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How to Spend 2 Days in Galway

How to Spend 2 Days in Galway

Galway is a compact, walkable, and welcoming city—one well-suited to travelers on tight schedules. With two days, you can explore the traditional pubs and cobbled streets of the town center, as well as a few of the scenic locales in the surrounding countryside. Here’s how to best enjoy 48 hours in Galway.

Day 1: All Things Galway

**Morning:**Maximize your time with a morning sightseeing tour. Cruise by top sights such as Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch, and Salthill Promenade on a hop-on hop-off bus, making your own itinerary. For a more active experience, wander around town on foot (Wi-Fi will help you find your way) or by bike.

**Afternoon:**With the ocean and farms on its doorstep, it’s little wonder Galway’s dining scene is among Ireland’s best. Nibble your way through the city on a food tour. Alternatively, delve into the rapidly growing Irish whiskey scene with a tasting tour, or a visit to a local poitín and gin distillery.

**Night:**Experience Galway’s legendary nightlife. Enjoy some pub grub followed by a casual live music session in a city center bar, or get tickets for an Irish entertainment show that includes fiddlers, whistlers, pipers, singers, and award-winning Irish dancers.

Day 2: Beyond the City Limits

**Morning:**Some of Ireland’s most spectacular and rugged scenery is found just beyond Galway City in the region known as Connemara. Take a cruise around Killary Fjord, go sea kayaking along the Atlantic coast, and horseback ride along a picturesque sandy beach. 

**Afternoon:**From Connemara, drive south to see one of Ireland’s scenic must-sees: the Cliffs of Moher. Extending for miles along the coast of County Clare, these sheer cliffs rise up from the Atlantic swells. Travelers without cars can take half-day tours from Galway City.

**Night:**Cap off the night with an extra special evening experience: a medieval-style banquet in Dunguaire Castle on the edge of Galway Bay. As well as a multicourse feast of traditional foods, there’s also entertainment courtesy of singers, storytellers, and performers reading extracts from Irish literary luminaries. 

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Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway
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Independent Cliffs of Moher Half Day Trip from Galway

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Embark on a two-hour independent tour of Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, one of the country's most stunning natural attractions. Depart Galway on a direct shuttle bus to experience these incredible seaside formations and once here, spend a couple solo hours taking in the sights at your own pace. Wandering the cliff top trails, keep an eye out for whale sharks and seals in the waters below (depending on the time of year) and marvel at spectacular views around every turn. Then return to Galway aboard your air-conditioned coach.
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City Sightseeing Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Galway Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize time spent in Galway with a 48-hour ticket for the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus. Explore the city at your own pace, hopping off the bus at any of eight tour stops to see popular landmarks including Eyre Square and the Salthill Promenade. Utilize the bus as many times as you wish during a 48-hour period.
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Micil Distillery Experience

Micil Distillery Experience

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Immerse yourself in the history of the Micil Distillery on this tour and tasting in Galway. Explore the distillery with a guide to see how poitín (a traditional Irish distilled beverage) and gin are made and learn the family history of the distillery. After the tour of the working distillery, you get to taste some of the products and opt to purchase some as souvenirs.
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Skip the Line: Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet Ticket

Skip the Line: Dunguaire Castle Medieval Banquet Ticket

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Experience a four-course feast in a castle with this evening banquet on the shores of Galway Bay. Learn about Irish culture through music and storytelling as you relax over a multi-course meal with wine. The banquet includes live entertainment and a brief lesson on the history of the castle.
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Galway Food Tours

Galway Food Tours

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Instead of going out to lunch one of the days you’re in Galway, opt for this Galway food walking tour and see a new perspective behind where your food comes from. A guide takes you to meet artisan food producers and you can sample their products. Learn about local dishes and ingredients, and then take home a fun goodie bag afterward.
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