There aren’t many cities in the world as laid back and as young at heart as Galway. This bohemian city may be rich with culture, but, thanks to students accounting for around 20% of the population, it has a strong contemporary buzz – and a forever friendly feel. Experience the authentic Irish way of life.
Galway really comes alive at night. From traditional pubs to trendy clubs, there’s something to do every night – literally. At student-favourite Monroe’s Tavern, you could Irish jig the night away to live traditional Irish music every night of the week, if you wanted to.
This coastal city is surrounded by beautiful nature to explore. You can go high up in the mountains or stay low in the lakes. Students also love visiting the Saturday market on Church Lane and unwinding from a long week with a stroll along Salthill Promenade. And, for when you’re feeling extra adventurous, we’d recommend getting a ferry to the Aran Islands.
Galway didn’t win European City of Culture 2020 for no reason. There’s the three-storey museum, an annual art festival, Irish dancing (every night), castles, cathedrals, Eyre Square and the Spanish Arch. Students enjoy being surround such authentic and ancient culture, and love that they can see remnants of the medieval town walls still standing between shops.
Aside from the weekend market, which is packed with local food, there is a wide range of cuisines to choose from. From burger joints like Scotty’s to pizza places like The Dough Bros. And for vegetarian students, The Gourmet Offensive (TGO) is a favourite go-to.