Its going to be a long one so get the kettle on and a biscuit. Lets begin.
Where: Galway city.
Why: Walk and a bit of a browse.
What: I took a walk from the Cathedral into town. I just wanted to do a bit of a photo walk and show you around the town! I'm going to show you some of my favourite spots. It might not be everyone's favourites or what you have seen with a tour guide but sometimes I think its good to show a few unusual things.
Whats there: Shops, architecture, culture, food.
How: I drove to Galway city and parked at the cathedral.
Experience and History:
1. The Cathedral
Obsessed with it. Its my favourite sight in Galway I think when you come over the bridge at night and see it lit up its gorgeous. Its got amazing architecture too. Its actually a fairly recent building. I was surprised to find out as it was built between 1958-1965. It has lovely rose windows which I love. Be sure to go inside as well. I did not today. Its worthy of a post all of its own as the interiors are as impressive as the exterior.
2. The Salmon Weir
If your lucky when crossing the river Corrib going into the city you will see anglers here. Its a popular spot. There was none today. The weir controls the water levels of the river above the city. Usually, the salmon and trout season span from February to September.
3. Galway City Art.
As you walk around the city there is lot's of art. On Shop street you can find buskers and entertainers but there is also street art so here is just an example of one.
This is an amazing treasure trove of a shop. Everything is Irish made and some by local artists. There is something from everyone and every time I go in I am blown away by the talent. This shop is also worthy of a blog of its own. See website here:
This looks really interesting. Its a new find for me. The concept is you are locked into a room with your friends and co-workers etc. You need to work together to try and figure out how to escape. Its got some rave reviews on tripadvisor and sounds fun. Its different too. Website is here.
I really like Javas its a creperie and french styled. Its a popular spot too. Its really cute inside and out.
Nice atmosphere here and really chilled out. They do savoury and sweet crepes as well as desserts. The creme brulee seems to be the star of the show but I'm always happy with a sweet crepe! Facebook page is here.
7. Vanda Art Gallery.
The most amazing and beautiful pieces and the good news is that alot of them are reasonable if you buy prints. Well worth a look. There is a Conor McGregor piece in the window that is really cool. I love the nature scenes too. Local prints as well of Galway city and county so if you are looking for a nice memento of your time in Galway it might be just the ticket. Website is here.
8. Shop Street Entertainers.
You can find anything from dancers to sand art here. Its unpredictable and cool. Here is a selection of what was on offer today. They are worthy of a mention because you can walk down shop street and stop for 10 minutes to watch an act. Some are excellent and get the whole crowd involved and behind them. They add massively to the atmosphere of the city.
- Teddy and Co.
- This is a new one and is so cute. You can build your own bear and there is the most adorable massive teddy bear outside the front door. You can take a selfie with it. If you have lots of young children it might be a pass as something tells me they will want you to buy everything in the shop!
- Hillary Fortunes - Fortune Teller
|Galway Hooker (boat) depiction|
The flags beside Brownes doorway depict the tribes of Galway. Each flag shows the family crest for one of the tribes. There was 14 tribes whose family names were as follows: Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, D'Arcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwin, Lynch, Martin, Morris and finally Skerrett.
If your surname is one of these your ancestry may well rest in Galway. Most of the families were of Anglo Norman descent with the exception of Kirwin which is of Gaelic origin. These families were prominent in Galway and merchant families during medieval to early modern era.
Is an imposing building standing over Eyre Square. Its gorgeous inside as well and each Sunday there is a piano player in the foyer. Its a nice place to start off an evening with dinner or a drink and is right in the heart of the city too.
Pros: So much to see and do and so much on offer. This is by no means a top list its only part of the city. So I will be doing another one of these. As you can see there is culture, history and good shopping so too so there is something for everyone.
Cons: It rained !!! Oh Galway why !!! If your here in winter expect lots of it.
What else is local:
I have added links where relevant above. But for more information on Galway check out Discover Ireland Page.
This is pretty much the Walk
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