Galway is a vibrant University City situated on the spectacular west coast of Ireland. It is renowned for its festivals, music, theatre, cinema, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, shops, markets and narrow atmospheric medieval streets. There are many historical and cultural places of interest ranging from its rich medieval history to modern-day arts and entertainment. Nearby attractions include the best of Galway’s pubs, music, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, museums and art galleries.

For those who like to be active, there’s a wide choice of things to do. There are guided walking tours of Galway which explore the history of the medieval city. Or just meander around the university grounds or the beautiful river walk. Swimming (both indoor and outdoor), a choice of excellent golf courses, horse riding, hill walking, beautiful beaches and activity centres are all located within easy reach.

St. Judes is the perfect base for days trips to explore the fascinating and varied Galway Bay section of the Wild Atlantic Way; the lovely mountains and lakes of Connemara and the Cong, Mam and Inagh valleys; the Aran Islands with their pre-historic forts and early Christian ruins and unique culture; Kylemore Abbey and Gardens; the Connemara National Park; the unique landscape of the Burren and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

For visitors who do not have their own transport, or who prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving, there are several local companies who run daily coach tours to all the key sites – they will even pick you up directly from St. Judes to avoid the hassle of parking in the city. There are daily ferries to the Aran Island from Rosaveal (and now in 2021, a new service direct from Galway city), and daily flights from Inverin Airport, with connecting coach services from Galway to Inverin and Rosaveal.

You can be as active or as laid back as you wish, the choice is up to you. We are here and at hand to give advice and provide a local insight, should you need it.

Aran Islands

Connemara Tours

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Tours

Kylemore Abbey

Adventure Centres