Being just a stone’s throw away from Eyre square, Woodquay is the perfect location to visit to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busier Galway streets for a nice walk or meal. Woodquay, although tucked away, is still a shining gem with some great pubs and independent shops from bridal to antiques, not to mention a great location for affordable hostels.
TEMPT YOUR TASTE BUDS
Since a nice meal always tastes better with good company, Woodquay has plenty of places for you to grab a bite to eat with your pals. McGinn’s Hop House is one of those aesthetically rustic places that offer a great full menu that changes throughout the day. Did you know that the parquet floor at McGinn's was claimed from Harland and Wolfe shipyard in Belfast - where the Titanic was built? Another brilliant place that will not disappoint if you're going out for juicy burger meals is Caribou. If you’re craving a bit of Asian street food and a glass of wine, Papa Rich Woodquay is the spot.
ENJOY A TIPPLE OR TWO
Hughes' Bar is one of the oldest bars in Woodquay, bringing you quality Guinness since the early 90s. The bar is rumoured to have once sold more Guinness out of their two humble taps than any other pub in Galway. A great spot for a lively atmosphere and fantastic selection of beers, spirits and wines is Barr an Chaladh, which was listed as one of the ‘Top 10 Best Pubs’ in Ireland by Fodor’s Travel Guides in 2017. If you're looking for a calm spot to enjoy a pint and some good tunes The Lough Inn is for you. Not to mention that fact that they were awarded the title of Best Pint of Guinness in Galway by popular vote over lockdown, this is a real local favourite with affordable prices and friendly staff that are sure to never let your glass stay empty for long. The newly refurbished Hole in the Wall is looking better than ever with some of the coolest interiors around, delicious cocktails, expert staff and the same craic that has always oozed from its massive beer garden.
SAMPLE SOMETHING SWEET
Woodquay is packed full of sweet places to relax and have a warm cuppa. Not too busy but not too quiet and within walking distance of everything, Woodquay is a desirable location for many businesses including ones that appeal to your sweet tooth! Corrib House is one of the best places in Galway for coffee and cake, but they've also got lovely savoury meals made from fresh ingredients, certain to make your tummy rumble. Ciarlantini is the place you should be if you're looking for a taste of Italy in Galway. Not only will you be spoiled with options of cakes, but you will also get brilliant service. Not to mention one of Galway's favourite places for something sweet and something bitter, Gourmet Tart Co, which has locations across the city. Woodquay is spoiled for options when it comes to cafés and yummy places to enjoy some nibbles, including Renzo Gallery Café, which is a lovely quiet spot to catch a break from the bustle of the city.
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Want to spend the night in Woodquay? Well you'll have your pick of comfy beds and cozy rooms to lay your head. As well as everything else it's got going for it, Woodquay is also a desirable location for hostels and boutique accommodation. Corrib House is not only known for its amazing tea and lunch menu, but also for its luxury accommodation with stunning views of River Corrib that's sure to leave a good impression on you throughout your stay. If you’re only coming for a short trip to Galway and don’t want to spend loads of money on accommodation, Woodquay Hostel will take good care of you. Not only are their cleanliness standards incredibly high, but so are their standards of hospitality and comfort.
TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE SHOPS
Woodquay is a fantastic area for those of you looking for quality wedding gowns for the big day. Home to bridal couture store Thistles, this should be a go-to stop on every bride-to-be’s itinerary. They’ve got a wide variety of colours, sizes and designs with Owen - one of Ireland’s leading bridal stylists - establishing quality service and care for brides-to-be and their bridesmaids! If you've already found your perfect gown and are scratching your head about your bridesmaids' dresses, you'll find them at Ellie and Dal! With an excellent selection of Irish and international designers, there are so many gorgeous gowns around Woodquay. The Antiques Room is ideal if you’re a fan of antique and vintage jewellery and diamonds to give your look a bit of bling. Offering a large selection of art deco, vintage, estate and antique pieces, this store attracts customers not only from Galway but from right across the country. Or if your wardrobe is full, why not get some supplies for baking? Look no further than Decorate Your Own for any and all the supplies you might need for personalising and crafting your own culinary projects.
QUALITY ACTIVITIES AWAIT
You may not know this but Woodquay is a great spot to do various fun activities like rowing or enjoying a boat tour on Lough Corrib. The Corrib Princess is a brilliant option for boat tours that operate from April right through to October. This classy cruiser also has many special events onboard such as barbecues and private group parties, as well as being equipped with a full bar and catering facilities that you can pre-book. Galway Rowing Club, while being the base of successful local rowing teams, is also a great function area, which can be hired out for all your special events. They’ve got a members' bar and outdoor decking that expands out over the Corrib, providing some seriously stunning views across the water. Whether it’s weddings, dance classes, birthdays or christenings, it’s a great place to gather your nearest and dearest. If you love a bit of drama and music, you should probably check out the Town Hall Theatre, who are always hosting a show or a gig with some of the greatest talents around the country. Prices for tickets are always affordable and space inside allows for essential social distancing.