Voted the 'Friendliest City in the World' (Travel + Leisure), Galway’s bohemian and cultured vibe, renowned atmosphere and huge imagination make it one of the top destinations in Ireland.
Still undecided about your holiday plans? Here are just a few reasons to visit Galway during this year’s festival.
1 Electric Atmosphere
Lively, friendly and fun, the famed Galway atmosphere has people coming for a week and staying a lifetime.
Whether you like the odd tipple or are a teetotaler, the pubs in Galway are to be enjoyed by all, if only for the people watching. During the festival, the jollity spills out onto the Medieval streets to create a grown-up party feel like nowhere else.
3 Spectacular Street Theatre
Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF)’s street theatre lends itself beautifully to the narrow, meandering cobblestoned streets of Galway. Sitting outside sipping a coffee in the afternoon sun, you never know what sort of creature you’ll come face to face with on the streets during the festival.
4 Wild Atlantic Way
Perched on the edge of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, the world's longest coastal touring route, Galway is the perfect base from which to experience some of the most sensational views in the world.
5 Culture, of course
A bohemian city with a long cultural history in literature and the arts, Galway lends itself beautifully to hosting world-class festivals such as Cuirt International Literature Festival and The Galway International Arts Festival.
6 World Class Theatre
We’ve got four theatre world premieres this year at GIAF, with Woyzeck in Winter recently announced. Our theatre co-productions are world-renowned and have gone on to tour internationally. Our co-productions, Arlington and Ballyturk, written by Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh, are currently on tour in New York.
7 Connemara on your Doorstep
Connemara, dubbed one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the world, offers wild and rugged beauty at its best. Sitting at the edge of Europe, next stop New York, Connemara is just over an hour’s drive away from Galway City. The perfect spot for a day trip on a day off from the Festival ( if you can tear yourself away).
8 Getting Around is Easy
Everything is within walking distance in Galway City, so you can explore at ease. Getting around Galway is not only easy, it’s a pleasure.
Photo: Boyd Challenger
9 The Beauty of the City
There’s such intimacy in this charming little city. The city centre is small and compact, but it oozes character. The streetscape and some of the houses have stayed true to their medieval roots, with many little shops, restaurants and bars dating back to the 1500s.
Photo: Stacey Nolan
Piqued your interest? Find out more about Galway and GIAF here.