Galway City is one of the most chilled out spots in Western Europe and a great place to come to learn English. Despite being a city, it feels like a big town with its easy attitude and cool bohemian vibe. Known as the City of the Tribes, after the 14 tribes who ruled during the middle ages, this thriving city is the most westerly in Ireland and enjoys a strong artistic heritage and a flourishing arts, music, theatre and film scene.
Summer in Galway means lots of excellent festivals which all take place outdoors in the balmy air of this warm-hearted city. Enjoy the atmospheric cafes, great food and traditional pubs. This beautiful location at the edge of the World famous Galway Bay, the pretty medieval streets and the lively weekend markets make this a destination that will live long in the memory. Galway city with a population of almost 70,000 serves as the gateway to the beautiful West of Ireland region. Ireland's West is a vast region consisting of the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. It offers the breathtaking scenery of Connemara combined with the beautiful Atlantic coastline which is dotted with islands of all shapes and sizes.
Language Travel Ireland offers a number of English Courses in the Galway Region. We offer intensive, one-to-one, homestay courses in Galway. We have several host families who would be delighted to welcome to you to study English in Galway region. If you are interested in learning English in Galway, check out the many attractions that Galway has to offer below.
Galway has so many highlights to choose from. So why not make the most of your time and see some of the sights. Here are just a sample of the highlights that we recommend!
Galway’s Cathedral is one of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city. Built between 1958 and 1965, it stands on the site of the old city jail. The architecture of the Cathedral draws on many influences. The dome and pillars reflect a Renaissance style. Other features, including the rose windows and mosaics, echo the broad tradition of Christian art. The Cathedral dome, at a height of 145 ft, is a prominent landmark on the city skyline.
Ireland’s largest annual arts festival is varied and fun with writers, artists, performers and musicians from Ireland and all around the world. Regarded as one of Europe’s key cultural events, the Galway Arts Festival is an international celebration of the performing and visual arts. Over 100,000 people attend the festival each year.
No trip to the Galway region would be complete without a visit to the mystical Aran Islands that are situated in the middle of Galway Bay. The rugged, natural beauty, along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands, provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage. You will feel like you have just travelled back in time. With Gaelic still being the first language of the islanders, a true feel for older Ireland is to be found. Throughout the islands, you will find the ruins of early Christian monasteries and churches. Undoubtedly the most famous and impressive site on the islands is the great stone fortress of Dun Aonghasa. It is located spectacularly on the edge of a 100m cliff.
Connemara is a unique and very special part of County Galway. It is situated on the most western part of Europe, and features breathtaking scenery, a rugged unpolluted coastline, dramatic mountains, numerous lakes and rivers, woodlands, and a National Park. Many of the inhabitants of Connemara are Gaelic speaking. The Irish language (Gaelic) is the everyday spoken language in large areas of Connemara known as the 'Gaeltacht'. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.
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My teacher encouraged me to talk and increased my confidence. My family was very friendly so I felt included in the family.
I was completely satisfied with my experience. It’s my first time I had an English language vacation but I am sure I will have another one.