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  • Address: Quay St, Galway City Centre, Galway, Ireland

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The Spanish Arch Tours

Standing on the left bank of the River Corrib, Galway’s famous Spanish Arch is the sole remainder of the city’s 16th century bastion, designed to protect the town’s quays and merchant ships from looting. The arch itself, built as an access point to the town, was known as the ‘Ceann an Bhalla’, or the ‘Head of the wall’, later taking its name from the Spanish ships that it docked beneath it. Despite being partially destroyed in the 1755 tsunami, the Spanish Arch still stands today - an important landmark, directly opposite the Claddagh shore.

A popular pastime for visitors to the city is strolling along the ‘Long Walk’, the 18th century promenade running along the quay, where you can soak up the atmosphere of the seafront and admire the Arch’s famous ‘Madonna of the Quays’ sculpture, carved from wood by artist Claire Sheridan who inhabited the adjacent building in the 1950’s. Overlooking the Arch and providing some of the best views, is the Galway City Museum, home to a fascinating exhibition of local art, history and craft.

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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin, Dublin, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

This 3 day tour introduces you to all of the major regional sites along the west and south- west coasts and provides you with a fantastic insight into Irish ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $297.21
Galway Food and Drink Walking Tour, Galway, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Galway Food and Drink Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

This 3-hour Irish walking tour is Galway’s friendliest food and drink tour. You will be able to join local guides who will show you all of the most popular and ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.62
Private Guided Bicycle Tour of Galway City, Galway, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Guided Bicycle Tour of Galway City

This private guided bicycle tour of Galway City, organised just for you and your party, is entertaining, easy and informative. You will experience and see ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $477.45
9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Exploring the magical "Kingdom" of Kerry, the mind-blowing 750ft high Cliffs of Moher, the wild Connemara region, historic Derry, the Giant's Causeway ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $822.40
City Sightseeing Galway Hop On Hop Off Tour, Galway, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

City Sightseeing Galway Hop On Hop Off Tour

With a 48-hour City Sightseeing hop on hop off ticket, there’s no easier way to discover what Galway has to offer! Explore this Irish city’s culture, history ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $14.32

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