The Latin Quarter
Galway’s Latin Quarter is a vibrant part of the city with lots of great locally owned shops, plenty of bars and some of the best places to eat in the city. The Latin Quarter is where the people of the City hang out, it’s where Galway party’s.
The Latin Quarter is the new name for the old medieval City of Galway and it stretches from the City Centre to The Spanish Arch on the left bank of the river Corrib. Many of Galway’s most historic landmarks are to be found in the latin Quarter, including St. Nicholas’ Church, The Old City Walls, The Spanish Arch, O’Briens Bridge and us, the oldest seafood restaurant in town. The City Museum is also in the Latin Quarter and this is really worth a visit.
St. Nicholas’ Church is a must see, it has had many famous visitors in the past, including Christopher Columbus who prayed there during a visit to Galway in 1477. The Cromwellian troops used the church as a stable for their horses after the siege of Galway in 1652. They are blamed for the headless and handless state of most of the carved figures inside the church.
There are 16 fantastic pubs to be explored, each with a unique charm and atmosphere. Many of the bars here will have live traditional music at night. The pedestrianised streets set the backdrop to many of Galway’s great annual festivals including the International Arts Festival in July, Galway Aboo! in October and the Galway Food Festival at Easter.
The Galway Market is situated here, right beside St. Nicholas’ Church. The market has been here for centuries and you can find great local produce, hot street food and many local craft goods there too. The market is open all year round on Saturdays from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm and Sundays, Bank Holidays, Fridays in July and August and every day during the Galway Arts Festival from 12.00 to 6.00.
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