Destination guide

Welcome to free-spirited Galway

Known for its bohemian culture and liberal locals, Galway is Ireland's self-confessed sweetheart. While the city is brimming with history, it also embraces its contemporary side. In fact, it's such a trailblazer that it's been crowned the European Capital of Culture for 2020. As you stroll around the city, you'll be immersed in a scene of brightly painted pubs, artisan restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant markets – and, of course, plenty of live Irish folk music. Set in the heart of the city center, Galway vacation rentals put you just steps from the action.

Things to do

Catch a show at Galway's Mick Lally Theatre

Familiarize yourself with local history at the Galway City Museum. Artifacts date back to the 1800s and include everything from Great War weaponry to contemporary Irish art. For a taste of Galway's vibrant cultural scene, why not enjoy a night out with the Druid Performing Arts Company? Internationally acclaimed performances are held at the historic Mick Lally Theatre, a cultural center based in a building that was once a tea warehouse. Expect anything from contemporary Irish plays to modern adaptations of Shakespeare.


Soak up the Galway street scene

Galway is anchored by the Latin Quarter, a characterful district encircled by ancient city walls. Inside, you'll find a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and historic shopfronts selling postcards, vintage books and handmade Claddagh jewelry. The atmosphere is fantastic, so why not stay local with Galway vacation rentals in the Latin Quarter? On a sunny afternoon, the Tigh Neachtain terrace is always packed. Pouring pints since 1894, this local institution offers front row seats to the city's top street performers. Set on Galway Bay, the trendy neighborhood is known for its upmarket restaurants that shuck Ireland's best oysters.


Gear up for the Galway International Arts Festival

Galway is at its best in the summer, when the sun shines and the city radiates energy. You'll find locals shopping at Galway Market, strolling along the Salthill Promenade and soaking up the short-lived Irish summer. The city is especially busy over the last half of July, when it hosts the annual Galway International Arts Festival. Visiting in winter? While you'll need a good coat and an umbrella, Galway is a great place to enjoy a city break. Spend your days museum hopping, shopping in the Latin Quarter and sipping Guinness by the fireplace of your Galway vacation rental.

Natural features

Discover the rugged beauty of Galway County

Set on the west coast of Ireland, Galway sees the River Corrib meet the Atlantic Ocean. The harbor city is fringed by Salthill Promenade, a scenic seaside path that hugs the coast for over a mile. The city also serves as a gateway to County Galway. The region is known for its rolling green countryside, white sandy beaches, rugged mountains and the stunning Connemara Peninsula. Closer to home, you'll find attractions like Atlantaquaria, Ireland's largest aquarium. It's filled with local sea creatures, including sharks, rays and seahorses.

How to get there

How to get to and around Galway

Fly into Shannon (SNN), the closest airport, located 40.4 mi (65.1 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, the main station is Galway Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Galway?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 218 vacation rentals near Galway. From 64 Houses to 73 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Galway for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Galway?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Galway. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • St. Augustine's Church: 275 vacation rentals
  • Merlin Woods Park: 265 vacation rentals
  • Bold Art Gallery: 276 vacation rentals
  • Galway Cathedral: 274 vacation rentals
  • Eyre Square: 274 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Galway listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Galway?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 64 Houses in Galway. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Galway include:

  • Cottages: 73 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 58 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 73 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Galway?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3 vacation rentals with pool available in Galway. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.