WHY CHOOSE GALWAY FOR YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING IN IRELAND?
WHY COME TO GALWAY?
Lonely planet listed Galway as one of the top 10 places in the world to visit in 2019. Don’t take our word for it, click here to read lonely planets review of Galway City. Galway was also awarded the European capital of culture for 2020.
This is our home and we love it. The Twin Flames team will meet you here before your Destination Wedding in Ireland.
The Medieval streets are filled with history, culture, bohemian vibes, lots of friendly people, festivals and craft markets. It’s almost impossible not to instantly smile just walking through the city’s streets.
There are plenty of options for accommodation suiting every budget, and Galway is a foodie destination with so many restaurants to choose from. From McDonaghs famous Fish and chips shop to Michelin star dining, you can expect a welcoming reception and fantastic seafood.
The pubs are legendary and there is a party atmosphere all year round. Traditional music and poetry sessions are held regularly in some of the local bars, they are free and a must see. There are several local craft ales for sampling.
And, as if it wasn’t enough, Galway city is a coastal town on the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s just a 90-minutes drive from epic-places like Connemara National Park or The Cliffs of Moher! It’s perfect for your Ireland Elopement.
LOCATIONS TO ELOPE IN & AROUND GALWAY CITY
Menlo Castle, Co. Galway
Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway
Corrib Princess Cruise, Galway city
Galway Arts Center
Many of the restaurants in Galway will host your ceremony. Restaurants such as Il Vicolo or Ard Bia have beautiful buildings with quirky interiors which make fantastic venues.
Click here for some photo stories and films of elopements in Galway City.
WHERE TO STAY
Galway City is a popular tourist destination so there is accommodation to suit every budget. There are 5 star hotels with golf facilities and Spas to trendy hostels in the city center. There are also several AIR BNB properties available. If you are planning to elope in Galway city consider that your accommodation will be the location of your morning preparation shoot.
THINGS TO DO
This is the brilliance of Galway city , its location is fantastic for accessing Connemara national park, Cliffs of Moher & The Burren. All are within a 90 minute drive.
The city itself has loads to do. It’s coastal, so a dip in the Atlantic is a must! A dive off the Blackrock diving board in Salthill for the more fearless is great fun.
There is a farmers market at St. Nicholas Church every weekend bursting with yummy street food, trinkets and quirky art.
There are different festivals on throughout the year. They are fantastic fun and a lot of the events are free. Click on the links below to check them out. Please note the timing of the festivals may change from year to year.
Galway International Arts Festival (Mid to End of July)
Galway Comedy Festival (Last week of October)
Galway Oyster Festival (Last week in September)
Galway Race Week Festival (Last week in July to August Bank Holiday)
Clarinbridge Oyster Festival (Second week in September)
Galway Food Festival (End of March)
Galway Film Fleadh (Second week of July)
Cuirt Literary Festival (Last week in April)
Westend Street Fest (First week in June)
Galway Christmas Market (Mid November – Christmas)
WHERE TO FLY INTO
Dublin or Shannon airport are both ideal for getting to Galway. Shannon is closer, but Dublin airport has a direct non-stop bus to Galway city center leaving every 30 minutes which takes under 3 hours.
WHEN TO COME
People do not come to the west of Ireland for its weather. It’s generally mild all year round. The summer is brighter with longer days and is definitely warmer. However the winter provides those beautiful moody landscapes that creates that epic photography backdrop. It’s also easier to get around in winter as there are less people at the main tourist spots. If you do decide on a winter elopement you should purchase a wool shawl in earthy tones such as green and rust. These photograph beautifully against the west of Ireland landscapes and help keep you warm.
The gem of the Wild Atlantic Way is waiting for you! Are you ready to do this?