QUICK GALWAY GUIDE!
Galway is a charming and fun city, made unique by its low-rise, traditional buildings, colourful shop fronts and beautiful location on the west coast of Ireland. This coastal city has a great buzz and its relaxed, bohemian vibe is infectious.
Discover this vibrant, culturally rich city at any time of year, or wait until the summer months to experience Irish festivals such as the Galway Races and the Galway Arts Festival. With cheap flights from the UK easy to come by and a range of deals on accommodation through Hotels.com, this popular Irish tourist destination is not to be missed.
The main thoroughfares of Galway; Shop Street and Quay Street, are in a pedestrian zone and are dotted with an array of boutiques and high street stores, stylish cafes, restaurants, and of course, bars. These streets are always full of people strolling, shopping, dining al fresco or congregating to watch street performers. Neachtain’s pub, on the corner of Quay Street, is a favourite amongst visitors and locals alike. Enjoy a Guinness in one of the pub’s cosy alcoves, warm yourself by the fire and listen to some top-class traditional Irish music. On Saturdays and Sundays, check out the Galway market, held in St. Nicholas’s Church square, just behind these main streets. Here you will find some great arts and crafts, ideal for presents, and some of the best local cuisine in Galway to be consumed on the go.
Galway has some of the best restaurants in Ireland, serving high-quality Irish produce. Stop by Nimmos at the Spanish Arch and Sheridans on the Docks for some of the best local Irish food in the most picturesque city locations. The Spanish Arch area is Galway city’s crowning glory; great for picnicking or just having a cold drink on a sunny day. Just beside the Spanish Arch is the Galway City Museum, giving insight into life in Galway through the ages. When the weather allows, Eyre Square, at the top of Shop Street, is a nice area to relax and watch the world go by. Alternatively, Salthill beach is a mere ten to fifteen minute scenic walk from Galway city centre and is great for swimming, kicking a ball around, or enjoying fish and chips on the promenade. At Salthill you will also find the Galway Aquarium and Leisureland, two great family-friendly places to keep the kids entertained.
On Galway’s doorstep are some of the most beautiful attractions in Ireland. Rent a car and visit Connemara, known as the true emerald of Ireland and an area of spectacular, unspoilt natural beauty. The Aran Islands, a short ferry ride from the coast of Galway, are a great for a visit. Cycle around these beautiful islands, rich in culture and heritage, where the locals still speak the native Irish tongue. The Burren, with its untamed natural beauty and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, number one on the list of places to visit in Ireland, are also within short distances of Galway city and are a perfect way to escape the urban bustle for a day.
“Miguel, Patricia and Borja really enjoyed the course and are back in Madrid still buzzing from this experience!, thank you and happy summer" Rosa De las Heras, Parent
"This summer school is creative, fun and exciting, Well thought-through, artistically, educationally and administratively as a joyful learning experience for teenagers! I wish you every possible success with it, as I'm sure it will be! Lucky participants, something to really enjoy and look back on with pleasure and a sense of real achievement"
Dr. Adrian James PhD
Head of Cert H.E. in Theatre Arts (Southend)
East 15 Acting School. University of Essex.
"Elena, 13, was the only Italian girl on Dublin's Teenage Stage 2017 and it was her very first experience abroad by herself.
She got to meet lovely new friends from Ireland and greatly enjoyed both rehearsals and free time.
The final show was just amazing and one cannot help wondering how those kids could prepare it in just one week.
It made us love Sweeney Todd, a musical that we had never properly appreciated."
Gianluca Di Lorenzo, Parent
“Aoife, Marion and I are so grateful for this unique opportunity you provided in putting together this programme and for the detail, attention and most importantly care you have shown Aoife throughout" John McDonagh, Parent, Galway
"Emily had a great time and couldn't stop talking about the camp, rehearsals and her friends. It was a big step sending her away and it was brilliant! We will be interested in next year so please keep us posted. We also enjoyed the show very much, it was great to see all the talents but most of all we are grateful that Emily was part of the group and felt included all the time" Izabela O'Brien, Parent
"Grainne had a brilliant time, made lots of friends and really enjoyed the course. It was very well run. Can you please put her name down for summer 2017 and let us know when application forms are out" Jeanette Kelly, Parent
"Congratulations on a fantastic summer school. My son Harvey had an amazing time and is already talking about coming back next year!" Claire Dolan, Parent
"Andrew made some great friends and talked non stop for the 2 1/2 hours of the car journey back to Dublin so thank you for an excellent course" Niall Murray, Parent
"Natasha had an excellent summer school, it's done her the world of good and the production was brilliant, especially impressive as you only had seven days with them, thank you" Annemarie Walker, Parent
"Thank you for the email and opportunity for early booking. Nyika was so enthusiastic last summer, she really wants to participate again this year. I have sent in the booking form for her. We were equally impressed with the whole organisation, supervision and support of the summer school and have no hesitation to recommend it to friends" Rita, Parent, Carlow
"Cameron really enjoyed the concept of putting on a show in a week and had never done anything like this before! He was thrilled by the experience so thank you to all the very professional and caring team" Iris Campbell, Belfast