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Two Hour Walking Tour of Galway City

Our guide will immerse you in the songs, stories, trials and tribulations of the people of Galway over the centuries. You’ll see how Galway has become one of the most attractive and liveable cities in Ireland in recent times, with a young population and a well-deserved reputation as a centre for theatre and the arts.

This tour will bring alive to you the bustle of medieval ‘Galvia’ where Irish was the native tongue, but where also the patter of Spanish was heard on streets teeming with visiting merchants and sailors from Andalucia. And in those same streets and pubs today you’ll still hear the lilt of Gaelic and the strains of Irish music played on the fiddle and on the uilleann pipes.

Can you feel it? Welcome to Galway!

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  • What's included :
    • Some useful tips on pubs and eateries in the City of the Tribes!
    • Bottled water
    • Disposable medical masks, sanitiser and wipes supplied free of charge to all tour participants
    What's excluded :
    • Alcoholic Beverages
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: American House Eyre Square, Galway H91 PHK1 Ireland

    Our accredited guide will meet you in front of the Hardiman Hotel and show you the monuments of Eyre Square, explaining the events and times which make each significant to the history of Galway City.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Eyre Square Centre, Merchants Road, Galway Ireland

    What remain of the Walls of the Old City of Galway are located in Eyre Square Mall, and provide a fascinating glimpse of the grandeur and affluence of medieval Galway.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Lynch's Castle 40 Shop Street, Galway Ireland

    A remarkably well preserved example of native Irish architecture from the late 1400's, Lynch's Castle was home to one of the city's leading merchant families during Galway's heyday between 1400-1650.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Claddagh Ring Museum, Quay Street, Galway Ireland

    Galway is not without its romance: it was here that the besotted Richard Joyce put the first Claddagh Ring on the hand of his beloved Sarah Curran after a seven year exile - we visit the museum and learn of the history of the Claddagh Ring, and of the true story of Richard and Sarah.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Market Street, Galway Ireland

    The oldest church in Ireland still standing in its original form, in 1477 St Nicholas' Collegiate Church became the inspiration for Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the New World.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Lynch Memorial, Market Street, Galway Ireland

    A testimony to the unbending justice of James Lynch Fitzstephen, who in 1493 hung his own son from this window, following the murder by young Walter of a Spanish love rival. It was this occurrence which gave the term 'Lynch Mob' to the English language.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Hall of the Red Earl, Druid Lane, Galway Ireland

    At this stop we view the Hall of the Red Earl: the hall, dating from the 13th century, was Galway’s first municipal building and was used to collect taxes, dispense justice and to host banquets. It took its name from Richard de Burgo, the Red Earl of Ulster.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Quay Street, Galway Ireland

    Ireland's best exponent of traditional fish and chips - McDonaghs' is situated near the end of Quay Street, and a little further on at the very end is Blakes' Castle - medieval residence of the Blake Clan, one of the fourteen medieval 'Tribes of Galway'.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: The Spanish Arch, Spanish Arch, Galway Ireland

    The Spanish Arch is where we conclude our tour: located beside the City Museum, the Arch was in medieval times a hive of business activity where merchants from Vigo, Coruna and Santander discussed trade terms with Galway's city fathers. Now a relaxing backwater where people come to meet friends over a coffee or stroll by the River Corrib.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    14-15 Eyre Square, Galway, H91 NFD2, Ireland
    Return Detail :
    Spanish Arch, 2 The Long Walk, Galway, Ireland
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Disposable medical masks, sanitiser and wipes supplied free of charge to all tour participants
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Galway Tour Guide

Activity ID: V-238796P1

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