If you're wondering where to find the best Galway attractions, the answer is easy: Shop Street, the main artery of the city. Walking along the kilometer-long pedestrianised street is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable Galway activities, but here is also where you'll find some of the best things to see in Galway.
Look at the Spanish Arch, where the remains of two stone arches of the old Norman city wall can be seen. In this part of the street you'll also find the Latin Quarter, one of the liveliest places to visit in Galway with its numerous pubs.
If we go north on Shop Street, the pubs give way to commercial shops and two of the most famous buildings in the city, Lynch Castle and St. Nicholas Church, the Protestant cathedral. Add this to your list of what to do in Galway, as it has hosted many other famous visitors, among them Christopher Columbus in 1477!
For more religious things to do in Galway, the Catholic cathedral, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Nicholas, is located a few hundred meters from the Protestant cathedral, across the River Corrib. It opened in 1965, and is the newest Catholic cathedral in Ireland. The tour of Shop Street ends at Eyre Square, with gardens for sunbathing when the sun shines! The square also holds 14 flags of the family tribes who once ruled the city of Galway.
If you visit during the summer, you'll find so much more stuff to do in Galway, like the beaches near the city, Dodge's Bay and Gurteen Beach. And from here you can take trips to other attractions in Galway, the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.