Things to do
Galway on the West Coast of Ireland
Located overlooking Eyre Square in the very heart of Galway City, Hotel Meyrick is the ideal base from which to explore the city known as Ireland 'Cultural Heart' and Ireland's 'City of Festivals'. Here are some of our top things to do in Galway:
1 Hour to Wander
Hotel Meyrick's location makes it easy to see some of the city while you wait for your train or onward transport. Pick up a last minute gift in the Treasure Chest on William Street, just 3 minutes stroll from the hotel. The owner Mary Bennett first started her gift shop in Hotel Meyrick many years ago! Step outside and walk around Eyre Square - see the memorial to President John F Kennedy where he gave a speech during his visit to Ireland. Study the flags at the top of the square and look up the history of the 14 merchant families who dominated Galway from medieval times.
3 Hours to Explore
Galway is a walking city and you can enjoy our many heritage sights on foot. Bring a free map from Hotel Meyrick or book a tour. Our reception team will be delighted to help or the Tourist Office is just 500m away for more detailed advice. Both Spanish Arch and the Claddagh are within 10 minutes walk of Hotel Meyrick and are included in the walking tours of the city. You could also catch a bus from just outside Hotel Meyrick to Salthill, our famous seaside suburb with promenade filled with walkers, friends and families.
On weekends you can sample the delights on offer at the Galway Market, again just 5 minutes walk from Hotel Meyrick. Set up in the shadow of St Nicholas Collegiate Church, you can taste our Galway oysters or purchase locally produced arts and craft. Many locals buy their fruit and vegetables there each week.
An Evening of Entertainment
Book a night at the theatre or music gig. Galway is full of great Irish pubs with traditional Irish music or Trad on the Prom offer a full immersion into the music and dance traditions of Ireland. Tigh Fox next door to Hotel Meyrick has nightly traditional music sessions and our reception team can recommend many more options depending on your preference. During the summer take in one Galway's most famous festivals, the Galway International Arts Festival which offers street spectacle, award swinning theatre, beautiful dance and fun Big Top music events. The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival in September or the Galway Comedy Carnival in October also present an array of evening events.
A Full Day Tour
When staying in Galway, our team at Hotel Meyrick recommend a full day tour of Connemara, the largest Gaelic speaking area in Ireland and home to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens. The Aran Islands are also worth setting aside a day, whether you fly or take the ferry, it is a step back into Ireland of old and the perfect antidote to a hectic working life.
Other day trips from Galway include the Burren National Park where you will marvel at the lunar-esque landscape & 'hang out' at the Cliffs of Moher .. made famous by the Harry Potter film and now starring in a number of 360 virtual reality videos.
Overall we recommend embracing the entire Wild Atlantic Way which stretches 2500km / 1550 miles from top to toe of the west of Ireland. Be it climbing a mountain, driving a winding coastal road, delving into water activities or tasting the fruits of the sea, you will love every minute of your trip to Galway along the Irish Wild Atlantic Way.