Welcome to Galway City Walking Tour

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  • 75 Minutes
  • Max Guests : 20
  • March - November

Galway, Ireland, Guided Walking Tour

Discover the heart and soul of Galway City on our “Welcome to Galway” walking tour, which is run by Experience Galway. Known as the “City of the Tribes,” Galway is the cultural heart of the West of Ireland. This 75-minute tour will guide you through the city’s narrow streets and historic landmarks, offering a perfect blend of heritage, culture, and local interest. Beginning at The Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square (John F. Kennedy Memorial Park), this bustling area is surrounded by popular shops, restaurants, and pubs, making it the ideal starting point for your Galway adventure.

Dive into Galway’s fascinating history and vibrant culture as our knowledgeable guides take you through centuries of stories. From ancient Celtic and medieval influences to the modern contributions of artists and writers, you’ll explore medieval walls, picturesque canals, and stunning architecture. 

Discover the city’s unique traditions, famous inhabitants, and lively festivals. As you stroll through Galway, the distinctive local music and language will enhance your experience, showcasing the dynamic and welcoming spirit that draws people from around the world to this enchanting city. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, the “Welcome to Galway” Walking Tour is your gateway to uncovering the hidden gems and charm of Galway.

(Looking for an all-day adventure on Ireland’s west coast? Consider our Galway to Cliffs of Moher and Burren Full-Day Tour.)

  • 75 Minute Walking Tour of Galway City Centre
  • Expert Local Guide
  • History & Culture
  • Local Recommendations & Advice
  • Small Group Tour

The “Welcome to Galway” walking tour takes you through the narrow streets and historic landmarks of this charming city, known as the “City of the Tribes.” With a blend of heritage, culture, and local interest, this 75-minute tour is the perfect introduction to Galway.

This tour begins in the heart of Galway City, at The Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square (John F. Kennedy Memorial Park).

Historical Insight


Galway City is steeped in history, with a mix of ancient Celtic and medieval influences alongside modern contributions from artists and writers. The tour spans centuries, from medieval walls and fortifications to the present day. You’ll uncover the rich heritage and traditions of this unique city and learn about the fascinating stories of its residents.

Cultural Insight


As you stroll through narrow streets and bustling squares, you’ll encounter stunning architecture, picturesque canals, and an eclectic mix of shops, pubs, and restaurants. Delve into the stories and legends that make Galway enchanting, learning about its famous inhabitants, from poets to traders.

Why Book the “Welcome to Galway” Walking Tour?


Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time resident, the “Welcome to Galway” Walking Tour offers a chance to discover the hidden gems and secret corners of this fascinating city. Get the kinds of tips and stories that could only come from a local guide

Put on your walking shoes and book your tour to experience the history, culture, and charm of Galway!

Any questions? Please get in touch

Welcome to Galway Walking Tour Highlights

  • Expert Local KnowledgeOur guides have a wealth of knowledge on Galway's history, culture and traditions.
  • Galway's Street CultureOur guides have a wealth of knowledge on Galway's history, culture and traditions.
  • The City of The TribesLearn about how Galway City was historically run by 14 merchant families (tribes)..
  • Learn About Galway City's LandmarksThe infamous Browne Doorway is a key attraction on our "Welcome to Galway" Walking Tour.
  • Best Pubs in IrelandGet local recommendations for our guides on where to find the best pint of Guinness!
  • Small GroupsEach tour has a max number of 20 guests. This means it is quite an intimate experience and your guide can provide you with information you're interested in.

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FAQ

What languages are the tours offered in?

We operate our tours through English, although you might hear an Irish word or two along the way.

Can children attend tours?

Yes, they can and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if they are aged under 16. School groups must always be accompanied by a teacher.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Generally yes, but occasionally a variation of the route may be necessary to avoid steps. The guide is not in the position to push wheelchairs so if this is necessary the wheelchair user must have a companion with them for this purpose.

How much Walking is Involved

Distances we cover are approx. 2km (1.5 miles) at a leisurely pace.

Where do I meet the tour?

We meet at The Explore Galway Kiosk in Eyre Square, Galway City

Is the tour guaranteed to run?

99% – Our Welcome to Galway Walking Tour will only be cancelled due to severe weather warning or an extreme unforeseen circumstance.

How many people are on the Tour?

Our public Welcome to Galway Tour operates at a maximum of 20 people.

What should I wear?

We will be walking, so comfortable shoes are advisable. There’s no avoiding the weather in Galway and we operate rain, hail or shine (With the exception of extreme weather warnings) – so please dress accordingly.

Should we Tip our Guide?

Although tips are not compulsory they are very much appreciated and encouraged for a job well done. Any tips should be given directly to your guide at the end of your tour.

Can I book a private tour for a group?

Yes, contact our office for details.

Are the tours family friendly?

Yes – This is a family friendly tour but please insure your little one is prepared for the walking, standing & weather!

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