture. With a holiday cottage in Galway, you’ll be within reach of all the wonders of the harbourside area.

 
History

Heritage sites near Galway holiday homes

You can find a variety of historic and heritage sites hear holiday homes in Galway. Not far from your holiday rental you’ll find Lynch’s Castle, a medieval townhouse at the centre of the city. The Church of Ireland St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church has stood since the year 1320 and is still in use today. You can see the remains of Menlo Castle just outside the city, which stood as an ancestral home of the Blake family. Off of Flood Street, you can view the Hall of the Red Earl through protective glass, the oldest medieval fragment surviving in the city.

Things to do

Things to do near Galway holiday homes

The Spanish Arch represents a medieval expansion of the city’s wall to protect the quays and expand the city’s defences. The green-domed Galway Cathedral offers you a stunning example of neo-Renaissance architecture. History buffs will love the Galway City Museum that offers exhibits tracing the entire history of the region. Eyre Square is right in the heart of the city and allows access from holiday homes to the nearby shopping area and the railway station.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Galway

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes Galway a fun place to get away to. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • National Aquarium of Galway (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Galway Tours (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Leisureland (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Royal Tara China Visitor Center (1.6 mi / 2.6 km)
  • Galway Golf Club (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • Galway Bay Golf And Country Club (3.6 mi / 5.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Galway

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Galway. These are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • South Park (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Millennium Children's Park and Playground (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Lough Atalia (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Salthill Beaches (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Merlin Woods Park (2.3 mi / 3.8 km)
  • Silver Strand (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Galway

Fly into Shannon (SNN), the closest airport, located 40.4 mi (65.1 km) from the city centre.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Galway Station.

How to get around

Transport to Galway holiday homes

Transport to Galway holiday homes can be had in a number of ways. Airlines service three airports within an hour of the city. Getting from the airport can be done via bus service or car hire if you prefer to self-drive the area. Once you’re in Galway, there is bus service to get you around the city, though many neighbourhoods are walkable, and many also choose cycling as a great way to see the sights.

Food & drink 

Must-try delicacies in Galway

There are many Irish traditional dishes you must try while relaxing in Galway holiday cottages. Traditional boxty, or potato pancakes, are a satisfying and sumptuous dish. Irish coddle is a traditional dish dating back to the 1700s containing bacon, pork sausage, potatoes and onions. Seafood chowder served with Guinness and treacle bread is another delicious delicacy, and for breakfast, don’t forget to try Ulster fry, a plate of sausage, bacon, potato farl, tomatoes, eggs and black and white pudding all cooked in the same pan.

Family friendly

Family fun near Galway holiday cottages

If you’re looking to entertain the kids, head from your holiday cottages to any of the many family-friendly and kids’ attractions in Galway. The Burren Nature Sanctuary allows kids to meet goats, alpaca, rabbits, guinea pigs and Shetland ponies, among other animals. Brigit’s Garden is 11 acres of woodland with hiking trails that feature a children’s discovery trail. The Galway Aquarium houses over 200 species of fish, including small shark, and even offers the opportunity to hold a starfish or crab. Loughwell Farm Park features a petting zoo, play barn with bouncy castles, slides, sandpit and even go-karts.

Good for couples

Romantic retreat in Galway holiday lettings

Romantic retreats just a short distance from your Galway holiday lettings are plentiful. The picturesque village of Spiddal offers two beaches and a number of romantic cafes and clubs. Salthill offers a Ferris wheel beside the Leisureland amusement park, where you can enjoy high vistas when you stop at the top. Coole Park is a great place for a picnic while you search for the famed Autograph Tree that holds signatures from Yeats, Shaw and O’Casey, among other artists and writers. Not far from the city, you can watch an amazing explosion of orange, red and blue when you take in a sunset at Kinarva.

How many holiday rentals are available around Galway?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 228 holiday lettings around Galway. From 62 houses to 58 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Galway?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Galway. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Eyre Square: 281 holiday lettings
  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel Golf Course: 296 holiday lettings
  • Bold Art Gallery: 283 holiday lettings
  • Galway Golf Club: 305 holiday lettings
  • Galway Mayo Institute of Technology: 279 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Galway listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Galway?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 62 Houses in Galway. Our other popular types of Galway holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 58 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 83 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 83 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Galway?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 188 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Galway. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.