Galway City, at the mouth of Galway Bay, is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops.
The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably.
Anyone who knows the song ‘Galway Bay‘ will be familiar with the Claddagh, previously a fishing village of thatched cottages, now an area just outside the city centre.
Here is the birthplace of the world famous Claddagh ring, a band of gold or silver with a motif of two hands clasping a crowned heart. This is a symbol of friendship, fidelity and love, a souvenir many bring home, just to keep a little piece of Galway with them always.
Your City Tour departs from the Tourist Office in Salthill every 60 minutes
The open top bus, with your professional guide, will take you on an unforgettable tour of our beautiful city, "The City of The Tribes" as it is also known; this refers to the 14 Merchant families who led the city in the Norman period.
You will visit will take you to Eyre Square, the Town Hall Theatre, the Court House, the Salmon Weir Bridge, the Corrib River Walkway, Galway Cathedral, the newly opened Galway Museum, Saint Nicholas's Church, the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh Village, Salthill and Galway Bay and much, much more.
By the time your tour is over you will understand why Galway is so special and why you will want to return again and again. I am so lucky, I live here.