Thinking about moving to Ireland? Life in Galway City is full of arts, culture, delicious food, and lots of craic.
Whether you're actively planning a move to Ireland or just daydreaming a little, IrishCentral has you covered at the start of each week with #MovetoIrelandMonday. This week: Galway City, County Galway.
What you'll find in Galway City
Galway City is a stunning oasis dating back to the medieval era, on the harbor where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of just under 80,000, Galway is Ireland's fifth biggest city and the perfect place for anyone looking for charming environs and a tight-knit community that has lots going on.
With cultural landmarks such as the Druid Theater and the Galway International Arts Festival, the academic institution of NUI Galway, a buzzing start-up and tech industry, and an unparalleled culinary scene, there's opportunity and entertainment aplenty.
Where to live in Galway City
Galway City spans 20.46 square miles, centering around Eyre Square and the Latin Quarter, and spreading out to lovely Salthill, Claddagh, and Knocknacarra out to the west, suburbs like Doughiska, Roscam and Merlin Park to the east, and Menlo and Terryland to the north, overlooking the River Corrib.
To rent, two-bedroom apartments range from €900 ($1,100) farther out from the city center to €2,000 ($2,460) for more luxe, centrally located listings.
To purchase, properties run from €150,000 ($185,00) for more modest two-bedroom homes to €1,450,000 ($1,787,948) for a lavish and historic six-bedroom property on one of Galway's oldest residential streets.
What to do in Galway City
Galway has long been a hub of arts and creativity, but with the lovely city selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2020, that's never been truer.
Galway is home to The Druid, one of Ireland's most acclaimed theater companies, helmed by Garry Hynes, which wows local and international audiences with their daring productions.
The city's calendar is jam-packed with festivals throughout the year, from the world-famous Galway International Arts Festival, which runs for two thrilling weeks each July, to the annual Galway Theater Fest, Film Fleadh, Food Fest, Oyster Fest, the Galway Sessions music fest, and so much more.
Soak in Galway's history at the Galway City Museum, or check out the vibrant local arts scene at any of the galleries in the city center.
Whether your nightlife preferences tend towards raucous or cozy, Galway has you covered with a plethora of pubs, bars, and live music venues. Daunted by all the options? Check out our handy guide to The 10 best pubs in Galway City to get started.
Also worth noting is the prime launch-point Galway makes for any explorations of the west of Ireland. From here you can easily explore Connemara, the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren for a day trip or a longer getaway.
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