Galway's legendary walking tour !

Galway, Ireland

Experience hosted by Neil

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

The legendary tour centers around the tale of the Lynch family. Its a fascinating tale of how Walter Lynch is accused and tried for the murder of a visiting Spaniard who was a little too interested in his beautiful wife to be...or was he ? The story ends in a dramatic climax...but you will have to take the tour for that finale !

We also look at the legend of the Claddagh ring with a tale connected to Caribbean pirates, North African slave owners and a gold ring that speaks of eternal love.

Christopher Columbus makes his appearance too, looking for a new way to China, but worrying that Atlantis might stand in his way.

These and other tales are woven together in a 80-90 minute walk through the city. Its taken at a gentle pace to bring in all the major places of interest and embed them into the story of our city.
Other things to note
Dont worry about it raining - we have plenty of places to hide out of the rain !
The legendary tour centers around the tale of the Lynch family. Its a fascinating tale of how Walter Lynch is accused and tried for the murder of a visiting Spaniard who was a little too interested in his beautiful wife to be...or was he ? The story ends in a dramatic climax...but you will have to take the tour for that finale !

We also look at the legend of the Claddagh ring with a tale connected to Caribbean pirates, North African…

Meet your Host, Neil

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We have been running walking tours for over 10 years now, and just love the opportunity to show off our fabulous city. I have always loved history, and used to teach it when working as a educator. History is however so much more than the bare facts, so the stories that get wrapped around the events tend to be even more fascinating and memorable. It's a privilege to be part of the 'story-telling' tradition of the West of Ireland.

Some tours will be hosted by Orla Forde, a local artist and educator. Her bubbly personality ensures you will have a memorable experience!

PLEASE NOTE : This tour is not aimed at 'History buffs', its about legends, stories, fun and 'getting under the skin' of Galway. Enjoy
We have been running walking tours for over 10 years now, and just love the opportunity to show off our fabulous city. I have always loved history, and used to teach it when working as a educator. History is however so much more than the bare facts, so the stories that get wrapped around the events tend to be even more fascinating and memorable. It's a privilege to be part of the 'story-telling' tradition of the West of Ireland.

Some tours will be hosted by Orla Forde, a local artis…
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Where you'll be

Where we'll meet
Steps of Hardiman Hotel (formerky known as the Meyrick Hotel)
Galway
Galway is a fine medieval town, but it has alot of 'hidden' history. We start in the area of Eyre Square, looking for hidden history in the grand old Hardiman Hotel. After a diverting story about a stubbon Irish donkey we're then off to find Colombus' hidden drinking den, the city walls and even where Ed Sheeran knocked out tunes in his busking days. And that's before we get to the Claddagh rings and the Irish version of Atlantis !

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 502 reviews.

  • Sam
    January 2022
    This was a last minute activity we did in our short stay at Galway. Neil was very personable and informative. Our teenager felt we should have done it on day number one as this made the city way more interesting. Totally worth the money and time!!
  • Jennifer
    January 2022
    Neil is a great guide and makes an effort to connect with each guest at least once so you feel included. Well timed tour and brought us all around Galway. I discovered some new restaurants and places to see from both Neil and the other guests I was with. We had a grand time!
  • Laura
    January 2022
    What a perfect tour! My sister and I absolutely loved it. It was the perfect way to get to know Galway in the short time we had here. Neil was knowledgeable and an amazing storyteller. would totally recommend!
  • Pauline
    January 2022
    Neil was an amazing guide. He truly knows the city and has a great way of telling stories.He also took time to get to know everyone who took part in the tour individually which made it feel really personal. I’d really recommend to anyone coming to Galway to do a tour with Neil.
  • Laura
    December 2021
    Would highly recommend Neil’s tour. You’ll leave with a much better appreciation of the history of Galway and have had a great afternoon out.
  • Jason
    December 2021
    Neil is a great storyteller and he shared the history of Galway along with some interesting stories in a fun and easy way. He was very good at adjusting the route to keep us dry as much as possible which we really appreciated. I recommend his tour as a great way to explore Galway and learn more about it.

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