Galway Cultural Institute is an English language school located in one of the most exciting coastal cities in Ireland. Galway is a booming student city as well as a technological hub and will be the...
As one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, Galway is a fantastic place for an English language course
You’ll never have a boring day in Galway – it’s a bustling and vibrant town with a bohemian feel and fantastic nightlife. There are countless pubs, charming cafes, a lively atmosphere and plenty of events and festivals throughout the year. Galway is a place to kick back and enjoy yourself – and great value for money too!
Galway is also a perfect base for exploring the beautiful west of Ireland. It is possible to take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Connemara and see some of these stunning Irish attractions. From Galway you can also take a ferry to the Aran Islands. These beautiful and remote islands are filled with cosy pubs, winding roads and historic ruins and great fun to explore.
Explore Galway as you study
At the centre of Galway is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular place to meet, surrounded by shops and traditional pubs. From here you can explore stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries along the narrow lanes of the Latin Quarter, where you’ll also find remains of the medieval city walls.
The weekends in Galway come alive with live music gigs, festivals and parties. The Irish really know how to enjoy themselves, so you’ll have plenty of unforgettable nights out in this exciting city. If you want to experience an Irish traditional session, head to Monroe’s Tavern in the heart of the city where you can join in for a jig.
For history buffs there is the Galway City Museum, giving a fascinating glimpse into the past. It has an interesting exhibit about medieval Galway as well as displays about Galway and the Wars of Empire, and admission is free.
Visit the towering Galway Cathedral with its curved arches and gigantic dome: its stunning mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture will take your breath away.
A walking tour offered by the Galway Civic Trust, which takes in some of the most important medieval sites and buildings, such as the Hall of the Red Earl, Eyre Square and Lynch’s Castle, is a great way to see Galway’s most iconic sites and learn about the history of the city.
Foodies will love Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, a deli offering a range of local and international cheeses.
Take the narrow flight of stairs to the tasting room where you can sample from an extensive wine list and pair your wine with scrumptious cheeses.
One of the loveliest places to take a walk is Salthill Promenade, right beside IALC’s English language school in Galway. It winds along the coast and offers stunning views of Galway Bay and the hills of County Clare. Grab an ice cream at one of the lovely little cafes and indulge in a little people-watching for a while.
With all this and more to do in Galway, it’s understandably a popular destination for studying English in Ireland.