13 BEST Galway Bed and Breakfasts to Visit in 2023

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Planning a visit to Galway and looking for the best bed and breakfasts in the city? Here’s everything you need to know!

A stay at a bed and breakfast in Galway is the perfect way to get a sense of the city. You can simply walk downstairs to enjoy a tasty and filling breakfast before setting off for the day.

B&Bs are great opportunities to experience Irish hospitality. Your B&B host will probably be happy to share their top recommendations for the city to help you make the most of your trip. It’s also common for B&B hosts to chat with you during your stay, so it’s a great opportunity to connect with a local. 

Don’t be surprised by the steep price tags for accommodations in Galway (and other parts of Ireland). Galway accommodations can be surprisingly expensive, especially during the peak summer months. If you have a car and can stay a bit outside of town, you can usually save money by driving into the Latin Quarter or taking the bus. 

The entrance to the Kings Head Pub in Galway
The Kings Head in Galway is one of the oldest pubs in the city.

The 13 Best Galway Bed and Breakfasts

Here are the best bed and breakfasts in and near the city of Galway. I’ve organized them loosely by proximity from the Latin Quarter, one of the most central places in Galway. 

When I can, I prefer to stay in the central areas of Galway because it’s much more convenient. However, the prices can sometimes be steep enough that I opt for a B&B nearby and drive into the city – it really depends on the time of year. 

If you don’t have a car, I’d strongly recommend that you pay a little extra to be walking distance (whatever that means for you) from central Galway. 

Central Galway B&Bs

These are very centrally located B&Bs, all less than a ~20 minute walk from the Latin Quarter in Galway. Stay at one of these B&Bs to be near all of the action, and for the best chance at experiencing Galway’s famously lively nightlife. 

1. The Stop

Only a 10 minute walk from the heart of the Latin Quarter is The Stop, a fabulous and unique B&B in Galway. You’ll be a short walk from all of the action, but far enough from the pubs that it’ll be quiet in the evening. 

The Stop is a modern B&B adorned in artwork and tasteful design touches. The decor reminds me of the upscale version of a youth hostel – in the best way. It captures all of the vibrancy of travel and whimsy, but without the shared bathrooms or snoring stranger in the bunk below you. 

There are posters on the walls, mobiles hanging from the ceiling, and books stacked neatly on shelves. Along one of the walls is a vinyl record player with a collection of records. 

What’s for breakfast?

The Stop serves an excellent breakfast, with classic options like scrambled eggs and sourdough toast, beans on toast with chimichurri, or brioche french toast. Some breakfast options are even organic! 

Amenities include
Free parking
Shared lounge space
Free wifi

Book your stay at The Stop

2. Corrib House Guest Accommodation

The Corrib House is a charming and historic B&B in the heart of Galway, less than a 10 minute walk from the Latin Quarter. The decor is elegant and classic, the perfect introduction to Irish hospitality. 

The rooms are spotlessly clean and the beds are comfortable. Most of the rooms have hardwood floors with lots of floorspace, which is not terribly common in Ireland. There is even a garden on the property where guests can relax outside if the weather is nice. 

The Corrib House is the perfect place to rest and relax after a day exploring Galway. 

Bedroom with wooden floors at the Corrib House in Galway
Salmon Weir room at the Corrib House. Photo courtesy of the Corrib House.

What’s for breakfast?

Guests raved about the breakfast at Corrib House. You can choose from a full Irish breakfast or other classic dishes like pancakes, smoothie bowls, or smoked salmon. 

Full Irish breakfast at the Corrib House in Galway
Full Irish breakfast at the Corrib House. Photo courtesy of the Corrib House.

Amenities include
Free parking
Flat-screen TV
Coffee/tea machines

Book your stay at the Corrib House 

3. Ash Grove House

Ash Grove House is a quaint B&B that’s right in the center of Galway, only a 15 minute walk from the Latin Quarter. The guesthouse is set just outside of the bustling area of the city in a quieter, more residential area. You can easily wander into town whenever you like, you’re just a few steps from all of the action. 

