Galway Cathedral, Galway

4.4
#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Galway
Tour Galway Cathedral, one of the most architecturally notable buildings in the city. Built in 1958 on the grounds of a former prison, the site is officially named Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas. Admire the Renaissance-style dome and pillars, along with the church's rose windows and intricate mosaics. The dome, at 44.2 m (145 ft), can be seen on Galway's skyline. Visit for Mass, held every day, to listen to the organ play and choir sing. Work out when and for how long to visit Galway Cathedral and other Galway attractions using our handy Galway tour planner.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Galway Cathedral
map
Galway Cathedral Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
1,655 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Not at all what I expected. The exterior looked pretty bland and boring but....Wow! This cathedral is beautiful and HUGE. we wandered in just as mass was ending, which was nice, and the organ music wa...  more »
  • Right next to and around the Cathedral around there are parking spaces which you have to pay to stay. A not quite cheap matter. There is a side entrance in the public toilets are located in the Cathedral. Here, too, one is asked to checkout. The main entrance is in front then. Again, a gentleman of 5 euros requested donation. A tip to do this: they just go in front on the gang in the toilets, so they come right into a side entrance of the Church, and here it's free. Construction was completed in 1965 and is not entirely without controversy. Also it was known by a scandal: the Bishop of Galway, Eamonn Casey, went into the headlines when an American woman named him as the father of her son.
    View original
  • The Galway Cathedral is rather large even for a cathedral. The outside appearance is very traditional. Inside, the architecture, baptismal font and statues seem more contemporary and make a beautiful ...  more »
Google
  • Love this church. Outside and inside, it is both inspiring and uplifting. The stain glass windows are awesome, especially the holy family one in the east chapel. Check out the crucifixion mural and the Resurrection mural, featuring Padraig Pearse and JFK.
  • One of my favourite places in Galway to visit. Last medieval style cathedral to be built in Europe. Lots of things to view and enjoy inside
  • Beautiful inside. Take time out to visit,admire, sit quietly and gather your thoughts
  • Calm and meditation kind of place... You will get peace of mind... Its great place inside and outside....
  • One of the biggest Cathedral in Ireland and one of the worthy spot in this quiet college city. The stone church with colorful glass sitting at the river provides a very nice camera manic spot.
Places to stay near Galway Cathedral

Plan your trip to Galway

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Galway Cathedral by other users

9 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ITALY April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Westport BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Western Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Western Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Iceland & Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland & Belfast BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 41 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans