Galway is an experience to be savored and remembered.
There’s a certain vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget.
Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all, the Galway people all combine to create an atmospheric medieval city.
From this pulsating heart, the rest of the county flows.
Galway City Museum
The Streets of Galway
St. Nicholas’ Church
The Long Walk
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Culture and the Arts play a huge part in the life of the city, with many festivals taking place throughout the year.
The city’s reputation as being the cultural heart of Ireland attracts artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople from all over the world.
The result is a cosmopolitan city steeped in culture and history.
Galway Film Fleadh
Cúirt International Festival of Literature
Galway International Arts Festival
Galway Comedy Festival
Volvo Ocean Race
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Galway is the heart of fine dining in the West of Ireland, with two Michelin Star restaurants and a wide range of fine restaurants and cafés using high-quality, locally sourced produce.
The quality of food and hospitality combined with the rich cultural heritage and beauty of the city and county makes the region one of the most popular destinations in Ireland.
In 2018, Galway was named a European Region of Gastronomy.
Galway International Oyster Festival
Galway Food & Craft Market
Galway Food Festival
Galway Christmas Market
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Home of International Film Festival The Galway Film Fleadh and shooting location for films like The Quiet Man, The Field, Into the West and The Guard, Galway was designated a UNESCO City Of Film in 2014.
Under the United Nations Creative Cities Network, Galway is now one of only eight film cities in the world to achieve this much sought-after status.
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Each year, for over 30 years, the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture.
Galway was selected as the European City of Culture in 2020 and presented an innovative year-long cultural programme that highlighted the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe.
Galway City is a Purple Flag City that offers an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.
Galway was awarded the European Green Leaf Award, recognising commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular accent on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.