Culture and Heritage
Galway is known as the culture capital of Ireland, with its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
In Galway Bay lie three rocky limestone outcrops that make up the Aran Islands. They are a bastion of traditional language, culture and music, unique in their geology and archaeology and unrivalled in their potent sense of history.
Each of the three islands, Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr have their own distinct atmosphere and character, but the dramatic landscapes and endless sea form a backdrop to a labyrinth of meandering stone walls and tiny, tightly packed fields.
More info: www.aranislands.ie
Connemara Heritage and History Centre
Overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben mountains this agri tourism enterprise incorporates a heritage centre and Farmhouse B&B.
Martin & Nora and their family run a hill farm in the heart of Connemara.
In 1992 they diversified into agri tourism and at the Heritage Centre the family shares the history, heritage, culture & traditions of the Connemara. The farm has cattle, sheep and the world famous Connemara Ponies with a few friendly donkeys & chickens.
More info: www.connemaraheritage.com
Connemara National Park
Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Parkcovers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.
More info: www.connemaranationalpark.ie
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows.
More info: www.brigitsgarden.ie
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden
Visit restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about it’s history and tales of tragedy and romance. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magnificent restored buildings and great walks through the grounds.
More info: www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie
Galway City Museum
The Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway city on the banks of the River Corrib and overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. It houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions representing Galway's rich archaeology, heritage and history. Admission is free.
More info: www.galwaycitymuseum.ie
Cnoc Suain is a restored 17th century Connemara hill-village. Enjoy engaging and informative day experiences and immersive residential programmes when you explore aspects of Irish culture, nature and heritage at Cnoc Suain,
More info: www.cnocsuain.com