Flights to Galway
Ireland’s largest growing city, and currently third largest in the Republic of Ireland, is Galway. It’s located on the west coast of the country and has long been known as City of the Tribes because of its rich history. Today the history is still one of the major appeals, and Galway is also well known for its nightlife.
Galway Airport (airport code: GWY) is located about 8 kilometres north of the city, and there is a limited public bus service. Taxis are more convenient for most visitors. The only one-stop flight to Galway from Johannesburg is with Virgin Atlantic, making a connection in London. Lufthansa stops twice, in Frankfurt and Dublin, and Turkish Airlines will take you through Istanbul and also Dublin. The last flight to Galway is with Air France, with a route via Paris and Dublin. Flights to Galway range between 20 and 26 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Galway:
Tourists come to Galway for two reasons; to see the attractions of the city itself, and to use Galway as a base for exploring Western Ireland. Its central location along the west coast of Ireland makes it perfect for the latter.
Officially called the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway Cathedral is a large and imposing city landmark for the Roman Catholic worshippers of Galway. Though parts of the architecture and building material make Galway Cathedral seem like an old building it’s actually one of the newer structures in the city, having been built between 1958 and 1965.
The Collegiate Church of St Nicholas
Far older is the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas. This is actually the largest parish medieval church in Ireland still in use as such. The church was founded in 1320 and legend has it that Christopher Columbus worshipped here when visiting Galway in 1477.
The Spanish Arch
Galway was once a walled city though not much remains of those fortifications now except for the Spanish Arch. It was built as an extension to the city walls and there’s a park adjacent which is a nice place to sit for a while.
Galway City Museum
Also next door to the Spanish Arch is Galway Museum. Established only in 2006 this is a new museum and is set within modern a modern building. The museum is the place to come if you’re interested in finding out more about Galway and there are exhibits on the history and culture of the city and its surrounds. Admission is free.
The Galway Atlantaquaria
You could say that the Galway Atlantaquaria is an aquarium with a difference! It’s definitely recommended if you have an interest in sealife as the centre has realistically recreated the coast around Galway.
When Should You Visit?:
Galway’s climate can be accurately described as mild and moist throughout the year, so packing for rain and/or drizzle is recommended! It’s very temperate here so there should never be extremes of temperature no matter what time of year you come. Generally winters are mild to cool, while summers are mild to warm.