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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. Ranked as the 4th top city for Best In Travel 2020 by Lonley Planet, you’re sure to love the relaxed atmosphere here. After landing in Shannon, getting to Galway is easy and in no time you will be soaking up the atmosphere in this European Capital of Culture 2020. 

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.


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.


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.

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