Galway is a charming city with a compact center that contrasts nicely with the hustle and bustle of Dublin. It’s the best place to see traditional music performances, which are often free in pubs throughout the city. Hotels in Galway are reasonably priced compared to those in the capital as well, as are the few hostels with dorm rooms in the city.
There aren’t many real attractions as such in the city, as it’s more of a jumping off point for trips to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands among other places. The pleasant downtown near the docks is worth part of a day at least.
Food and drinks in Galway are, once again, more affordable than in Dublin, but still expensive by many other standards. Pints of Guinness are about one euro less here, for example, but still more expensive than in places like Berlin or Amsterdam.