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Free Things To Do in Galway

If you have extra time, Connemara National Park is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Galway
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    #1 in Galway
    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
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    More than Full Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours, Free
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This western coastal route, which begins in the north of Donegal and runs 1,500 miles through nine counties ending in the south of Cork, is a breathtakingly scenic experience. No matter how much of the route you choose to experience, you'll find a wealth of attractions along the way, including

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    Aran Islands
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    #2 in Galway
    Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The beautiful and romantic Aran Islands, composed of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer, sit off the coast of Galway County and are an immensely popular daytrip for visitors. Along with their medieval forts, Celtic churches and dramatic cliffs, the islands offer a glimpse into Ireland's history and culture, as this is

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    Connemara National Park
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    #4 in Galway
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located a little more than 50 miles northwest of Galway, the more than 7,000-acre Connemara National Park offers stunning views of bogs, heaths and moors, as well as great hikes. Start in the visitor center for an overview of the area's history and ecology, then head out for a trek.

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    Galway City Museum
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    #5 in Galway
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    This free museum – located behind theSpanish Arch– traces the history of the city in meticulous detail, spanning from prehistoric Galway to the 20th century. The three-story facility is home to seven permanent exhibits and two temporary exhibit spaces. Topics covered include everything from archaeology to oceanography in the context

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    Salthill Promenade
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    #6 in Galway
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Salthill is a village of Galway located along the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts a 2-mile-long promenade, which is a popular place to take a stroll. Below the walkway is a beach, lauded by recent visitors for its cleanliness. After you've taken a stroll along the water, explore Salthill, which is

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    St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church
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    #7 in Galway
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Completed sometime in the early 14th century, the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas is the largest medieval parish church in Ireland in continuous use. Among its historical artifacts are a more than 400-year-old baptismal font, a grave marker that dates back to the 13th century and the misnamed Lepers' Gallery,

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    Galway Market
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    #8 in Galway
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The popular Galway Market, which has operated for centuries, is not only the place to pick up all sorts of fruits, vegetables and flowers, but also crafts, jewelry, clothing and other sundry items. There are hundreds of stalls selling everything from freshly shucked oysters to paintings. Even if you don't

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    Spanish Arch
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    #9 in Galway
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    The landmark 16th-century Spanish Arch is a popular photo op for every visitor to Galway. The arch is assumed to be part of the medieval city walls, which were built to protect the ships that came in with goods from Spain. It was partially destroyed by a tsunami following an

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    Galway Cathedral
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    #10 in Galway
    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    A newcomer as far as stone cathedrals in Europe go, the Galway Cathedral was completed in 1965. The architecture is modern and instead of the typical altars and stained-glass windows, there are mosaics. There's even one of John F. Kennedy.

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