Claddagh Village Galway

Galway is a very small city centre but benefits from a large pedestrianised area leading from the Spanish Arch to Eyre Square where Hotel Meyrick is located. The Spanish Arch was built in 1584 and was originally part of the medieval wall of Galway. The name is a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain, whose galleons often docked in Galway during the height of its trading with Spain, Portugal and the West Indies. Galway Museum is based at Spanish Arch offers free admission to its exhibitions showcasing the history of Galway and the Claddagh area in particular. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12pm to 5pm (from Easter Sunday to September only).

The Claddagh was originally a fishing village outside of the Galway City Walls and is one of the oldest areas in Galway. This is the area that gave its name to the famous Claddagh Ring created in Galway and an iconic symbol of Ireland. The ring consists of a heart representing love, hands representing friendship and a crown representing loyalty. There are many Claddagh jewellers in Galway city and also a tiny museum on Quay street dedicated to the history of the iconic ring. Today The Claddagh marks the start of a scenic walk towards Salthill, 2km west of Galway City centre and Hotel Meyrick on Eyre Square.

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