Easter in Galway 2024: Your Guide to the Easter Bank Holiday in Galway
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Easter in Galway 2024: Your Guide to the Easter Bank Holiday in Galway

Spend your Easter weekend 2024 in Galway enjoying delicious spring roasts, partying at events and - most importantly - stuffing your face with some seriously good chocolates! From Easter egg hunts to spring festivities, there’s so much to do this Bank Holiday weekend in Galway! Don’t believe us? Discover it here..

Get your Easter Egg

Truffle Galway

When looking to buy some Easter chocolates in Galway go to the experts. In preparation for the weekend, the authentic French chocolaterie Truffle have loads of milk chocolate hand painted eggs to choose from. With both vegan and non-vegan chocolates available, they also have the chocolate Henrietta the hen with praline eggs, Easter chocolate bars and so much more.

above: photo courtesy of Truffle 

Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop

Lent is finally over and for those of you who’ve been avoiding sweets, you can reward all your hard work with a well deserved trip to Aunty Nellie’s Sweet Shop. This year they have gone all out to help you to celebrate Easter, so call in today to shop their range of chocolate eggs, mini egg gift bags, caramel filled bunnies, chocolate bars and treat boxes. Shop instore or online here.

Kylemore Abbey

Easter can only mean one thing.. Sister Genevieve’s Lucky Lambs have returned to Kylemore Abbey. Hidden within the chocolate goodness of just some of these Lucky Lambs lies a golden ticket! All lucky ticket holders will win a stunning prize of a Kylemore Abbey Hamper packed with amazing Kylemore goodies and will become Kylemore Abbey's next lucky adventurer with a full day out in Kylemore Abbey for the winner and their family. You see, they’re not called lucky for nothing! And, don't worry if you can't make it to Kylemore Abbey in time for the Easter weekend as these chocolate lambs are available for order online at the link here. For more information on the Easter week lineup at Kylemore Abbey please see here.

Attend some Exciting Easter Events

Community Skratch Games at Bierhaus

The annual Community Skratch Games return to Bierhaus this Easter weekend on Saturday and Sunday to bring you the very best turntable music from Ireland and abroad. It’s live skratch music and DJ set, great beer and delicious food. Powered by Rise Up Sound System, headliners for the weekend include; on Saturday you've got Billy Nasty (Tortured Records), Eliza (Gash Collective), Skratchlords (Live Skratch Band), and Kenny Hanlon (Apartment Records). On Sunday you've got 40Hurtz, Ronan Dunne, Supergross (Cheekrecords), and Lolz (Gash Collective). With loads more to be announced stay tuned...

Official Launch Parties of Cuba Galway

This is what it’s all been building up too, the official re-opening of Cuba Galway! To celebrate their official launch week they have a killer lineup instore with Translucent kicking things off on Thursday night with Sophie Reid, Kirsty and Smithers. On Friday, Cuba welcomes the Kettle Boilers alongside specials guests Dead Letter Devils with support from Dunluvly. On Saturday, they are launching the first of their monthly residency with a celebration of 10 years of bass music and Puzzle and to complete Cuba's launch week Scottish rave legend Neil Landstrumm bringing his live set to Galway once again. For the full details on all this and to get your tickets please tap here.

 Electric is Back!!

If you haven't already heard the news.. we're only delighted to tell you that the Electric has reopened its doors and this Bank Holiday Weekend you are invited to come along and help them celebrate!!! It's been a long time coming which is why this and every weekend they are throwing a massive party across all areas; Factory, Garden and Main Floor. On Thursday night, lineup includes Paul Belton on the Main Floor, Mannio in Factory, and Sectionfive & Kelsey in the Garden. On Friday night, Gash Collective will be hitting the decks in Factory playing electro and techno all night long with Lolz, Maeve O'Neill and Supergross. It's €10 entry each night, stay tuned for more updates as the weekend lineup unfolds here.

