Galway in Ireland is such a beautiful place, and of course famous for it's rich history, beautiful landscape and of course for music. Galway is a great location to visit with children as it is small enough to walk around and see the town and there is also so much nature and play to be had in the surrounding areas. If you are looking for inspiration for a family trip to Galway here are some things to do in Galway with kids.
Where to stay
The first thing you will want to consider is where to stay. Galway is a lovely small town and there are lots of gorgeous places to stay. Woodquay Hostel offers a range of Airbnb properties which cater for all sorts of groups. Woodquay Lucky No 7 and Woodquay Terrace are perfect for families while the other properties would be great if you were travelling with a larger group.
This is one of six national parks in Ireland and is free to visit which is always a bonus. If your children enjoy walking and hiking take a trip up Diamond Hill (probably not best for younger children). Parking is free and there is an interesting visitor's centre and a small cafe too. Well worth it for some exercise and the views!
Just walking down Quay Street is an experience in itself. Full of buskers and live music, cafes and pubs it is the perfect place to get a real feel for Irish culture. Enjoy a bite to eat or a drink with the children and watch the world go by.
This is a great place to take the children to learn all about Irish history. You can explore themes of archaeology, history and sea science with a particular focus on Galway. Admission is free which makes it a lovely cheap, fun and educational day out.
This is an amazing place where you can see a real Irish working sheep farm. Watch how the farm is run and have a proper hands on experience as well as learning about the history of sheep farming here. You can also have afternoon tea and even make scones! A lovely wholesome day out that your children will be talking about for a long time I'm sure!
This castle is hugely impressive and a must visit for castle fans! It was built in 1520 and sits on the Galway Bay coast and as you can see from the photograph below, it is very imposing. You can book a castle tour and between April and October you can book a spot at a medieval banquet where you will be wined, dined and entertained. Children are welcome with an adult.
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