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ACCOMMODATION

Where can I find houses or apartments in Galway for short term rent?
A good place to find short term houses for rent is http://www.daft.ie/shortterm/. Below are some apartment options also:



What are the most suitable hotels in Galway for large groups (30+ persons)?
Below a list of the larger hotels in Galway which are more likely to be able to facilitate your request.



Can you recommend accommodation for my stay in Galway?
We do not recommend specific accommodation options, however we would advise that you search at the following URL for a full list of the options available. The accommodation options are rated by users which will provide you with the most accurate indication of the quality of accommodation before you book. They also offer free cancellation and no upfront fees.

Booking.com (www.booking.com)



Are there any dedicated hookups for motor homes in Galway City?
There are motor home hookups at the Docks in Galway city centre. You should contact the Galway Port authority (www.galwayharbour.com) to confirm availability and pricing details.  

There are also motorhome facilities at each of the three campsites at the end of the prom in Salthill. For more info see: www.camping-irelandwest.com



What should I do if I have a bad experience with an accommodation provider in Galway?
We believe the most effective means by which to influence change in the quality provided by the Hotel, B&B or Self-catering accommodation in Galway is to submit your experience to Trip Advisor with a review on their site and also if you have time, to submit a rating of the property on Booking.com too. Accommodation providers generally take poor reviews on third party websites very seriously as they can have a direct impact on their ability to generate business.



TRANSPORT

What are the closest airports to Galway?
The closest airports to Galway are as follows:

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are the largest operators to the above airports.


How do you get from Dublin Airport to Galway?
The most straightforward and cost effective means of travel from Dublin Airport to Galway is by bus. Bus services from Dublin Airport are provided by 3 different operators:

Car Rental is also a good option. The following providers all service Dublin Airport. There is currently no rail link between Dublin Airport and Dublin or Galway City.


How do you get from Knock Airport to Galway?
Bus Services from Knock Airport are provided by Bus Eireann (http://www.buseireann.ie).

Car Rental is also an option. The following providers all service Knock Airport.


There is currently no rail link between Knock Airport and Galway City.

 



How do you get from Shannon Airport to Galway?
Bus Services from Shannon Airport are provided by Bus Eireann (http://www.buseireann.ie).

Car Rental is also an option. The following providers all service Shannon Airport.


There is currently no rail link between Knock Airport and Galway City.

 



Is there a daily bus service from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher?
Bus Eireann (www.buseireann.ie) offers a service that departs daily from Galway Bus Station at 11.30 am and returns to Galway departing the from the Cliffs at 2.30 pm.

Alternatively you could try one of the following tour operators who offer daily tours to the cliffs:



Are there any day tours available to the Cliffs of Moher?
The following tour operators provide guided bus tours from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher.



How do you get from Galway City to the Aran Islands?
For ferries to Aran, which depart from Rossaveal (35 mins west of Galway City with a 30min ferry crossing) you can take Aran Islands Ferries (www.aranislandferries.com). On their website you can book ferry tickets and return bus transfers from Galway City to the ferry port.

A longer journey by road (1.30mins) but a slightly shorter boat trip (25 mins) is departing from Doolin in county Clare (1 hr south of Galway City) see O'Brien Line (www.obrienline.com) and Doolin Ferry (www.doolinferry.com).



Where is the best place in Galway for coach parking?
Coach parking is available beside the car park at The Cathedral in the centre of Galway City.

Please refer to the map below.



Is there public transport available to Connemara National Park?
Connemara National Park is served by a regular bus from Galway City which drops off at Letterfrack Village where the entrance to the park is located.  Buses to Letterfrack are provided by Citylink (www.citylink.ie). Please also refer to Bus Eireann (www.buseireann.ie) as they provide bus services to this area also.

The tour operators below also offer tours to Connemara. Please contact them directly to enquire about times and ticket prices.



Where can I find bus times and routes in Galway City and County?
Buses in Galway city are operated by both City Direct (http://citydirect.ie/) and Bus Eireann (http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1360855228-Galway-City.pdf). Click on the links provided to get route and timetable details.
Taxis are also a handy way to travel in Galway, below are the main taxi companies in Galway city.


Between towns in county Galway, Bus Eireann (www.buseireann.ie) are the most likely company to provide transport service you require if it is available at all.

Citylink (www.citylink.ie) also provide bus services to some towns in Connemara (i.e: Moycullen, Rosscahill, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Recess, Clifden, Cleggan and Letterfrack) and towns between Galway and Athlone (i.e: Oranmore, Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe).

Route and timetables are available from their website links provided above. We would advise that you contact them if the information is not available from their website.

 



MUSIC / CULTURE

Where is a good place to see traditional Irish music being played in Galway?
A list of the main traditional music pubs in Galway city is available here.



Where can I see traditional Irish dancing in Galway?
The main traditional Irish music dancing show in Galway is Trad on the Prom which is held during the summer months. For more details see www.tradontheprom.com.



Are children allowed in pubs in Ireland?
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be in a pub in Ireland. Children aged 15 and over, but under 18, are allowed in pubs unaccompanied.



SPORT / ACTIVITIES / ADVENTURE

Is it possible to rent canoes or kayaks for unguided use in Galway?
Unfortunately we are unaware of any unguided rental options for canoes in Galway. However the best guided canoe/kayak providers are as follows:



Is it possible to go whale or dolphin watching from Galway?
At the moment there are no whale/dolphin excursions operating from Galway. The closest providers of these services operate in Southern County Clare which is about 1.30hrs drive from Galway. The websites are as follows:



Where can I find details of GAA games taking place in Galway?
We recommend contacting the Galway GAA as they will be able to advise of any games being played on your preferred date.

Please refer to the following link to contact them: http://www.galwaygaa.ie/index.php/en/contact



MISCELLANEOUS

How do I get my event listed on the Galway Events Calendar?
To get your event information listed please email us the title, a description of the event, an image for the event and a website link and we will do our best to publish it.The email address is info@galwaytourism.ie.

How can I get my concert, gig or show listed on the Galway Tourism gig guide page?
All of the gigs for Galway are automatically fed from the www.songkick.com website therefore you would need to add the gig there in order for it to be published here.



Do you have a bank of Hi Resolution images that I can use for marketing purposes?
Unfortunately we don't have a bank of Hi Res images, however Tourism Ireland may be able to provide you with access to their image bank. You must request access via the website (https://www.irelandscontentpool.com).



How can I advertise on your website?
We don't sell advertising space, however through Google Adwords PPC you can advertise on our site by targeting our domain name in your PPC campaigns.



How do I get my business listed on the Galway Tourism website?
Listing on our website is free, all we would ask in return is a link to our website from your website. Please refer to the following URL to submit your details:

http://www.galwaytourism.ie/suggest-listing.php?id=0



Who do I contact to organise a stand for the Galway Christmas Market?
The company to contact for enquiries about the Galway Continental Christmas Market are as follows:

Milestone Inventive
www.milestoneinventive.com
Info@milestoneinventive.com




Book Sightseeing Tours
Connemara Day Tours

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.


Connemara Tours


Cliffs of Moher Day Tours

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.


best cliffs of moher tour


Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

Cliffs of Moher Express Bus

A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.


best tour of The Burren


Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.


Cliffs of Moher Sightseeing Tours



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