HERITAGE & HISTORY

HERITAGE & HISTORY
ATTRACTIONS IN GALWAY

It’s no secret that Ireland is rich in culture, history and heritage. Therefore it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Galway is awash with fascinating heritage sites and historic places around every corner.  There is a huge array of historical sites, monuments, buildings and more to be found which all provide a unique insight and story from the past. 

You can find beautiful historic houses and ruins in picturesque locations just waiting to be explored. Experience what it would have been like to live like Royalty by wandering around the fully furnished rooms and cultivated gardens, or lose yourself in the enchanting remains and ruins of old castles and manors.

Stand among the stones of ancient forts located on breathtaking cliff edges and understand the harsh life and conditions for these settlements. See industrial and farm buildings which once would have played a very important role for locals, and visit places and monuments dedicated to influential people and important events of the past.

CASTLES

Experience the history from within the stately homes, strategic tower houses and romantic ruins as you discover the remarkable castles dotted throughout Galway. Each castle has its own unique history and stories to be told, often filled with stories of power, feud, bloodshed and romance!

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Discover buildings and ruins which once played a part in the history of Galway and learn about their story. From stately manor houses, to writer’s cottages, to important industrial and educational buildings, you can find many fascinating buildings dotted throughout Galway.

FORTS & SETTLEMENTS

Learn about the history and life within the ancient forts and settlements found in Galway and even experience the dramatic cliff edge stone forts on the Aran Islands as you hear the waves of the Atlantic ocean crash below. A truly unforgettable experience as you stand among the stone forts which date back to centuries ago.

STATUES, MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

You can find many statues, sculptures, monuments and memorials throughout Galway. Each of these sites represents a piece of history from Galway. Read about the different statues, monuments and memorials in Galway and learn about their history.

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE

See buildings and ruins which once played a vital role to the local industry in the past and learn of their importance to the community. While on the other side, witness some past ‘conveniences’ for wealthy estate owners, conveniences which we may now take for granted!

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