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Five Things To Do In Galway City When It's Lashing Rain Outside

By James Fenton

August 20, 2019 at 10:07am


Galway is a gorgeous city in any kind of weather but like anywhere, you're options are a bit limited when it's raining.

That doesn’t mean that you should be confined to your gaff as there’s plenty of fun to be found inside the walls of the city’s museums, bars and cafés.

Put on the raincoat and make the most of this grand soft day with any of these options.

1. Galway Atlantaquaria

While you're avoiding getting drenched, have a look at the creatures who are much more accustomed to it.

Galway Atlantaquaria is a great spot to wander around for an hour or two, checking out all the sea life that can be found in Irish waters.

You can take a tour with expert guides or just enjoy it at your own leisure.

The Atlantaquaria is open every day and adult tickets cost €13.

2. Warm up with a cup of tea

There's nothing like watching the raindrops roll down the window while sipping a warm cup of tea.

Galway is full of cosy little spots to dry off for a while. From the Secret Garden hidden away on William Street to Jungle Cafe over on Forster Street, you're never too far away from a nice cup of hot.


3. Galway City Museum

With more than 100 scheduled events every year, you're bound to find something special on any given day.

Located right beside the Spanish Arch, you might even be able to stretch out in the sun afterwards given the changeable nature of the Irish weather.

Bring your brolly just in case, mind.

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LAST CHANCE to see 'Galway GAA: The Three-in-a-Row, 1964-66' before we take it down this Easter....that’s ONE WEEK ONLY to see this exhibition in all its glory! The exhibition tells the story of a very significant chapter in Galway’s sporting history. Between 1964 and 1966, Galway won the All-Ireland Football Final, beating Kerry in 1964 and 1965 and Meath in 1966, in what became known as the ‘Three-in-a-Row’. The collection, includes team member, Pat Donnellan’s medals from 1964-66, the football from the 1966 Final signed by the team members and Pat’s jersey from the 1966 game. We are very grateful to the Donnellan family for this very generous donation to the Galway City Museum collection. Watch out for two brand new exhibitions on the Claddagh and Gaelic Ireland coming real soon. For more information on exhibitions and events or to browse the collection The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Admission is FREE. __ Photos: Marta Barcikowska #galwaycitymuseum #galwaycitycouncil #galway #museum #galwaygaa #galwaythreeinarow #gaafootball

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4. Galway Cathedral

Overlooking the River Corrib, this Renaissance-style cathedral contains some of the finest architecture in Ireland.

A summer concert series takes place from July until August but any time of the year, seeing the cathedral's aesthetic beauty is worth passing a bit of time.

5. Check out some trad

If Galway is known for anything, it's the craic and the ceol in its many pubs.

Wherever you end up, the sound of an accordion and a tin whistle is never far away. An Púcán, Tigh Neachtains, Tigh Coili and Taaffes are all great places to start but the city has a plethora of other options that will keep you entertained until the sun comes out.

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