7 Reasons to Visit Galway this May

You usually don’t need a specific reason to visit Galway…all year ‘round, the city and county is alive with festivals, an abundance of cultural activities, and as always, lots of craic.


But in case you needed that extra little push, here are 7 reasons to visit Galway this May.


One of Ireland’s most beautiful islands, Inishbofin plays host to the Inishbofin Arts Festival from 4 to 6 May. Music, dance, visual arts, crafts, creative workshops and fun family activities make this weekend a firm cult favourite among those living in the West. Add to that beautiful scenery, tranquil surroundings and lots of great people, and you’re in for a treat.


Galway is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the Wild Atlantic Way. Make Galway your base, and discover some of the world’s most beautiful and breath-taking scenery.


If there’s one thing we take seriously here – it’s our food. Galway has seen somewhat of a food revolution in recent years, and you will find some of the best natural, locally-sourced goods in Europe. From market stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something for every budget. We’re big on atmosphere too…so you’ll be sure to enjoy your food in cool surroundings.


Kinvara, one of the West’s most picturesque fishing villages, plays host to Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Festival) from 4 to 7 May. For trad enthusiasts, or for those who want a truly Irish experience, head to Kinvara for this weekend where over 50 sessions will take place in the village pubs.


Galway is known for its vibrant music scene – head down the West for an eclectic mix of new Irish bands, and international big names. Our trad scene is alive and kicking too, just drop into any one of our high street bars for an impromptu trad session at any time of day.


Experience the fun and energy of gospel music at the Gospel Rising Music Festival from 18 to 20 May. Celebrate and experience the continued rising of gospel music in Ireland with lots of music, workshops and heaps of fun.


We have the best nightlife in the country. Still small enough to get around on foot, but big enough so that there’s plenty of variety – Galway is the place to be if you want to live it up at night. Our summers are notoriously fun, and summer’s about to begin. Come join us!

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