Galway Car Hire

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If you're paying a visit to the West of Ireland then the chances are your travels will bring you to Galway. It's the fifth biggest city in the country and serves a major hub for those visiting the western part of the island. This vibrant city is also known as The City of the Tribes, as it was ruled by the tribes, or fourteen leading Irish families, at the beginning of the 15th century. Today it's a buzzing city known for its lively nightlife, charming pedestrianised streets, delicious eateries, and as a gateway to the scenic areas of the county.

Things to Do in Galway

While Galway may be low on the number of traditional city attractions, not offering up as much in the way of galleries and museums as larger cities like Dublin, it more than makes up for it in terms of atmosphere, and cultural goings on. One of Ireland's best-loved cultural events, the Galway Arts Festival takes place every July, while pubs and venues and the Town Hall Theatre are always busy with gigs and shows.

Top 3 Must See: Galway

  • Salthill Promenade

  • Galway City Museum

  • Galway Atlantaquaria

You can find out more about the city's fascinating history at the City Museum, kids will love getting up close to underwater creatures at Atlantaquaria, and if you're not too tired after strolling Galways cobbled streets and town squares, stretch those legs along the famous Salthill Promenade for beautiful views over the water. Top Three Attractions Salthill Promenade Galway City Museum Galway Atlantaquaria

Drive Around Galway

Several car hire companies now have locations within Galway City. If you're flying in, the closest airport is Shannon Airport, which is a 1.5 hour drive from Galway City, and is well served by car hire options. You'll find affordable long term parking available next to the city's famous cathedral, with many pay and display areas allowing overnight parking for free. Serving as an ideal base from which to explore western counties like Clare and attractions like Knock, it's also just a 2 hour motorway drive to the thriving Irish capital of Dublin.