Galway is as much a feeling as it is a destination. Just mention it to an Irish person and little smile will appear on their face. Lively, beautiful, with amazing festival and events scene, some of the best food you can find in Ireland, perched on the edge of Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is the perfect destination in its own right. If you are not sure where to stay or looking for the best located Galway City Hostel, Barnacles Hostel on Quay Street is the perfect solution!
Galway for foodies
Foodies will be spoiled for choice, with amazing restaurants just outside of our Galway City Hostel! Grab a coffee at Coffeewerk + Press while admiring the view of our amazing Quay street, pop to McCambridge’s for breakfast and continue with Kai or Cupan Tea for cake! Ard Bia at Spanish Arch is great for lunch, and you can finish up the amazing day of eating at Burgatory or one of the lively pubs soaking up the atmosphere! Every Saturday, you can sample some of the best local produce on the Galway Market, located just around the corner from us by St Nicholas’s Church. Don’t miss Galway Oysters – they are so popular they actually have their own festival!
Check out some of our other foodie recommendations and best budget restaurants close to hostel, just to get you started on your plan for next visit to beautiful Galway City!
Galway for Culture Vultures
Known for its amazing arts scene, Galway is heaven if you are looking for music, creativity or theatre. Not just during Galway International Arts Festival, this place if perfect culture destination year round! Have a look at The Black Gate Theatre or Mick Lally Theatre for anything from performances, film and more. Roisin Dubh is our favourite hub for the music, comedy and nights out. Don’t forget to check out festivals and if you are lucky, you may even stumble upon performance in the cathedral – truly magical experience! There are several parades in Galway during the year – St Patrick’s, Opening parade for Galway Arts Festival and Halloween one being the most popular, and they all usually pass just next to our hostel so make sure to bag a room in Barnacles Galway City Hostel for the best view in Galway!
Galway for Nature Lovers
There is nothing better than getting lost in the nature, and with Claddagh, Salthill Promenade and really the whole of Wild Atlantic Way spreading right in front of you, Galway is an amazing destination for all nature lovers! Check out some of the local hikes, head to Connemara National Park, Go and see Cliffs of Moher or just go for a walk or cycle along Salthill Promenade… So much to do, so little time… Or you know, just stay longer and get to see more! 🙂
There is so much more to Galway than it meets the eye! For the best food, entertainment, and more, stay in the Latin Quarter in Barnacles Galway hostel!