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10 Reasons to Study English In Galway

The Cliffs of Moher, Branaunmore Sea Stack, County Clare, Ireland

10 Reasons to Study English In Galway

Ready to Learn English? Choose Beautiful Galway in Magical Ireland. Ireland’s cultural heart has so much to offer. Coming up with 10 reasons to study English in Galway is a cinch. We could list 20 in minutes. If you are still wondering what the fuss is all about, read on.

1. The Wild Atlantic Way

Galway is a beautiful coastal city in the West of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. Nearby, you will find a thousand and one stunning locations like the Cliffs of Moher & Connemara.

2. Friendly Locals

With a small city population of 80,000 (and 180,000 living in the surrounding county), Galway’s small city feel and laid-back coastal vibe create a friendly and diverse atmosphere, welcoming people from all over the world; as the traditional Irish saying goes: “Céad Míle Fáilte”!

3. Galway International Arts Festival 

This fabulous multi-disciplinary culture festival takes place each year in Galway in July incorporating over 200 events across various art forms – music, song, dance, drama, poetry, and the visual arts. The festival ranked among the top 5 on The Guardian‘s Top European Summer Festivals list. 

4. Live Music

Galway has a vibrant live music scene. Strolling down the beautiful pedestrianised Shop Street any day of the week, you can enjoy musicians and street artists from all over the world performing. Many pubs have live music for all tastes. You can join a traditional Irish music session or enjoy performances from rising Irish music talent and well-known bands.

5. Foodie Heaven

Galway offers fabulous culinary experiences, with plenty of local restaurants serving fresh seafood caught daily off the coast of Galway alongside Michelin 5-star dining. Some top recommendations include McDonagh’s Famous Fish & Chips on Quay Street, the fabulous new Hooked Restaurant, and international favourites such as Kai and the Wa Café!

6. Visit NUIG – like Something out of a Harry Potter Movie! 

The beautiful National University of Ireland – Galway campus in the city centre is worth visiting, with many students commenting that NUIG reminds them of the Harry Potter movies – see below the resemblance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

7. Christmas Market

The Galway Christmas Market takes place on Eyre Square from mid-November to mid-December or Christmas each year, offering an array of artisan foods, with everything from French pastries to German bratwurst, pretzels, and beer, crepes & confectionary,  apple cider and mulled wine. You can enjoy fairground attractions, school choirs performing Christmas carols, puppet shows, storytelling events, and lots more!

8. Connaught Rugby Club

The very successful Connaught Rugby team are based in Galway Sportsground, so come to Galway to watch professional rugby in this intimate venue in Galway city!

9. Water Sports Activities

Situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Galway offers a wide range of water activities, including the very popular Corrib Princess River CruisesKayak Trips, and popular surf sports nearby at Rusheen Bay. 

10. Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival

A feast not to be missed, Galway’s Oyster Festival is the world’s longest running Oyster Festival and takes place each year in September in Galway. Choose from an abundance of events, join a seafood trail, enter contests such the Oyster ‘Olympics’ and World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks, and tasting events in some of Galway’s best restaurants and The Festival Marquee. There is a Mardi Gras style Gala Event, with family activities, live music, cooking demonstrations and more! Click here to watch a video about the Festival.

And the Galway Races & The Galway Film Fleadh, and, and…

Galway has many more festivals including the Film Fleadh, the Comedy Carnival, the Seafest, and the Galway Races.

Whenever you visit Galway, you likely hit a great festival with great entertainment and mighty craic!