June 7, 2023
Image of Blackrock Tower in Salthill

Past and Present:

Salthill has long been one of Ireland’s premier holiday destinations. In essence, this seaside resort bridges the gap between past and present. For this reason, generations return time and time again. In fact, many young parents, who came here as children bring their family back to rediscover all that it has to offer now.

Historically, we can trace its iconic status back to a time when horse drawn trams connected Salthill with Eyre Square in Galway city centre.  While ‘The Village’ has evolved to where it is today, Salthill retains its connection to its historic past.  For example, the picturesque cast iron structure of the bandstand in Salthill Park is a stunning focal point and dates back to 1880.  Not only that, but the famous golf course, too, has roots firmly in the past. Interestingly, it dates all the way back to1895. By comparison, Irelands ‘most photographed’ structure – the Blackrock Tower –  is a mere 70 years old in its present guise. 

Coming to Salthill today, what’s to do? :

The Big Wheel at Curry's Funpark in Galway

Family First:

Unquestionably, Salthill has retained it’s status as the place to be for family entertainment. There is no doubt it’s hard to beat as a ‘go to’ destination. While we may not be guaranteed the weather in the west, there are so many indoor activities available. From Curry’s Funpark, Leisureland, The Galway Atlantaquaria and Seapoint Leisure Centre to the relaxing surrounds to the Omniplex Cinema, there is a lot to choose from.

Stroll along the Salthill Prom:

Meanwhile on balmy days, where the sun peeps through, there is nothing better than swimming in Galway bay.  Don’t miss your chance to while away long hours on the beach. Or take your chance to stroll along the Salthill prom. In essence, Salthill is the perfect seaside experience located right beside Galway city centre. Not only does the village offer a wonderful mix of daytime options, with numerous cafes and fast-food restaurants offering a wide variety of light meals and snacks, but there is lots to do as the evening unfolds. With restaurants and bars offering a wide selection of food, drinks and entertainment, there is plenty to do to bring you late into the night.

Consequently, ‘The Village’ Salthill offers great entertainment and good food for couples and groups on ‘get away’ weekends. With quality Galway hotels, apartments, guest houses, pubs and restaurants offering great choices and budget options for all. Come say hello this spring and summer – The Village Salthill is looking forward to welcoming you.

Article written by Pete Kelly

Sandy beaches of Galway bay

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