Galway Attractions Guide

One unique experience is listening to the good quality traditional music Galway provides. If traditional music is what you are looking for, your best bet is The Crane Bar on Sea Road: The bar boasts 2 bars on separate floors. The ground floor is open to anyone willing to play traditional music in a jam session format. There are usually a lot of musicians there willing to play late into the night. The 1st floor is reserved for musicians 3 nights a week. It is well worth it to cross the bridge and walk the extra 5 minutes to spend an unforgettable evening there. Cookes Thatch Pub is one of only two Thatch Pubs left in the City dating from the 1600's. It also has traditional music sessions on Wednesday and Sunday nights consisting of 5 or more musicians. Off the beaten track, but well worth the short walk, is the Thursday night music session at the Western Bar. This place is one you won't find in most travel books. Despite some anonymity, in the last two years it has become one of the hottest city jams sessions. Pure Skill, Fusion of Sport is a new state of the art 25,000 sq ft indoor sport and leisure spot located in Knocknacarra Galway, only a few minutes from the city center. You can test your skills in 10 automated sports arenas that rate your skill level for different sports including soccer, rugby, Gaelic football, hurling, basketball, golf, baseball, and many others. Competitors complete the circuit of all 10 sports completing a scorecard marked out of a possible 100 points. Most are finished in an average one hour and 15 minutes to complete the circuit. The interactive sports area also offers a wide range of sporting activities from around the globe, including surfing, ice hockey, and kickboxing, offering something for everyone. The facility is the first of its kind in the world and is proving to be a huge hit for group outings and events . When coming to Galway, many people goto the Kings Head Pub located right in the middle of Galway. For openers, it offers music 7 nights a week at no charge. During the summer, it can get very crowded, so either get in early. The building housing the Kings Head itself is 800 years old and has a long history attached to it. In fact, the name is associated with the execution of the King of England Charles 1. These days, although the fare is far less gory, the nights out are still legendary. The pub has 3 bars over 3 floors and has a combination of live music and DJ’s throughout the week. If you’d rather watch than play, televised sport is another big reason to visit the Kings Head. The pub also offers a tempting food menu featuring dishes based on the best in fresh local produce. Galway City Museum is located behind the famous Spanish Arch. The museum houses exhibitions exploring many aspects of the history and heritage of Galway City. The exhibits focus is on the medieval town, the Claddagh village and Galway, 1800-1950. Beyond these core exhibits, the museum displays temporary exhibitions and hosts a variety of exhibits from other museums, galleries and special interest groups. One of the highlights of the museum is the Galway Civic Sword. The Civic Sword originates from the time of the Charter of King James 1, which gave authority in 1610 for the carrying of such a weapon before the Mayor. The Great Mace is another popular attraction. The Great Mace is a massive piece of ornamental silverwork made in Dublin in 1710. The treasure was presented to the town by Edward Eyre, Mayor of Galway, in 1712. The Museum is also hosts two iconic symbols of the city – the statues of Padraic Ó Conaire and a Galway Hooker, named ‘Máirtín Oliver’. The Oliver statue was made especially for the museum. Beyond the exhibits, the building itself affords spectacular views of the Claddagh, the Spanish Arch, the River Corrib and Galway Bay. Galway offers attractions and exhibits for the mind, body, and soul satisfying every traveler.