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Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Galway: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Galway is a popular city on Ireland's West Coast, attracting tens of thousands of tourists each year. This picturesque town is jam packed with traditional shops, pubs and eateries, as well as boasting an interesting historic background. There's no better way to discover it all than on this city sightseeing Galway tour.  Starting at Eyre Square, passengers will immediately be greeted by some of Galway's interesting history as the bus approaches The Browne Doorway. This feature is famous for being a doorway to the homes of some of Galway's wealthiest merchants and members of the Tribes of Galway. Other historic landmarks along the route include the Spanish Arch and the striking Lynch's Castle. The castle is one of the finest examples of Irish Gothic style architecture in the city - having been built in the 16th century. Today, Galway is recognized by many for being the focal point of Ed Sheeran's Number 1 Single, Galway Girl. If you're a fan, make sure you hop-off at either The Long Walk or O'Connors Pub, which were both featured in the popular music video. If you'd like to experience the more vibrant side of Galway, hop-off at the Salthill Village. Here, you'll find what used to be a traditional fishing village, but today is one of the city's most lively and popular tourist spots. Enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants along the harbor whilst enjoying beautiful, picturesque views. To see some of the city's most impressive architectures, make sure you hop off at the Galway Cathedral stop and pay a visit. The full list of tour stops are -  1. Eyre Square (Main Stop) 2. Forster Street Hotel 3. Spanish Arch (Galway City Museum) 4. Wild Atlantic Way Mid-Point 5. Black Rock Diving Board 6. Cashelmara 7. Salthill Camping & Caravan Parks 8. Circle of Life Garden 9. Galway Bay Seaview Apartments 10. O'Connors Famous Pub 11. National University of Ireland Galway 12. Galway Cathedral

Galway: Welcome to Galway Walking Tour

2. Galway: Welcome to Galway Walking Tour

Discover the streets of Galway and learn about the music and culture that makes this city famous. Marvel at the beautiful buildings, small canals, and the lively streets filled with pubs and shops. Listen to stories about the city's rich culture and history from an experienced local guide. Start your walking tour at the Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square, also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. This spot is right in the heart of the city and it's surrounded by shops, restaurants, and pubs. Then, walk through the narrow streets and busy squares to start exploring. Learn about the heritage, culture, and local life from your expert local guide. See how Celtic and Medieval influences have shaped this city's rich history. Also, hear stories about people who have lived in Galway over the years. Get to know the city's local music and language on the tour as well.

Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

3. Galway City: Guided 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Experience Galway from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view. With your expert guide, discover key points of interest and get insider tips on food, drink, and other activities in the city. Start the tour at the historical Eyre Square area. Learn first about wealthy merchant families who made Galway one of the wealthiest places in medieval Europe. Hear further tales of invaders, visiting presidents, movie stars, and the local legends who helped put Galway on the map. Stroll through the medieval city center, with several stops en route to highlight the historical significance of the area. See sights like the medieval city walls, Lynch's Castle, and Saint Nicholas's Collegiate church, among others. Get a glimpse of what makes Galway so important when it comes to its fame as a haven for artists. Learn more about cultural events such as the Galway International Arts Festival and Galway Film Festival which take place during the year. Conclude the tour at the buzzing Spanish Arch area beside the sea, with a detailed introduction given to the Claddagh village and its people.

