Galway town guide
Galway has been, in recent times, Europe's fastest growing city. In the centre is Eyre Square, where John F. Kennedy gave an address when he was granted freedom of the city in 1963, shortly before his assassination. Galway has always been famous for horse racing and its Oyster Festival usually held each September.
The nearby Cliffs of Moher are six miles of dark, rough hewn cliffs which plunge over 600 feet into the Atlantic. A hire car will allow you to explore further up this dramatic Atlantic coastline, stunning Connemara and golden beaches and quiet coves along Europe's most westerly shores.
From Galway you can take a trip to visit Lisdoonvarna. This is Ireland's premier spa town with healing sulphur and chalybeate springs. Spa Wells Health Centre has a Victorian Pump house; massage room, sauna and mineral baths, set in beautiful wooded surroundings.
Also near to Galway you can visit Thoor Ballylee. W.B.Yeates, the famous Irish poet, bought this ancient Norman Tower in 1916.
The National Aquarium of Ireland is the jewel in the crown of visitor attractions in the west of Ireland. Here you can explore "The Deep" in a model submarine, handle giant Spider crabs and starfish and feed the 170 species of fish.
The Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre produces fine oak smoked Atlantic salmon here you can learn about this ancient tradition and the folklore of the fish.