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Similar to other destinations in central Ireland, the weather in Galway is characterised by a range of seasonal temperatures. Winters, December to February, are usually mild with a temperature of around 8°C, with summer, which runs from June to August, experiencing temperatures no higher than 20°C. Cheap flights to Galway are usually easier to find during winter, but there are great reasons to visit all year-round.
From food festivals to horse fairs and music events to comedy shows – no matter when you visit Galway, you are sure to come face to face with a concert, festival or exhibition! Ballinasloe International October Fair and Festival is an annual equestrian extravaganza held over 9 days which dates back to the 18th century. The event is one of Europe’s largest and oldest horse fairs which attracts around 80,000 visitors worldwide who travel to admire the hundreds of beautiful horses on display. There is also an assortment of further events throughout the festival to enjoy from tug-of-war, street stalls and music to street parades, arts and crafts and children’s events. If you enjoy sampling local cuisines on your travels, book flights to Galway around Easter to experience the Galway Food Festival, which takes place annually on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Whether you’re a fan of jazz music, oysters, comedy or film, take a look through what festivals ‘Ireland’s Cultural Heart’ has to offer and consider timing your flight to Galway to coincide with one that catches your eye!
There is a reason why Galway is often called ‘Ireland’s Cultural Heart’ – just take advantage of a cheap flight to Galway to explore this bustling city and you’ll soon discover why. Located in the West of Ireland on the River Corrib, the city plays host to various festivals, colourful culture and celebrations the whole year round. The geographical heart of the city is known as Eyre Square – recently named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. Surrounded by shops and cafes Eyre Square is a popular meeting place for people to come together and catch up by the Square’s central fountain. Head down to the coastline to enjoy some serious relaxation as you take in the beautiful scenery of the Aran Islands and the sandy beaches that make for chilled summer picnics or romantic evening walks.
If you take a flight to Galway, you will see that the city really comes into its own when the sun goes down and you’ll never find yourself short of a pub to enjoy some of Ireland’s iconic Guinness in. For those who are always partial to learning more about the history of the place they’re staying in, a trip to the Galway City Museum should definitely be on the cards. Covering both prehistoric and medieval periods as well as the more modern history of Ireland, the museum also houses temporary exhibitions designed to display different sides to the city’s culture and heritage. The Galway Cathedral and Spanish Arch are also well worth a visit to learn more about the influences that have shaped the city into the one that it is today.
Once you arrive in this quaint city on the Emerald Isle, getting around will be done mostly on foot. The city is relatively small and has retained much of its history so exploring all there is to see will be most rewarding on foot or by bike. However, with ferries available to take you across to sites such as the Aran Islands it’s simple to make the most of your stay here.
A stone’s throw away from the city itself, it’s fast and hassle-free to make your way from the Galway Airport (GWY) to the centre of the city. Located around 5 miles (7.4km) north of the city, a taxi is cost effective and will take you from your flight to your destination in no time.