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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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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...
Barnacles Quay Street House
"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...
Hostel Galway - Sleepzone YHA
"Sleepzone Hostel is an excellent hostel. It is five minutes away by foot from the bus and train station. Additionally, it is about three minutes from the major pedestrian street running throughout Galway. And since Galway is such a tiny town, this means you're not more than a few minutes walk from any pub, store, or site that you may want to see. The park (which unfortunately is under construction at the time of this review) is less than a...
"Best experience I have in Ireland - If you are young and travel for example like me alone through ireland and want to sleep in a familiar and friendly hostel than you have to go to the Woodquay hostel. You will meet there a lot of nice people and if you need some help with cooking or you do not find something you just have to ask and Simon or July will help you. And if you have luck simon will cook real Irish Stew for you or you have your own...
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...
Salmon Weir Hostel
"Although slightly cramped, the atmosphere in this hostel more than compensates. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the beds are comfy, and the showers are decent. The FUN is immense! I will definitely be back if ever I am in Galway again." … "Over my years of travelling I've stayed in many hostels, but I must say, that this was one of the best! The staff makes you feel at home, with great hospitality. I'll definitely come...
"Nimmo's Hostel gets guests because it is very cheap and has an excellent location within Galway, but it is dirty and rundown. It's just a five-minute walk from the bus station. Staff are not on site and the dorm beds are not assigned so be sure to mark "your" bed when find the one you want. The Location The location is really good and only a couple of minutes from the bus station. Galway is a nice town and the hostel is surrounded by...
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." … "It's a school prison. It has parking—that's its only asset." … "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 places. It's good for parking!!" … "The beds had fleas...
Mary Ryan Hostel
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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...
"Corrib Village is excellent and affordable." … "This place is not for backpackers, but it would be grand for a family with a car." … "Choose another accommodation, if you can. - cheap but filthy, with dank rooms." … "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 although the walk to Corrib Village is lovely by the river,...
Glasáin Holiday Village
"… Court Security Patrols (outside of office hours) 24 Hour CCTV Tickets for Healy tours and Island Ferries are also purchasable from Glasan Reception. 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 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 Galways 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
"… dryer, dishwasher, fridge, electric stove and oven, iron and ironing board. Parking is included in the price. Galway Bay Sea View Apartments has a strictly non-smoking policy. Smokers are requested to smoke outside the property. Leisureworld is a few steps away as is the Galway Aquarium. Galway city is only a 5 minute drive away where you can explore the all of the city’s prime tourist attractions. Please note: Check-in...
"… These conveniently located, bright and modern townhouses provide the perfect choice and freedom to come and go as you please. The Stables are the perfect place to stay if you wish to stay in Galway City as it is located just a few minutes walk from city centre. It is also an ideal location to explore Connemara, Aran Islands, and the Cliff of Moher. The Stables contain everything you need from home away from home this summer. The...
"Glasán Holiday Village is located off the main Dublin Road and opposite GMIT in Galway. These properties were developed close to all amenities and are an ideal location to explore Galway and the beautiful surrounding areas of Connemara and the Burren. The village itself is situated on landscaped green areas, and include a childrens play area and tennis court.With an on site convenience shop you can stock up to make the most of the...
Barnacles Galway 2 Bed Apartment
"… apartment is so centrally located that the entire city is on your doorstep. You have the option of exploring what Galway has to offer or spending a relaxing 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...
Barnacles Galway 1 Bed Apartment
"… Lane, 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 kitchette on the first floor • Double bedroom and shower room on the top floor. The bedroom and living room overlook the cobble-stone street of...
"… with en suite bathroom, television, hairdryers, telephone and coffee/tea making facilities are available on request. Our breakfast menu is delightful and prepared fresh each morning from 8.00 am to 9.30 AM All rooms are spacious with accommodation to suit single, double or family occupancy. Our B&B has spacious and secure car parking facilities. We are highly approved by Ireland's leading bed and breakfast tourism guide books...
Woodlands Bed & Breakfast, Kinvara, Co. Galway.
"… locally. Walking/Cycling - From our front door, walk right into the Irish Country Side. Bicycle Hire available – The Burren is best enjoyed either by cycling or walking. Seaside - Beaches, Fishing Villages, Shore and Deep Sea Angling. Aran Islands - 40 mins to Ferries to Aran Islands. The Burren - World renowned for its geology, flora & fauna. Visit Aillwee Caves, Carron Perfumery, Heritage Centre etc. Medieval Banquet...
