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Things to do in Galway this summer

Galway is a stunning area in Ireland and has so much to offer – the problem is that often you can be overwhelmed with choice. We’ve made it easier for you to pick and choose the perfect activities this season with our guide on the best things to do in Galway this summer. Read on for more unusual ideas and days out to suit the whole family, your extended friends group, family and friends from out of town or even a group of work friends.

Galway Greyhound Stadium

Where can you find thrilling action, great food, family-friendly entertainment and nights out tailored around you and your party? And all under one roof at that? At Galway Greyhound Stadium of course! This summer, we’ve tons of action happening that makes it the ideal venue for hen and stag parties, corporate entertaining, family nights out, visiting tourists or just a catch up with your mates. Check out our amazing offers in our restaurant for a great value night out with the best buzz and exciting racing action. With racing every Friday and Saturday night, it’s certainly a unique way to start your weekend off right.

Galway International Arts Festival

Summer is the time for festivals, but if standing around in a field getting muddy isn’t your idea of a good time, why not try an arts festival instead? This July, Galway hosts the International Arts Festival, one of Europe’s leading cultural events, covering theatre, dance, music, opera, street spectacle, visual arts, discussion and comedy – there truly is something for everyone. Find out more about this huge tourist attraction and read the full programme of events on the website.

Connemara National Park

When you’re looking for something to do in Galway this summer, look to the outdoors. Connemara National Park can offer those who enjoy a breath of fresh air an abundance of mountains, heaths, grasslands and forests to explore to your heart’s content. With guided walks, playgrounds for the kids and the chance to spot the Connemara ponies, this part of Galway is hard to beat.

Coastal explorations

The Aran Islands are just outside of Galway bay and a day trip is highly recommended to fully appreciate the unspoilt natural beauty of this unique destination. If the name already sounds familiar you may already have heard of (or be the proud owner) of an authentic Aran sweater, the iconic knitwear that is now famous throughout the world today and whose rustic design has been heavily influenced by the rugged Aran landscape. Interested in finding out more? Take a look here.

Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way in this region of the country is not one you want to miss. With beautiful cliff tops and the chance for island hopping or visiting some traditional pubs after a long day of soaking in the views, the Wild Atlantic Way shows you the true beauty and nature of Ireland.

Join a centuries-old tradition and explore Galway market

Fresh food, beautiful flowers and local crafts – yep, Galway market is perfect for those who want to wander through the bustling streets and soak up the atmosphere. The market which has been in place for centuries is open all year round on Saturdays from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and Sundays, Bank Holidays, Fridays in July and August and every day during the Galway Arts Festival from 12.00 to 8.00. Why not explore it for yourself?

We hope you’ve been inspired to check out some of the amazing things Galway has to offer, and whatever your plans are this summer we hope you enjoy them!