Just outside of the city of Galway, Athenry is a small town that holds fast to its historical heritage. As such, the main attractions in Athenry are mostly of a historical nature. The medieval city walls still stand intact for the most part around the town, as does Athenry Castle, which was built in the thirteenth century and is generally open to the public most of the year. The admission fee is very small, but check the hours before visiting to make sure that it is open. If you have more time to spend in Athenry, stop by the Heritage Center for more insight into medieval life in the city.
Evenings in Athenry are generally fun and lively, though you will not find a party scene here. The hostel Iggy's has a pub downstairs that gets busy on the weekends (weekdays are typically pretty quiet) and is generally a lot of fun, although stag and hen parties frequent the hostel often, so be warned! It's best to check your chosen Athenry hostel ahead of time for a bed as well, especially on the weekends or bank holidays, so as not to be left without a place to sleep.
Your options for Athenry hostels are limited, but you will be centrally located in the town, a short walk away from both the train station and the bus stop. It is also just off of the M6, the major motorway that runs from Galway to Dublin. Trains and buses run regularly from both cities as well, and you can make connections to anywhere else in the country without too much trouble.
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