The friendliest and most charming city in Europe
Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland. Our students love the annual Galway International Arts Festival and the Film Festival, both of which are held in summer. And the Halloween Parade and events are spectacular! In 2018, Galway was named the European Region of Gastronomy, and it’s not hard to see why when you try the fantastic seafood! In 2020, Galway was the European Capital of Culture and on the same year Galway was also named the friendliest and most charming city in Europe.
Galway is a student city, with more than 20% student population during the year. It is a safe and secure city and an ideal destination for students from abroad, both for language programmes and for university study. Galway people have a great sense of community and like other people in Ireland, the family bond is important and strong. As it is a small city, there is a friendly atmosphere in Galway, and it is easy to make connections with different people. With its situation on the Atlantic coast, Galway has attracted visitors from overseas for many centuries and people are open and curious about visitors. Galway’s great tradition of music can be found in the city too, with traditional music playing in many of the city’s pubs.
How to get here?
It’s easy! There are direct buses to Galway city from Dublin Airport and the journey takes up to three hours. IH Galway is located on the main square in Galway, Eyre Square, and we are a few minutes’ walk from the train and bus station. We can come and meet you at the station and take you to your accommodation, if you wish. We meet our junior students at the airport and accompany them to Galway.
Nearest Airports to Galway City
Trains and bus stations in Galway City
Galway is situated on the west coast of Ireland where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean
The city marks the halfway point on the Wild Atlantic Way and Galway is the only city on the entire 2,500 km route. It is bohemian, full of culture, art, exceptional food and music. Galway is always a joy to explore, with its wonderful medieval streets, colourful shop facades, and its café/bar culture.
Galway is a small city, with a population of just under 80,000 inhabitants. The city centre is compact and everywhere is reachable on foot. It is a charming city and famous for its medieval centre, the River Corrib, with its amazing energy and the atmosphere in the pubs, where you can hear live music, mostly free, every day.
The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, where International House Galway is located. Eyre Square is a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops, restaurants and traditional pubs that offer live traditional Irish music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the city, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.
The Wild Atlantic Way
Weekends are the perfect time to plan a trip to some of Ireland’s must spectacular places. The beautiful Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and Connemara are three of the most popular visits along the Atlantic coast and you can take a bus from just beside IH Galway to all of these destinations.
*Pictures copyright: Professor Chaosheng Zhang
Galway is waiting to welcome you!
Galway people really know how to enjoy themselves and the city is famous for artistic creativity and an infectious lively spirit. Galway is known as the cultural capital of Ireland so whether you’re looking for traditional Irish music, dance, literature, theatre, or some of the finest seafood in Ireland, Galway has it all! Our students call it ‘The real Ireland’ and this is what you will find in Galway!