Located on the west coast, Galway is the fifth largest city of Ireland. Galway is an exciting holiday destination because it is a popular site where several festivals, fun-events and activities are held. This city is capable of capturing its visitors so beware of its beautiful attractions. Yes, Galway has a number of attractions that are marvelous and capture the person who pays a visit to this city. Some of its most popular and awe-inspiring attractions are as follows:
St. Nicholas’ Church
St. Nicholas Church is a place of worship that is located in heart of Galway. It is important and popular at the same time because it is the prevalent medieval parish church in Ireland. It dates back to 1320 but its building has been renovated since then. Most of the people visit this church because they believe in the story that Christopher Columbus prayed in this church in 1477 before sailing off to discover America.
It is a 16th century castle that belonged to the Lynch family. This building has now converted into a bank but its front part still amazes the visitors with carvings of gargoyles. Yes, this building is still quite impressive and is one of the most visited attractions of Galway. While visiting this building, you will find some genuine fireplaces that are still inside this castle. There is a special exhibition room in this castle which contains artifacts from the reign of Lynch family. This room is opened for visitors from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays.
The Spanish Arch and Galway City Museum
Spanish Arch is located at a place where the river meets the sea. It also dates back to 16th century but still it attracts the visitors towards itself. It was originally called Ceann an Bhalla (Head of the Wall) but then its name was changed in the honor of Spanish merchant galleons which landed near it. The Spanish Arch now serves as the gateway to Galway City Museum. The Galway Museum is also an attractive place to visit as its galleries shows culture of Galway from 1800 to 1950. Some temporary exhibitions and events are also held here. From here, you can enjoy views of River Corrib, Galway Bay, Spanish Arch and Claddagh.
Salmon Weir Bridge
Salmon Weir Bridge shows cultural and historical aspect of Galway city. Crossing the River Corrib from the Cathedral to the city’s courthouse, Salmon Weir Bridge is an exciting place to visit. People come here to see spectacular views extending up to Wolfe Tone Bridge. Summertime is the best time to visit Salmon Weir Bridge as at this time of year, you can see the shoals of salmon making their way to Corrib for spawning. You will also find anglers fish in the water below. But it does not mean at all that Salmon Weir Bridge is only visited by tourists in summer. Throughout the year, it remains the favorite place of tourists and locals as well.
Galway Cathedral is such an attraction which should never be missed in a visit to Galway. It is one of the largest and most beautiful buildings of the city which stands on Nun’s Island. It is featured with an octagonal dome and reaches to a height of 145 feet. The striking interior of the building is adorned and featured with rose windows and beautiful wall paintings.
These were some must-visit and worth-seeing attractions of Galway. Visit this city in these summer holidays and have a wonderful time.