10 Amazing Things to do in Galway Without Spending a Cent

If you’re searching for a new adventure, but you don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Galway. There’s so much to do in this quaint Irish town. Here are ten things to fill a weekend without parting with any of your hard-earned cash:

1.    Visit the Old City Walls

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Anglo-Norman conquerors created the town of Galway and built an imposing wall to defend the new settlement. Amazingly, parts of this wall still stand today and it’s a must-see attraction when visiting. 

2.    Enjoy the Local Buskers

Ireland is famous for its live music, and the buskers along Shop Street do not let the nation down! Musicians span many genres, so you’re bound to find someone who you enjoy listening. 

3.    Take a Free Walking Tour

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A quick Google search will show you many of the free walking tours in Galway. Walking tour is a great way to experience the town and get insider knowledge from the locals about where to visit during your stay. 

4.    Grab a picture of the Long Walk for the Gram

If you’ve searched for Galway on Instagram, you’ve almost certainly seen pictures of the Long Walk. These properties are private accommodation that line Galway Bay and they’re a must for your scrapbook. 

5.    Visit the Cathedral 

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The Cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in Galway. A fresh walk by the river to explore the cathedral will be well worth your time! You’ll find it on Gaol Road because it’s built on the foundations of an old jail. 

6.     Visit the Galway Museum

Located on the River Corrib and gives you the opportunity to learn about the history of the city without having to part with a single cent. The museum is only closed on Mondays and is a must during your time visiting Galway. 

7.    Stroll Around Merlin Woods

If walking is your thing, Merlin Woods is situated East of the town and full of wildlife to enjoy. It’s crucial that you find travel insurance for your trip to Ireland to cover you if you plan on venturing off the beaten track. Many of traveller’s worst nightmare is getting injured and incurring masses of medical bills. It is advisable that you have a good insurance policy, like AA Travel Insurance, that will cover loss, theft or damage to personal possessions and money during travel. 

8.    Listen to the Roar of the River Corrib

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You might not have heard of the River Corrib, but it’s said to be the fastest flowing river in Europe. When the sun is shining, there’s not many better places to be than on the bank of the River Corrib with a fresh picnic, listening to the water churn. 

9.    Soak Up the Atmosphere in Eyre Square

The Eyre Square is bustling in the warm months and cozy in the winter, with a Christmas market dominating the square and the smell of mulled wine in the air. It’s a great space to recuperate in during your excursion. 

10. Visit Lynch Castle

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This old castle is now a bank, but it was once home to the Lynch family. The Lynches had unrivaled influence in Galway which is clear considering how grand the property still is today. 

They say traveling broadens the mind, but it doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, keep your money (and limbs) and explore the many free attractions that Galway has to offer. 


A wanderer. A frustrated photographer. Hiker. Lover. Half extrovert, half introvert. Solo traveler.

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