When people come to visit Galway City they often have a checklist of places to visit and activities to engage in that they have found out about during their research on the area. However sometimes these guides miss out some of the hidden treasures Galway natives love. We’ve given you the inside line on just a few of them below….
Saint Nicholas Market
Every Saturday and Sunday outside Saint Nicholas Church a wide collection of traders come together to offer top quality goods. Walk among the stalls as Galway based artists, jewellers and craftspeople stand side by side with some of the best locally sourced produce and hot food. Plus, we advise that you don’t leave without trying one of the Boychik freshly made donuts which literally melt in the mouth!
A favourite pastime for Galwegians is walking along the Salthill Prom, the 2km-long seaside promenade runs from the edge of the city out towards and all along Salthill. This route offers an excellent way to take in the beautiful views looking out over Galway Bay and local tradition dictates 'kicking the wall' across from the Blackrock diving boards when you reach the end of the promenade before turning around.
Charlie Byrnes Bookstore
Located in the heart of the city, in the Cornstore on Middle Street, Charlie Byrnes is a must see spot for any book lovers. This spot is one of Ireland’s best loved independent book stores and cultural hub in the city. Every wall is lined with new, classic and second hand books on every topic imaginable. They also have a sizeable Irish interest section if after your time in Galway you wish to learn more about the area. So take a wander through the aisles and see what treasures you can uncover!