Just 10 minutes outside of Galway City, the beautiful village of Oranmore is the perfect location for a weekend away or an afternoon adventure. It's peaceful but you won't be stuck for things to do. Check out our suggestions below!
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, and if you want your food brought straight to your door, tons of incredible businesses are working with Manna Drone Delivery to beat the traffic and get you your food ASAP.
With an number of accolades to their name, including an AA Rosette for Fine Dining, Basilico Restaurant in Oranmore has been incredibly successful since opening in 2008. Their 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, / more here
This cosy French restaurant serves dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The stone building provides a relaxing vibe that makes it perfect for a date night. 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 casual evening in Armorica.
Main St, / more here
To enjoy a dining experience in a chic and comfortable café, head over to the newbie in town - Espresso 44. This friendly, warm café serves delicious foods that has been sourced from local producers and suppliers. The Gourmet Sandwiches are prepared and packaged fresh every day. The types of bread and fillings change daily so a new delight always awaits! Or simply pop in for a soothing cup of the award winning Fixx coffee to keep off the chill.
Marian House, an tSráid Mhór, Innplot, / more here
BRAZCO COFFEE ACADEMY
Start your day off on the right track with a great cup of tea or coffee and something from the delicious breakfast menu in one of Brazco Coffee Academy two locations in Oranmore. They have a great kids menu that is packed with delicious goodies that is sure to keep the little ones happy. This café also showcases amazing art from local artists for you to admire while you're tucking in to all that yummy goodness.
Carraig Lair Shopping Centre & Main St, / more here
DA ENZO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
This family-friendly Italian restaurant 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 10, Howley Square, Innplot, / more here
GALWAY BAY GOLF COURSE RESTAURANT
Currently open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 8pm for both golfers and guests. Here you can catch up with pals over a coffee and freshly baked scones, refuel after a round of golf, enjoy a glass of wine on their patio that overlooks the breath-taking Galway Bay and expansive views over the Atlantic ocean, or drop by for a family lunch. Whatever your reason for stopping by, Head Chef, Andrew Lewis, has created a menu full of incredible dishes that are bound to satisfy all your needs.
Renville Ct, Rinville West, / more here
Oran Tandoori is an authentic Indian restaurant who specialise in warm, aromatic dishes and incredible service. The friendly waiters are on hand to help you in deciding what to order, as you tuck into 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, / more here
Shop for something unique
We all love a good shopping spree, so while in town treat yourself to something special in one of Oranmore's stores. Here are our favourites browsing destinations..
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 / more 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. What makes this barber's so unique is they're game area that has a PS4 for client use while you're waiting or for entertaining your kids.
Unit 1, Castle Road, / more here
IVORY LANE BOUTIQUE
This wonderful boutique showcases a hand-picked collection of occasion wear, smart casual and statement pieces from across the globe. This boutique complement their clothes with a bespoke collection of head pieces, designed especially for Ivory Lane by the amazingly talented milliner, Lesley Teehan. Focusing on unearthing elegant, functional quality and trend-proof pieces that will stand the test of time and work for any season or occasion.
Carleycon House, Unit 5, Main St / more here
Head out for a few drinks
With a great evening menu that uses local produce to create freshly prepared dishes and a drinks menu to suit all tastes, Porterhouse is a great place to go to enjoy a meal and stay for a few drinks. Seriously, their menus have pretty much everything you could want — the hardest part is deciding! With live music every week in a lively atmosphere and staff that will go out if their way to make sure you enjoy your visit, you're guaranteed a great night out at Porterhouse.
Main St / more here
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 and for getting chatty with the locals. It's gorgeous appearance is matched by their superb team who'll treat you like a regular as soon as you step in the door.
Main St / more here
THE OLDE BREWERY
The Olde Brewery is a cosy, traditional bar that serves perfect pints of deliciously creamy Guinness, with comfy seats and regular live music. It's the perfect place to chill out and have the craic with their sound staff, simply kick back and relax with a glass of fine wine while enjoying a live music session or spill your pint while you’re roaring at the match on telly in the bar's warm and friendly environment.
Main St / more here
MAKE SURE YOU TRY GALWAY HOOKER BEER!
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! Established in 2006 by two cousins, Aidan Murphy and Ronan Brennan, the award-winning beer is now available nationwide but where better to try it than in the town where it all started.
Deerpark / more here
EXPLORE THE AREA
Just five minutes outside the village of Oranmore, Renville Park is the perfect place to take your pup for a stroll on the trails through the woodland. The park also contains a large kid's playground for the little ones entertainment. Home to a castle and an old stately house which dates back to the 16th century, this park is a great place to immerse yourself in the history of the area and with the stunning scenic views of Galway Bay, it really is a magical place to spend your day.
Renville, / more here
Dating back to around the 15th century, Oranmore Castle was originally a stronghold of a prominent Norman family of Galway. The castle played a pivotal part in the defence of Galway during the Confederate Rebellion in the 1640s. Nowadays, the castle is an enchanting, welcoming paradise of art, music and history. Its exceptional panoramic views of Galway Bay, especially with a summer sunset, are really something special.
Castle Rd / more here
RELAX AND ENJOY
Take this opportunity to unwind by treating yourself to a round of golf or a massage to relieve some stress.
GALWAY BAY GOLF RESORT
Why not book a tee time at this beautifully landscaped golf course? Designed by Ryder Cup and World Cup golfer Christy O'Connor Jnr the course has stunning views of Galway Bay with with mature trees, water hazards, concealed bunkers and highly acclaimed putting surfaces. Already officially rated as the best Parkland in Connacht, if you would enjoy a day of golf then look no further than Galway Bay Golf Resort.
Renville Ct, Rinville West, / more here
SEABREEZE BEAUTY DAY 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 team offer a wide range of body and facial treatments using advanced skincare and facial technology guaranteeing a restorative experience. 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, Station Rd, / more here
Let the kiddies burn off their energy in the Busy Bees activity zone! Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, while watching your children have the time of their lives in this fun, colourful play area. They also have a baby and toddler area for the really little ones. Open seven days a week from 10am give your kids a really special treat and take them to the Teddy Mountain so they can create their own unique teddy bear to bring home with them.
5 Oranmore Business Park, Carrowmoneash / more here
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.
ORANMORE LODGE HOTEL
The 4 star Oranmore Lodge Hotel has a luxurious and elegant yet homely feeling from the moment you walk in the door. The intimate setting of their Hunt Room Restaurant, means fast and attentive service, or you can enjoy a more relaxed meal in the bar which regularly has live entertainment. The hotel's leisure center facilities include a pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steam Room, as well as a gym, ideal for those who like to stay active on holiday! Whether you are in the area, for a romantic break with your partner or on a family holiday, you’ll find everything you need at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel.
Carrowmoneash, / more here
COACH HOUSE HOTEL
With sixteen modern en-suite bedrooms each with its own Irish name, this boutique hotel in the center of Oranmore is perfect for those looking to get out and immerse themselves in the local area. Boasting the award winning Italian restaurant, Basilico, and a newly refurbished hotel bar, you don't have to step out the door to enjoy delicious food and drinks. 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, / more here