In this relaxed 1 hour tour, we discover the historic and cultural heart of Galway, where you truly feel the pulse of this vibrant and artistic city. We begin with a visit to leafy Eyre Square and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
We then explore the cobbled streets and ancient stone buildings of the old Medieval City where Galway’s hidden secrets and urban legends are revealed. Along the way you will experience the festive atmosphere of the Latin Quarter, famous for its traditional pubs, unique shops and lively entertainment scene. We finish our diverse and leisurely tour by the banks of the River Corrib with scenic views of the Claddagh Village and Galway Bay.
Eyre Square/Kennedy Park – Old Town Wall and Towers – Lynches Castle – St Nicholas Collegiate Church – The Kings Head Pub
Freeney’s Pub/Whiskey Trail – Neachtains Pub – Dillions Claddagh Ring – Blake’s Tower/Old County Jail – Spanish Arch/Claddagh
Details & Itinerary
Stop 1. Eyre Square – We begin at Eyre Square and Kennedy Park where we view the JFK Memorial, Hooker Fountain and the 14 Tribal flags.
Stop 2. Old Town Wall – Here a surviving section of the Medieval Town Wall, complete with twin watchtowers, has been incorporated into the Eyre Square Centre.
Stop 3. Lynches Castle – This is a classic 15th-century merchant tower house complete with elaborate stone sculpture and grotesque gargoyles.
Stop 4. St Nicholas Medieval Church – We make an indoor visit to the 13th-century church of St Nicholas to encounter mysterious architecture and curious memorials.
Stop 5. The Kings Head Pub – Learn the story of the Medieval Kings Head pub and its connection to the Beheading of King Charles I of England in 1649.
Stop 6. Freeney’s Pub/Whiskey Trail – Freeney’s traditional Pub is part of the Galway Whiskey Trail with a fine collection of over 150 whiskey types.
Stop 7. Neachtains Pub – This medieval tavern was once the townhouse of Richard Martin, a founding member of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Stop 8. Dillon’s Claddagh Ring – In existence since 1750, Thomas Dillions are recognized as the original makers of the symbolic Claddagh ring in Galway.
Stop 9. Blake’s Tower – This medieval tower house was the County Jail of Galway from the 17th century and Burkes Whiskey Distillery in the 1800s.
Stop 10. Spanish Arch/Claddagh – We finish by the medieval Spanish Arch on the banks of the River Corrib with views of the Claddagh Village and Galway Bay.
Meeting and Finish Point
Private Tour Costs
1 to 5 people: €100
6 to 10 people: €120
11 to 15 people: €130
16 to 20 people: €140
For groups of over 20, please contact us.
Discover the hidden secrets and sinister legends of Galway’s dark and mysterious past.