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Halloween break in Galway City - Bohemian and Vibrant city in Ireland

Galway is a unique city in the west of Ireland full of cobbled and medieval streets, great cafes, restaurants, pubs and it has the beach ! All in all a great city break in Ireland

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EuropeIreland3 days / October 2018

Highs & Lows

Pub hopping to experience traditional Irish music, dance, fun and Guiness sampling

Can rain a lot so dress appropriately

Itinerary Overview

Direct Bus from Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport  - Or even better hop on a train. Tickets can be bought online and times are frequent to support reasonable travel times.  Stay at one of the many top rated city hotels that are within walking distance of all the cities amenities. Flannerys Hotel is 1-2km from the centre and is an enjoyable walk  or Jurys Inn at the bottom of shop street will eliminate the walk and will cost slightly extra. A 3/4 night stay is appropriate. 

When visiting in October you have to make sure you plan for the Macnas Halloween parade. The largest free event for Halloween brings thousands of people to the street to see the best parade in the country. See https://www.galwaytourism.ie/event/macnas-halloween-parade/

  • 3 Nights: Galway
    City Break
  • Day trip: Salthill
    City Break
  • Day trip: Cliffs of Moher
    City break

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Pack a Rain Jacket ! - and I would book my accommodation more in advance and things book fast around this time (Halloween City Break)

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    More Rain than usual so again Rain jacket !

  • How was the food?


  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Rain Jacket !

  • Packing tips?

    Rain Gear and quick drying clothes. One warm jacket/jumper Ireland is on the edge of western Europe - you need to keep warm.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Book tickets online - they are usually a little cheaper and there is less risk of the being sold out while trying to pay on the bus

  • Any surprises?

    How much you will like the Guinness and the friendly pub atmosphere where anyone and everyone is a friend no matter age /race/gender.

  • Booking details?

    Use Booking.com and Ryan Air to book accommodation and flights. If you want to book a train use : https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/


  • Flannerys Hotel : Good value for money with pub and restaurant onsite. City centre is a bus ride right outside the hotel or a medium walk.