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.
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.
Ireland is famous for not only its beautiful and natural sights, but for its rich whiskey too. Galway Whiskey Tasting Tours is a guide to exploring types of whiskeys in Ireland. Galway, the city offers few of the most iconic and historic pubs of the country. The special tours are the Whiskey Tasting Evenings and Historic Pub Trail. An amazing way to spend the weekend with a group of friends or colleagues, and to unwind from an entire week of hard work for some fun and laughter.
This thriving nature reserve is a popular tourist attraction and is favored by those with an appreciation for Ireland's natural beauty. Coole Park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, especially birds. The park is also noted for its turloughs and wetlands, forming a complex ecological system that is both rare and beautiful. There is plenty to enjoy at the park including an 18th-century walled garden, several marked trails, and a visitor center that is open seasonally. Favored by nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and tourists alike, Coole Park is treasured local attraction.
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.
Started in 1993, Turoe Pet Farm is an outdoor activity center for kids. The place includes a pet farm and a jungle-themed indoor play area. This place is not only for kids to visit and play, but a fun way to educate them as well. Summer camps, a day out, birthday parties and picnics are activities that are organized by Turoe Pet Farm. An ideal way for kids to play and dance around and be a part of nature with lots of open spaces to run around. The indoor play area has a jungle themed room called the ‘Jungle-Town’, that has a slide, tunnel, ball pond, zip line and bishbash. There also exists a room called the ‘Inflatable City’, which is spread across 743 square meters (8000 square feet) and is considered to be the largest in Europe. It includes a bouncing castle with many inflatable slides. The place is completely safe for children and under complete supervision at all times.
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.
The Salmon Weir Bridge crosses the Corrib from the Cathedral on one side to the courthouse on the other. Hordes of people gather on this bridge from mid-April to early July to see the shoals of salmon make their way up the Corrib river to spawn. During the salmon season, people stop to watch anglers fishing in the waters below, applauding each catch. (However, the anglers are not always pleased to have an audience!) There is a magnificent view of the Cathedral from the bridge itself, and the view remains impressive all the way down to Wolfe Tone Bridge.
This is possibly the largest amusement arcade in Galway. Most of the front part of the ground floor is taken up with car racing simulators, video games and miniature kiddie rides. A small coffee shop offers cakes, ice cream and sandwiches. The slot machines and "one-armed bandits" are to the rear of the ground floor. Bingo fans should head to the spacious second floor in the Center.
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.