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Address: Spanish Arch, Galway, Ireland
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Picnic spot

Perfect place for a picnic looking out at the Claddagh and the river Corrib. This landmark is in the city near tourist shops, restaurants and the Galway city museum. Gorgeous area... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 August 2016
Shona M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Perfect place for a picnic looking out at the Claddagh and the river Corrib. This landmark is in the city near tourist shops, restaurants and the Galway city museum. Gorgeous area at any time of day. Markets are set up regularly as part of festivals also.

Thank Shona M
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Just outside the Latin Quarter, adjacent to the museum. You'll likely be passing by the Jurys Inn across the street and look over to see the Spanish Arch. The museum is adjacent to teh arch.

Thank Coachdoc
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

I'm not quite sure why this is an attraction. What you see from the picture is all that is there. It is just an arch!

Thank JKJK6
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

My expectation of the Spanish Arch was far greater than the reality - an old stone arch on the bank of the Lough. I see no reason to put this on your "must see" list, although you'll see it if you go to the museum and it's just at the bottom of Quay Street.

Thank Kevots
Western NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Not elaborate but unique for the area. Fun on a nice day to watch the geese and the occasional boat. Grab a bit to eat neaby and relax

Thank Jack_Plum
Grand Marais, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

The arches are right on the bay. plaques tell you about the part they played in Galway history. Informative and good place for some pictures. Doesn't take much time.

Thank Ary2002
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting from a historical point of view but it really is quite unimpressive, I walked through it and then spent the rest of the time enjoying the river and views roundabout, would be a nice place to sit a while and soak up the sun;0)

Thank Lisarti
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Apiece of history. Story of Columbus vessel being here very old architecture part of old city walls. Nice to see on a park still near water and colorful area.

Thank MikeJennyQ
Novato, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I do think it's a bit crazy that this is the must see attraction in Galway. Its not too impressive really. If its a nice day sure go take in some sun in a modest park like setting. But if its a nice day you may not find any room. Also its neat to see the canal in the winter... More 

Thank Sullimeag
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

A historical spot on the River Corrib, where Christopher Colombus berthed his vessel, the Spanish Arch is part of the medievial wallssurrounding the old town. Not far off is St. Nicholas Church where he went to pray. Another part of the old wall is found at the lower level of a shopping mall in the main shopping street.

Thank BrigitteAttard

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