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Planning A Staycation? Why Not Visit… Galway

It’s great to escape for a few days but the hassle of flying (especially with children) can leave you more exhausted than when you started. We’re so lucky in Ireland to have a host of amazing staycation options right on our doorstep and in a new series, we’ll be looking at different destinations and what…

It’s great to escape for a few days but the hassle of flying (especially with children) can leave you more exhausted than when you started.

We’re so lucky in Ireland to have a host of amazing staycation options right on our doorstep and in a new series, we’ll be looking at different destinations and what they have to offer.

This week, it’s the City Of The Tribes – Galway!

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How To Get There

Galway may be a 2hr 25 minute drive from Dublin but since the introduction of the M6, it’s really just a smooth spin down the road. If you want to leave the car at home, Irish Rail offers direct services from Heuston Station throughout the day and the journey takes 2hr and 20 minutes (fares from €14.99 each way if you book early).

GoBus and Citylink also offer a really convenient service between Dublin Airport, Dublin City and Galway. The trip takes 2hr and 30mins and one way tickets are available for €12.

Where To Stay

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels in Galway, with the four-star G Hotel offering the ultimate in luxury with rooms designed by Philip Tracey.

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If you’re on a smaller budget, The Skeffington Arms offers an unbeatable Eyre Square location at very reasonable rates and Jury’s Inn is always popular with groups visiting the city.

For an indulgent spa break, the Radisson Blu Hotel is hard to beat – while The Meyrick offers classic old-world charm.

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Attractions

Galway is the spiritual home of the festival and the city plays host to hundreds over the course of the year, including the Galway International Arts Festival, Galway Comedy Festival and Galway Races.

If you’re looking to stretch the legs in breathtaking surroundings, you won’t go far wrong with a trip out to Connemara National Park (below), or why not head to the Sportsground to Connacht Rugby fight their latest battle. History fans will enjoy a tour of Galway Museum and the PureSkill complex in Knocknacarra is a really fun way to spend time with the family.

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The best attraction that Galway has to offer is its atmosphere so for the perfect relaxing day, we’d recommend a wander around St Nicholas’ Market to sample the great food on offer, before enjoying a hot whiskey outside Tigh Neachtains or a spot of Trad in Tigh Coilí.

Where To Eat

Galway is home to not one but two Michelin star restaurants, in the form of Enda Walsh’s Loam and Jp McMahon’s Anair. Kai on Sea Road (below) is a hidden gem that offers some of the best locally sourced food in Galway and Lime at Spanish Arch is a safe bet for tasty Thai.

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Tribeton is one of the newest additions to West’s restaurant scene and offers opulent surroundings with tasty cocktails, while The Fisherman in Salthill does an amazing seafood brunch that you have to try!

Want to head somewhere different? Check out our guides to Wicklow and Limerick!

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