Terryland Castle, Galway City

Terryland Castle, Galway City

photo by Mark Grealish (Flickr Creative Commons)

Galway Campervan Holiday

photo by Angodowd (wikimedia commons)Lettermullen,Connemara Photo by Angodowd (wikimedia commons)

The city of Galway has been given the moniker “Ireland’s cultural heart”; the city has constantly ranked ahead of several European tourist destinations as the ideal vacation spot. With its plethora of festivals and events that offer a glimpse into the culture, art, sights and sounds of the city, Galway simply cannot be missed on a trip to Ireland. Located on the west coast of Ireland, Galway is the fifth largest city on the island.. The city has innumerable tourist attractions and spectacular shopping arcades all of which can be enjoyed as you stay at one of the camping grounds in and around the city. It’s very easy to rent a campervan in the area as the city has several motor home rentals.

Camping in Galway

There are several camping grounds outside Galway and also a few inside the city so that you can enjoy the best of urban splendor as well as rural charm.

Galway City East Caravan & Camping Park: This is a family run park with a homely atmosphere, a high standard of cleanliness and exceptional security measures. With a sandy beach in close vicinity and a spectacular, panoramic view of the Galway Bay; you never away from nature and yet only 4 kms away from the city center. All the amenities that you need are at a walking distance from the camping ground.

Salthill Caravan Park: This park is strategically located to give you the best of both Galway a well as the Connemara; a family run establishment, well known for its exceptional customer service and friendly staff, the park is a mere 2.5 kms away from Galway city and there is a bus service that can take you to the city center every 35 minutes from the park.

Places to see in Galway

The Spanish arch: This is one of the more popular tourist attractions of the city; located on the left bank of Corrib, the city is situated at the meeting point of the Galway River and the sea. Originally a 16th century bastion, the arch was added to Galway to protect the merchant ships from being looted.

The Lynch Castle: Today the structure serves as the head quarters of the Allied Irish Bank; however, the grand structure was once owned by the fourteen tribes that ruled over the city. The interiors of the building still reflect on the era with inclusions such as the coat of arms and stone fireplaces

Galway Cathedral: This is one of the most imposing structures in the city; the cathedral is located on Nun’s Island near the Salmon Weir Bridge. The Galway Cathedral is fairly new and the construction of the structure was completed a mere 55 years ago in 1965.  Te city jail stood at the site of the cathedral before it gave way to the massive domes of the church; it is one of the largest stone cathedrals in Ireland and certainly worth a visit.

Galway City Museum:  Right behind the Spanish Arch, the museum is home to exhibits that offer visitors a glimpse into the history of Galway city

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