Things to do in Galway City

Need something to do between doses of caffeine?

This is Galway city's only independent activity listing.

Dozens of one-off things-to-do in Galway city for locals and visitors alike. 

In early 2020, Covid-19 drastically changed the options available pretty much everywhere on the planet.   The list below is as it was then.   For an updated list, with post-Covid, see Open in Galway's list of things to do.

Explore the city

Visit a market

Outdoor activities

Visit an interesting place

  • Eyre Square / JF Kennedy Park: Martin fountain, Browne doorway, Liam Mellows statue, Pádraic O'Conaire replica statue
  • Spanish Arch (locally known as Buckfast Plaza) / Fishmonger Plaza / Christopher Columbus monument
  • Fisheries Tower - museum now open, hours vary.
  • The Claddagh
  • St Augustines Well
  • Fisheries Field lime kiln
  • Bollingbrook Fort (Sean Mulvoy Rd)
  • Forthill Cemetery
  • Lynch's Castle (now houses AIB bank, Shop St)
  • Lynch Window - Market Street, in the original railings behind St Nicholas church
  • Salmon Race on the Corrib
  • The Two Oscars statue
  • The replica Padraic Conaire statue in Eyre Square
  • Padraic Conaire's birthplace
  • Busker Browne's pub - a former Dominican convent
  • Kirwan's Lane - get the real feeling of Galway's medieval streets
  • Bridgemills - an old mill beside O'Briens Bridge

NUIG (National University of Ireland - Galway) Campus map, (Getting there), including the:
  • Quadrangle,
  • Zoology and Marine Biology Museum (Martin Ryan Institute, ground floor)
  • James Mitchell Museum. Geology Department (1st floor in the quad)
  • Computer and Communications Museum (DERI - IDA business park in Dangan)
  • River walk-way from the main campus to Dangan sports area Sports
  • Imbusch Observatory - open nights once a month

Indoor destinations

Interesting churches

Watch some sport - or take part

Visit a playground

  • Millenium Children's Park
  • Doughiska / Merlin Woods playground
  • Terryland Forest Park

Or take the kids out to play inside

(For those rare wet days!)
  • Money Business - Knocknacarra
  • Planet Entertainment - Headford Rd

Prove your skills as a clue-solving escape artist

Watch a movie

See a play

Appreciate literature

  • Go to a Book Club: eg at  Charlie Burns / others in various neighbourhoods
  • Listen to a talk /attend a Poetry reading - see posters in the library for dates/times
  • Do a workshop

Visit a library

Visit an art gallery

Make music

Ad-hoc Choir

Play in a session:

Look for other events in the city's music shops:

Watch live music

Irish Traditional Music

Many pubs have sessions once or twice a week, but there is at least one session every day in:
Tunes in the Church - run a summer programme of Irish music in St Nicholas Church

Classical / Contemporary

Music for Galway run a regular programme of classical concerts
Galway Music Residency hold regular performances (city and county)
Galway Cathedral Recitals - an annual summer programme of organ / classical works

Rock / pop / folk

Pubs / venues that have live music almost every day include:

Other notable music events


Casino / Bingo / Arcade Games:

Visit a pub

Shop - unique local shops

Go to church

Learn about food or drink 

See Also

Galway Festivals Guide for time-specific events

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