• LOCATION 19 | A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    University Road

    University Road on Galway audio tour A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas

    Once across the bridge, coming into view on your left is the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed in Heaven and Saint Nicholas. Stop for a moment to take a look at it when it's safe to do so.

    The cathedral was constructed on the site of the Old Gaol, and was the life-long ambition of Bishop Michael Browne. It's one of the last cathedrals built of stone in Europe. The building seats 1,500 people with a total length of 300ft and a transept of 158ft. The dome reaches to 158ft and is still the tallest and most visible structure on the city skyline and cost 1,000,000 when it was inaugurated in 1965. This Cathedral probably exemplifies the zenith of church-sponsored craftsmanship here in Ireland, which had begun in the 1830s following Catholic Emancipation. The series of symbolic stained glass windows by Patrick Spollen and George Campbell is well worth a viewing.

    Feel free to go over for a closer look. Otherwise if you prefer to keep going, bear right to continue along University Road, keeping the Cathedral on your left. You will be turning right up ahead into the grounds of the university, NUIG.

A Guide to Galway by Bike: Hidden Gems, Haunting Stories and Stunning Vistas