Forster Court Hotel Galway City
Arty and bohemian, Galway (Gaillimh) is legendary around the world for its entertainment scene. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music on any given night. Cafés spill out onto winding cobblestone streets filled with a frenzy of fiddles, banjos, bagpipes, harps, tin whistles, guitars and bodhráns (hand-held goatskin drums), and jugglers, painters, poets, puppeteers and magicians in outlandish masks enchant passers-by. Actors in traditional Irish theatre tread also the boards around town.
Galway’s streets are steeped in history, yet have a contemporary vibe. Students make up a quarter of the city’s population, while the remains of the medieval town walls lie between shops selling Aran sweaters, handcrafted Claddagh rings, and stacks of secondhand and new books. Bridges arc over the salmon-filled River Corrib, and a long promenade leads to the seaside suburb of Salthill, where at night the moon’s glow illuminates Galway Bay, where the area’s famous oysters are produced.
The City’s smorgasbord of eating and drinking options ranges from the market – where farmers in Wellington boots unload soil-covered vegetables – to adventurous new restaurants redefining Irish cuisine. Sprawling superpubs with wooden staircases serve frothy Guinness, Galway Hooker ale and Irish coffees.
Even by Irish standards, Galway is renowned for its rainfall. This is a city where locals don’t say ‘It’s forecast to rain tomorrow, ’ but rather more dubiously, ‘It’s not forecast to rain until tomorrow.’ To be fair, you can be lucky with the weather, and on a sunny day the city is positively hopping. But the rain scarcely dampens Galway’s atmosphere, which is exuberant at any time of year – and especially during its myriad festivals.
Galway is often referred to as the most ‘Irish’ of Ireland’s Cities (and it’s the only one where you’re likely to hear Irish spoken in the streets, shops and pubs), but some locals lament that these may be the last days of ‘old’ Galway before it absorbs the effects of the country’s globalised economy. But for now at least, Galway remains true to its spirited roots.
Travelling to Forster Court Hotel
Located in Galway City Centre, Forster Street, just off Eyre Square.
Should you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us for help with directions or public transport options.
Telephone: +353 91 564111
Fax: +353 91 539839
- By Road: Approaching on the Dublin / Limerick Road follow signs for 'Galway City East' to get to Galway City. Then follow signs for 'City Centre' to bring you directly onto Forster Street or the adjacent Eyre Square.
- Need directions? Why not download a route planner from AA here.
- For Sat Nav or GPS Users: Latitude 53.2750111 Longitude -9.0465483
- Train / Bus Eireann: Exit the station at Eyre Square and turn right into Forster Street. Look no further for hotels near galway train station
- Go Bus / City Link: Exit the Galway Coach station and the hotel is located beside the Tourist Office directly across the road. Look no further for hotels near galway bus station
- Parking: The hotel provides discounted rate for all of our residents in the Forster Street multi Storey car park located directly behind the hotel.