Plan a day trip to the Aran Islands and make the most of your stay in Galway.

When? 17 – 27 July 2014

Where? Based at the edge of Europe on the rugged West Coast of Ireland, Galway is situated 209km (130 miles) west of Dublin. Some festival venues include Absolut Festival Gallery, An Taibhdhearc, Aula Maxima, Black Box Theatre, Eyre Square, Galway Arts Centre, Galway City Museum and Town Hall Theatre.

What is it? Discover the creative roots of the most imaginative arts festival in Ireland. Galway International Arts Festival is a creative collision of performance, music, visual art and discussion. It is one of Ireland’s most vibrant and exciting Festivals offering a wide range of experiences from world-class theatre to impromptu musical performances on Galway’s winding streets.You can download the free programme here. See a list of festival events on pages 62-65!

What’s it like? “The biggest, most exciting, most imaginative explosion of arts activity this country has.” – The Irish Times
“A glorious kaleidoscopic fortnight of events.” – The Irish Examiner
“One of Europe’s most important cultural events.” – BBC TV
“Galway… one of the most significant arts Festivals anywhere.” – The Irish Independent

What’s on? There is just so much to see! There is certainly something for everyone. From theatre to music, visual arts to comedy, and everything in-between!

Where can I stay? There are so many beautiful hotels, B&Bs and hostels. The top picks are the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway, Hotel Meyrick and Galway Bay Hotel, but more information can be found on where a comprehensive list of accommodation is available.

What to do? Discover the creative roots of Galway by discovering the fabulous bars, restaurants, galleries and shops. To get a real Irish experience, make sure to visit the magnificent Aran Islands during your stay. We have a wide range of tours with day trips running to and from all three Aran islands!

If you fancy visiting the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór, to experience the wonderful Dún Aonghasa, Dún Duchathai and Na Seacht dTeampaill we have just the trip for you. With an online discounted price of €20, this popular journey takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Our Main ticket office is located on Doolin Pier, so make sure to pop over, say hello and see what tour best suits your trip!