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48 Hours in Galway

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
48 Hours in Galway

The food capital ofIreland, the cultural capital of Europe, the city of festivals, and the friendliest people in the world… 48 hours just isn't enough!

Now that you’ve decided thatyou have to take the trip – we’ll help you plan it. Every day, of every month,we have the pleasure here in The House of welcoming guests from all corners ofthe world. They all arrive with the same question – what should we do?! There’snothing like a House Recommendation – and here are ours!

Galway is located right in themiddle of the now famous Wild Atlantic Way. 2.5hours from Dublin, an hour fromShannon Airport, 1.5hrs from Ireland West Airport – it couldn’t be easier tofind us. CityLink and GoBus have numerous daily trips to/ from Dublin, and IrishRail will land you right into Eyre Square.

Get your bearings
Galway, as small as it is, is veryclearly broken into numerous areas. We are lucky enough to be located right inthe heart of Galway’s Latin Quarter. This is quite literally where Galway comesalive! With a host of bars, restaurants and independently owned shops and boutiques– you won’t be bored!Head over the bridge and you’llarrive at where us locals refer to as ‘Back the West’. Galway’s West End ishome to our first Michelin Star restaurant Aniar, and it’s new little sisterTartar. You’ll also find live music venues such as Monroe’s and The Roísín (checkout our Sunday night package with the crew at The Roísín here), along with otherGalway favourites such as Il Vicolo and Rouge. Leave The House, keep thewater on your left hand side and you’ll soon arrive in the beautifulsurroundings of Salthill. If the sun happens to shine while you’re in Galwayyou can’t leave without taking a stroll out there.

What first?
So you’ve arrived, checkedinto your individually designed room here in The House and now, what’s next? Wellyour trip doesn’t truly begin until you have tasted one of our award-winningcocktails! Aileen Cunningham, our Head Cocktail Bartender here in The House,has created a spectacular cocktail menu for both guests and locals alike.Aileen’s talents have seen her win numerous cocktail competitions and travelmost of the world with international brands. The most famous cocktail on the menuis dedicated to our Royal friend, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. The DuchessCocktail was created in honour of HRH’s visit to The House as part of the RoyalVisit to Ireland. Made up of Mumm Champagne (of course!), Dingle Gin,Elderflower Liqueur, and finished with a lemon dusting and House infusedrosemary and orange peel ice cubes (fancy!). The Duchess herself referred to itas ‘quite innocuous and packs quite a punch!’

It will be hard to drag yourself out our bedrooms, we are proud tosay we have the most comfiest beds in the city and our rain forest showers willwash away any sign of a Mumm Champagne hangover!We don’t believe in having a tipple without a nibble andthankfully our new Head Chef, Shane Hanly, has created a host of ‘House Hits’which sit perfectly alongside our wide range of wines, craft beers, Irish gins,and of course our cocktail menu.

A trip to Galway isn’t complete without a little pub crawl andthankfully we’re within a stone’s throw of Galway finest establishments. Some ofthe best nightly entertainment can be found in Taafees and Tigh Choili’s. Withdaily Irish music sessions, they are a must! The Dáil Bar and The Kings Head are ideallocations if you’re looking for a spot of pub grub and perhaps if there’s anotherhalf looking to catch some live sport on the big screen.

It’s time for dinner and you literally will not be able to decidewhere to eat – there are that many options! Our favourites include Martine’sWine Bar (don’t leave without tasting their paté and their steak is a must!),or if you’re in the mood for something a little more casual head across theroad to McDonagh’s Fish & Chips, or around to corner to Burgatory!Digest your dinner with a fine gin from the crew at Tigh Norabefore returning back to The House for a night cap in The House Lobby.

Day No. 2 and it’s time to see a bit of Galway! Located just aroundthe corner from The House is Galway’s Museum – and if you’re in the mood for alittle tea and cake you’re in the right place here as well would you believe.The Kitchen, located at the Museum, is headed up by the infamous MichelleKavanagh and you'll be stuck trying to decide what to get. If there’s nospace in The Kitchen come back around the corner and you’ll find the treasurethat is Cupán Tae. If you’re a tea-lover then no place beats this!  A host of freshly baked cakes will keep yousmiling and owner Alison will answer any tea-related questions.

There are numerous walking tours in Galway – and which capture thetrue character of the city. We are big fans of Sheena Dignam’s Food Tours whichrun regularly throughout the year. If there’s thing we love (after cocktails and Gin) it’s Afternoon Teaand we do serve up a decadent one if we say so ourselves! Afternoon Tea is availableseven days a week in The House Lobby, all we ask if that you let us know 24hours in advance. Back to your touring around Galway and if there’s one thing we’regood at – it’s people watching! If you happen to nab a spot outside Neachtain’s– don’t leave! The crew behind the bar will ensure your drink if topped up, andif you’re feeling peckish you can order from The Kasbah, located above TighNeachtain.

Dinner in The House is as tasty as you’ll find and with a host offresh seafood you’ll then understand why people worldwide talk about Galway’s fishselection…! Other House favourites include our House Style Thai Chicken Curryand we can’t not include our Salted Caramel and Peanut butter Cheesecake… O.M.G.There are no words.

If you’re looking for some evening entertainment both DruidTheatre and the Town Hall Theatre are two of the best in the world. Check outboth websites to get further info on monthly shows and performances.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping and what’sbest is what you do find is quite regularly unique to Galway! Independently ownedshops and boutique such as Twice As Nice and Judy Greene’s offer endlesschoices for gifts to bring back home. You could spend a full afternoon in CharlieByrne’s Bookshop and for some in-season style you have to pop in to WillowBoutique on Mainguard Street.

Checking Out
Breakfast in The House is one of our favourite meals of the day andis cooked to order, to your liking. Choose from smoked salmon, House pancakes,the best veggie breakfast in town, or our infamous Eggs Benedict, all servedalongside a cup of freshly brewed Fonté coffee.

City of Festivals
All of the above are there to be enjoyed 12 months of the year. Weare however known as the city of festivals! Here are a few top festivals tovisit Galway for;

  • Cúirt Festival of Literature
  • Galway Food Festival
  • The Latin Quarter Gin Fest
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Galway International Arts Festival
  • Galway Races
  • Galway International Oyster & SeafoodFestival

So what are you waiting for... get booking!


-The House Team    

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