Galway City Museum Tours
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This museum focuses on the history of Galway, with exhibitions covering everything from the traditional Galway hooker boat to local literary figures. Among the items in the collection are prehistoric stone ax-heads, a medieval cannonball, and an execution warrant for Myles Joyce, a local who was wrongfully hanged for murder in 1882.
Galway City Museum is designed to be explored independently, with informational text providing context for the various objects on show. Well-presented collections focus on topics including Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age history, as well as Galway during World War I and the Irish independence movement. The museum hosts occasional talks, family-oriented guided tours, performances, and workshops.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Galway City Museum is a must for those interested in local history.
- A café on the ground floor offers refreshments and views over Galway’s landmark Spanish Arch.
- Galway City Museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Galway City Museum is situated in central Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the Spanish Arch. If you’re in the center of Galway city, the best way to get to the museum is on foot. Walking from Eyre Square should take just 10 minutes
When to Get There
The museum is open every day except Monday. It’s typically busiest 12pm–3pm, so come early in the morning or in the late afternoon to beat the crowds.
The Spanish Arch
Galway City Museum sits beside the Spanish Arch, an add-on to the city’s medieval walls that was erected during Galway port’s 16th-century trading heyday. Despite its name, the arch itself has no known connection to Spain; its title, rather, is believed to reference the Spanish merchant ships that once docked here. Nowadays, the arch is a popular photo op for tourists and a busy sunny-day hangout, with people congregating here to socialize and to listen to street musicians.
Address: Spanish Parade House, Merchants Road Lower, Galway, Ireland
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Galway City Museum
Maximize time spent in Galway with a 48-hour ticket for the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus. Explore the city at your own pace, hopping off the bus at any of eight tour stops to see popular landmarks including Eyre Square and the Salthill Promenade. Utilize the bus as many times as you wish during a 48-hour period.
Private Sightseeing Tours
Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you’ll soon discover on this self-guided audio tour. Just download the VoiceMap app, click on Galway and choose "A meander through the medieval Quarter to the River Corrib". We will visit the key sites on this walking tour, with insights into modern Galway along the way. In the medieval quarter, you’ll hear about events both surprising and some gruesome. Then we’ll visit some of the famous and lesser known sites. The tour is narrated by a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide, Derek Spillane. Some of the highlights include: • Saint Nicholas Church and its 1651 map of Galway • The Spanish Arch and the City Walls • Wild swans on the Claddagh shore • Learn where the word “lynched” comes from • Discover who the Tribes of Galway were • Hear how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A and delve into the darker side to his character • Tips on how to spot the famous Claddagh ring
Discover the medieval heart of Galway and learn about the origins of the city. With our small group tour you will enjoy a solid introduction to Galway city and its many must-see top sights while your expert local guide makes sure your tour experience is engaging and authentic. This tour is go-to for everything relating to Galway’s history & heritage.
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