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Galway Cathedral

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Free

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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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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.

Recent travelers said a visit to the cathedral was well worth a stop, and described the interior as "wonderful," thanks to its intricately decorated dome and Romanesque arches. The cathedral's mosaics and stonework were also highlights for recent visitors.

You'll find the cathedral on the west bank of the River Corrib, just north of the city center. The cathedral is usually open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., though it may close earlier on select holidays, such as Christmas. Entrance is free, though donations are accepted. For more information, visit the cathedral's website.

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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 the famous Cliffs of Moher, castles, golf courses and the largest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere at Doolin Cave, among many, many others. For an on-the-go guide to the route's highlights, consider downloading the free Wild Atlantic Way App (available for Apple and Android), which also works offline.

Recent visitors who drove along the route called it "wild and wonderful," with "spectacular scenery." Reviewers also noted that the route is well-marked.

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