Easter Egg Hunt at Brigit’s Garden

Guess who's back! The friendly Easter Bunny makes a return to Brigit’s Garden this Easter Sunday and Monday and with them comes the family-friendly traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Younger children can take part in a Mini Hunt and older children can enjoy the Mighty Hunt around the Gardens. Follow the egg clues around the trail, solve the Easter-themed puzzle and go to the Marquee to get your reward! Every child receives little chocolate eggs as a prize. The Mini and Mighty Hunts are available throughout the day and can be done at your own pace. There will be additional activities for children too, so simply book your timeslot here and prepare for a day of Easter-themed fun with the kids.

above: photo courtesy of Brigit's Garden

Head off on a Day Trip to the Aran Islands

March 29th will see the return of Aran Island Ferries Galway City Docks to Inis Mór route. What better way to celebrate the Bank Holiday than hopping on an award-winning ferry experience. Departure is from 9.30am and the journey out will give you plenty of time to prepare yourself for the amazing adventure that awaits. Book your trip here. Onboard, enjoy a warm Irish welcome and avail of their food and drink facilities during the 40-minute journey. You can either choose the day trip option or opt to spend the night on the island at one of the below accommodation providers. Once your island explorations have come to an end your return journey with Aran Island Ferries will introduce you to the Cliffs of Moher from another level. From aboard the ferry, take in the scale of the cliff’s magnificent beauty and keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to snap shots as you might also catch a glimpse of dolphins, seals and basking sharks along the route. For more information on all Inis Mór has to offer please tap here.

Galway Kilo Sale Returns

This Easter Saturday get ready to shop 5000 unique vintage and preloved garms and pay by weight for only €35 per Kilo! You can buy as much or as little as you want. No restrictions so let your imagination run wild! Pick and mix as you like as you never know what you will find + you can buy less than a kilo, so if all you can find is a Tee that weighs 0.1kg, you only pay €3.50. You can expect a great atmosphere filled with buzzing music, happy faces and tons of awesome clothes. For more information please tap here.

The Dirty Circus: Burlesque & Cabaret

Roll up, roll up! Galway sauce merchants The Dirty Circus are back with a new show at Róisín Dubh on Easter Sunday. Expect burlesque, music, comedy, drag, cabaret & pole performances. Welcome to a world of glamour, decadence, and appreciation of diverse bodies and skills and come runaway with the circus. Get your tickets here.

Bring the family out to Galway City Museum

Join Damien Donnellan for a free guided tour this Saturday to learn about the origins of Galway and to hear fascinating stories behind some of the objects on display, including the oldest known Claddagh Ring and the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire. To reserve your free spot on this tour please tap here. On the same day, from 2pm, you and your children can  drop into the Education Room on Level 2 at Galway City Museum and learn how to make your own clothes-peg doll. Their Education Assistant will be on hand to get you set-up and started, and full instructions (in English, Irish, and Ukrainian) and all materials are provided. This family event is free of charge and booking is not required, for more information please tap here.

Dine Out this Easter

Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

Enjoy an extra special Easter Sunday Lunch this year with family and friends at Lough Rea Hotel & Spa. Give yourself the day off and hang up the kitchen apron for the day and enjoy a full 3 course Easter lunch with tea and coffee. There will be a kids colouring competition on the day with the chance of winning a family pass for their up-coming dinosaur show. Easter lunch will be €35 for adults and €16 for children, to book your table please tap here.

McHugh's Traditional Pub & Restaurant

Nothing compares to celebrating Easter Sunday than with a delicious spring roast and for this we have to recommend you visit McHugh's Traditional Pub & Restaurant. Their slow braised Connemara lamb shank is served with creamy potatoes, potato croquettes and seasonal vegetables and is the perfect dish for the weekend. However if lamb isn't for you they also make a delicious roast beef, roast turkey with honey glazed ham or honey roast farmhouse duck. To see their full menu please tap here.

above: photo courtesy of McHugh's Traditional Pub & Restaurant 

Jemi Lighthouse

This weekend welcomes the reopening of Jemi Lighthouse cafés on Abbeygate St and in Terryland (formerly The Lighthouse) after a short break. This Friday both locations will be back open to serve new and loyal customer a feast of incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes. For more information give them a follow on Instagram here and call in to welcome them back.

