6 Reasons to Explore Oranmore!
Just 10 minutes outside of Galway City, the beautiful village of Oranmore is the perfect location for a weekend away or just an afternoon adventure. It’s peaceful but you won’t be stuck for things to do. Check out our suggestions below!
1. Indulge in fantastic food
Whether you’re fueling up for the day at breakfast time, taking a lunch break or reflecting on a great day with loved ones over dinner, you won’t find it difficult to source some quality food for great value in Oranmore.
Brazco Coffee Academy
Kick your day off right with a great cup of tea or coffee and something from the delicious breakfast menu in one of Brazco Coffee Academy’s two shops in Oranmore. There’s a great kids menu to keep the little ones happy. They also showcase local art for you to enjoy while you’re tucking in.
Carraig Lair Shopping Centre, Oranmore and Main Street,Oranmore// More info
For breakfast or lunch in a chic and comfortable café, head to Poppyseed in Oranmore. This friendly, warm café serves delicious food, prepared onsite by a team of qualified chefs, with a focus on fresh ingredients and homely, soulful dishes. Or just pop in for a coffee or a cup of tea. The café is lovely for any occasion, with intimate home-style seating for a cosy get-together, and the usual tables for a big meal.
8 Castle Court, Castle Road, Oranmore // More info here
Da Enzo Ristorante Italiano
This family-friendly Italian restaurant has an €8.95 lunch special. It also has an affordable afternoon and evening menu with some of the best pizza and pasta around, and an incredibly tempting desert menu for after! The menu is influenced by the home-cooked Italian traditions of head chef and owner Enzo, who was born and raised in Naples — so this is as authentic as it gets!
Unit 6 Orantown Centre, Station Road, Oranmore, Galway// More info here
With an number of accolades to their name, including an AA Rosette for Fine Dining, the Basilico Restaurant in Oranmore has been incredibly successful since opening in 2008. The á la carte menu has a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes and budgets and a new menu is prepared every season so you’ll never get bored of Basilico. Their stone-baked pizza and authentic Italian bread is hard to beat for both taste and price and it’s prepared fresh every day by their Italian Pizzaiolo.
Main St, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
This cosy French restaurant serves dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The stone building provides a rustic vibe that makes it perfect for a date night, but it’s also a family-friendly establishment with a kids’ menu that’s just as tasty as the adults’! They also have a fabulous selection of wines to enjoy with your dinner, during a relaxing evening in Armorica.
Main St, Oranmore, Galway // More info here
Oran Tandoori is an authentic Indian restaurant who specialise in warm, aromatic dishes and incredible service. Let their friendly waiters make you feel comfortable as you enjoy their range of Tikka Masalas, Kormas, Bhunas and more. Or try a spicy Jalfrezi, if you’re feeling brave enough! They also do take-away, if you feel like getting into your jammies after a long day.
Howley Court, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
Head out for a few drinks
McDonaghs, Thatch Bar
This quaint bar sits right in the center of Oranmore. Its thatched roof gives it an old fashioned and traditional feel, and provides a laid back atmosphere, so it’s the perfect place for a pint.
Main St, Oranmore, Galway // More info here
With a great evening menu that uses local produce to create freshly prepared dishes and a drinks menu to suit all tastes, Porter House is a great place to go to enjoy a meal and stay for a few drinks. They offer live music every Saturday in a lively atmosphere and staff that will go out if their way to make sure you enjoy your visit!
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway // More info here
The Olde Brewery
The Olde Brewery is a cosy, traditional bar with deliciously creamy Guinness, comfy seats and regular live music. It’s the perfect place to chill out and have the craic with their sound staff. Plenty of sports on the telly make this pub a real home away from home.
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway // More info here
Make sure you try Galway Hooker Beer!
Located in Oranmore is Galway Hooker Brewery, an independent artisan brewery dedicated to the production of high quality, natural and full flavoured beers. This quality craft beer has twice been named as Ireland’s Best Beer! The brewery was established in 2006 by two cousins, Aidan Murphy and Ronan Brennan. The beer is now available nationwide but where better to try it than in the town that produces it. If you become a real fan why not sport some Galway Hooker Merchandise available at their online shop.
Deerpark, Oranmore, Co Galway // More info here
2. Shop for something unique
We all love a good shopping spree. Pick up something special in one of Oranmore’s boutique stores. Here are our favourites!
Ivory Lane Boutique
This wonderful boutique showcases a hand-picked collection of occasion wear, smart casual and statement pieces from across the globe. They focus on unearthing elegant, functional quality and trend-proof pieces that will stand the test of time and work for any season or occasion. The Boutique complement their clothes with a bespoke collection of head pieces, designed especially for Ivory Lane by the amazingly talented milliner, Lesley Teehan. Shop with Ivory Lane and you’ll soon exude elegance and style.
