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Galway market. What to do and see, how to get, opening hours

Galway Market

An incredibly lively and colorful market which, every year, attracts thousands of tourists, thanks to the splendid location and truly unique atmospheres.
The Galway market is the ideal place to shop, admire interesting handicrafts, or savor the best local delicacies.

It takes place every weekend, and during particular days of the year, in front of the splendid St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which has always been the location of the market. Colors and perfumes await you, while the air is pervaded by the scent of spices.

You can wander among the many stalls set up in the market, hunting for souvenirs and gifts. You can buy takeaway food, perhaps for a quick picnic in the day.

In December, however, during the 10 days before the advent you can experience all the magic of Christmas. The stalls are all festively decorated, with beautiful candles, and lights that make the atmosphere truly enchanting.

Galway Market

Photo ©, Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi



The market takes place in the center, near the splendid St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, on Lombard Street.
The place is easily accessible on foot, coming from the central Eyre Square, just over 500 meters away. From here pass the main bus lines, such as line 401 or 404.


All year round, the Galway Market is open on Saturdays, from 08:00 to 18:00; Sunday and public holidays, from 12:00 to 18:00.

During the months of July and August, it is also open on Friday, from 12:00 to 18:00. From 14 to 24 December, the traditional Christmas markets take place, from 09:00 to 18:00
Exceptional openings during the Galway International Arts Festival, one of the main events in the city. For the entire period of the Festival, the Market is open from 12:00 to 18:00.


At the Galway market you will always find fresh products. You can enjoy excellent sushi, or delicious crêpes. To buy the excellent biscuits and handmade chocolates. Curry, on the other hand, is among the most popular spices.

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