Half way down the west coast of Ireland Galway City has grown around the River Corrib and is sheltered from the rolling Atlantic waves by Galway Bay and Lough Atalia. Traditionally this port town’s daily life was centred on shipping and exploration with big business done in Europe and the Americas. Christopher Columbus even stopped over here, resting in Galway on one of his many voyages. Nowadays although the water is still a big part of Galway, the city’s business lies with technology, medical science and tourism.
The University gives Galway a vibrant young energy and there’s plenty to do and see in and around the city. From the doors of the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Galway, you can easily walk from Lough Atalia into town and enjoy the spirit of Ireland at its best. There’s a popular live music scene in the city – hotspots include the Quays, the King’s Head and Monroe Tavern, or for something more innocent the choir at the 14th century St Nicholas’s Collegiate Church is angelic.
Galway’s cobbled streets are often full of colour and activity and the big skies instil a feeling of light and space. You’ll hear the mother tongue here as well, as language enthusiasts in Galway and the surrounding region keep Gaelic alive. It’s a great city to explore by foot and from the hotel you can stroll to the Galway City Museum (a modern building filled with treasures from the past and the present), and continue over the river to the fishing village The Claddagh. This village produces the traditional Claddagh Ring, which features two hands holding a heart, topped with a crown. It’s the perfect souvenir from Galway. From Galway there are some wonderful hikes in the surrounding countryside and dramatic cliff top walks. If you want to explore further take a day trip on a ferry across Galway Bay to the picturesque Kinvara Village, or to the Aran Islands. For the more energetic there’s some top class golf to be played or experience the thundering of hooves at the Galway Races. If you can stomach any more excitement then you could time your visit with the adrenalin-pumping Galway International Rally in February.
Offering picturesque views and 272 fresh and comfortable rooms and suites, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa welcomes both business and leisure travellers. Close to Galway's vibrant downtown, this hotel boasts an on-site spa and a variety of exceptional restaurants. Make plans to visit Emerald Isle attractions like Kirwan's Lane and Eyre Square. Modern, flexible meeting facilities feature tranquil views and sophisticated conferencing technology.
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