“Oh I never knew that about this place” A line repeated about Galways westend as soon as people
discover the neighbourhood. Filled with small independent shops, art spaces, cafes, restaurants and
one of the biggest nightlife scenes in the country, heading back the west is the place to be always.
To know more about how it became the place we all get to enjoy today, we need to learn how it has
come to be. The Galway Westend Walking Tours which started just in June has given locals and
people visiting this opportunity.
Running twice daily from Ravens Terrace, you are taken on a social
and cultural exploration of Sea Road, touching on the Claddagh, through Dominick Street, along the
canals and onto Henry Street, sneaking into the Small Crane and then onto Williams Street west.
The stories of the west are told by an array of guides who have connections for very different and
diverse reasons with the area. Some live and work (ed) here, some came, fell in love, and never left,
some have studied it and others have taking the reigns and have a desire to share the magic of the
west with as many people as possible.
The walking tours explains the history of the buildings, the public spaces from Lady Gregory holiday
residence to a small potato market, to famous traditional public houses to national music
institutions and that is before you even eat a bite of food in the many award-winning restaurants.
There is a beautiful park that so many do not know about and ample stories of trade on the
Eglington canal which now in our times just acts as a beautiful waterway we walk, run and cycle
safely along up to the University.
Take a westend walking tour and understand the origins of this wonderful neighbourhood and just
why its has that special draw for everyone who spends time here. Book here: