Galway City is the cultural heart of the West of Ireland! The "Welcome to Galway" Walking Tour will take you on a journey through the narrow streets and historic landmarks of this charming city, known as the "City of the Tribes". With a mixture of heritage, culture, and local interest, this 60 minute walking tour is the perfect introduction to Galway City.
This walking tour begins in the heart of Galway City, at The Explore Galway Kiosk, Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. This bustling public space is surrounded by some of the city's most popular shops, restaurants, and pubs, making it the perfect place to begin our experience.
Galway City is steeped in history, with a fascinating mix of ancient Celtic and Medieval influences alongside more modern contributions from artists and writers. On the tour, we will take you back through the centuries, from the medieval walls and fortifications to the modern day. Along the way, you'll discover the rich heritage and traditions of this unique city, and learn about the fascinating stories of the people who have called Galway home over the years.
As you stroll through the narrow streets and bustling squares, you will encounter stunning architecture, picturesque canals, and an eclectic mix of shops, pubs, and restaurants. Delve into the stories and legends that make Galway such a unique and enchanting place, learning about its most famous inhabitants, from poets and playwrights to traders and explorers.
Throughout the tour, the distinctive music and language of the area will be highlighted, which have been passed down through the generations and continue to flourish today. You will be introduced to the many festivals and events that bring people from all over the world to this dynamic and welcoming city.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, the "Welcome to Galway" Walking Tour offers an opportunity to discover the hidden gems and secret corners of this fascinating city. So put on your walking shoes and book your tour to experience the history, culture, and charm of Galway!
We operate our tours through English, although you might hear an Irish word or two along the way.
Yes, they can and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if they are aged under 16. School groups must always be accompanied by a teacher.
Generally, yes, but occasionally a variation of the route may be necessary to avoid steps. The guide is not in the position to push wheelchairs so if this is necessary the wheelchair user must have a companion with them for this purpose.
Distances we cover are approx. 2km (1.5 miles) at a leisurely pace.
We meet at The Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square, Galway City
99% - Our Welcome to Galway Walking Tour will only be cancelled due to severe weather warning or an extreme unforeseen circumstance.
Our public Welcome to Galway Tour operates at a maximum of 20 people.
We will be walking, so comfortable shoes are advisable. There's no avoiding the weather in Galway and we operate rain, hail or shine (with the exception of extreme weather warnings) - so please dress accordingly.
Although tips are not compulsory they are very much appreciated and encouraged for a job well done. Any tips should be given directly to your guide at the end of your tour.
Yes, contact our office for details.
Yes - This is a family-friendly tour. But, please insure your little one is prepared for the walking, standing & weather!
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