County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in County Clare, Galway, and the Aran Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Eyre Square

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The largest open space in central Galway and the heart of the city, and a favorite chill-out spot on a sunny day for students, visitors,...

Galway Cathedral

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On Nun's Island, which forms the west bank of the River Corrib beside the Salmon Weir Bridge, stands Galway's largest Catholic church,...

Galway City Museum

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The city's civic museum, housed in a modern building behind the Spanish Arch, contains materials relating to local history: old photographs...

Galway Discover Ireland Centre

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Just off Eyre Square, east of the bus and train station and the Hotel Meyrick, this is the place to make reservations for events around...

Lynch Memorial Window

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Embedded in a stone wall above a built-up Gothic doorway off Market Street, the window marks the spot where, according to legend, James...

Lynch's Castle

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Now a branch of the Allied Irish Banks, this is the finest remaining example in Galway of a 16th-century fortified house—fortified...

NUI Galway

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Opened in 1846 to promote the development of local industry and agriculture, NUI Galway today is a center for Irish-language and Celtic...

Salmon Weir Bridge

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The bridge itself is nothing special, but in season—from mid-April to early July—shoals of salmon are visible from its deck as they...


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A lively, hugely popular seaside resort, Salthill is beloved for its seaside promenade—the traditional place "to sit and watch the...

Spanish Arch

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Built in 1584 to protect the quays where Spanish ships unloaded cargoes of wines and brandies, the hefty stone arch is now the central...