Galway City is celebrated for its "Irishness" but that’s only part of the story. While clearly bathed in its past and steeped in folklore, make no mistake, this is a college town at heart with a distinctly bohemian flavor. The city has a vibrant street scene and is very pedestrian friendly. There are tons of great pubs and restaurants (The pubs are themselves an attraction) spotlighting local musicians and plenty of traditional Irish music. If you really want to enhance your experience and get a better idea of where everything is located, I’d highly recommend a guided tour from a reputable local. It really helped us maximize our time.
If you have the time, Galway is definitely worth a look see. As far as accommodations go, the Galway experience began and ended (literally and figuratively) with Marie and the Bayberry House B&B. Marie clearly loves sharing her home with visitors and went out of her way to see that my wife and I got the most out of our visit. On more than one occasion, she graciously volunteered to give us a ride to a local point of interest. The Bayberry House is conveniently located (5 mins from the city center by car) and not far from the Salthill boardwalk. Our room was clean and comfortable, and given the weather in late October, the heated bathroom floor was a huge bonus! Breakfast was delicious with offerings ranging from the traditional Irish breakfast, to gourmet cheeses and fruit compote. But by far our fondest memory of Galway and the Bayberry House was getting to know Marie, and by proxy, the “Galwegian” character.