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Galway is located on the West coast of Ireland on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 215km from Dublin. With a population of 75 thousand, it is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and there are a number of Galway hostels providing accommodation in the city.
Galway acts as a major gateway to some of Ireland's most fantastic tourist sites. The Burren is located only an hour south of Galway. The Burren is a large area of exposed limestone rock, which contains many unique species of plant as well as some excellent scenery. The Cliffs of Moher are also located in this area. These cliffs rise up to 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and offer one of the most breathtaking views in Ireland. The Connemara region is located to the west of Galway. This remote area contains some very unique and rugged scenery. It is also home to some of Ireland's only Gaeltacht areas, where locals speak Gaelic as a first language. There are several tourist companies in the city which offer tours to these places at a reasonable price. In the city itself there are many things to see such as the Spanish Arch, Galway Museum, Cathedral, Salthill Beach and the University, which is home to around 15,000 students.
Galway has a very lively night scene even during the week, with many tourists and a large student population in the area. The majority of the bars and nightclubs are located either on or near Eyre Square or Shop Street. Shop street and High Street have a large variety of restaurants which serve fantastic seafood and international cuisines as well as local dishes. There are also a large number of bars in this part of the city which regularly have live traditional Irish music. Some of the more popular bars include The Quays, The Kings Head, Tig Choili, and Taafes. This is also a wide selection of late night bars and nightclubs in the city. Some of these include Central Park (or CPs), Karma, and GPO.
There are several Galway hostels to choose from. It's best to stay near Eyre Square as this is close to the main bus and train station as well as the city centre. It is possible to stay in dorm style as well as private and family rooms. Some of these hostels offer special deals with tours.
Galway is easily accessible by air, land and rail. Galway has it's own regional airport. Shannon International airport is located only an hour from Galway, with daily direct flights to many European, North American and domestic destinations. Bus Eireann is the main bus company in the area with regular departures from Ceannt Station (located in the city centre).
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"Barnacles Quay Street House is really nice. The staff are super friendly and very competent. One person has worked there for over nine years because it is so well run. We were shown several rooms so that we could make our own decision as to which one would work best for us. The desk staff are very competent and reassuring in dealing with hostel problems. During our stay, a huge storm came up, with some leaking down the walls -- the person in...
Sleepzone Galway City
"Hostel Galway - Sleepzone YHA is a great choice if you are going to be staying in Galway. The Location The hostel is located about fifteen minutes from the bus station and it is easy to find. It is located on a side street just off a main road, so it is easy to get places, but it is quiet, especially at night and it seems to be in a safe area. There are several shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and a park all within walking...
Salmon Weir Hostel
"Friendly, comfortable, and helpful - The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and welcoming. Our room was small but sufficient and the hostel was clean, and bathrooms were cleaned every day. There was a large kitchen but we didn't use it at all. Everyone was accommodating and we would highly recommend a stay here while in Galway! City center was 5 min away." … "Filthy, disgusting. Isn't worth it. - I recently visited this hostel...
"Creepy staff. - Staff is super weird and kinda creepy at times. I spent two nights here. First night everything was Fine. Second night things got kinda awkward. I left my stuff on my bed it wasnt cleaned. Came back to my room after a day at the beach. I got ready and took a nap. Came back after dinner and a few bars and another person in my room threw my stuff onto another bed after I slept it in it a few times and had my stuff there. I got...
"A very good year! - I lived in this hostel for six months. Jim is the coolest guy in the world!! This place is a part of who I am, and I love the location, the filth and the fun! xx" … "Lovely place, better price - upon walking into the hostel I was skeptical to say the least. it seemed slightly rundown and was in need of maintenance. but when we checked in and were brought to our rooms we were content with the rooms. the beds were...
Galway City Hostel
"Galway City Hostel is a fabulous little hostel -- it is the very first one we stayed at, and it set the bar pretty high for ones to follow. We were only going to stay here one night but it turned into three. The Location This hostel is in a prime location, right across the street from the bus and train station for Bus Eireann. They literally say that if you can't find it, yell from the station and they will come and get you. The...
