Galway audio tour: Discover Galway's city centre from the Medieval Quarter to the River Corrib

Discover Galway's city centre from the Medieval Quarter to the River Corrib

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Galway is a quaint medieval city with a big heart, as you’ll soon discover. We will visit the key sites on this walking tour, with insights into modern Galway along the way, as well as a journey through 800 years of history. In the medieval quarter, you’ll hear about events both surprising and some gruesome. Then we’ll visit some of the famous and lesser known sites as we make our way through the centre of Galway from John F Kennedy Park to the banks of the river Corrib.

Some of the highlights include:

• Saint Nicholas Church and its 1651 map of Galway
• The Spanish Arch and the City Walls
• Wild swans on the Claddagh shore
• Learn where the word “lynched” comes from
• Discover who the Tribes of Galway were
• Hear how Richard Martin founded the R.S.P.C.A and delve into the darker side to his character
• Tips on how to spot the famous Claddagh ring

I’ll take you to places you’d never find on your own. Galway is a safe city where there’s ‘craic’ to be had and the living is easy! If you only take one tour while in Ireland, choose this one!

Tour Producer


Derek Spillane

Derek is a qualified Failte Ireland Tour Guide and holds a BA (Hons.) Degree in History and Heritage Studies. He can trace his Galwegian roots back to 1776. Throughout his life, he has travelled extensively around the world and realised even then, the value of a good guide to bring a place alive. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so Derek realised all that is special and unique about the history and culture of Galway, City of the Tribes.

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Major Landmarks

  • Eyre Square

  • Shop Street

  • Lynch Castle

  • Saint Nicholas Church

  • The Latin Quarter

  • Old Fishmarket

  • Spanish Arch

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts in front of the Failte Ireland Tourist Office in Eyre Square, opposite the Cafe Express.

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Places to stop along the way

Kings Head, The Kitchen

Best time of day

Anytime day or night


Relax, Galway is a safe city


Interesting, but perhaps too historical, add a fun fact or two

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 10 months ago

Thank you for taking the tour. My focus is on the history and culture of the city for adults. It would be very easy to Google fun facts about Galway. This is a tour that bring people to all the key historical sites in the city

Posted by Derek , 9 months ago

A very good tour - would like to see more photos of the key sites to facilitate guests listening from home ahead of a visit.

Posted by David , over 1 year ago

Hello David. I'm delighted you enjoyed the tour. The tour is a physical tour and designed in that way. However perhaps it would benefit from more photos. This will enhance the armchair experience. Thank you

Posted by Derek , over 1 year ago

Enjoyed the tour today in a wet Galway. Great alternative to the usual walking tours 👍

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago

This was a great tour - engagingly delivered, well spoken. We were three (including a 12-year old) and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Pitch of information was perfect - history, anecdotes and contemporary info.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 2 years ago

Thank you very for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a tour I've been doing for years and I'm delighted to have added it to this platform

Posted by Derek , over 1 year ago

I found the tour great fun and convenient.I even got some shopping in .its a great way to see Galway in a short space of time .Excellent tour highly recommended.

Posted by Oliver , almost 2 years ago

Thank you Oliver. I'm glad you enjoyed your tour of Galway. Safe travels

Posted by Derek , almost 2 years ago

Voicemap is a fantastic way to see a city day or night,Galway has such a unique story and Derek's tour really brings it alive.highly recommended!

Posted by David , almost 2 years ago

Thank you David for good feedback. Happy travels

Posted by Derek , almost 2 years ago

Fantastic tour! It’s a must for visitors to Galway and also a good historic refresher tour for Galwegians.

Posted by Austin , almost 2 years ago

Excellent tour, I very much enjoyed learning all the insights and history of Galway.

Posted by Dave , almost 2 years ago

Thank you Dave for the review. Best wishes

Posted by Derek , almost 2 years ago

Fascinating tour, rich in history yet full of good laughs and interesting tales of the Tribes of Galway. A must if you visit Galway City!!

Posted by Mary Hynes , almost 2 years ago
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Discover Galway's city centre from the Medieval Quarter to the River Corrib