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48 Hours in Galway

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
48 Hours in Galway

The food capital of Ireland, 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 Hotel of welcoming guests from all corners of the world. They all arrive with the same question – what should we do?! There’s nothing like a House Recommendation – and here are ours!

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

Get your bearings
Galway, as small as it is, is very clearly 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 comes alive! With a host of bars, restaurants and independently owned shops and boutiques – you won’t be bored! Head over the bridge and you’ll arrive at where us locals refer to as ‘Back the West’. Galway’s West End is home to our first Michelin Star restaurant Aniar, and it’s new little sister Tartar. 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 other Galway favourites such as Il Vicolo and Rouge. Leave The House, keep the water on your left hand side and you’ll soon arrive in the beautiful surroundings of Salthill. If the sun happens to shine while you’re in Galway you can’t leave without taking a stroll out there.

What first?
So you’ve arrived, checked into your individually designed room here in The House Hotel and now, what’s next? Well your trip doesn’t truly begin until you have tasted one of our award-winning cocktails! Aileen Cunningham, our Head Cocktail Bartender here in The House House, has created a spectacular cocktail menu for both guests and locals alike. Aileen’s talents have seen her win numerous cocktail competitions and travel most of the world with international brands. The most famous cocktail on the menu is dedicated to our Royal friend, Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess Cocktail was created in honour of HRH’s visit to The House as part of the Royal Visit to Ireland. Made up of Mumm Champagne (of course!), Dingle Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, and finished with a lemon dusting and House infused rosemary and orange peel ice cubes (fancy!). The Duchess herself referred to it as ‘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 will wash away any sign of a Mumm Champagne hangover! We don’t believe in having a tipple without a nibble and thankfully 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 and thankfully 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. With daily 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 another half looking to catch some live sport on the big screen.

It’s time for dinner and you literally will not be able to decide where to eat – there are that many options! Our favourites include Martine’s Wine 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 the road 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 around the corner from The House is Galway’s Museum – and if you’re in the mood for a little 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 Michelle Kavanagh and you'll be stuck trying to decide what to get. If there’s no space in The Kitchen come back around the corner and you’ll find the treasure that is Cupán Tae. If you’re a tea-lover then no place beats this!  A host of freshly baked cakes will keep you smiling and owner Alison will answer any tea-related questions.

There are numerous walking tours in Galway – and which capture the true character of the city. We are big fans of Sheena Dignam’s Food Tours which run regularly throughout the year. If there’s thing we love (after cocktails and Gin) it’s Afternoon Tea and we do serve up a decadent one if we say so ourselves! Afternoon Tea is available seven days a week in The House Lobby, all we ask if that you let us know 24 hours in advance. Back to your touring around Galway and if there’s one thing we’re good 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, and if you’re feeling peckish you can order from The Kasbah, located above Tigh Neachtain.

Dinner in The House is as tasty as you’ll find and with a host of fresh seafood you’ll then understand why people worldwide talk about Galway’s fish selection…! 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 Druid Theatre and the Town Hall Theatre are two of the best in the world. Check out both websites to get further info on monthly shows and performances.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to shopping and what’s best is what you do find is quite regularly unique to Galway! Independently owned shops and boutique such as Twice As Nice and Judy Greene’s offer endless choices 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 Willow Boutique on Mainguard Street.

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

City of Festivals
All of the above are there to be enjoyed 12 months of the year. We are 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 & Seafood Festival

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

-The House Team    

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The House Hotel
Spanish Parade, Latin Quarter
Galway City Center
H91 X309
The House Hotel
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Spanish Parade Latin Quarter, Galway City Centre, Ireland Ireland
091 538900
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