Thanks to its easy access transport routes in Galway City, Oranmore village is in the perfect location for a weekend getaway or afternoon adventure. Even though its petit nature might deter people from stopping, Oranmore is home to an abundance of unique places that should be on every Galway adventurer's to-do list. Here's a snippet of what it has to offer...
Check out the local Food Scene
GIGAS Dinergrill provides delicious, made to order meals every time. They specialise in using locally sourced produce to create fresh and tasty dishes, from burgers that just burst with flavour and pizzas that are straight from the oven to the traditional classic of fish and chips. GIGAS Dinergrill is gourmet food at its finest!
Howley Court, Dublin Rd, Innplot / more here
Every Thursday night (or Sunday brunch if you're visiting at the weekend), the cosy French restaurant Armorica comes alive with catchy jazz tunes. Spending your evening dining on delicious French inspired foods and rich wines wile enjoying toe tappingly good beats is really the perfect way to wrap up a busy day in Oranmore.
Main St / more here
While it’s still only a newbie in town, Burgos is already making waves in the Oranmore food scene. Open early each morning serving all the breakfast necessities including their homemade cinnamon buns and the cure-all - the breakfast burger. Burgos have also recently launched their evening menu which is packed with loads of great tasting dishes, such as their large variety of burgers, salads, double fried chicken wings and more!
Unit 5, Castle Road, Oranmore / more here
If fresh, homemade and organic Italian food with a full bar menu and fantastic ambiance sounds good to you; you simply need to book yourself in for a meal at the authentic Italian restaurant, Basilico. Everything they offer has been prepared with their guests in mind making for a lovely experience. Their stone-baked pizzas and authentic Italian breads are hard to beat for both taste and price and it's prepared fresh every day in-house. All produce used is sourced locally in order to create new menus every season so that there is always something new to enjoy.
Main St / 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. This café also regularly hosts art exhibitions in order to showcase the amazing artwork by local artists for you to admire while you're tucking in to all that yummy goodness.
Carraig Lair Shopping Centre & Main St / more here
Roots Café & Bistro
This popular café has spread its roots all the way to Oranmore - a new location but with all the same fantastic flavours that you've come to know from Roots Café and Bistro! They specialise in good times and good food, with a menu consisting of everything from light fluffy crepes, crispy pizza to delicious pastas and a great selection of wines and beers, and amazing coffee.
Unit 2, Ground floor, Oranmore Business Park / more here
Ground & Co.
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 at Ground & Co's Oranmore location by Warehouse Gym. They'll be serving up all the same goodies you've come to know and love from the Tribe Hospitality Group so be sure you add this to your must visit list while you are in the area or stop by for a tasty post workout snack.
Unit 4, Páirc An Chlóchair, Innplot / more here
Galway Bay Golf Resort Restaurant
Catch up with pals, refuel after a round of golf or enjoy a lunch with glass of wine on their patio and take in the breath-taking sights of Galway Bay and the expansive views over the Atlantic ocean as you dine. Their newly renovated The 2 Iron Bar & Restaurant has created a loads of delicious dishes to keep you fueled all day long, from an early morning coffee and pastry, to a hearty evening meal, drinks and live music. This is the perfect venue to relax, socialise, and enjoy memorable times over yummy food and drink.
Renville Ct, Rinville West / more here
This friendly, warm café serves delicious foods that has been sourced from local producers and suppliers. Their gourmet sandwiches are prepared and packaged fresh every day. The types of bread and fillings change daily so a new delight always awaits! Or you can 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
Delice Bakery & Coffee Shop
An inhouse bakery and coffee shop in the heart of Oranmore. Ever since first opening in 2019, Delice has been going strength to strength and it's easy to see why! With baked goods coming fresh out of the oven throughout the day, you'll find the scent of warm breads, pastries and sausage rolls coaxing you inside. It's not all about their baked goods however, Delice offers healthy all-day breakfast options along with hot and cold lunches, they even have freshly made ready-to-go meals.
Unit 2, Howley Square, Main St / more here
PoppySeed Gourmet Café
The menus at PoppySeed have everything you want during your daytime galivantings. Packed full of wholesome and classic breakfast options (including their signature granola), lunchtime options, when it comes to daytime dining, no one does it like PoppySeed. All their pastries and cakes are produced in the dedicated off-site bakery seven days a week so definitely, avail of their coffee and cupcake combo while passing through Oranmore.
