Galway is a city located in the western region of Ireland in the province of Connacht. It lies on the banks of the river Corrib and has a population of just over 75,000, making it the fourth largest city in Ireland. Shannon International Airport is about 85km from Galway and offers flights from a number of European and American destinations. British visitors can catch a direct flight from Manchester or London. There is another airport at Knock which is also an option for travel to the west of Ireland. By using our flight comparison tool, you will be able to find a cheap flight to Galway from one of those airports. Known as the Irish culture hub, Galway is the place to go for traditional Irish music and dance. The Irish language is also spoken widely there. July is a great time to visit, as this is when their famous Arts Festival is held. Musicians, artists, writers and dancers descend on the city, putting on a wide range of shows and performances. The Macnas Parade is the highlight of the festival.
Once you have experienced the sights and sounds of Galway, you can begin to explore further afield. Destinations easily reachable by bus from Galway include Clifden, which is located in the stunning scenery of Connemara National Park. Further afield, and reachable by train, is Dublin, the capital of Ireland. A direct train service departs from Ceannt station and terminates at Heuston station in Dublin. The journey normally takes three hours but as it is a single track line and trains can be delayed by oncoming trains, this journey can take longer. There are many things to do in Dublin but if time is limited, it is well worth taking a bus tour of the city. This gives you an opportunity to see some of the more famous parts of Dublin like O'Connell Street and the Temple Bar area. If you have more time, the Guinness brewery tour is highly recommended.