For more information, visit the Galway stopover website: www.volvooceanracegalway.com.
Galway Race Village will be open from June 30 - July 8, 2012
The Race Village is located at:
See the location here.
Galway Race Weekend
- Friday July 6, 1200 local (1100 UTC) Pro-Am Race
- Saturday July 7, 1300 local (1200 UTC) Discover Ireland In-Port Race
For more information on Galway Events visit: Galway Festival Proramme.
Also see the Arena programme and the Events Guide.
The Galway stopover for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race was a huge success for the city and for the race, and once again the Volvo Ocean Race will visit this ancient west coast city of Ireland, this time as the finish line of the 2011-12 race.
In May 2009 over 600,000 supporters visited the race village during the stopover, with the crowd peaking at 62,000 people on the In-Port Race day alone. The seaside resort of Salthill drew a further 120,000 visitors to watch the dramatic close-combat race from the shoreline.
For the next event, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will finish the race in the fabled waters of Galway Bay in July 2012 where they are bound to receive a tremendous Irish welcome at the end of the final leg from Lorient.
Galway, Ireland’s third largest city, is celebrated in song and story throughout the world and takes centre stage on Ireland’s western seaboard. With spectacularly beautiful scenery, it offers a medley of contrasts - the wildest and remotest of countryside teamed with one of Europe’s most vibrant and popular cities.
Dubbed ‘The Cultural Capital of Ireland’, the city is famed for its vibrant music, arts and events scene. During the summer months the 70,000 strong population swells, as visitors are drawn by the city’s many festivals, an International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival (Ireland’s largest), the Oyster Festival and the Galway Races, which attracts 200,000 people over seven days.
The city itself has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. It has changed considerably over the last number of years and features a fascinating juxtaposition of new and ancient architecture.
The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. There is something to suit all tastes, from the leafy Eyre Square to the pedestrianized ‘Shop Street’ which can cater to the whims of those in need of a little retail therapy, with its charming mix of international brands and boutique businesses.
If you have a leisurely afternoon to while away in Galway, stroll along the Long Walk, admiring its quaint mews houses that nestle along the waterfront, or feed the famous Claddagh swans as they glide majestically between the fishing boats. A walk along the Salthill Promenade is a Galway stalwart, and is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. If you really want the authentic experience though, be sure to kick the wall when you reach the diving tower at Blackrock!
For an evening’s entertainment there are a myriad of options on offer. The oldest part of the city, known as the ‘Latin Quarter’, is hive of old, cobbled streets that house some of the best pubs and restaurants in Galway. As you walk through the tight and crowded streets you meet jugglers and performers of all kinds, threading their way through the pavement tables of the bars and cafes.
If you’re looking for something edgier, head over the bridge to the ‘West End’, which offers a grittier ambience, characterised by its contemporary bohemian and eclectic music scene. All manner of musical taste is catered for in Galway, with a strong tradition music presence kept alive by street performers and in bars across the city.
If you find yourself with a little more time on your hands, then venture further afield. Outside the city the chief attractions of the Aran Islands, the splendid scenery of Connemara and the picturesque town of Clifden are all well worth a visit and within a few hours of Galway’s hustle and bustle.
Once voted the 8th ‘Sexiest City in the World’, Galway is an unmissable destination. Find out more about this beautiful region by visiting the Visitor Information section on www.volvooceanracegalway.com.
Top ten things to do in and around Galway:
The Aran Islands
Breathtaking Atlantic seacapes, old forts and churches, distinctive Gaelic settlements.
Connemara National Park
Wonderfully-hued heath and bog, tombs and sweeping, empty beaches.
St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
Largest medieval parish church in Ireland still in use. Founded in 1320, dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers. Beautiful carvings.
16th century, remodelled in 1960’s. Noted for its bizarre gargoyles.
Nora Barnacle House Museum
She was James Joyce’s wife, great love and chief muse. Some say she was the model for Molly Bloom. A must for Joyce devotees.
One of the most notable medieval towns in Ireland. Dates from the building of the castle in 1250.
Ireland’s Horse Museum and Park.
Spiddal Craft Centre
The craftspeople who work and sell their goods here draw their inspiration from the landscape and culture of the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking region.
Galway City Museum
Three floors telling the City’s story from medieval times to the present day.
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The main route to Dublin is the M6 motorway with primary and secondary roads providing links to the rest of the country. Traffic in Galway can be frustrating at peak time but there are extensive bus and train services to and from Galway, the City Council urge visitors to use the Park and Ride service to the City Centre .
Full details of bus, train and park and ride services can be found on the Council's website at www.galwaycity.ie or check the bus section of this page.
Bus Éireann buses run frequently from destinations through the country. The CityLink buses provide direct service to Shannon Airport, Dublin and Dublin Airport. GoBus buses provide direct one stop service to Dublin and Dublin Airport.
National buses arrive at the station, just east of Eyre Square on Station Road. CityLink and GoBus buses arrive and depart from the Galway Coach Station, one block north of the CIE bus / rail terminus.
For more transport information visit: www.galwaycity.ie
For air travel to Galway see:
Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes by car or bus
Approximately 2 hours by car or bus
Ireland West Airport at Knock
Approximately 2 hours by car or bus
Cork International Airport
Approximately 3 hours by car or bus
Belfast International Airport
Approximately 4 hours by car or bus