The rooms are comfortable and clean, but tend to be on the small side. The bathrooms are very small, which is common in Ireland but can be annoying if you’re not used to them. Some guests reported that the property can be noisy, so bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. 

The staff at Ash Grove House are happy to give their recommendations for the city. You’ll feel like you have a local host to look after you during your visit to Galway. 

What’s for breakfast?

Guests can choose from an Irish breakfast or fruit and yogurt each morning. Salmon and scrambled eggs, along with other prepared breakfast options, are sometimes available. Guests said the breakfast was great, and reported that Ash Grove House can provide vegan options. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Flat screen TV
Tea/coffee maker in each room

Book your stay at Ash Grove House

4. St. Judes Lodge B&B

St. Judes Lodge B&B is a very centrally located B&B in Galway, just a 15 minute walk from the Latin Quarter. This modern B&B has several room configurations to accommodate different types of groups, including triple and quadruple rooms. 

You’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive. The rooms at St. Judes Lodge B&B are very clean and nicely decorated, with everything you need for your stay. 

Guests report that the beds are especially comfortable (of course this is personal preference!).

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is available for an extra fee at St. Judes Lodge. You can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast each morning, with plenty of options to choose from to start your day. A full Irish breakfast is also available; it’s a great way to fuel before a long day of exploring. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Free wifi
Facilities for disabled guests

Book your stay at St. Judes Lodge B&B

B&Bs near Central Galway

These are B&Bs that are a short drive or long walk from Galway’s city center. Although you could take taxis or public transit, you’ll probably have the best experience if you have a car when you visit these guesthouses. 

5. Almara House

Almara House is a classic Irish B&B that’s set just outside of central Galway. You’ll be about a 15 minute drive or 50 minute walk from the Latin Quarter. There is a bus stop right outside the B&B, so you can easily hop on the bus to go into town. 

The rooms are clean, comfortable, and thoughtfully decorated. Guests loved the quality of the furnishings, especially the linens and bedding. The host, Marie, is very friendly and welcoming; guests said that she went above and beyond to help make their stay as pleasant as possible. 

The rooms are not soundproofed and the property is located near a road, so those sensitive to noise may want to bring earplugs. 

What’s for breakfast?
You’ll have a few choices for breakfast, including yogurt with homemade jam and fresh fruit. Other dishes typically include pancakes, eggs benedict, or smoked salmon and eggs. Tea, coffee, and orange juice is also served. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Free wifi
Satellite channels
Tea/coffee maker in each room

Book your stay at Almara House

6. Seacrest B&B

Seacrest is a classic and stylish B&B just outside of the city of Galway, about a 15 minute drive from the Latin Quarter. This B&B is the perfect stay if you want to mostly experience the Irish countryside, but from a location that’s just a short drive into the city. 

The property has a beautiful garden that is perfectly manicured for guests to enjoy. 

The rooms at Seacrest are on the small side, but they’re nicely decorated, comfortable, and have everything you need. The property is kept very clean and tidy, both inside and out.

What’s for breakfast?

You’ll have plenty of breakfast choices at Seacrest, with yogurt, cereal, fruit, coffee, tea, and fresh orange juice. There are also hot food options like scrambled eggs, pancakes, and full Irish/English breakfasts. 

Amenities include
Garden and sun terrace
Free parking
Free tea/coffee maker in each room

Book your stay at Seacrest

7. Kilbree House B&B

Kilbree House B&B is located a bit outside of central Galway, so it’s quieter and feels more local. You’ll be a 45 minute walk or 15 minute drive from the Latin Quarter – central enough to easily explore the city but definitely not in the middle of the action. 

This B&B captures the classic appeal of Irish B&Bs, with stately wooden furniture, exceptionally friendly staff, and just enough character to keep things interesting. 

Guests love the Kilbree House B&B because it’s a great value. With a lovely breakfast each morning, clean rooms, and a comfortable bed, you’ll have everything you need for your stay in Galway. 

What’s for breakfast?

