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Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

1. Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Experience Galway from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view. With your expert guide, discover key points of interest and get insider tips on food, drink, and other activities in the city. Start the tour at the historical Eyre Square area. Learn first about wealthy merchant families who made Galway one of the wealthiest places in medieval Europe. Hear further tales of invaders, visiting presidents, movie stars, and the local legends who helped put Galway on the map. Stroll through the medieval city center, with several stops en route to highlight the historical significance of the area. See sights like the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle, and Saint Nicholas's Collegiate church, among others. Get a glimpse of what makes Galway so important when it comes to its fame as a haven for artists. Learn more about cultural events such as the Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Festival which take place during the year. Conclude the tour at the buzzing Spanish Arch area beside the sea, with a detailed introduction given to the Claddagh village and its people.

Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

2. Galway: Best of Galway City & Claddagh Walking Tour

Galway is the oldest and largest city on Ireland’s famous Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile, fully-defined coastal touring route along the entire west coast of Ireland. Once a small fishing village, Galway grew in strength in the 13th century to become a prosperous, walled town ruled by 14 merchant families, known as the Tribes of Galway, and has now been nominated as the Capital of Culture 2020. Today, the city is one of the most enchanting in Ireland. On this tour, get ready to explore Galway and it’s many historical landmarks, find the city’s charming local spots, and uncover hidden places that you could never discover on your own. On this 2.5–hour walking tour, benefit from the service of an expert, local guide who will shed light on Galway's history. Enjoy over 1,000 years of history brought to life, dramatized in incredible stories. Trace the medieval city that runs from Eyre Square to the Spanish Arch, the official old city of Galway that is home to the original 13th-century, Anglo-Norman fortress, as well as the intriguing 15th-century Lynch’s Castle. One the finest medieval laneways in Galway, Kirwan’s Lane, located in what is now referred to as the Latin Quarter, is crammed with landmarks that provide the perfect backdrop for an examination of social history, political intrigue, and even a couple of great ghost stories. Your guide will also share stories of Celtic legends, myth, and folklore. This perfectly-paced walking tour is the best choice for first timers, or for visitors looking to develop a more comprehensive appreciation of the city. Later, stop at the Museum of Galway, packed with incredible artifacts and displays that will further enhance your visit to Galway. The tour will also include a visit to the Village of Claddagh, home of the famous Claddagh ring, a traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty, and friendship. The design and customs associated with it originated in this Irish fishing village of the same name.

Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

3. Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Located in the West of Ireland, Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart. Accompanied by your local guide, visit key historic sights and earn about local history, dating back to the 13th century. This tour can be customized to best suit your interests. Explore Eyre Square and visit Galway's historic Latin Quarter. Discover the significance of the name of King's Head Pub and visit Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest functioning medieval church in Ireland. At the Claddagh Ring Museum, learn about the symbolism behind the wearing of the Claddagh ring. At the old Fishmarket Square and Spanish Arch, hear about the rich history and traditions of the area.

Galway: Medieval Remains & Hidden Gems Bike Tour

4. Galway: Medieval Remains & Hidden Gems Bike Tour

Get to know the unique character of Galway on this guided cycling tour. Visit the city's key sites, hidden gems and stunning vistas, and immerse yourself in modern Galway too. Discover Saint Nicholas Church, the Spanish Arch, Eglinton Canal and much more with a local guide. Start in the medieval quarter and hear about historic events both surprising and gruesome. Then make your way through the city centre, visiting Galway’s most famous attractions – along with a few less well-known sites. Experience some of the city's highlights along the way including Saint Nicholas Church, the Spanish Arch and the rest of Galways’ city walls, the enchanting grounds of the National University of Ireland’s Galway campus, and the majestic Galway Cathedral with its fabulous stained glass. Enjoy tranquil paths along the Eglinton Canal then visit Katie's Cottage, a traditional Irish cottage in the heart of the Claddagh. Soak in the stunning vistas along Salthill Promenade stretching out across Galway Bay. Check out Blackrock Diving Tower, where you could go for a splash and experience an age-old tradition enjoyed by hardy locals End your tour at Salthill Village, where there are striking views of the Aran Islands. Galway is a safe city where there’s ‘craic’ to be had and the living is easy. Learn more about the history of this quaint medieval city with a big heart on this unique bike tour.

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What people are saying about Spanish Arch

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Gary was our guide and he couldn't have been better. He was really informative and really took the time to get to know our culture too. As we were his first walking group since Covid,it was a real treat to be guided round Galway by Gary. Thank you so much :)

Joanne was an excellent tour guide. Really got into the history of the city and all the different names and how places got their name etc. I would highly recommend this activity.