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How to Spend 1 Day in Galway

How to Spend 1 Day in Galway

Youthful and spirited, Galway is a good-time city, with loads of culture andcraic (fun) on offer. The city is also very compact, making it easy to see a lot of it with only limited time. From biking along the Salthill Promenade to pub-hopping around town, here’s how to experience the best of Galway in just one day.

Morning: Get to Know Galway

With just a day to spare, you won’t want to waste any time dawdling, which is what makes a guided bike tour such an attractive option. Hop on the saddle and discover more of the city in less time. Pedal between top attractions, including the National University of Ireland Galway Campus, the Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum, and the Salthill Promenade, a scenic waterfront pathway that runs along Galway Bay. If you’d prefer a less strenuous sightseeing tour, take a seat aboard a hop-on hop-off tour bus instead, disembarking where you like and exploring at your own pace.

Afternoon: Treat Your Tastebuds

Galway is the west of Ireland’s foodie hub, and chefs here are known for their imaginative use of local produce, from Connemara Hill Lamb to wild Atlantic seaweed. Embark on an afternoon food and drink tour to taste artisanal cheeses, traditional Irish stew, and Guinness, a legendary rich and creamy Irish stout.

If you have a car, you could leave the city behind for the afternoon. Head for a family-owned oyster farm, shucking and slurping bivalves in front of the crashing Atlantic waves, or visit a hill sheep farm, where hardy flocks are bred for their wool and meat. 

Night: Experience Local Culture

Galway’s arts scene is the envy of Ireland, and there is almost always something happening here, be it a live music, theater, or dance performance. Listen to fiddlers and singers, and watch traditional Irish dancers at a show, then close out the night with a pub crawl around the city center. Gather friends for a boozy pedal-powered pub crawl on a multiseat party bike, stopping for a midway tipple at a local watering hole. If you’re an Irish whiskey fan, you can opt for a tasting tour, which leads you to several different pubs to sample pours from various producers.

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Irish Whiskey Tour of GalwayHistorical Tours

Irish Whiskey Tour of Galway

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Sip your way around Galway on an Irish whiskey tour and discover traditional Irish pubs along with carefully chosen samples of whiskey. After starting in the town’s legendary An Púcán whiskey bar, you’ll then visit two other bars that remain secret until the day of your tour. When you book, choose from an afternoon Galway Experience tour, or an evening Galway Deluxe tour that comes with food samples, too. This experience can be booked for groups of a minimum of four up to a maximum of 15 people.
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Galway Food and Drink Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Galway Food and Drink Walking Tour

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Galway is Ireland’s cultural capital, but it’s also one of the best places in the country to sample traditional Irish food. Get the local scoop on this Galway tasting tour, stopping to enjoy a pint of Guinness, tuck into hearty Irish Stew, try local cheeses, and taste fresh seafood.
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Hill Sheep Farming and Sheepdog Trialling Experience in GalwayDay Trips

Hill Sheep Farming and Sheepdog Trialling Experience in Galway

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Learn the basics of hill sheep farming and experience a sheepdog demonstration in Galway, Ireland. You'll see firsthand the importance of sheep dogs―including Border Collies―in handling sheep and how they help livestock navigate the region's rugged landscape. Ask questions, acquaint yourself with the puppies bred onsite and simple savor the surrounding scenery while enjoying a truly local experience.
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Skip the Line: Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet TicketAttraction Tickets

Skip the Line: Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet Ticket

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Experience a four-course feast in a castle with this evening banquet on the shores of Galway Bay. Learn about Irish culture through music and storytelling as you relax over a multi-course meal with wine. The banquet includes live entertainment and a brief lesson on the history of the castle.
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Private Oyster Tour and Tasting with Locals by Flaggy ShorePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Oyster Tour and Tasting with Locals by Flaggy Shore

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Slurp oysters at the source with a private tour and tasting by Flaggy Shore Oysters, a family-owned company. Led by a marine biologist, this tour includes a lesson in how oysters are grown and harvested, plus a demonstration on how to shuck them properly. After touring the facility, taste Flaggy Shore Oysters alongside a glass of wine. Flexible start times can be customized according to your schedule.
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