Different ways to see Galway

By foot, water, wheels there are so many options to choose from to see Galway in a traditional or quirky way. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of the coastal waters or the bustling streets of the city.

By Foot:

If you are looking for an in-depth way of seeing the sites of Galway City, a walking tour is a great way to see and discover all that the city has to offer. Galway is renowned for its Arts, Culture and History. Each July it hosts Galway International arts festival and was recently awarded European Capital of Culture 2020. If you’re looking to learn the history of the city, you can choose to use a tour company or if you would like to see it on your own, you can do so at your own leisure. By foot you can experience the hustle and bustle of the locals and tourists on Shop Street, discover the sites of Eyre Square, Lynch’s Castle and much much more.


If you have a passion for cycling then why not pair up your favourite hobby while learning the history of the city you’re in and make it into the perfect way to spend your day. A cycle tour can give an insight into Galway city that you might miss by foot or by bus. You can explore the art, culture and beauty of the streets and the rest of the city of Galway. Cycle out Salthill Promenade and feel and sea breeze or cycle the Claddagh and enjoy the views. If you only have a couple of hours to spare it is the perfect way to fit all that you need to see and learn why people fall instantly in love with Galway city when they come here and discover why it is so popular with tourists. If you are a part of a group and are interested in doing something, Galway has another option of cycling for you to do. Pedal Power Galway offers a 15 seater bike that tours around Galway while working as team. It is the perfect tour for any Birthday party group, hen or stag group or a historical tour wanting something with a twist.

By Bus:

If you’re stuck for time or want to explore Galway city on a wet day, a bus tour is the ideal way to see the city. Galway offers hop on hop off tours if you want to walk and see the sites. It is a perfect way to see and learn about the history The Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral and other tourist attractions from a professional tour guide and get all of your questions answered on the day. Discover the history of its medieval walls and why Galway city came about to exist. The top attractions visited also include Galway City Museum, The Claddagh, The Long Walk, Salthill, The National Aquarium, The National University of Galway and more.

By Segway:

Galway History & The Craic offers this unique and new way to get around and see the sites of Galway city. Each tour is 2 hours and is accompanied by passionate and knowledgeable local tour guide. On this fantastic way to get around Galway city you will glide through Galway’s ages learning about it’s medieval, Spanish and tribe influences. This tour is a great way to do something new while learning some local history.

By Train:

Galway City has it very own Hop On- Hop Off Tourist Train that carries you from the coastal scenery to Salthill and Claddagh and onto the warm heart of the city centre. It brings you to the medieval walls, Latin quarters bars and restaurants, castles of the city and to the Spanish Arch. It is a fun tour for a young family looking to see and learn about Galway City.

By Air:

If you are wanting to experience and see Galway County and its surroundings from a different angle, a helicopter tour is a great way to do so. Fly along the coast and see the Arran islands in all of their glory while learning the history of each island. See the 40 shades of green Ireland is famous for or the stunning views of coasts and see why we are so unique with our history and beauty. Experience this thrill while exploring Galway Bay and Ireland’s beautiful scenery.

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    What are the hotels Eircode / Post Code?

    The Eircode is H91 ET6N.

    What are the hotels Sat Nav co-ordinates?

    Latitude 53.2860258 / Longitude -9.045065900000054

    What’s the best way to get to the hotel from the airport?

    Dublin airport – Galway: There are buses running from 5 am until 12:30 am each day with gobus, citylink and bus Eireann. You can also get a taxi to Heuston station if you wish to take the train from 7:35 am to 7:35 pm.

    Shannon airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 7:10 am until 10 pm every day.

    Knock airport – Galway: Bus Eireann runs a bus from 8:55 am until 8 pm every day.

    The train and bus station are located just a 15-minute walk from us here with a taxi costing between 6 – 9 euro.

    Does a public bus service pass by Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    Yes, the 407 bus runs every 30 minutes. If you are coming from the hotel and you are going into town, the 407 bus stop is on the Headford Road beside Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores) and it takes you to Eyre Square stop 2. If you are coming from town and you are going to the hotel, the 407 is at stop 2 on Eyre Square you get off at the bus stop on the Headford Road across from Terryland Shopping Centre (Dunnes Stores).

    How far away is the hotel from the City Centre?

    The hotel is located just a 15/20-minute walk to the city centre. There are taxis available at the touch of a button that cost between 6-9 euro and there is also a bus stop located just outside the hotel with all bus times available at reception.

    Do you have underground parking?

    Yes, we have complimentary underground parking available to all our guests.

    Do you have to pay for parking at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    No, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road offers complimentary parking for guests and visitors.

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in is 3 pm.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out is at 12 pm.

    Can I book a babysitter?

    Yes, once you pre-book, we can organise a babysitter.

  • Rooms

    Is the hotel a non-smoking hotel?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road is a fully non-smoking hotel.

    Is the hotel wheelchair accessible?

    Yes, the hotel is fully wheelchair accessible. There are lifts from the car park up to reception and all the floors. We also have 13 ground floor rooms. 61 of our rooms have walk-in showers and we also have 8 fully accessible rooms with wet rooms.

    Is the hotel pet-friendly?

    No, the only animals allowed within the hotel are service dogs.

    Does Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway provide travel cots?

    Yes, at the time of booking please note it in the comments or give us a call +353 (0)91 513 200 to reserve one.

    Is there anywhere to buy an adapter?

    We have adapters available in our vending machines.

  • Booking

    How do I amend my booking?

    If you have booked your reservation directly with us over the phone or through our website, amendments can be made over the phone. Give us a call at +353 (0)91 513 200.

    How do I cancel a booking?

    If you have booked the reservation directly with the hotel over the phone or online, you have up until 2pm the day before your arrival to cancel. Cancel your online reservation or call +353 (0)91 513 200 to speak to our reservations team.

    How can I upgrade my stay?

    Upgrade your stay to an Executive Room for €40 or a Superior King Room for €20 on your check-in or with our reservations team directly.

    What payment options are available at Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway?

    We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also accept Debit/ Laser cards. Payment can also be made by cash (the receptionist will require photographic proof of identification) and by One For All vouchers and vouchers that have been purchased through our hotel or online.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see revenue.ie for details.

  • Facilities

    Are there spa facilities onsite?

    No, unfortunately, we no longer have spa facilities on site.

    Is there a gym?

    Yes, we have a well equipped fitness suite which all guests have complimentary access to.

    Does your hotel have a pool?

    No, we do not have a pool on site.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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