The Spanish Arch
Just a stone’s throw from The House Hotel, the Spanish Arch is one of Galway’s favourite spots! If the sun comes out, this is where everyone is to be found.
The location for a vast array of Galway festivals and events including The Galway Food Festival, The Spanish Arch is central to Galway’s Latin Quarter.
Sitting on the bank of the River Corrib, The Spanish Arch is one of Galway’s most historic locations, dating back to the 1500’s (an extension to the 12th century Norman-built town wall).
Back then, The Spanish Arch was used to house soldiers who kept watch and manned cannons on the roof. The Spanish Arch has had some famous visitors down through the years including the one and only Christopher Columbus!
History tells us that in 1755 The Spanish Arch was destroyed by a tsunami and in the 1800’s the Eyre family added on the Long Walk extension.