Galway Heritage

Galway City Museum

Galway City Museum preserves and shows material relating to Galway City History and Heritage.

With exhibitions constantly being varied, the Galway City Museum is worth more than one visit. The museum is jsut a short drive along the prom from our Galway Hotel.


The Claddagh Ring Museum

The Claddagh Ring has become a heavily associated symbol of Ireland. In actual fact it originated here in Galway City.

The Claddagh Ring Museum houses some of the very first Claddagh Rings ever made and displays them at various stages of their production and is well worth the visit during your stay at our Galway Hotel.



Brigit's Garden (Gairdín Bhríde)

Escape from the realms of work, hustle, bustle and deadlines and lose yourself in Celtic heritage and mythology.

Brigit's Gardens are specifically designed to represent the four Celtic festivals that mirror the cycle of life. Saunter through the nature trail, ogham trees, living willow play area, ancient ring fort, Roundhouse and calendar sundial.

It will be hard for you to believe that such a world is just a drive away from our Hotel in Galway city. After your stroll enjoy a cup of tea within the beautiful garden surroundings.



Aughnanure Castle

Located in Oughterard on the shores of Lough Corrib Aughnanure Castle stands tall. The Irish tower house was built in the 16th Century and serves as a strong symbol of the marriage of two powerful clans, the O'Flahertys and the O' Malleys.

This well preserved Irish Heritage Site features the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, bastions and a dry harbor. All of which is less than an hours drive from our Galway Hotel.



Dan O’Hara’s Homestead/Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Go and see where many an Irish song was sung and poem recited. Dan O' Hara was a simple man who rented him home and land. Nine people lived a happy life in this little cottage which stands in the shadows of The Twelve Bens. With breathtaking panoramic views in abundance this little dwelling gives the visitor a very clear insight as to how life was for a tenent farmer in 19th Century Connemara.

A story that ends sadly, but a beautiful and happy cottage. Driving westwards along the scenic coast from our hotel in Galway city will take you to the Connemara in 20 mins.



Maam, Cong & Ashford - Quiet Man Country

Retrace the steps of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne by visiting Maam, Ashford Castle and the quaint vllage of Cong.

The Quiet Man is a 1952 Irish-American Technicolor romantic comedy-drama film, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen and Barry Fitzgerald. It was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story by Maurice Walsh.
The film is notable for its lush photography of the Irish countryside and the long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight between Wayne and McLaglen.
It was an official selection of the 1952 Venice Film Festival.


Glengowla Mines

Glengowla Mines is a Historic 19th Century Silver and Lead Mine, situated in Oughterard, County Galway and just a 40 minute drive from our Hotel in Galway it is in fact, Ireland's only Show Mine.

Glengowla Silver and Lead Mine is a remarkable and impressive example of how part of our valuable industrial heritage has been reclaimed, restored and transformed into an outstanding visitor attraction.



Dartfield Horse Museum

Dartfield has lots of horses! It is the only museum in the world dedicated to Irish horses, Connemara Ponies and Irish dogs.

Less than an hours drive from our Galway Hotel this historic museum also features all aspects of Irish country life from 1800 – 1900 plus veteran cars from 1901 – 1930.

Dartfield museum is a purpose built facility, one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions.