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The Spanish Arch Tours

The Spanish Arch
Standing on the left bank of the River Corrib, Galway’s famous Spanish Arch is the sole remainder of the city’s 16th century bastion, designed to protect the town’s quays and merchant ships from looting. The arch itself, built as an access point to the town, was known as the ‘Ceann an Bhalla’, or the ‘Head of the wall’, later taking its name from the Spanish ships that it docked beneath it. Despite being partially destroyed in the 1755 tsunami, the Spanish Arch still stands today - an important landmark, directly opposite the Claddagh shore.

A popular pastime for visitors to the city is strolling along the ‘Long Walk’, the 18th century promenade running along the quay, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the seafront and admire the Arch’s famous ‘Madonna of the Quays’ sculpture, carved from wood by artist Claire Sheridan who inhabited the adjacent building in the 1950’s. Overlooking the Arch and providing some of the best views, is the Galway City Museum, home to a fascinating exhibition of local art, history and craft.
Address: Quay St, Galway City Centre, Galway, Ireland
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City Sightseeing Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.38
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$14.38
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Galway City Walking Tour

Galway City Walking Tour

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This is an intimate tour with a local. The idea is to relay all information in a fun manner and to leave visitors with a very good experience, not just the bare facts. Galway is a vibrant, fun and energetic city and our tours will reflect that energy. Each tour is as new an experience for the guide as the visitor. No two tours are ever the same. That is what makes Athas Tours so unique.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.97
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City of the Tribes Tour

City of the Tribes Tour

Journey through our vibrant Cultural Capital of Europe, with the iconic ‘City of the Tribes’ tour. This unique walking tour combines traditional historical narrative with a completely unique series of verses performed by Shane, who has been involved in Irish dance & music since he was a child. During these entertaining punctuations between different historical sites, you will learn to appreciate how music, song & dance became the crucial thread to keeping the fabric of Irish community alive and intact during times of famine, strife. Discover the wonderful history of this medieval city through verse and stories inspired by triumph and hardship, love and jealousy, international trade & intercultural exchange; all factors that helped shape Galway into the European City of Culture that we know & love today.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.81
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$143.81
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Two Hour Walking Tour of Galway City

Two Hour Walking Tour of Galway City

Our guide will immerse you in the songs, stories, trials and tribulations of the people of Galway over the centuries. You’ll see how Galway has become one of the most attractive and liveable cities in Ireland in recent times, with a young population and a well-deserved reputation as a centre for theatre and the arts. This tour will bring alive to you the bustle of medieval ‘Galvia’ where Irish was the native tongue, but where also the patter of Spanish was heard on streets teeming with visiting merchants and sailors from Andalucia. And in those same streets and pubs today you’ll still hear the lilt of Gaelic and the strains of Irish music played on the fiddle and on the uilleann pipes. Can you feel it? Welcome to Galway!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$220.00
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A taste of the Craic: An audio tour exploring Galway's local gastronomy

A taste of the Craic: An audio tour exploring Galway's local gastronomy

Discover Galway’s Latin Quarter and West side with me and the medium of fine Irish cuisine, locally sourced produce and internationally celebrated beverages. Rolling pastures meet the wild Atlantic here, and you’ll find out why this location has helped to make the city such a food lovers' destination. And it has the craic too! On this self guided audio tour along the Latin Quarter’s medieval streets, I’ll tell you about the evolution of our cuisine from the Bronze Age to our recent culinary revolution. There’s a full course of information, including: • The answer to which came first, the bacon or the egg • A primer on spuds and Ireland's relationship with the humble potato • A guide to spotting the Salmon of all Knowledge • An introduction into Ireland's whiskey heritage just long enough to wet your lips
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  • 40 to 55 minutes
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$6.99
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Traditional Town Crier tour. Galway city. Guided. 1½ hours

Traditional Town Crier tour. Galway city. Guided. 1½ hours

The Town Crier is from one of the oldest families in Galway. His effervescent personality and wealth of local knowledge makes each tour he gives a unique experience
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$211.94
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Photography Tour of Galway with an Instagram Influencer

Photography Tour of Galway with an Instagram Influencer

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Become an Instagram Photographer. On Galway's #1 Photography Tour on TripAdvisor, you will meet a local Instagram Influencer/expert photographer who will bring you to 5-7 spots of Galway city over 90 minutes. During the tour: - You will go you to the most Instagrammable spots of Galway - You will be shown photography techniques - You will be taught great Instagram skills - You will hear stories about Galway At the end you will have several great photos as memories of your tour of Galway and be ready to try out your new photography skills on your next set of locations!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.67
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$23.67
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Photography Lesson Galway

Photography Lesson Galway

Learn about photography from a professional photographer who is local to the area and knows lots of places you would be unlikely to discover on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$118.64
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$118.64

Galway Food Tours

Galway Food Tours

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Instead of going out to lunch one of the days you’re in Galway, opt for this Galway food walking tour and see a new perspective behind where your food comes from. A guide takes you to meet artisan food producers and you can sample their products. Learn about local dishes and ingredients, and then take home a fun goodie bag afterward.
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  • 2 hours
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$88.68
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 Private Galway Award Winning Evening Food Tours

Private Galway Award Winning Evening Food Tours

Galway Food Tour is an exciting alternative for an evening out. We showcase the best and most interesting food gems of various neighbourhoods of Galway city. Our private food tours are a great opportunity to get to discover our medieval city of Tribes to taste delicious treats from family run businesses and artisanal producers, hear their stories and bond over a glass of craft beer. We offer the following Galway Food Tours and are happy to work with you to customize a tour for your team: West End & Latin Quarter Food Tour East End & Woodquay Food Tour Our selection of venues is diverse and ranges from Michelin Star restaurants, funky bars to Pizza Buses, making your event a unique experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$107.86
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Private Irish Whiskey & Galway Spirits Food Tour from Galway

Private Irish Whiskey & Galway Spirits Food Tour from Galway

Calling all whiskey & food lovers lovers on this unique private tour!! If you are whiskey amateurs or simply looking for an informational fun afternoon tasting uisce beatha.We will be guiding you around the streets of Galway in to some of the oldest bars to discover some of the best in Irish Whiskey. Not only will you be tasting some of these terrific drinks but also getting a great understanding into Ireland’s rich Whiskey past and present. . We will even tasting a local poitin from 6th generation poitín maker Micil. This will be intertwined with a culinary walking tour of the city. It gives a great overview of our passionate people and our beautiful produce which combine to make Galway one of Ireland's gourmet jewels. You will get to experience a taste from artisan producers, cheese makers, creative beer projects, artisan chocolatiers, traditional family run businesses to young entrepreneurs with devotion and commitment to showcase the best of Irish produce.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.88
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Galway Top Highlights & Claddagh Village Walking Tour

Galway Top Highlights & Claddagh Village Walking Tour

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.36
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