Snoozles Hostel Galway
"Snoozles Hostel Galway is very new and spotlessly clean, in the centre of the city. The Location The hostel is close to public transport, and within an easy walk to everything. There is no parking available at the hostel, but secure, for-pay parking is located a few minutes' walk away (though this is subsidized by Snoozles). Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel is made up of several floors with a lift. There are bunk beds in shared...
"Savoy Hostel is awesome; it's a great option in Galway for a good price. The hostel opened its doors just a few weeks ago, so everything is quite new! The Location The location is one of the high points of this hostel; Savoy is located on the city centre, just a few blocks from most important pubs and stores. Also there are a lot of places to eat near by the hostel. You also can find one supermarket just a few blocks from the hostel....
"… door Free high speed Wi-Fi in all rooms &SO MUCH MORE! Please note: 24 hour Reception, Must have a valid photo ID in order to check in. Non smoking throughout. Groups may be asked for Security Deposits. Kitchen is closed from 11pm until 7am & common room is closed each day from 1am to 7am. Full payment is required on arrival. Cancellations must be made by 3pm 48hrs before you are due to arrive. In case of...
Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel
"Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel has everything that you could possibly wish for a great night out in Galway city. The Location The hostel is very centrally located just off Eyre Square. It is only a five-minute walk from the bus and train station and is very easy to find with good signage. There is no car parking available, but the shopping centre next door has parking at a cost. It is in the heart of the city, so after a big night out, it...
St. Mary's College
"This may be a school but it's in a good location. It's within a short walking distance to Eyre Square and the parking is brilliant." … "The beds had fleas in them. The room next door was full of drunken idiots, and the workers here were ignorant idiots." … "This hostel was a high school, so it's not very attractive. It is not on the bus route, but it's halfway between Salthill and Eyre Square. It's okay but there are better...
Ben Lettery Hostel (An Oige)
"… is in the most beautiful area in the heart of Connemara! In front of the Ben Lettery hostel is a long lake and behind it are the stunning Twelve Bens Mountains, ideal for hill walking and cycling. This area of Ireland is magical and is renowned for its beauty. A visit here will never be forgotten! Nearby are the villages Clifden (13km) and Recess (8km/ shop, pub and petrol station only). But also the pretty village of Roundstone...
The Western Citypoint Apartments
"These brand new city centre apartments cater for up to 5 people per apartment and are conveniently located with Eyre Square right on your doorstep. These self-catering apartments are located above Galway's newest shopping centre - The Citypoint- providing you with unrivalled views and location. Our self-catering holiday apartments are stylish and comfortable ideal for a short or longer break in Galway city where you want to enjoy...
Galway Bay Sea View Apartments
"… cater for up to 2, 4 or 6 people per apartment and are ideally located on the waterfront, providing you with sea views from your living room, master bedroom, balcony or roof top terrace. Galway Bay Sea View Apartments are self-catering and provide you with free car-parking, Wi-Fi and are stylish and comfortable, ideal for a long or short break in Galway. You can have luxury at an affordable price. Enjoy more space and freedom in...
Barnacles Galway 2 Bed Apartment
"… evening in doors. To check in please come to Barnacles Quay Street House (10 Quay Street) and we will walk you over to the apartment. Parking (discounted rate) only 2 minutes walk away and the train and bus station are only 5 minutes walk away Check In Time is 3 pm / Check Out time is 10.30 am. * Security/Damage deposit is required on check in. * Lease form must be signed be every guest at check in....
Barnacles Galway 1 Bed Apartment
"… in the Latin Quarter, it is literally just a minute's stroll from all the pubs, cafes and restaurants that you are coming to Galway for. Spread over 3 floors, you will find: A bathroom and entrance hallway on the ground floor A living area and kitchen on the first floor Double bedroom and shower room on the top floor. The bedroom and living room overlook the cobble-stone street of Kirwin's Lane making this the ideal...
"Choose another accommodation, if you can. - cheap but filthy, with dank rooms." … "Corrib Village Rubbish - This place is crap, rooms smell damp, and bathrooms filthy, do not stay there." … "This place is not for backpackers, but it would be grand for a family with a car." … "This place is way too far out. It's the student residence term time and most of them even hate it. In Galway when it rains, it really rains, and...
