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!
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.
After fierce resistance by the native Irish the Anglo-Normans were able to establish and eventually hold the then town of Galway.
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.
Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland.
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 Parate is 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! This year, Galway is the European Capital of Culture. Galway is a student city, with a 20% student population during the year. It is a very safe and secure city for 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 very important and strong. As it is a small city, there is a very 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.
25 Interesting Facts about Galway
We are waiting for you!
Discover beautiful Galway
Come, visit us and start your language journey!