Carleycon House, Unit 5, Main St, Oranmore, Co. Galway //More info here
Wolf and West Menswear
Whether you’re looking for a killer suit or something slightly more casual or that perfect accessory, Wolf and West has you covered. With high quality brands at great value, you’re sure to find something great to add to your wardrobe. You’ll definitely look dapper in whatever you leave with from Wolf and West.
Unit 4, Howley Square, Main St, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
Castle Street Barber Shop
You don’t always have to buy a new outfit to get a new look. A sharp new haircut can do wonders and you should look no further than Castle Street Barbers. Their talented barbers will ensure you’re looking well by the time you leave, and their stylish interior and always-smiling service will put a pep in your step.
Unit 1, Castle Road, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
3. Explore the area
Full of history and surrounded by stunning views of Galway Bay, go explore and see what wonders you find in Oranmore!
Just five minutes outside the village of Oranmore, Rinville Park is the perfect place to take a stroll on the trails through the woodland. There’s a big kid’s playground for the little ones. The park is home to a castle and an old stately house which dates back to the 16th century, so it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the history of Oranmore. The scenic views of Galway Bay make it a magical place to wander around.
Rinville, Oranmore, Galway, Ireland // More info here
Visit Oranmore Castle which dates back to around the 15th century! If you are there between June and September, it’s open periodically for tours (check their website for more details). Originally a stronghold of a prominent norman family of Galway, it is steeped in history with a story to tell. And the panoramic views of Galway Bay, especially with a summer sunset, are something special.
Castle Rd, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
4. Relax and enjoy
If your visit to Oranmore is a chance to relax, then treat yourself to a round of golf or a massage to relieve some stress.
Galway Bay Golf Resort
Why not book a tee time in this beautifully landscaped golf course? This course was designed by Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O’Connor Jnr and incorporates the stunning views of Galway Bay with with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. After your round, why not enjoy a meal in Rinville Point Restaurant. Choose from the à la carte menu which features a delicious range of dishes, whilst enjoying the panoramic views of Galway Bay.
Renville Ct, Rinville West, Oranmore, Galway // More info
SeaBreeze Beauty & Day Spa
Fancy a day at the spa? Whether it’s a manicure or a seaweed bath, you’re sure to leave feeling relaxed and refreshed after a treatment from the qualified and experienced therapists at the SeaBreeze Spa. The calm and relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect place to spend a few hours after a hectic week or during a weekend break.
Oranmore Town Centre, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
The Warehouse Gym
If your preferred way to relax is by working up a sweat and feeling the burn, you are well covered in Oranmore. The Warehouse Gym consistently provides a high level of service, making each experience personal to you and your goals. Everyone is welcome here, no matter what level you are at. One of their qualified staff will work out a plan with you to ensure you reach your goals.
Unit 8, Pairc an Chlochair, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
5. Bring the family
We can’t forget about the kiddies. Here’s some places to check out when they have the kind of energy you dream of!
Burn that energy in the Busy Bees activity zone! There’s a baby and toddler area for the really little ones. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, while watching your children have the time of their lives in this fun, colourful play area. If you’re looking to give them a really special treat let them create their own unique teddy bear at Teddy Mountain.
5 Oranmore Business Park, Carrowmoneash, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
Toodlelou Creativity Lab
Get creative at Toodlelou Creativity Lab. They have classes and sessions for kids from 2 to teenagers so this is a great place to let their imagination run wild! Why not drop into their open studio on Saturday from 10am-1pm for €10 and let your kids’ inner Picasso shine bright!
6 Bog Rd, Oran More, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
6. Catch some z’s at the end of the day
After a long day exploring what Oranmore has to offer, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to chill out and get a good night’s sleep. Luckily Oranmore gives you options.
Coach House Hotel
With sixteen modern en-suite bedrooms, this boutique Hotel in the center of Oranmore is perfect for those looking to get out and explore the local area. It boasts Bridgestone Award winning Italian restaurant, Basilico, which serves bistro-style Italian food, a more refined menu, and drinks from the bar. To top it all off, kids under 12 stay for free and get free breakfast, so it’s perfect for young families.
Kelly’s House, 2 Main St, Innplot, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info here
Oranmore Lodge Hotel
This 4 star accommodation, developed from an 1850s manor house has a luxurious and elegant yet homely feeling from the moment you walk in the door. Book a table in the Hunt Room Restaurant, where the intimate setting means fast and attentive service, or have a more relaxed meal in the bar which regularly has live entertainment. The leisure center facilities include a pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steam Room, as well as a gym, great for those who like to stay active on holiday!
Carrowmoneash, Oranmore, Co. Galway // More info
Featured Images: Left: Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Right: Coach House Hotel
Words by Lauren O’Rourke and Ado Lyons
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