Glasáin Holiday Village
"… bus tour and Aran ferry tickets being sold from office Café onsite offering breakfast, lunch and dinner Glasán Village is situated in a prime location on the outskirts of Galway, just ten minutes from the city Centre just opposite the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. With the renowned Galway Races and the Galway Arts Festival. Galway City is the Gateway to Beautiful Connemara, the Burren and the unique Aran Islands. Each...
Corrib Village Self Catering Apartments
"… coin-operated laundrette, convenience shop, car park, FREE Wi-Fi, BBQ area, games room and a FREE shuttle bus to the city centre. A tour booking service is also supplied. For family trips, babysitting, cots and highchairs are available by prior request (extra charge applies). One of the biggest attractions of Galway itself is the array of vibrant and cultural festivals that take place during the summer months, such as the Galway...
Corrib View B&B
"… in advance with free collection from Corrib View. You can visit Galway's historical and cultural sites.In the evening enjoy a visit to one of our many restaurants,Threatres, Cinemas,Art Gallerys, Pubs with Irish music or simply relax in the guest lounge with a good book or enjoy conversation with other guests after a day of touring. Corrib View is conveniently located and within walking distance of popular leisure activities....
"… holiday. . All rooms are en suite, spacious and fully equipped with cable TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The Lodge can hold up to twenty people at one time. With so many B&B's to choose from, what makes this lovely lodge so exceptional is the gracious hospitality and friendliness of the hosts. Such an atmosphere has promoted a most enjoyable dining experience amongst guests. Food quality...
Corrigeen Bed & Breakfast
"… area on the main approach road 2 km from Galway city centre and next door to Merlin Park Hospital. The bedrooms are tastefully furnished to the highest standards with tea/coffee making facilities, multi channel TV and radio alarms. All rooms are ensuite. The area is very well serviced by public transport, with a bus stop directly across the road from our B&B. There is also an excellent taxi service. The new Galway Clinic,...
Amber Hill B&B
"… the beaches of Galway. Amber Hill is the gateway to the west with easy access to the picturesque landscape of Connemara and Clifden. A short 5 minute drive will bring you to the bustling heart of Galway City. We are happy to provide ample secure parking for our guests. At Amber Hill Bed and Breakfast we pride ourselves by ensuring your stay with us is relaxing and comfortable. We have a number of luxurious rooms for your...
"… a large sun balcony. Some of our rooms have stunning views of the sea, with balconies. We are an ideal base to tour Connemara, Cliffs Of Moher and The Burren. We are only a short walk to the city centre and are ideally located for shopping, theatres, art galleries, musuems, pubs, restaurants and club. Free secure car parking. We are situated on the famous Salthill promenade across the road from the beach. Please Note; Standard 3...
"… Access, Tea Coffee Facilities. The Branches B&B is highly approved by Ireland's leading bed and breakfast tourism guide books including Failte Ireland and Town & Country homes. We are situated in the city superb and just minutes from the heart of Galway city centre. Unrivalled for its quality shopping and street entertainment. Its the perfect location to enjoy Galways Theatres, its famous pubs, restaurants, galleries....
"Decent value - The guesthouse was a nice change from hostels; it was quieter and the rooms were actually appointed nicely. Continental breakfast is included which makes it good value at €15. Staff are a little reserved. The location is a 5 min walk from the bus station, but is not centrally located to the pubs or other attractions. It is not a place to meet other backpackers. Perhaps best suited for those more mature, or seeking a tamer...
"… Tony and Ita offer an extensive breakfast menu, light lunches, snacks, picnics and dinner. Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice. St Judes is the perfect place to stay whether in Galway for business or pleasure. Check out one of the big festivals (Galway Races or the Arts Festival), take a day trip to Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Aran Islands, the Burren or the Cliffs of Moher, explore the history...
The Herons Rest Boutique B&B
"… award-winning Herons Rest Boutique B&B makes a wonderful pied-a-terre in Galway city centre, and we strive to offer you a home away from home experience. We were voted Irish B&B of the year and Irish B&B Breakfast Award winner for 2009 in Georgina Campbell's Ireland guide. Galway City is situated in the heart of the attractive west of Ireland. The beauty of the landscape of Connemara and The Burren, the Cliffs of...