Guests raved about the breakfast at Kilbree House B&B. You’ll be presented with a menu, which includes classic Irish breakfasts but also dishes like eggs benedict with salmon or porridge with fresh blueberries. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Free wifi
Guest lounge

Book your stay at Kilbree House B&B

8. Grange House B&B

Grange House B&B is a basic but comfortable B&B that’s located a 50 minute walk or 15 minute drive from the Latin Quarter. This B&B is a great option for budget travelers. 

The hosts at Grange House B&B receive consistently high marks from guests – they’re welcoming, friendly, and helpful. You’ll get to experience Irish hospitality and feel like you have a local contact for your time in Galway. 

The rooms are clean and functional, but don’t expect a lot of extras. Guests remarked that the rooms didn’t necessarily have all of the little touches you might expect, like a rack to hang the towels in the bathroom or a soap holder in the shower.  

What’s for breakfast?

Guests loved the breakfast at Grange House B&B, which is homemade and has both sweet and savory options. The food is cooked to order, and guests reported that it was plenty of fuel for the rest of their morning. Yogurt with fruit is sometimes available. 

Amenities include
Flat-screen TV
Free wifi
Free parking

Book your stay at Grange House B&B

9. Menlo Park Hotel

Menlo Park Hotel is located a short distance outside of the Galway city center, about a 30 minute walk or 10 minute drive from the Latin Quarter. Guests loved the location and many reported that it was both easy to find and convenient for their trip to Galway. 

This is a modern European hotel with spacious, well-appointed rooms. The hotel is stylishly decorated and the staff are friendly and helpful. 

When you get hungry, there’s an onsite restaurant with great food and service at reasonable prices. If the menu at the onsite restaurant doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry – you’ll be very close to all of the great spots in Galway. 

What’s for breakfast?

Although Menlo Park Hotel is not a traditional B&B, breakfast is served each day for an additional fee. Breakfast is served buffet style, so you can choose from a selection of sweet and savory options. Gluten free options are typically available. 

Amenities include
Accessible facilities
Free wifi
Free parking
Room service

Book your stay at Menlo Park Hotel

10. Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Glenlo Abbey Hotel is a 5-star hotel that’s located about a 15 minute drive from the Latin Quarter on the very outskirts of Galway City. Although Glenlo Abbey Hotel isn’t technically a B&B, a wonderful breakfast is included with your stay each morning so I felt that it warranted a spot on this list. 

You can enjoy breathtaking views of the Irish countryside in an incredible setting. The decor in Glenlo Abbey is thoughtful and stately, with upscale touches everywhere you look. 

If you’d like, you can enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant, the Pullman. 

What’s for breakfast?

For breakfast, you can choose from a variety of classic breakfast dishes like eggs benedict or smoked salmon with poached eggs. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. 

The breakfast at Glenlo Abbey got mixed reviews – some guests said it was the highlight of their stay, while others said it was their least favorite aspect of the hotel. I wouldn’t choose this hotel for its breakfast, I’d stay here for the setting and overall experience. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Spa and wellness center
Room service
Golf course

Book your stay at Glenlo Abbey Hotel

B&Bs Near Galway

You can save money or find better value by staying in a B&B near Galway. Here are some budget-friendly and/or unique stays that are only a short drive from the Latin Quarter in Galway. 

A car is essential when visiting these B&Bs. 

11. Beech Lodge B&B

Beech Lodge B&B is set a ways out from Galway City, about a 30 minute drive or 50 minutes by public transit (some walking involved). If you don’t mind the drive into the city, Beech Lodge B&B is a fabulous choice for budget travelers. 

The staff at Beech Lodge B&B are outstanding hosts and guests felt welcome and well taken care of during their stays. The rooms at Beech Lodge are clean and have everything you need.

The decor is homey and quaint, with touches like crochet blankets and a fireplace in the main living room area.   

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast includes a selection of breads, fruit, and classic dishes like scrambled eggs and pancakes. A full Irish breakfast is also available. 

