Eyre Square, Galway

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Admire the scenery as you stroll through Eyre Square, Galway's urban park located in the city center. The site officially took the name John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in 1965. Because the park connects to many of the shopping streets, it serves as a popular meeting place. Pick up souvenirs and take in the culture on the nearby William Street or Shop Street. Mayor Edward Eyre, for whom the park was named originally, founded the site in 1710. In the time since, it has undergone several changes, including the addition of stone walls in 1801, redevelopment in Georgian style, and a complete reconstruction in the 1960s before reopening with its new name. With our custom trip planner, Galway attractions like Eyre Square can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Just another place we marked on our map to see. We just didn't see anything special about it. Don't know what we were expecting.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I got an ice cream from Gino's with my fiancé and came here to eat it and relax. Lovely area filled with birds and nice for people watching.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Park in the city centre, shaded, with musicians in several places. It attracts tourists in the middle of the premises. Benches and lawns to arise. Warm place on a Saturday night.
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  • June 7, 2017
    I love Eyre Square for many reasons. Lovely park. Cool art. Pubs surrounding it. But mostly it's an easy meeting spot. And it gives a good reference point. Plenty of good history about the Square too. And the bus systems pick up from here!
  • May 27, 2017
    The famine monument and the old house front were great historical features. It will look great when the works are finally finished. Love Galway
  • May 22, 2017
    Love everything about the City of Galway! Every street, building, and business was worth checking out. It was an amazing experience! The square was somehow peaceful .. in the midst of a workday in the city with people everywhere. Bathrooms, considering you had to pay to use them, were really quite disgusting. I wouldn't touch a thing any more in there than i would at a public restroom in the middle of Manhattan!
  • July 8, 2017
    Very active Central square of/in Galway. All the local buses start/finish on North or west side of square. Some musicians (buskers) here. A good place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich or just to relax.
  • May 26, 2017
    Loads of great restaurants are only a 2 minute walk away. Great spot when the sun is shining

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Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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