"… 3 cosy en-suite guest rooms and secure car parking. All rooms are centrally heated and are equipped with television and broadband internet access. An extensive breakfast menu is served in our cosy dining room and is included in the rates. The Forge is just 2 minutes from Galway city centre, where there are numerous pubs, shops, clubs, galleries, restaurants and theatres. It is also near University College, Eyre Square and the...
"… place to sit and plan your day's exploring, and secure parking is provided on site. Located on the Connemara coast road, Woodville is an ideal base from which to discover the attractions of Galway city and county. There are numerous activities which can be enjoyed in the area, including golf, tennis, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing. Follow a day's activities with a hearty meal and a few drinks in one of the many good...
Sli Na Mara
"… of tea or coffee. All the attractions of Galway's medieval city centre, City of the Tribes, are easily reached on foot from Sli Na Mara, including The Spanish Arch, Salthill, the cathedral and the University College grounds. Visit Quay Street with its numerous shops and quaint, lively bars and restaurants, or venture further afield and take a trip out to the Aran Islands, The Burren or Connemara. Private of street parking...
Amber Heights Guesthouse
"… enjoy spacious, modern rooms with ensuite bathrooms and tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms. All rooms have iron and board, tv, towels and toiletries. Amber Heights has free gourmet coffee in the lounge and luxurious rooms for our guests comfort. Guests also have free internet station and tour desk facilities. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will...
Copper Beech B&B
"… the Hills of Clare. Galway City is situated in the heart of the beautiful west of Ireland. The beauty of the landscape of Connemara and The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Island combined with the many historic attractions of Galway City, make it an ideal holiday destination and Copper Beech B&B is the perfect location from which to explore it all. Activities available nearby include horse riding, swimming, fishing and...
Westway Guest House
"… Jennifer is dedicated to maintaining a high standard of accommodation while providing a homely atmosphere. Westway Guest House is located just 1 mile from the city centre allowing you to enjoy all the attractions of medieval Galway, from the Spanish Arch, Claddagh Village-home of the Claddagh Ring, University grounds to Quay Street with its quaint bars and restaurants and Salthill promenade. Take a boat trip to the Aran Islands,...
"… you can relax in our warm and welcoming rooms. We are situated in an ideal location, just a 5 minute stroll from the City Centre. The bedrooms in the Corleck House Bed and Breakfast in Galway City are all finished to the highest standards one would expect to find for a top quality Guest House in Galway City. All the bedrooms are comfortable and come with ensuite bathrooms. You can choose from single rooms, double rooms or...
"… on to a choice of cooked breakfasts, from Scrambled eggs, Pancakes with maple syrup to the traditional Irish breakfast. A warm welcome awaits you at Abbey View where your host Bernie who will do her utmost to help guests with information. Abbey View is a warm and friendly family home located just a 5-minute drive from Galway city. All the attractions of Galway and Connemara, including the lovely mountains and lakes of...
"Friendly and comfortable home in quiet area between Galway and Salthill. Beside beach and convenient to all city entertainment. No smoking house. Car park and Wireless Internet Access available." … 4 Whitestrand Avenue, Lower Salthill
"Spacious residence overlooking Galway Bay. Beside Beach, walking distance to City Centre, Leisureland, University and Aran Ferry. TV, Wi-fi, Hairdryers and Tea/Coffee facilities. Private Parking." … "… before the Promenade. From N6/N17/N18- When approaching Galway follow sign for Salthill. Salthill is just one street. On that street look out for a building called 'Seapoint'. It is near the ocean and there is a roundabout in...
"Warm, comfortable home, beside Galway Bay. Frommer Guide, Du Routard Ireland Guide recommended breakfast award. Free WiFi in all rooms." … "Follow signs for Salthill. Roncalli House on corner of Whitestrand Avenue, Whitestrand Road. Off R336" … 24 Whitestrand Avenue
"… Room (1) has a double bed. Room (2) has a double and single bed and Room (3) has three single beds.All rooms are ensuite with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and 24 free wi-fi for your laptop. Extensive breakfast menu with home baking and organic foods served. Free Wifi throughout the house. ITB Approved | Award Winning B&B Free Wi fi TVs in all bedrooms No smoking home Large private car park...
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