Gourmet Food Parlour

This Easter, kids eat for free at Gourmet Food Parlour. From Wednesday, 20th March - Monday, 8th April, celebrate Easter at this Salthill restaurant and bring the little ones along for dinner as this Easter break, children eat free with the purchase of an adult main. Please note that dinner begins from 5pm, and this offer includes children 12 years old and under with no desserts or drinks included. Up to 3 children per family can avail of this offer. Make a reservation today and make the long Easter break truly special for you and your family.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate

From March 25th to April 1st, Glenlo Abbey has two exciting Easter offers for you to avail of. Their unique Pullman Restaurant will be opening their doors for the first time to an Afternoon Tea service and for the occasion Glenlo's Pastry Chef has prepared exquisite handmade pastries, scones and dainty sandwiches for you to enjoy in their luxurious setting. This Afternoon Tea is priced at €65pp and includes a glass of Champagne. Additionally, on Easter Sunday Glenlo have prepared a sumptuous three course meal which will be available in their picturesque River Room on the 31st of March from 1pm to 4pm. This three course menu is priced at €49 per adult and €25 per child. To book either of these dining offers call them on 091 519600 or email info@glenloabbey.ie. For more information please tap here.

The g Hotel

To help you hop into your Easter celebrations, the g Hotel will be hosting their iconic Easter themed afternoon tea with glasses of prosecco. Available for €45 per person call 091 865 200 to book. Alternatively, they will be offering a brunch experience like no other on the 30th and 31st of March. You can enjoy two brunch courses and a glass of prosecco for just €45! For more information on all their fabulous Easter offerings please tap here.

Brazco Coffee Academy

Connie's cute seasonal cookies have landed in Brazco Coffee Academy and this year they have really outdone themselves! These cookies almost look too good to eat but we know they taste absolutely amazing. Alongside their cookies, they also have loads of Easter themed cakes, cupcakes and gingerbread for you to enjoy. So this Easter weekend as you head out for your coffee fix be sure to call in for a hot cuppa and gorgeous Easter treat.

above: photo courtesy of Brazco Coffee Academy

Easter Offers

The House Hotel

Book your stay here
Looking to experience that perfect Easter Break in Galway? Well, look no further than The House Hotel’s Bubbles, Treats and Longer Sleep’s package. This is perfect for an Easter Escape. The offer includes; 2-nights accommodation in the heart of Galway City. Breakfast, cooked-to-order on each morning of your stay. A bottle of chilled prosecco with sweet treats for you to enjoy in your room on arrival & enjoy a late checkout until 1pm with two complementary Fonté coffees on the day of your departure. It’s too good to miss so get booking asap and have a wholesome Galway Easter at The House Hotel.

The Harbour Hotel

Available March 23rd-April 5th / Book your stay here
Celebrate the joyous spirit of Easter with an ‘Eggcellent’ 2 night Getaway in the Harbour Hotel. Begin your Easter retreat on a delightful note with a selection of sweet treats awaiting you in your room, enjoy a sumptuous 3-course meal on an evening of your choice at our award-winning restaurant, “Dillisk on the Docks” and wake up both mornings to a mouth-watering buffet breakfast. Sound good? Hit the link above to book!

above: photo courtesy of The Harbour Hotel 

Maldron Hotel Oranmore

Available March 22nd-April 6th / Book your stay here
To help your family enjoy an egg-ceptional Easter break 2024, Maldron Hotel Oranmore are bringing you a fantastic 2-night package. This offer includes breakfast for everybody every morning, plus dinner on an evening of your choice. During your stay, you and your children can also enjoy the Maldron’s Easter Egg hunt - follow all the clues to get a treat!

Maldron Hotel Sandy Road

Available March 22nd-April 6th / Book your stay here
Do you want a stress-free Easter break with the little ones? Well, book into the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road to avail of a family getaway that is kind to your coin. This Easter book the Maldron’s Family B&B offer and children stay free when accompanied by 2 paying adults. To avail of this egg-citing offer simply head to the above link and let the Easter holidays commence!

The Connacht Hotel

Available March 30th-April 1st / Book your stay here
Easter-time at The Connacht Hotel is always one for the photo albums. Even if you aren’t planning on booking the overnight stay with them, they have plenty of other stunning family offers to choose from. Call by over on Easter Sunday to enjoy an Easter family lunch or pop by the day before and indulge with their famous Easter Afternoon Tea. Booking is essential so contact them today to ensure your family has a table on 091 381251 or events@theconnacht.ie.

above: photo courtesy of The Connacht Hotel 

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