Free things to do in Galway

Strapped for cash but want to travel, adventure, experience and have fun? We have some suggestions on free things to do in Galway – trust us, you will have an amazing time, discover some of the new and quirky things about this stunning place and have loads of fun! Don’t forget, due to its location, Galway is the perfect getaway for amazing scenery Ireland is known for, so put your hiking boots on and go explore!

Walking tour

We have a free daily walking tour, the perfect introduction to our lovely city, history and tribes. This will give you good orientation around Galway and main sights you should see!


Go for a walk to Claddagh (Ireland’s oldest fishing village) and dive into the history of the famous Claddagh ring at the museum – it is the story of pirates, love and great romance. Well worth the visit.

Galway City Museum

Like many other museums in Ireland, the Galway City Museum is free of charge. This museum focuses on Galway’s prehistoric, medieval and recent history and is a great place to spend few hours (especially rainy afternoon).

Galway Cathedral

Youngest of Europe’s great cathedrals this imposing building is 44 meters tall, towering over low – rise Galway. It mixes several architectural styles to stunning effect, come in for a walk, walk out amazed.

Weekend market

Free to browse, there is always a great range of stands on the Galway weekend Market, and it is located just around the corner from our Galway hostel by St Nicholas Church! Grab a coffee and a treat while browsing craft stands. Perfect morning activity!

Trad music

Just ask at reception where to go for a free trad session! You may end up spending your money on a drink or two, but hey, entertainment will be free, and absolutely awesome!


Do as locals do and go for a walk down the Salthill Prom! It is a wonderful windy coastal road with amazing views over Galway Bay. Grab an ice cream, kick the wall, watch the world go by. Bliss!

Go for a hike

Whole West of Ireland is wonderful area perfect for hill hikes through some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery you will ever see. Connemara, Merlin Woods and Burren are all must-sees!


Galway is festival capital of Ireland with hundreds of festivals taking place year round. Most of these are completely free and atmosphere in town is amazing when festivals are on. Do not miss Galway International Arts Festival!