Sea Breeze Lodge Galway
"… suburb which fronts on to Galway Bay. All the rooms are en-suite, spacious, with 21" cable TV (12 channels), all with tea and coffee making facilities. All the beds are luxurious and fitted with orthopaedic mattresses. The first floor rooms have wooden floors. Salthill's fine promenade has a swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course close by. The resort really has the best of both worlds: It's fashionable and well-equipped while...
Four Winds Lodge
"Quiet,Traditional Old world home. Overlooking Galway Bay. Enjoy breakfast in conservatory. Leading to secluded beautiful private gardens. Secure parking. Free Internet Access - wireless hotspot. Route 336 through Salthill past golf course, 1st right after 2nd Petrol Station (Top) .Friendly and welcoming" … "… golf course, past Topaz Petrol Station on right. Next turn into right. First on right, see sign for Bay View &...
"Spacious residence beside Galway Bay. TV, Hairdryers, Tea/Coffee facilities. Private parking. 10 minutes walk City Centre. Beach 100 yds." … Whitestrand Road
"… been requisitioned by Lieutenant Colonel O Hara. Pat and Helena originally came from Donegal and "Gaeilge" the native Irish language is spoken. Helena has worked all her life in the catering profession. If you so wish, Pat and Helena can help you plan your daily itinerary or organize a bus trip to Connemara and the Burren. Complimentary House Award from Galway City Council for 2004Breakfast Menu Private Parking Multi...
Corrib View B&B
"Corrib View Bed and Breakfast is a purpose built accommodation hosted by Yvonne O Reilly,The accommodation has 5 ensuite rooms and 3 standard rooms sharing a batroom.We are approved by failte Ireland to a very high standard.Breakfast,ALL Linen is supplied also..All rooms include Cable TV.Iron Press.Orthopedic beds.Tea/Coff facilities." … "… coach tours to Connemara, the Burren/Cliff of Moher and the Aran Islands can be arranged...
"… 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
"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, Galway Heritage Centre and Kingfisher Health and Leisure Centre are just up the road from us.A non-smoking...
"… Steven is the chef and everything is cooked to prefection. Private car park. Claremount is Non smoking. Beside salthill promenade,and galway bay golf club. Metres away from the beach, leisureland, golf, tennis, horse riding and lots more. Tea/coffee on arrival. Hairdryers, Free wireless internet access. Bus for city centre right outside our front door, and we are only up the road from Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill Hotel. We are...
"… walks. Whether it is for a short break or your annual vacation, whether you are seeking a quiet and relaxing time or the more adventurous holiday with plenty of activities, Ballykine House is the ideal base for you. Cong / Clonbur Road R345. 1 mile from Clonbur Village. Ballykine House Bed & Breakfast is situated on the road between the picturesque village of Cong and Clonbur (R345) the gateway to Connemara and approx 45...
Corrib Haven B&B
"… Haven Guesthouse. Yours hosts, Angela and Tom, who are fluent in Dutch and German, look forward to welcoming you into their home. Galway city has a host of attractions to enjoy, including the Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre, Lynch's Castle, The Spanish Arch, and the Taibhdhearc (Ireland\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s only Irish-Speaking theatre). Or explore the picturesque landscape of Connemara or the Aran Islands. Check-in: 3-10 pm...
"Atlantic View guesthouse is a luxurious haven overlooking Galway Bay with 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...
"… 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. It's the perfect location to enjoy Galway's Theatres, its famous pubs, restaurants,...
Desota House Bed & Breakfast
"Desota House is an ideal base from which to enjoy the capital of the west of Ireland and its beautiful surroundings. Staying here you will be in a perfect central location, with no need to waste money on taxis or buses. All of our guest are provided with breakfast which includes a continental style buffet and a cooked breakfast served in our main dining room." … "… National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University...
"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...
"… is located within easy reach of numerous golf courses, including Galway Bay Golf and Country Club, Galway Golf Course and Barna Golf Club. 3 day cancellation policy, check in 3pm, check out 10.30am, credit cards accepted, breakfast inclusive. We are located next to the Galway Clinic, Merlin Park Hospital, Bon Secours hospital, GMIT Radisson Blu, and Clayton Hotels. Cancellations must be received at least 3 days in advance....
"… Irish country house cuisine which uses only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Yours hosts 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...
The Herons Rest Boutique B&B
"… 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...
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...
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