Castlecourt, 8 Castle Rd / more here
Seahorse Café at Oranmore Pier has tons of delicious goodies for you to enjoy while you take in the stunning views of Galway Bay. The team behind Seahorse Café transformed a horse box into the pretty pink food truck you'll find alongside the pier. With cupcakes, ice cream, sweet treats and four varieties of toasties to choose from, they have loads of tasty options for you to try.
Oranmore Pier / more here
Stay a while
Oranmore Lodge Hotel
Whether you are in the area, for a romantic break with your partner or looking to enjoy a quiet getaway, Oranmore Lodge Hotel has a luxurious and elegant feel that you'll soon fall in love with. 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 while away from home.
Carrowmoneash, / more here
Maldron Hotel Oranmore
This 4-star hotel is ideally located on the N6, just 10 minutes from the bustle of Galway city. Family friendly, as well as perfect for corporate meetings, if you fancy on enjoying a getaway in the west, Maldron Hotel Oranmore is the place for you. With 113 rooms, excellent conference facilities, a full leisure centre with a swimming pool as well as an onsite restaurant and outstanding family facilities, Maldron Hotel Oranmore is exactly what you want, where you want it.
Dublin Rd, Oranmore / book your stay 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
Head out for a few Drinks
For all of your night out needs it has to be Porterhouse. Showcasing live performances each weekend, an unbeatable drinks menu and live sports on the big screen, the craic is unmatched at this vibrant gastropub. Their upstairs area is available to hire for groups and parties so if a party is on your mind, this is the perfect venue. Beloved by locals and always a big hit amongst visitors, if there is one place in town for enjoying a cold one, it's with the sound team at Porterhouse.
Main St / more here
For over 100 years, Glynn's Bar has been the place where locals and tourists have come together to enjoy live music, delicious food, and some of the creamiest pints of plain imaginable. There's always loads of craic to be had at Glynn's no matter the time of day or day of week. They have partnered up with the incredible Urban Fire to bring you delectable wood fire pizzas which are a phenomenal addition to an evening of pints with your pals in Glynn's Bar stunning and spacious beer garden. Sláinte!
Old Dublin Rd / more here
McDonaghs, Thatch Bar
New-and-improved and under new ownership, the lovely McDonaghs, Thatch Bar still retains all the character and charm that made it so famous. They've now got lovely new signage and even their own beer plus there will be live music every weekend, so call on over and celebrate its long awaited re-opening by pulling up a stool and joining in the craic. This is the perfect place for a pint and for getting chatty with the locals while the latest game plays on the big screen.
Main Street / more here
The Olde Brewery
A cosy, traditional bar that serves perfect pints of deliciously creamy Guinness, with comfy seats and regular live music sessions. 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 some live music 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. They are now offering Brewery Tours as well giving visitors the chance to take a look behind the scenes of how Ireland’s third-oldest craft brewery produces its iconic beers.
Deerpark / more here
Things to Do
Galway Bay Golf Resort
Who doesn't love a good tea break?.. or should we say tee break! If you are like us and need to getaway every now and then, just know that Galway Bay Golf Resort offers an escape like no other. This 18-hole course blends both natural beauty with golfing adventure and it's regarded amongst the very best golf courses in Ireland. Even if golfing isn't your thing, be sure to call by for a stunning lunch with friends and enjoy panoramic views of Galway Bay.
Renville Ct, Rinville West / more here
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
Days of unrivalled fun can be enjoyed at SWING Golf. They bring the game of golf to life with their 6 state-of-the-art TrackMan simulators. Their facility caters to golf enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners looking to improve their swing to seasoned players looking for a new challenge. With the latest TrackMan technology, they offer a fully immersive golf experience that allows you to play on some of the world's most famous courses without ever leaving Galway!
Unit 5 Pairc An Clochair, Innplot / 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
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.
Oranmore Town Centre, Station Rd / more here
Shop for something unique
Wolf and West Menswear
Are you looking for a killer suit or something slightly more casual or that perfect accessory? Well, 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
Ivory Lane Boutique
This wonderful boutique showcases a hand-picked collection of occasion wear, smart casual and statement pieces from across the globe. Designed especially for Ivory Lane, you'll also find a bespoke collection of head pieces by the amazingly talented milliner, Lesley Teehan. Ivory Lane focuses on stocking elegant and trend-proof pieces that will stand the test of time and work for any season or occasion.
Unit 1 level 1, Oran Town Centre, Station Rd / more here