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About Galway Cathedral

The biggest Catholic Church in the city and the seat of the Bishop of the local diocese, Galway Cathedral is an iconic and famous landmark of western Ireland and a site of historical significance. It was the last church in the country made of stone, containing a combination of architectural styles, from Gothic windows to Renaissance towers and Romanesque nave arches. Also called the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, the grand church contributes significantly to the skyline of Galway and defines the city and their cultural identity and heritage.

A prominent feature of the cathedral’s exterior appearance is the 44-metre high dome as its core, although the intricate designs inside are equally remarkable with the roof and walls full of artwork. Inside Galway Cathedral, a mosaic depicting the crucifixion stands behind the altar, with similarly impressive pipe organs near to it being over 70 years old with 59 speaking stops and still in use during services today. Artists have beautifully decorated the cathedral with a grand statue of the Virgin Mary, attractive bronze handles that garnish the western doorway and Gabriel Hayes’ Stations of the Cross on the walls. The floor is just as elaborate as the walls and ceiling made of Connemara marble, while the colours and shadows created by rose and stain glass windows light the space beautifully.

Visitors can quickly reach Galway Cathedral by foot from the centre of the city, which is only 10 minutes from Eyre Square, and many buses also travel to the site taking visitors over the river to the church. It is also only 1 kilometre from Galway Central train station and merely a 15-minute drive from Galway Airport, which also has public transport links into the city.

Completed in 1965 and seven years after construction began, Galway Cathedral is a relatively young church that just celebrated their 50th birthday. The building material of the Cathedral is mainly sourced from the local land, made of limestone, and reveals the connection of the cathedral to Ireland. The site of Galway Cathedral is the former grounds of the city jail from 1810, with a stone cross outside its doors marking the remembrance of the old jail graveyard and the Irish history.

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The Galmont Hotel & Spa

The Galmont Hotel & Spa
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Very Good, 8.2
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Located amongst a variety of well-known attractions, boutiques and eateries, The Galmont Hotel & Spa is ideal for guests wanting to discover Galway and its surroundings. Popular amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna and a Turkish steam bath, and it provides views of Galway Bay.

Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Located in Galway, the hotel provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to the Galway City Museum. It is set in the area's popular nightlife district, which is only a few minutes walk from the Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe.

Park House Hotel Galway

Park House Hotel Galway
Address
Galway City Center, Galway
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Superb, 9.0
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Park House Hotel is set amongst Galway's popular shops and boutiques, just a brief stroll from Galway Railway Station. The various amenities this charming hotel offers include luggage storage, babysitting/child services and a 24-hour reception.

Eyre Square Hotel

Eyre Square Hotel
Address
Galway City Center, Galway
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Good, 7.5
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Situated only a short walk from Galway Railway Station, Eyre Square Hotel provides guests with a convenient base when visiting Galway. It is set in the area's popular nightlife district, just a short walk from Eyre Square.

Western Hotel

Western Hotel
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Very Good, 8.2
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A 10-minute walk from Galway Railway Station, Western Hotel has a convenient location, making it an ideal place to stay while visiting Galway. It is set in the area's vibrant nightlife district, just a short walk from Eyre Square.

Harbour Hotel Galway

Harbour Hotel Galway
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The Docks, Galway
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Very Good, 8.2
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Situated in Galway, Harbour Hotel Galway provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Spanish Arch. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is within walking distance from Galway Railway Station.

The Victoria Hotel Galway

The Victoria Hotel Galway
Address
Galway City Center, Galway
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Good, 7.5
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This elegant hotel in Galway offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a 24-hour reception and meeting rooms. It is close to Eyre Square, eateries and shops.

Imperial Hotel Galway

Imperial Hotel Galway
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Good, 7.5
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Imperial Hotel Galway provides modern 3-star accommodation in Galway. It is close to Eyre Square, shops and nightlife options.

Hotel Meyrick

Hotel Meyrick
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Very Good, 8.2
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Boasting views of Eyre Square, Hotel Meyrick is steps from Galway's well-known landmarks. It also offers hydrotherapy facilities, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Skeffington Arms Hotel

Skeffington Arms Hotel
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Galway City Center, Galway
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Very Good, 8.0
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Skeffington Arms Hotel is located amongst Galway's well-known shopping district, just a brief walk from Galway Railway Station. It also offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

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