City Breaks Galway
There is a unique buzz and vibrancy to this friendly historic City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and Galwegians (The Locals), combine to stimulate this atmospheric mediaeval city of culture. If your planning a weekend break look no further than a weekend break in Galway.
There are plenty of places to visit and activities to enjoy, for those preferring to soak up the heritage and culturewhile on a hotel break in Galway.
Scenic Gaeltacht areas include the Aran Islands and picturesque Connemara,featuring mountains, castles, places and buildings of historic interest, ancient stone walls, turf bogs, long sandy beaches, clear lakes and flowing rivers.
Galway City is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe and, with a population of over 70,000; the 3rd largest city after Dublin and Cork. The city bears the monicker 'The City of the Tribes', so called because 14 families controlled the city in its Hiberno-Norman period.
There is also a host of events happening that are perfect for family breaks in Galway or a weekend break away with friends.
Annual events include the Celtic start of Spring festival Fleadh Imboilg (start of February), the Cúirt International Festival of Literature (April), the Galway Early Music Festival (May), the Galway Sessions traditional Irish music festival, the Galway Film Fleadh (July), the Project06 (July), which runs along the Galway Arts Festival (July), Galway Races horse racing festival (start of August), Galway International Oyster Festival(September), the Baboró Galway International Arts Festival for Children (October) and the Tulca visual arts festival (November) to name but a few.
Whether it is a weekend, mid-week break, or something for the family to enjoy Galway offers the lot, and Clybaun Hotel is a great location with a host of special offers to accommodate you on your time in Galway.
Galway International Oyster Festival
Enjoy four days and nights at the world renowned Galway International Oyster Festival.
For the best in gourmet seafood, live music and the best Guinness in town, it has to be the Galway Oyster Festival.
Every September, Galway City comes alive as thousands of people travel from the four corners of the world to enjoy a remarkable festival celebrating the oyster, a food known for it’s mysterious luxury and passion.
Some Shopping Destinations
Knocknacarra Shopping Centre
Located just 2 Minutes drive from the Clybaun Hotel, shops featured include Dunnes Stores, Next and New Look. Free Car Parking.
Westside Shopping Centre Galway
Westside Shopping Centre is situated on one of the main approach roads to Galway and only a 4 minute drive from the Clybaun Hotel. The main outlet at the centre is Dunnes Stores, which comprises a foodmarket and clothes shop. There are also a number of other outlets in the centre, geared towards catering for the large local population. Free Car Parking.
Corrib Shopping Centre
Located just off Eyre Square, which is serviced by bus # 33 direct from outside Clybaun Hotel, the Corrib Shopping Centre is a compact shopping mall featuring a wide range of goods. The main outlet for this centre is the department store, Debenhams. Marks and Spencers have a department store as well as a food court and there are plenty of cosmetics and accessories, menswear, ladies wear and household goods as well as a spacious café and a multi storey car park.
Eyre Square Shopping Centre
The centre was built on the site of an old timber yard in an effort to breath life into the city. And it was an undoubtable success. Today, with its specialist shops in fashion, food, sport, gifts, books, household goods, department stores, cafes, banks and bustling yet spacious atmosphere and its constant hosting of exhibitions and events for children and adults, Eyre Square Centre has become a centre in every sense of the word.
Galway Shopping Centre
The Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road was the first centre of its kind to be established in the city. Stores here include Tesco and Penney's. An excellent range of smaller shops includes fashion outlets, shoe shops, newsagents, record shops and health shops. Several restaurants and car parking spaces also cater for customers needs.
Galway Retail Park
The Galway Retail Park is located on the Headford Road opposite the Galway Shopping Centre. It is home to many big names such as Currys, Woodies DIY, Lifestyle Sports, Elvery Sports, Aldi and Chartbusters. McDonalds restaurant and Omniplex cinema make it an ideal area for a relaxed shopping expedition.
Wellpark Retail Park
Wellpark Retail Park is located on the Dublin Road and features Atlantic Homecare, Reed Furniture, Toy City, PC World and Maplin. Eddie Rockets, Barbarista coffee shop and the Eye Cinema provide some much needed relaxation.
Judy Greene Pottery
Judy Greene Pottery was established in 1982 in the heart of medieval Galway specialising in hand thrown terracotta, depicting Irish flora and landscape. Judy's signature range and best loved is her bluebell design. Judy Greene's pottery is produced using traditional skills of craft-potters. The workshop is situated in the heart of Galway - a unique urban center with a lively "town atmosphere" housing a cosmopolitan diversity of craftworkers and artists.
Spiddal Craft Centre
Drawing their inspiration from the landscape and culture of the Gaeltacht of Connemara, the crafts people who work, display and sell their products at the Spiddal Craft Centre produce a range of handcrafted quality products which is representative of this area. Visitors can observe the crafts in the making and chat with the master crafts people in the individual studios. The variety of products include Pottery, Candle Making, Leather Working, Woodturning, Jewellery, Hand Weaving, Silk Painting and Batik. There is also an Art Gallery and Bistro.