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. Put Eyre Square and other Galway attractions into our Galway vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is one of the nicest city centres that I have ever visited. Very busy and very safe Shopping no different to anywhere else but the buz is very different and great to experience  more »
  • Getting through Galway City on foot you will probably have to pass through The Square - there is plenty of people watching and bars and restaurants all around it.  more »
  • Passed through Eyre Square a couple of times when in Galway and could see no reason to hang around. While it was quite busy, it was also a little squalid with plenty of litter blowing around. Not real...  more »
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  • 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!
  • The famine monument and the old house front were great historical features. It will look great when the works are finally finished. Love Galway
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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