There’s only one thing kids want to have on holidays – and that’s FUN! Galway has plenty of that for kids of all ages and their families.
Most cafés and restaurants welcome children, and pubs are a favourite dining spot for families (although there are evening restrictions in licensed premises for under-15s). High chairs are often available on request.
Day visitor attractions such as pet farms and activity centres are abundant throughout the region, and museums and heritage centres have activities specially designed to appeal to children. Click here for a list of the top family attractions in Galway.
You could also time your family's visit to coincide with one of the festivals in Ireland's West. Two festivals are just for kids – they are Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Galway City and the Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival in Castlebar, both in October. They’re packed with fun, drama and entertainment, all for children. Arts festivals throughout the region are also great fun for families, and most feature a children's programme to appeal to all ages.
Of course there are also child-friendly activities available in Galway such as pony trekking, sandcastles, swimming, sailing, adventure centres, boat rides, canoeing, learning music, bus tours and much much more.
Or, for a different day out, why not pack a picnic and visit one of the many playgrounds in the region – there’s probably one near where you’re staying. Click here to see a list of the top playgrounds in Galway City.
Book Sightseeing 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.
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.
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.
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.