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The Spanish Arch, Galway

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Originally an extension of the city wall as a measure to protect the city's quays, The Spanish Arch is now a stretch of old street where people stroll and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. During the daytime head here for lunch and ice cream, or at night for live music and a few drinks. Plan your The Spanish Arch visit and explore what else you can see and do in Galway using our Galway family vacation planner.
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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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  • The Arch dates back to 1587, which is cool. The arch itself is good for a quick peek, but really isn't much more than that. It is amazing what people figured out to do with rocks 500 years ago....and ...  more »
  • A little bit disappointed. Highly spoken about attraction but very little to see. Although the history behind the arch is very interesting.  more »
  • The Spanish Arch is far from being impressive. But the bank of the river Corrib in front of it is lovely and many times lively with youngsters - drinks and music even dancing.  more »
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  • Nice area, good little historical site. Had a small construction area which took away, and the sea smell wasn't great (though this isn't constant) and close proximity to the free Galway museum. Nice place.
  • The Latin Quarter... old, historical and beautiful to sit around on a sunny day.. also a 2 second stroll from the Salthouse
  • More free things to do in Galway! And possibly the best thing to do in Galway during the summer is have a picnic at the arch. It's at the end of the Latin Quarter so it's a perfect place to get some rare Irish sun in the summer before heading to a pub in the evening. Check out the history of the Spanish Arch and Spain and Galway before visiting!
  • Ordinary old arch. We cannot know understand if we don't know about the history.
  • Great place to hangout / picnic / drink after roaming the streets. So many swans too.