Galway

City

The city where most Irish people would love to live

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Galway is the fourth largest city in Ireland with 80.000 inhabitants. Residents of the city are referred to as Galwegians.

Known as the cultural capital of Ireland, Galway is a picturesque, charming city on the west coast of Ireland.

Galway city is a maze of small, winding streets lined with shops, bakeries, traditional pubs and weekend markets. The city is renowned for its legendary festivals and nightlife.

Galway is also home to the National University of Ireland which is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.

Galway is a thriving multicultural city known as the festival capital of Ireland with more than 100 festivals taking place year-round. They are recently chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2020 thanks to its location in the Wild Atlantic Way, its many heritage sites and museums.

With around 80.000 inhabitants Galway is a small city that welcomes students from every corner of the world and makes them feel like they have found a second home at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Galway is the perfect place to learn English with its cobblestone streets filled with music, theatre, laughter and language.

Galway is located on the Atlantic West Coast and is mid-point on the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500km of an unforgettable coastal route with breath-taking scenery attracting thousands of international visitors every year.

Galway city has been voted the World’s Friendliest City by US Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2015 and is ranked by the Financial Times as the No 1 Microcity of the future. It is an environmental city and won the EU’s Green Environmental Award in 2016 as well as being the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast of Ireland, this vibrant city — like its people — is warm, friendly and welcoming.

As a university city, 24,000 of its 80,000 inhabitants are students - it is merely the only place to be if you are a student!In recent years, Galway has become a booming technological centre with many high-profile companies choosing this location as their base. Galway offers a highly-skilled and educated workforce.

The primary industries in Galway are the medical device sector, software development, gaming and many other technology sectors. Hewlett Packard, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, SAP, EA Games, Cisco, Avaya and Merit Medical are some of the more prominent companies that are located in Galway City.

Galway’s big appeal is the highly educated and skilled workforce, quality of life here, the number of cultural events and festivals (there are more than 30 per year) and affordable living costs.The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shops and cosy cafes.

Galway's bustling nightlife is second to none and, with all the international festivals, there's always something exciting happening, be it a live gig at an intimate music venue or traditional music in one of its many excellent pubs there’s still plenty to see and do. It is also the ideal location for sports enthusiasts with golf, fishing, horse-riding, windsurfing, sailing, hiking and falconry all on its doorstep, as well as those who enjoy food and gastronomy – it was the Distinguished European city of Gastronomy in 2018.

Most important events and festivals in Galway

Most popular sights in Galway

  • Aquarium.
  • Blackrock Diving Tower
  • Corrib River.
  • Eyre Square.
  • Farmers Market on Saturdays.
  • Galway bay – Promenade & beach.
  • Galway Cathedral.
  • Galway Long walk.
  • Galway museum.
  • Kirwan’s Lane.
  • Lynch Castle.
  • Lynch memorial window.
  • Menlo Castle.
  • National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • NUIG National University of Ireland.
  • O’Connell’s Bar.
  • O’Connor’s Famous Pub.
  • Shop Street.
  • Spanish Arch.
  • St. Nicholas Church.
  • The Bridge Mills.
  • The Claddagh.
  • The Kings Head.
  • The Latin Quarter.
  • The Quays pub.

Top attractions and things to do in Galway

  • Galway Cathedral.
  • Galway Museum.
  • Play Golf.
  • Salthill Promenade.
  • Seapoint.
  • Spanish Arch.
  • St. Nicholas Church acoustic concerts.
  • Street market on Saturday.
  • The National University of Galway.
  • Tourist bus.
  • Traditional music in the pubs.

Why Galway is the best city to live and study in Ireland

  • Known as the cultural capital of Ireland, is a friendly, welcoming and safe city located on a bay and close to main tourist attractions such as Connemara, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands, home to the famous national university of Ireland, NUIG, easy to walk around
  • Galway is a vibrant city — like its people — is warm, friendly and welcoming. As a university city, 25,000 of its 100,000 inhabitants are students - it is merely the only place to be if you are a student!
  • Galway city has been voted the World’s Friendliest City by US Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2015 and is ranked by the Financial Times as the No 1 Microcity of the future. It is an environmental city and won the EU’s Green Environmental Award in 2016 as well as being the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
  • Galway is located on the Atlantic West Coast and is mid-point on the Wild Atlantic Way, a 2,500km of an unforgettable coastal route with breath-taking scenery attracting thousands of international visitors every year.
  • In recent years, Galway has become a booming technological centre with many high-profile companies choosing this location as their base. Galway offers a highly-skilled and educated workforce. The primary industries in Galway are the medical device sector, software development, gaming and many other technology sectors. Hewlett Packard, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, SAP, EA Games, Cisco, Avaya and Merit Medical are some of the more prominent companies that are located in Galway City. Galway’s big appeal is the highly educated and skilled workforce, quality of life here, the number of cultural events and festivals (there are more than 30 per year) and affordable living costs.
  • The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shops and cosy cafes. Galway's bustling nightlife is second to none and, with all the international festivals, there's always something exciting happening, be it a live gig at an intimate music venue or traditional music in one of its many excellent pubs there’s still plenty to see and do. It is also the ideal location for sports enthusiasts with golf, fishing, horse-riding, windsurfing, sailing, hiking and falconry all on its doorstep, as well as those who enjoy food and gastronomy – it was the Distinguished European city of Gastronomy in 2018.

Location

CityGalway
CountryIreland
Population (hab)80,000
Latitude53.274412
Longitude-9.049063
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)6

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Schools

GCI Galway Cultural Institute

GCI Galway Cultural Institute

Premium English school in Galway and probably the best English language School in Ireland

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Atlantic Language School

Atlantic Language School

Quality English language school in a modern all glass building in the city center of Galway

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Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre

Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre

Family-run English language school in the centre of Galway, beside the river Corrib

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Home Tuition

Home Tuition full immersion in the Galway region

Home Tuition full immersion in the Galway region

Private English Language classes in the Galway region living at the teacher's house. Can combine with sports activities and cultural excursions

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