With its large student population and position smack bang on the monumentally popular Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is a city with plenty of dynamism. Long known as a bohemian, artsy kind of place, this western Irish city has some of the liveliest nightlife in the country, not to mention some of the best places to feast on fresh seafood and plenty of pubs for knocking back a few pints of the black stuff.
Visit in September for the oyster festival, come in summer to mess about on the river or call in in winter for cosy nights in snug pubs. And whenever you’re in town, be sure to book one of these top hotels. Some boast Orient Express train carriages or ancient abbey remains, others rooftop hot tubs or top-class restaurants, and every single one has a bar worth staying in for and a location that makes exploring Galway easy.