Three days in Galway allow you to explore the culture-filled city, as well as the wind-whipped surrounding countryside—home to some of Ireland’s most spectacular natural beauty spots, including the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara’s hills, bogs, and rocky peaks
Galway City Museum
Spanish Parade House, Merchants Road Lower, Galway
Galway City Museum is designed to be explored independently, with informational text providing context for the various objects on show. Well-presented collections focus on topics including Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age history, as well as Galway during World War I and the Irish independence movement. The museum hosts occasional talks, family-oriented guided tours, performances, and workshops.
Things to Know Before You Go
Galway City Museum is a must for those interested in local history.
A café on the ground floor offers refreshments and views over Galway’s landmark Spanish Arch.
Galway City Museum is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Galway City Museum is situated in central Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the Spanish Arch. If you’re in the center of Galway city, the best way to get to the museum is on foot. Walking from Eyre Square should take just 10 minutes
When to Get There
The museum is open every day except Monday. It’s typically busiest 12pm–3pm, so come early in the morning or in the late afternoon to beat the crowds.
The Spanish Arch
Galway City Museum sits beside the Spanish Arch, an add-on to the city’s medieval walls that was erected during Galway port’s 16th-century trading heyday. Despite its name, the arch itself has no known connection to Spain; its title, rather, is believed to reference the Spanish merchant ships that once docked here. Nowadays, the arch is a popular photo op for tourists and a busy sunny-day hangout, with people congregating here to socialize and to listen to street musicians.
- Things to do in Western Ireland
- Things to do in Shannon
- Things to do in Limerick
- Things to do in Killarney
- Things to do in Dingle
- Things to do in Cork
- Things to do in Kenmare
- Things to do in Cobh
- Things to do in Dublin
- Things to do in Belfast
- Things to do in Liverpool
- Things to do in Glasgow
- Things to do in Cardiff
- Things to do in South West Ireland
- Things to do in West Midlands