An Insider’s Guide to Claregalway
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An Insider’s Guide to Claregalway

Sitting on the banks of its namesake the River Clare, the lovely Gaeltacht village of Claregalway contains an abundance of historical and natural attractions. Only a short 15 minute drive from the bustling Galway City, this picturesque area is really worth its weight in gold.

Discover our favourite places to visit while in the Claregalway area and remember to add this lovely town to your Galway bucket list!

Xian Claregalway



When you’re exploring the area around Claregalway village, call into Peggy’s Bar and Restaurant to enjoy a night you’ll never forget. The traditional Irish pub extends a fabulous warm Irish welcome to everyone who wanders through their doors. Home of delicious drinks, homely food and great craic, it’s well worth the visit. Whether you’re there for one drink or out with the family there really is no better place to be!
Aucloggeen, Claregalway / more here 


When in Claregalway, a visit to Treat Café is a must!! Worth the trip out of the city alone, all of their fabulous food has been prepared, cooked and baked onsite. Whether you're after a bit of brekkie, lunch or dinner Treat has something for you. Offering some of Galway's best homemade pastries, specialty coffees and modern Irish bistro lunches. And if you're on the go, they also has a large selection of pre-prepared sandwiches and lunches solutions. Treat really is a hidden gem of the Galway dining experience.
The Courtyard, Claregalway Shopping Centre, Claregalway / more here 


One of the many Roots café dotted across Galway, if you haven’t already paid them a visit and treated yourself to their superb array of Italian inspired dishes then make sure to while you’re in Claregalway. Right in the heart of the village, this is an ideal spot to grab a light lunch or spend your evening tucking into platters of light fluffy crepes, crispy pizza and  delicious pastas. They’ve got a great selection of wines and beers, amazing coffee and even better cocktails -sounds divine doesn’t it?
1 Cois Chláir, Claregalway / more here


It’s Galway city counterpart is the go to choice for many a city wanderer and with one visit you’ll understand why! Xian Street Food brings traditional and authentic Chinese food culture right to Galway and while you are out enjoying the sights of Claregalway be sure to pop in and try it for yourself. Known for packing flavour into every dish, we simply have to recommend the spice bag as it really is one of the best going.
Main St, Claregalway / more here

Claregalway Friary Discover
Photo by @hessionmarie



The fully restored 15th century Claregalway Castle is open to the public for 6 months of the year and plays host to a number of events throughout the season, including the annual Galway Garden Festival. Located along the Clare River, the castle once had a 6 foot high defensive wall, imposing gate-house and moat. Over the centuries the castle has seen its fair share of historic moments including having the first Garda Siochána stationed at the castle for a short while.
Claregalway Village / more here


Claregalway has a fascinating and rich history and heritage. To acquaint you with its past, the Claregalway museum should be on your agenda while in town. Follow a tour guide to discover about the charming village and its intriguing historical sites. The building itself is housed within a restored old Blacksmith which was open until the 1990’s.
Rooaunmore, Claregalway  / more here 


This well-preserved friary was founded in 1250 by John de Cogan. In 2010/11 excavations on the site recovered items such as medieval green glazed imported pottery, fragments of floor tiles and worked bone pieces. This friary is also the burial site of the de Burgos family (Burkes), which is marked by a tomb niche by the friary’s north wall. Claregalway Friary has rich ties to the local area and is definitely worth visiting for yourself when you pass through the area.
Claregalway Village / more here

Claregalway Shop The Fancy Nest



When you’re out of town for the day a bit of shopping is a must! At The Fancy Nest discover some gorgeous home gifts and accessories that make for lovely additions to your cosy home. Browsing the wares of their physical store is always a wonderful way to pass the evening. They also have lots of beautiful fashion accessories; jewellery, handbags, scarves, hats & gifts, there is something for everyone…not to mention our seasonal decorations!
Unit 2, Hughes Shopping Centre, Lakeview, Claregalway / more here 


There’s nothing better than a bit of retail therapy and while you’re in Claregalway a visit to Golden Spiderweb comes highly recommended. Regardless of whether you like to shop by style or comfort, you are guaranteed to find something to love. Explore their stunning range of clothing and accessories and snag yourself a few bargains off their sale rack. You’ll be only too delighted by the beautiful items you’ll discover.
Unit 5, Galway Shopping Centre, Claregalway / more here 

Claregalway Hotel



Claregalway Hotel lies at the doorstep of some of the most fantastic tourist destinations in the West. Making this multi-award winning hotel is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a long day on the road. Each of their rooms have been designed with your comfort in mind , soft duvets, fluffy pillows and crisp linen, you’re guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing and luxurious stay.
Claregalway Village / more here


Ideally located on the outskirts of the vibrant city of tribes. The Arches Hotel is a getaway destination suitable for everyone. Its warm and intimate environment provides visitors with an introduction to the local atmosphere, the area’s wholesome cuisine, great craic and the locale’s traditional night outs that are always loved by their guests. Make new memories and book your next stay now.
Claregalway Village / more here 

Feature Photo captured by the incredibly talented @seanmcfoto courtesy of Claregalway Castle

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