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Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

What are some of the best things to see and do in Galway and in the surrounding area (differnt towns, even nearby counties)?

My boyfriend and I are debating a short trip this November, but don't want to rent a car. Neither of us feel comfortable driving with the steering wheel and traffic patterns being on the opposite side we are used to. I previously went to Ireland with a friend who drove, so I fortunately have had the experience of adventuring through the country. My boyfriend is less interested in doing that or anything else nature related and more interested in checing out little towns and historic sights, like castles. He has already expressed to me that he doesnt have interest in going to the Cliffs of Moher (too bad cause he's missing out).

So we were thinking of flying into Dublin and taking the train to Galway and doing some sightseeing based out of Galway and the surrounding area. I have been trying to get my some ideas on where to go/what to do but my internet searches are not helping me! I had no choice but to turn to good old Tripadvisor :)

Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated! We aren't limited to taking the train to just Galway, if there are other areas you think might be better then let me know!!

galway
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1. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

If you fly into Dublin look at bus to Galway citylink or go bus cheaper than a train and easier, direct from the airport and only 1 stop.

Look at a visit to the Aran islands.

Galway,Ireland
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for Galway
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2. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

If he doesnt like nature then Ireland is hardly the best place for him. Connemara and the Aran Islands are two of the main things to see and do outside of the Cliffs, day tours can be made to both. Athenry is a small medieval town 25 minutes from the city and has a castle which is open some of the year. Bunratty castle is near a two hour journey with a not very regular bus service especially in winter. A car would be advisable otherwise you are stuck to bus/train which are limited in winter and dont allow for further exploration.

Central New Jersey
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3. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

Thanks for your thoughts. Are there any small towns in proximity to Galway that are worth a visit? Or any on the rail line between Dublin and Galway?

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
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4. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

Heritage, History, Archaeology:

http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/

For towns in East County Galway:

http://www.galwayeast.com

Architectural Tours (self-guided) and Ecclesiastical Tours in East Co Galway:

www.galwayeast.com/wayfinding/index.php

Short of renting a car yourselves and driving there, your only other realistic option is to hire a hackney driver - basically a 'hackney' is a type of taxi which cannot be hailed in the street and the total price is agreed in advance.

There are many tour companies offering Day Tours out of Galway city, such as:

www.galwaytourcompany.com/gtc/daytours.jsp

http://www.fahertytours.com

http://www.lallytours.com

http://www.healytours.ie

In the west of the county, you have the vast Connemara region, to which most of the Day Tours travel:

http://www.connemaraireland.com

http://www.connemara.ie/en/

Plus, a decent selection of islands, although November weather could seriously limit access:

www.discoverireland.ie/Ireland-s-Islands

Towns in the west of the county:

www.oughterardtourism.com/mysitecaddy/site3/

Clifden:

http://www.connemara.ie/en/connemara/clifden/

Spiddal:

http://spiddal.galway-ireland.ie

See other towns listed at the bottom of this link:

http://towns.galway-ireland.ie

http://www.galway-ireland.ie

BTW, the scenery and nature are part and parcel of the history and heritage; impossible to get to one without the experiencing the other!

Saginaw, Michigan
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for Western Ireland
posts: 5,442
5. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

To use public transport:

Train travel mostly radiates from Dublin.

http://www.irishrail.ie

http://www.irishrail.ie/map-ireland.jsp

Bus Eireann is the National Bus service. Note, that in some cases winter timetables operate in November, resulting in fewer services:

http://www.buseireann.ie

Local services from Galway city to surrounding areas:

galwaytransport.info/2008/12/this-is-summary…

galwaytransport.info/2010/09/town-and-rural-…

http://www.galwaytransport.info

Limerick, Ireland
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6. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

May I suggest a trip to Limerick. Limerick has history galore and a royal charter dating from 1197, older than London. In November the rugby season will be in full swing and there's a chance that local side Munster will be playing in Limerick at Thomond Park, www.munsterrugby.ie, Failing that the two local sides Garryowen and Young Munster will be competing in the top division of the nation league.

Historic sites include St. Marys Cathedral dating from 1168, this is the oldest building in Limerick in daily use. Near by is King Johns Castle dating from around 1200. Also nearby is the wonderful Hunt Museum said to have one of Judas's 30 pieces of silver and works by Da Vinci and Picasso.

Limerick was the scene of the only soviet outside of Russia when in 1919 the people of Limerick issued their own currency and defied the rule of Britain. http://www.limericksoviet.com/index.html

I'm proud to say that my Gr Grandfather was involved!

The days are short in November and not ideal for driving on unfamiliar roads. You can reach Ennis by train www.irishrail.ie other towns like Adare can be reached by local bus www.buseireann.ie

For more information on the historic city of Limerick and hotels, bars, restaurants etc visit www.limerick.ie

Galway,Ireland
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for Galway
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reviews: 138
7. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

Yep limerick is a nice day and night trip.

Central New Jersey
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8. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

I was considering Limerick at one point, but then read something about it being the murder capital of Europe. Are there certain areas to be leary of?

Limerick, Ireland
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9. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

Don't believe all you read. Limerick is not the murder capital of Europe or Ireland for that matter. Like any city there are parts where you need to be more alert than others. Regular street smarts are all you need. Come and see for yourself.

Ireland
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for Dingle
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reviews: 70
10. Re: Suggested attractions within the city and nearby?

Aran Islands would not be my idea of fun in November.

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