Top attractions in Galway
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At the end of Quay Street, just across the Corrib River you can explore the old fishing village of The Claddagh. Today the Claddagh is a modern residential section of the city scattered with the remains of the past. The traditions of this place remain in Irish heritage today these include the claddagh ring which is a heart being clasped by two hands representing friendship.
Located at the bottom of Quay Street, you will find the remains of medieval Galway’s docks area. Today the tower adjoining Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum, and allows visitors to explore the Arch’s history fully.
Dominating the Galway skyline the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas is a sight which has become synonymous with the city and is located to the north of shop street (the main shopping area of Galway City). This building has a limestone modern exterior, on entering the visitor experiences the breathtaking Galway marble interior, intersected with mosaics along with vast ceilings and marble floors. The Cathedral was constructed on the site of the old Galway Gaol, which feature in Lady Gregory’s writings “Gaol Gate”.
Saint Nicholas Church
This ancient monument of Galway’s history is located in the heart of the city it was constructed in 1320 but the site itself has housed a church for decades pervious to this. Saint Nicholas Church is the largest medieval parish church still in daily use. The Church has many unique tombs and carvings for the visitor, which reflects the turbulent past of the church, and also the fact that it changed denominations on at least 4 different occasions. It is also setting for the wicked Saturday morning farmers market!
Lynch’s Castle is to be found on the intersection of Shop Street and Abbeygate Street in the centre of Galway. The building is believed to originate from the early 1300’s but in the 16th Century it became a castle. Today Lynch’s Castle has been renovated and it is the oldest medieval townhouse in daily use for commercial purposes. The exterior is a mass of fantastic stone carvings, which are still visible including gargoyles and the coat of arms of the Lynch and the Fitzgerald’s of Kildare.
This can be found in front of the Church of Saint Nicholas. The gothic doorway with a black marble over it is said to represent the “stern and unbending justice” of Galway’s first Lord Mayor, who convicted and then executed his son for the murder of a Spanish visitor. The legend details how he hung his son from an upstairs window in his house and for ever more remained in seclusion.
Eyre Square is the focal point for Galway City. Located in the centre of a bustling quarter of the city its green open spaces and tree lined exterior remains a spot popular with locals and visitors alike. It was presented to the people of Galway in 1710 by Mayor Edward Eyre and was named after him; in 1965 it was renamed as Kennedy Memorial Park after the historical visit to Galway by the President of the USA, John F Kennedy in 1963.
This is by no means exhaustive list of top attractions in Galway – if you think we are missing something, just let us know 🙂