Highlighting the Celtic culture and its heritage, Brigit's Garden is an award-winning themed park that is a local favorite, as well as a quite popular spot with tourists. Located in Galway, the popular garden features structures that are characteristic of Celtic architecture like the fairy fort, roundhouse and the stone chamber, to name a few. Apart from the cute, fairy tale locations within the site, the programs and games organized to benefit the children also attracts many visitors. Big on magical grandeur and old world charm, you'd definitely love it here, no matter what your age is.
Situated about twenty minutes' drive from Galway city and close to the village of Oranmore, Renville Park surrounds a magnificent 16th century estate. The grounds include a network of trails and walks through woodlands, providing spectacular views of the sea and of counties Clare and Galway.The variety of flora includes several tree varieties, wild flowers, shrubs and old creeping ivy. Local fauna incorporates otter, heron, curlew and raven. The park has picnic areas with barbeque facilities (bring your own charcoal) and a children's play area. Open all year round, this park makes for a great family day out.
With a view over River Corrib and the historic Spanish Arch, the Galway City Museum takes you on a journey of discovery through exhibits that chronicle the heritage and history of Galway. From archaeological findings to contemporary art, the museum is home to varied displays that span the length and breadth of the city's long history and cultural heritage. Stop by the museum for a glimpse into all that has shaped Galway over the years and for a deeper understanding of its culture.
Considered to be among Ireland's oldest caves, the Aillwee Caves is set within The Burren's limestone landscape and is among the top attractions of the area. This combined with its Birds of Prey Centre, it is a fascinating place for nature lovers. Get enthralled by its stunning underworld that looks straight from a fantasy movie. This show cave though dates back to thousands of years, was only found in 1944 by a farmer. Opened to the public since 1976, you can explore its underground waterfalls, frozen falls, hidden chambers and strange rock formations. Check out their gift shop or enjoy some baked goodies at their tearoom. Sit in the terrace of the mountain and take in the unrivaled vistas. Don't miss their dairy where you can watch how they make their famous cheese. If you want a linked tour with the Birds of Prey, the prices vary.
The Galway Arts Centre is a useful resource for anyone interested in Galway's thriving arts scene. The arts center incorporates a contemporary art gallery and a box office, as well as provides space for educational workshops and classes. The center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including exhibitions, workshops, classes and lectures spanning the full spectrum of the arts, with a special focus on theater and visual arts. It also manages the Nun's Island Theatre nearby and organizes the annual Cuirt Literary Festival. With its varied program or events and educational activities, the Galway Arts Centre is truly a boon for audiences and artists alike.
Galway's only aquarium has been a great success with the public, especially with children. Indigenous fresh and seawater species can be seen in re-created habitats. Through the reinforced glass you can watch a variety of sea life, including conger eels, trout and the amicable thornback ray. The shark enthusiast can view spur dog, bull huss and tope varieties. Afterwards, unwind at the Lighthouse Café and wander through the Mermaid Giftshop. The Atlantaquarium provides an adventurous and enjoyable family day out.
Visit the James Mitchell Museum to discover a variety of minerals, fossils and rocks collected by the renowned geologist William King. The museum is housed in a room where the exhibits are neatly displayed with their description and information. Their vast collection consists of around 8000 pieces in total with specimens like plesiosaur from Lyme Regis, Kiltorcan Devonian flora from County Kilkenny and many more. The museum is named after the Professor James Mitchell to honor of his contribution to the field of geology.
Visit the cold waters of the Salthill Beach in the sun-soaked summers of Galway. Comprised of small mini-beaches that are separated by outcrops, Salthill has both soft-sanded as well as pebbly beaches. Moderately crowded throughout the year, especially during the Irish summers, this beach is ideal for fun-filled family outings, picnicking and other water-sports such as diving and snorkeling. The Salthill Promenade makes a lovely path for an evening stroll, while offering enviable views of the beach. Come here for the famous Volvo Ocean Race in early July and stay through the summer for more adventures in and around town.
Branar Drámaíochta is an acclaimed puppet theater. Kids of all ages and even adults will get enthralled by their creative shows. Engaging and educative, they have plays for children aged 6 months and above. Offering a plethora of acts that differ as per the age group, kids will have a gala time at this place. Their mission is to use simple and creative methods to help young minds open up, take up challenges, and be a catalyst for education.