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Culture, arts and music are favorite highlights of this bustling city. Quaint cobblestone streets lead to hip eateries, theaters and nightclubs. Nearby castles and historic monuments, as well as the always-exciting Galway Races, offer something for everyone.

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Galway is easily the liveliest city in Ireland after Dublin, thanks in no small part to the university. It’s often said to be a state of mind as much as it is a specific place—a state you’ll undoubtedly experience while checking out the city’s stylish boutiques and crafts shops, compact historic center bursting with artistic energy, lively pub culture, and dazzling weekend festivals. And despite the fact that Galway is the largest city in Ireland’s west, its heart is tiny—a warren of streets so compact that if you spend more than a few hours here, you'll soon be strolling along with the familiarity you'd feel in any small town.

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It will most likely rain, but the locals just call it "soft" weather. Average rainfall in the rest of Ireland is between 31 inches and 47 inches, but here on the west coast, it can exceed 79 inches. It is said to rain in the west on at least 300 of the 365 days in the year. Take comfort from the thought that it may be damp, but it is never really cold, with a mean daily temperature around 43° in January and February, the coldest months. In the warmest months, July and August, average temperatures are around 60°.

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Top Experiences

  • The Arts : Galway has long attracted writers, artists, craftspeople, and musicians; the latter keep the traditional-music pubs lively year-round. The Galway Arts Festival, in the middle two weeks of July, sees the best of contemporary theater, film, rock, jazz, traditional music, poetry readings, comedy acts, and visual arts exhibitions.

  • Clubs and Pubs : Galway can seem even livelier at 11 p.m. than at 11 a.m. Tigh Neachtain (Naughton's Pub), the city's most famous pub, stands at a busy little crossroads in the heart of the old town and is treasured for its unrenovated interior. The best area for traditional music is between Eyre Square and the Spanish Arch. For clubs, most everyone heads to Salthill, the small seaside community 2 miles west.

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Shannon Airport
Shannon, Ireland (Republic), M SNN
Telephone: (353) 61-715600
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin Airport
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L D
Telephone: (353) 1 605-7500
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Dublin City Centre
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), 8
Telephone: (353) 1-605-7501
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Avis at the rental location.


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Shannon Airport
Shannon, Ireland (Republic), M SNN
Telephone: (353) 061-704914
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin Airport
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L D
Telephone: (353) 01-8445848
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin City Centre
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L 1
Telephone: (353) 01-8366577
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Enterprise at the rental location.


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