Tuam trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Tuam

(3.5/5 based on 20+ reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, golf, nature
Tuam, is the second largest settlement in County Galway, Ireland. It is situated west of the midlands of Ireland, and north of Galway city. Human existence in the area dates to the Bronze Age while the historic period dates from the 6th century. The town became increasingly important in the 11th and 12th centuries in political and religious aspects of Ireland. The market based layout of the town and square indicates the importance of commerce.HistoryThe record of human settlement in Tuam dates back to the Bronze Age when an area adjacent to Shop Street was used as a burial ground. The name Tuam is a cognate with the Latin term tumulus (burial mound). The town's ancient name was Tuaim Dá Ghualann, i.e. the burial mound of two shoulders.The name probably refers to the high ground on either side of the River Nanny, overlooking a probable fording point over the River Nanny (or Corchra). In 1875, a Bronze Age burial urn was discovered in the area by workmen, dating from c.1500 B.C. An early glass photograph still exists.The history of Tuam as a settlement dates from the early 6th century. Legend states that a monk called Jarlath, or Iarlaith, who was a member of a religious community at Cloonfush some 6km west of Tuam and adjacent to the religious settlement at Kilbennon. Jarlath's life became uncertain as he wished to travel. Eventually, Jarlath's abbot, Saint Benan told him to "Go, and where ever your chariot wheel breaks, there shall be the site of your new monastery and the place of your resurrection". Jarlath's wheel broke at Tuam and he established a monastery there, known as the School of Tuam. As was typical with early settlements in Ireland, religious sites became established first and towns grew around them. Likewise, Tuam grew up around the monastery and has kept the broken chariot wheel as its heraldic symbol.
Add Tuam and other destinations in Ireland to your travel plans using our Ireland tour planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Tuam

  • 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.

Where to stay in Tuam

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Tuam:
Sightseeing, nightlife, nature
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, museums, nightlife
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, wildlife areas, historic sites
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, historic sites, golf
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »
Museums, nightlife, parks
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to County Galway

7 days in Connemara BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Ireland & Belfast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Aran Islands BY A USER FROM IRELAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News