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Best Hidden Gems in Galway

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The Treasure Chest

The Treasure Chest is a wonderful boutique located in Galway. Known for its commitment to quality, this family-owned boutique stocks only the finest local products, gifts, souvenirs, and women's fashions. Browse the collection for one-of-a-kind gifts like fine crystal ware, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and more. Irish labels like Carraig donn, John Molloy, and Kennedy's of Ardara are available in store. Head upstairs for for fresh fashions from designers like Marc Cain, Riani, Zelia, and Leo Guy. The Treasure Chest is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir of your trip.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Electric Garden & Theatre

Comprising of four distinct venues, Electric Garden & Theatre is a clubbers delight. This lively, state-of-the-art establishment welcomes all who want to have a fun time. From live performances to DJ acts, cabaret to dance shows, they host various genre of music and shows. The main room - Electric is the largest of all its spaces and the veritable party hub. Accommodating 600 people, this is where all the parties and performances happen. Biteclub is all about street food, DJs and partying while The Glasshouse is a fabulous cocktail bar. Factory offers a diverse range of programs in the basement that varies from food to art and design. But one thing is sure, no matter whichever area you are in the Electric Garden & Theatre, you will have a memorable time.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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My Shop... Granny Likes It

My Shop… Granny Likes It, is an art & crafts design store situated at the Upper Abbeygate Street. The store has in stock unusual range of products made of ceramics, glass, metal and clay that are not available at every other store. Celebrating Irish craft, design and art, their items make great souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. If looking for something offbeat, this hidden gem is a lovely stopover.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Blacoe's

This jeweler has one of the finest reputations in handcrafted jewelery in the West of Ireland. The shop is run by Robert Blacoe and his team of craftspeople. There is a wide selection of Claddagh rings to choose from in gold, platinum and silver. Both the traditional Claddagh ring and Blacoe's own styles are on display. The wide selection includes the Children of Lir selection, the Millennium ring, the Spiral ring and the famous Celtic cross. Orders for these can be taken from all areas of the globe.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Legend Quest - Galway Gothic & Legends Tour

Legend Quest - Galway Gothic & Legends Tour is for those who want a slice of the city's dark past. Get to know the gruesome medieval stories which was riddled with violence, turbulence and lots of myth. From the plague to the garrison stories and public execution, you will get to know the story by expert guides. Private tours are also available.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Twice as Nice

This little shop in Quay Street specialises mainly in vintage and antique items. These range from fake fur coats to forties frocks to worn out Levis. The vintage accessories on display include hatpins and hand bracelets, and can incorporate unusual jewelry styles. Twice as Nice also sell lovely lace clothes and other home accessories. Staff are helpful and straightforward - and will guide you to the right find.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Riverside Walk

Cross the Salmon Weir Bridge from the Cathedral and turn right to find the recently restored Riverside Walk. This walk runs from the Weir to Mainguard Street and can be quite invigorating early in the day, as the river becomes quite turbulent here before it meets the sea. The walk provides a great vantage point for viewing the eel boxes and anglers fishing on the river below the Salmon Weir Bridge. Folklore states this was the section of the river where Galvia (daughter of the mythic king Breasal) was drowned. This is the same Galvia who, legend has it, lent her name to the city.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Nimmo's Pier

Although Nimmo's Pier does not attract that large a crowd when compared to the famous Spanish Arch of Galway, it has earned an reputation over the years, as a bird-watchers' paradise. Also during winter, this pier becomes one of the most popular venues for ice skating events. Visit this place during the 'Galway Bay on Ice' event to see it transform into a land that exudes pure magic, to say the least. The pier is situated in the historically reputed Claddagh area in Galway. Call for additional information.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Fat Tony’s Barber Shop Liosban

Fat Tony’s Barber Shop Liosban is a luxurious barber shop established a decade ago. This place provides men with the best services in grooming and barbering. Known for its quality services, it has a well trained staff with excellent grooming knowledge and experience. Get groomed with a great hair cut, massage, facial and other services.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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The Ardilaun Leisure Club

The Ardilaun Leisure Club & Gym is a family-friendly health club. This state-of-the-art facility features a swimming pool, therapy pool, kids pool, fitness studios, modern gym, a customized outdoor astro-turf, Turkish steam room, jacuzzi and Swedish sauna. Fitness classes are available with personal trainers for an extra fee.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Cuan Atlantic Beauty

Cuan Atlantic Beauty is located at the Promenade in Galway. An ideal way to pamper one, it has various packages for treatments, therapies and spa massages. With treatments from the best, highly trained and efficient staff members, there’s not a doubt of one leaving without an extravagant experience. Packages for singles and groups are available. Exclusively using VOYA organic products, their treatments are distinct and effective to the maximum. Their salon on-site offers various beauty treatments for your daily needs. Appointments are a must.

Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Barna Woods

Listed as a special area conservation land, Barna Woods is known for featuring a variety of vegetation. Covered with trees, especially oaks, Barna Woods is known to house some rare plants and herbs. In addition to the plants, Barna Wood houses many insects, and mammals. The lush green beauty of the park is complemented with the presence of various bird species. Barna wood is known for housing more than 30 different bird species and is a great bird-watching spot. Take a break from your busy city life and rejuvenate yourself by getting surrounded by nature.

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