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Historic Buildings

Historic buildings and places of historic importance in Galway City and County.
Cnoc Suain is an enchanting pre-famine hill village of thatched and slated stone cottages dating back to 1691. Situated in an Irish (Gaelic) speaking region of beautiful Connemara landscape. We offer a memorable cultural and educational experience in an atmosphere of warm hospitality, traditional home cooking and authentic stone and thatched cottages. Experience a sense of peace and tranquility.
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Award winning heritage centre located 5 miles from Clifden Town, the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Offers fine reconstructions of early settlement in the area including a crannóg, a ring fort and a clochaun. Audio visual presentations in English, Irish, German & French. Tea room serving teas etc.
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Experience life in a 16th century castle. Explore the surrounding indigenous woodland and take time for a picnic by the castle. Facilities include guided tours, exhibitions, woodland paths, a picnic area and light refreshments. Dunsandle Castle and Woods are open to the public Wednesday to Sunday, May to October 10am to 6pm.
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The last stone cathedral of its kind constructed in western Europe. Built in the Renaissance style, the artwork, glasswork and woodwork were all handcrafted by Irish artists and the money for the Cathedral was raised by the locals who purchased and donated each stone one by one.
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Glengowla Mines offers a fun day out for all the family! Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! Delve into the depths of the mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Follow the veins of copper pyrite which will lead you to the ‘miners gold’ - Galena. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find! Come join us on a unique underground tour of Connemara's only show mine. Glengowla is also home to a working farm where you can meet ‘Bob’ the sheep dog, say hello to the Connemara Ponies and help save some turf.
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163 workhouses were built in Ireland from 1840 to 1853 and served as the last resort of the starving populations during this period. Impoverished people entered the workhouse to receive food in return for work. It was a system based on indoor relief only. Entire families had to enter the workhouse together. The family members were then split up into separate quarters; men, women, boys and girls. The workhouse system was also a means of getting tenants off the land. <br/><br/> The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna is the only centre in Ireland of its kind, and is dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. The Centre is located in a real workhouse. While some other workhouses survive, few are as intact as Portumna. All seven main buildings survive on an 8 acre site.
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Kylemore Abbey, known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle is located in Connemara, Co. Galway and is the most visited attraction in the West of Ireland. The Abbey is situated beside an idyllic Lake and is backed by steep mountains providing a postcard perfect view. Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history including engineering initiatives, model farms, tragedy, royal visits, gambling debts, a hideaway during Ireland’s troubled history as well as excellence in education. <br><br> Home to the Benedictine Nuns since 1920, much of the Kylemore estate has been restored to its former glory and is open to visitors all year. Visitors can also browse in the Craft shop and retail centre, viewing our unique Kylemore Abbey Pottery as it is produced in our Pottery Studio or relax over coffee in the Restaurant whilst sampling the freshly home-cooked delights.
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The National University of Ireland, Galway (also know as N.U.I Galway, or previously University College Galway U.C.G.) can be found on University Road, right in the heart of Galway city centre. This landmark attraction is a must for visitors to Galway city if only to see explore its history and view it’s architecture. <br/><br/> The National University of Ireland, Galway, was established as Queen’s College Galway in 1849. A year later it became part of The Queen’s University of Ireland which also included other universities like Queen’s University Belfast and University College Cork.<br/><br/> The college presently has approximately 15,000 students which study in one of seven faculties – law, medicine and health sciences, celtic studies, engineering, commerce, science and arts.<br/><br/> Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the campus, which is located in the city centre and stretches along the River Corrib. The quadrangle is a replica of Christ Church (part of the University of Oxford) and is the oldest part of the university in Galway.<br/><br/> The university boasts a great student and social network with over 80 societies and 60 sports clubs! Two of the oldest societies on campus are the Literarty & Debating Society (founded in 1846) and Cumann Staire (historical studies).<br/><br/> Famous past alumni of the college include; Henry Arthur Blake (served as governor of Hong Kong), President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
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Nora Barnacle, the wife of James Joyce was born in Galway .The Nora Barnacle House is a small private museum faithfully restored to its former character. It contains letters, photographs and other exhibits from the lives of the Joyces and their connections with Galway. Open in Summer only.
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Built around 1320, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church is well worth a visit and is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland, which has been in continuous use. Currently serving the Church of Ireland community, the church is dedicated to St Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of children (the model for Santa Claus) and mariners. Through the centuries, the church has played a central role in Galway's history. In 1477, the explorer Christopher Columbus prayed at this church. During the 1600s, two tribe families of Galway extended the church but after the city was besieged in 1652, Cromwellian troops used the church as a stable.<br/><br/> The exterior has numerous carvings of animals and mythical creatures, while inside there are a diverse number of notable artefacts and monuments such as the Crusader's grave (1300s), the carved baptismal font (1600s), a decorated stone lectern (1500s and the Lepers' Gallery. St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church of Ireland is still a working place of worship and visitors are welcome. It also hosts concerts of classical music and choir singing throughout the year. It opens daily from 9am-7pm.
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Connemara Adventure Challenge (06th May 2017)
The Connemara Adventure Challenge covers 3 separate disciplines - trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling.
Fleadh na gCuach (29th April - 01st May 2017)
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Connemara Mussel Festival (28th - 30th April 2017)
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Connemara International Marathon (23rd April 2017)
2017 is the 16th Connemara Marathon, taking runners past stunning mountains and beautiful glacial lakes.
Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23rd - 30th April 2017)
Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual celebration of the very best of contemporary writing in poetry, fiction and memoir.
Galway Theatre Festival (18th - 23rd April 2017)
The 9th annual Galway Theatre Festival promises an expanded programme with more venues this year.
Galway Food Festival (13th - 17th April 2017)
Exceptional food producers and renowned Galway chefs will host a variety of events throughout the city to celebrate 100 Years of Irish Food.
Clifden Traditional Music Festival (06th - 09th April 2017)
A weekend of the very best of Irish music, song and dance with concerts, sessions, workshops and outdoor entertainment.
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Connemara Day Tour

Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.

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Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour

The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

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Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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