Skip to Content
× Passenger Update: Customers are advised when booking car hire and car parking at Shannon Airport to use licenced onsite operators. A number of offsite car hire and parking companies are purporting to operate at Shannon Airport but they operate offsite and have no agreement to collect or drop off passengers at the airport.  Booking with these companies may result in delays at the airport during pick up and drop off.
City Guide Galway

Visit Galway after Flying into Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport is only 45 minutes from one of Ireland’s main centres for culture and the arts, Galway - and this famous city will really sweep you off your feet. After landing in Shannon, where you’re sure to love the relaxed atmosphere here, you’ll no doubt be ready for the next step of your journey.

And if you love music, culture, and the arts, that next step has to be Galway. Steeped in Viking history and famous for its on-street musical sessions and street entertainment, Galway city provides the perfect getaway for all. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic coast of Ireland, it’s no surprise that Galway is listed as one of Ireland’s most coveted tourist destinations and was proudly awarded European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Heritage

The best way to re-discover the vast history of Galway city and experience ‘The City of Tribes’ is simply to wander through the narrow, cobbled streets of the city. Try and stop by the Spanish Arch, a medieval gem built by the Normans in the 16th century and now a museum located in the heart of the city.

If you can, take in the many on-street entertainers and buskers in Shop St. before visiting Eyre Square, a former medieval market place and now a John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Former US President, John F. Kennedy, delivered a speech here to over 100,000 people on his last trip before his tragic assassination.

Shop, eat, and drink

You’ll find excellent retail outlets for that little bit of retail therapy. For example, Eyre Square is near the train station and is also home to the largest shopping mall in the city centre, featuring over 70 retailers.

And when you need a bite to eat, enjoy the taste of Galway by dining in one of the city’s award-winning restaurants and bistros. In the city centre, the cobbled streets feature rows of charming outdoor seating where you can relax and unwind with a coffee.

Festivals

You’ll be intrigued by the many festivals on offer throughout the year, but don’t miss the Galway Arts Festival every summer in July! There are plenty of others to suit all tastes, including the Galway Film Fleadh and the Galway International Oyster Festival as well as a full calendar of events.

For the more adventurous, make Galway city your base and take a day trip to some of Ireland’s iconic tourist destinations such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and the beautiful landscape of wild Connemara.

Whether Dublin is your final destination or the first step on your Irish tour, we’ll be here ready to welcome you back and see you home safely from Shannon Airport.

Who Flies Here

Read More

Galway on Social

Keep in touch

Tel: +353 (0)61 712000
Email: comments@shannonairport.ie

Download our App for mobile devices

Download from App Store Download from Play Store

Sign Up to our Newsletter

© Shannon Airport 2018Designed and developed by Arekibo