Galway, is a colorful harbor city on Ireland’s west coast that should be added to your list to visit. The winding lanes of its Latin Quarter are filled with shops, galleries traditional pubs and great restaurants. I was there many years ago as it is a great place to base yourself while exploring Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren in the West of Ireland. On my last trip, I did it easily as a day trip from Dublin by train on Irish Rail.
Make sure to visit:
Galway City Museum: This is a museum near the Spanish Arch that gives a great overview of the history of the people and the area.
Galway Cathedral: The main Cathedral is well-worth the visit. They also have a number of readings, concerts and events.
Also worth a visit is the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas where you can attend concerts of traditional Irish music.
In July check out the Galway International Arts Festival with theater, music, traditional Irish music and comedy.
Where to Stay:
Park House Hotel & Restaurant: This is a traditional hotel near the train station. It was just featured in the New York Times. Its restaurant gets good marks. Forster St. Eyre Square.