Galway: Guided eBike City Sightseeing Tour

4. Galway: Guided eBike City Sightseeing Tour

WeWheel Galway's Guided eBike Tour is an exciting and unique way to experience the beauty and history of Galway City. Our team of personable, knowledgeable, and fun guides are committed to ensuring that you have a safe and enjoyable ride through the city. We understand that your safety is our priority, and we take all necessary measures to ensure that you can enjoy your ebike tour through Galway City. WeWheel's ebikes offer the benefits of peddle assist and a motorised battery, making it easy to cover lots of ground without exerting too much effort. This makes it ideal for people of all fitness levels, and provides a fun and eco-friendly way to cover lots of ground! Our Guided eBike Tour is designed to showcase the best of Galway City and its surrounding areas. To truly soak up as much of the city as possible, the tour route visits not only Galway City, but also the surrounding suburbs and neighbourhoods. This enables you to get an insight into what real-life is like in The 2020 European Capital of Culture, Galway, is really like. One of the highlights of our City eBike Tour is The Spanish Arch. This historic arch is a remnant of the old city walls and is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. The arch offers stunning views of the The Long Walk and the Claddagh area of the city. Another highlight of our tour is the Blackrock Diving Tower. This popular diving spot is located on the scenic Salthill Promenade and offers stunning views of Galway Bay. This iconic landmark is a must-see for any visitor to Galway. Galway Cathedral is another iconic landmark that we visit on our tour. This stunning building is located on the banks of the River Corrib and is one of the most impressive buildings in Galway. The cathedral's stunning stained glass windows and Gothic architecture make it a must-see for any visitor to Galway. As we ride along Galway City's many canals, our knowledgeable guides will share interesting facts and stories about the city's rich history and culture. This is a great opportunity to learn about Galway's past and to gain a deeper understanding of the city and its people. We believe that less is sometimes more, which is why we keep our guided tour as a small group tour. By limiting the number of e-bikers per group, we ensure a higher quality of tour for our guests and a more personal, safe, and relaxed experience. Our scheduled group tour will never have more than 10 guests per group, which ensures that everyone can enjoy the tour to the fullest. WeWheel Galway's Guided eBike Tour is a fantastic way to experience the beauty and history of Galway City. Our personable, knowledgeable, and fun guides ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable ride through the city. With highlights such as The Spanish Arch, Blackrock Diving Tower, University of Galway Quadrangle, Galway Cathedral and Salthill, our tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Book your guided eBike tour today and discover the best of Galway City!

Galway: City Centre App-Based Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Galway: City Centre App-Based Self-Guided Audio Tour

Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you’ll soon discover. We will visit the key sites on this walking tour, with insights into modern Galway along the way, as well as a journey through 800 years of history. In the medieval quarter, you’ll hear about events both surprising and some gruesome. Then we’ll visit some of the famous and lesser known sites as we make our way through the centre of Galway from John F Kennedy Park to the banks of the river Corrib. Some of the highlights include: • Saint Nicholas Church and its 1651 map of Galway • The Spanish Arch and the City Walls • Wild swans on the Claddagh shore • Learn where the word “lynched” comes from • Discover who the Tribes of Galway were • Hear how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A and delve into the darker side to his character • Tips on how to spot the famous Claddagh ring I’ll take you to places you’d never find on your own. Galway is a safe city where there’s ‘craic’ to be had and the living is easy! If you only take one tour while in Ireland, choose this one!

The "Walk, Talk, Taste" Walking Tour of Galway City!

6. The "Walk, Talk, Taste" Walking Tour of Galway City!

This tour is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best local food and drinks Galway City has to offer. This isn't a 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘳, more so it is an Irish Welcome, where you get to walk, talk and taste your way through Galway City centre. Immerse yourself in the heart of Galway's history, culture, and folklore with a local guide who is a true Irish food and drink connoisseur. Fill your belly and feed your curiosity with insights into the city's past and present. Meet your guide and kick start an evening of revelry in Galway City. Indulge your senses as you taste a medley of traditional Irish food and experience a spectrum of modern and local drinks. Delve into the flavors that have defined the nation's culinary landscape for generations. Discover the city's medieval charm and rich heritage as you stroll past historic landmarks, medieval city walls, and vibrant storefronts. Watch captivating performances by street artists. With newfound knowledge of the city's culinary and entertainment hotspots, make the most of your visit to Galway.

Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

7. Galway: Private Historic Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Galway, is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you'll soon discover. Come with me, your local guide, as we visit all the key historical sights as we journey through 800 years of the city's history. Explore Eyre Square and Galway's Latin Quarter which is steeped in history.Visit the King's Head pub and discover the significance of its name. Explore Saint Nicholas Church, the oldest functioning medieval church in Ireland and learn about some of the 18 seiges that the city has experienced. With a visit to Lynches Castle, discover what life was life for the townsfolk back in medieval times and discover who the 14 tribes of Galway were. Discover the secrets of the Claddagh Ring at the Claddagh Ring Museum. Visit the old Fishmarket Square and Spanish Arch and discover the rich history and traditions attached to the area. Visit the Spanish Arch, Long Walk and the Old Fishmarket. Discover the rich maritime heritage of the Claddagh fishing village and the Spanish Arch. Except wonderful views of Galway Bay and the Burren Hills in Co. Clare. Wander the River Corrib Walk, discover the story behind the Nuns Island and visit the majestic Galway Cathedral, once the City's penitentiary.. By the end of our tour you will know the city centre like a local and expect plenty of stories too, some fun, some gruesome! Some of the highlights include: • Saint Nicholas Church • The Spanish Arch •King Head Pub • Fishmarket • Lynch Memorial •City Walls • Medieval quarter •The Cathedral and the Nuns Island •The River Corrib Walk

Galway: E-Bike Scavenger Hunt of the City

8. Galway: E-Bike Scavenger Hunt of the City

WeWheel eBike Scavenger Hunt of Galway City is an exciting and unique way to explore the beautiful city of Galway. Whether you're a local or visiting for the first time, this interactive game is a fantastic way to see and learn about Galway's history, culture, and hidden gems. The game is designed to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, making it perfect for those who want to make the most of their time in Galway. WeWheel's eBike Scavenger Hunt Game is a competitive style, team-building activity that involves riding motorised electric bikes and communicating with your teammates through 'walkie talkie' smart helmets. The game starts in the heart of Galway City at Middle Street, where you'll be given your electric bike and access to WeWheel's interactive app. From there, you'll explore the city and its suburbs, visiting landmarks such as Salthill, Blackrock Diving Board, Famine Memorial Garden, Circle of Life Garden, Dangan Galway, University of Galway Grounds, The Quadrangle, Galway Canals, Galway Cathedral, and many more areas and landmarks around Galway City! The game is approximately 3 hours long, but you can go at your own pace, making it suitable for all fitness levels. Not to mention the electric bikes are very easy to operate and require minimal effort, making it an accessible and enjoyable activity for all ages. Each electric bike is equipped with a motorised battery that provides assistance when pedalling, allowing you to cover a lot of ground with ease. One of the key features of WeWheel's eBike Scavenger Hunt of Galway City is the smart helmets that act as Walkie Talkies. This means that you can communicate with your teammates hands-free while riding your bike, allowing you to work together and stay connected throughout the game. The interactive app provides clues and challenges that you must complete to progress through the game, making it a fun and engaging activity that requires teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. Without a doubt, WeWheel's eBike Scavenger Hunt of Galway City is a fantastic group activity that is perfect for team building, corporate events, birthday parties, or just a fun day out with friends and family. It offers a unique and exciting way to explore the city and discover its hidden gems, all while having great fun with your group. So why not book now and experience Galway like never before!

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What people are saying about Spanish Arch

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Gary was local and had shared nice hidden history about the place and answered all the questions we had and he had nice recommendations as well. I would recommend Gary to everyone.

Great service and very accommodating ! John the bus driver went above an beyond. He gave us recommendations for dining, and what else to see and do around town!

Driver even stopped and picked us up while walking, we weren't even at a designated stop. He was very kind.

Our guide, Gary was terrific. He tailored our tour to our interests, age & very shitty weather ……. Bravo

Much information; good seating; Opportunities to get off at all interesting places