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Ashford Castle - located on the shores of Lough Corrib with sweeping views. Ashford is 700 years old and has 350 acres of private woodland for visitors to explore. Irelands first school of Falconry is located on the grounds and gives you the chance to handle and fly one of the highly trained birds of prey.

Kylemore Abbey and Gardens - nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the north shore of Lough Pollacoppul, the Abbey is considered one of the most romantic buildings in Ireland. Built in the 1860's the Abbey now houses a girls boarding school. The 6 acres of walled garden includes a glass house complex, flower garden and kitchen garden seperated by a Serpetine mountain stream.

Galway Cathedral - situated on the site of the former county jail, the cathedral was opened in 1965. This is the largest and most impressive building in Galway city and has a copper domed roof that can be seen for miles around. The interior is an excellent example of Irish workmanship and visitors can admire the cut stone and wood carvings as well as impressive wall paintings.

Coole Park - located on the Ennis Road, the park contains the crumbling remains of the house of lady Gregory which was much visited by Yeats. Today all that remains is the stable yard and a few walls but the grounds are excellent with a beautiful lake and forest park. Inside the park you will also find the autograph tree that has graffiti of George Bernard Shaw, Augustus John, Sean O'Casey and others.

Cookes Thatch Pub Cookes Thatch bar is one of Galway City's oldest pubs and one of only two remaining thatch pubs in Galway. In the 1500's thatch roofed buildings were banned inside the City wall after a fire ravaged Galway. The origin of Cookes bar can be traced back to the 1600's
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Galway City Pub Guide http://galwaycitypubguide.com Your guide to the pubs and clubs of Galway City. The pubs in Galway City are themselves one of the City’s greatest attractions. There is somewhere to cater for everyone here, young or old. In the last few years the variety of late night options has increased and Galway is now truly a 7 night a week City.
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County Galway Activities

Perks Funfair - located at Leisureland Funworld Salthill, perks is both a traditional carnival and modern theme park. The outdoor funfair features dodgem cars, ferris wheel, giant waterslide and poolside restaurant.

Salthill Galway City - Irelands longest seaside promenade includes famous beaches, leisureland amusement park and Irelands new Salthill based National Aquarium. Salthill is considered one of Galways foremost attractions and has a number of recreational activities including a high diving board, hosts many festivals and has live music.

County Galway Restaurants and Bars

County Galway Restaurants

Pierres Restaurant - located at 8 Quay Street, Galway City. This wonderful French style bistro has a menu packed with gastronomic treasures which are made using the freshest produce. The staff are friendly and efficient and there are daily dinner specials. http://www.pierresrestaurant.com/

Morans Oyster Cottage - located at The Weir, Kilcogan. The cottage dates back 300 years and is third generation family run. The settng and atmosphere at Morans is outstanding. Sit outside on a fine summers day eating succulent Galway Bay oysters and watch the swans gliding by gracefully. Morans has played host to many famous faces such as Julia Roberts, Bono, Ronan Keating and Naomi Campbell. http://www.moransoystercottage.com/

Dragon Court Chinese Restaurant - located at Forster Street, Galway. For the best Chinese cuisine in Galway head to Dragon Court. The cuisine is excellent and the service is very friendly. Try the sweet and sour pork and fried rice.

County Galway Bars & Clubs

The Kings Head - located at High Street, Galway. Boasting a rich history with origional medieval features from the 17th century, Kings Head is a landmark pub. The pub has live music every night and the longest running Sunday morning jazz session. The top floor bar has a laidback lounge.

The Quays - located at 11 Quay street, Galway. This fantastic Irish pub has an international reputation with a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere and the best music. http://www.irishmusicbars.com/galway/quays.asp/

The Roisin Dubh - located at Dominic Street, Galway. Considered one of Ireland's top venues by musicians and music lovers. Roisin has played host to various artists such as Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, Gary Kemp and folk singer John Martyn. http://www.roisindubh.net/

Busker Brownes - located at Cross Street, Galway. Buskers is actually made up of 3 bars. The Historic Hall of Tribes which is perfect for functions, the vibrant Buskers bistro which serves fantastic food all day long including fine wines, coffee and desserts and the cozy Slate House which is the home of jazz and traditional music sessions. http://www.failte.com/king-buskers/busk.htm/

County Galway children's activities

Perks Funfair - located at Leisureland Funworld Salthill, perks is both a traditional carnival and modern theme park. The outdoor funfair features dodgem cars, ferris wheel, giant waterslide and poolside restaurant.

Salthill Galway City - Irelands longest seaside promenade includes famous beaches, leisureland amusement park and Irelands new Salthill based National Aquarium. Salthill is considered one of Galways foremost attractions and has a number of recreational activities including a high diving board, hosts many festivals and has live music.

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Galway Citry Pub Guide
Your guide to the pubs and clubs of Galway City. The pubs in Galway City are themselves one of the City’s greatest attractions. There is somewhere to cater for everyone here, young or old. In the last few years the variety of late night options has increased and Galway is now truly a 7 night a week City.

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