Lunch and dinner are both available for an extra fee. You can arrange directly with the B&B if you’re interested. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Free wifi
Family rooms
Children’s cot (upon request)

Book your stay at Beech Lodge B&B

12. Venetia House

Venetia House is a small guest house just outside of Galway. You’ll be a 20 minute drive from the Latin Quarter, so you’ll definitely need a car to stay here. This small B&B is another great choice for travelers on a budget who don’t mind making their way into the city.

The rooms are clean, well decorated, and modern. There are thoughtful touches, like having several towels in the bathroom and small lamps on both sides of the bed.

Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchenette, including a microwave. You can prepare simple meals, heat up leftovers, or just make a sandwich if you’re traveling on a budget and trying to eat out less frequently. 

You can also access the shared lounge area, perfect for meeting other travelers or reading a great book.

What’s for breakfast?

You can enjoy a continental breakfast at Venetia House, including fresh croissants, fruit pastries, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Coffee, tea, and juices are also available to guests.

Note that a full Irish breakfast is not available at Venetia House. 

Amenities include
Free parking
Free wifi
Private kitchenette

Book your stay at Venetia House

13. Claregalway Castle 

If you’ve always dreamed about staying near a castle, Claregalway Castle could be the perfect stay for your trip to Galway. This hotel is set in a property adjacent to the castle, while the castle itself has been made into a museum. Staff at Claregalway Castle are usually happy to offer a personal tour of the castle, where they’ll detail the restorations that were made from the original building. 

Claregalway Castle is located a little ways outside of the city, a 20 minute drive from the Latin Quarter without traffic. You will need a car to stay in Claregalway Castle. 

The rooms at Claregalway Castle are beautiful, well appointed, and comfortable. 

What’s for breakfast?

A simple continental breakfast is available to guests each morning. Breakfast items include fresh fruit, cereal, breads, and yogurt, along with coffee and tea. 

Amenities include
Free wifi
Free parking
Incredible views
Castle onsite 

Book your stay at Claregalway Castle

Getting around Galway

Galway is a relatively small city, so it’s not terribly hard to get around once you’re there. 

The city center of Galway (or downtown area) is very walkable. In fact, you’ll find that a car is usually a hindrance in the very center because parking can be hard to come by or limited to only a few hours.  

If you stay just outside of the center, I’d recommend that you take public transit. The buses in Galway are safe and generally easy to use. Ubers are not available in Ireland, but you can always call a taxi. 

If you drive in, parking can be challenging in Galway. I usually try to park near the marina and pay by the hour. Alternatively, there are parking garages available and some free residential parking outside of the center if you’re willing to look for it. 

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Is Galway Worth Visiting?

Galway is absolutely worth visiting while you’re in Ireland. Although it’s small, Galway is lively and fun, with lots of decent restaurants and pubs. I particularly love how easy it is to walk around – the central area is very compact. 

For live music, head to Taafes Bar or the Dáil Bar in Galway. Be sure to also stop at the King’s Head, a pub that dates back over 800 years. 

My favorite coffee shop in Galway is Coffeewerk+Press. Not only is the coffee fabulous, there’s an adorable Scandinavian-style gift store upstairs that looks like it was inspired by Wes Anderson. There are books, postcards, and other small items that you can buy to remember your time in Galway. 

Flags draped across the road on High Street in Galway
High Street in Galway’s Latin Quarter.

What To Do in Galway

You can easily spend a day or two exploring Galway. Although it’s a small city, it’s fun to walk around and experience some of the more touristy areas. Later, you can explore some of the less popular streets near High Street and, hopefully, strike up some conversations with locals. 

Here are some of the top things to do in this Irish city. 

✅ Listen to traditional (trad) music
✅ Stroll through the Latin Quarter
✅ Learn about local history at the Galway City Museum
✅ Eat an ice cream at Murphy’s
✅ Have a pint of Guinness

Mango and sea salt ice cream cone from Murphy's Irish creamery
I always make a stop for Murphy’s when I’m in Galway (this photos was actually taken in Cork, where they have another location)

FAQs: Galway Bed and Breakfasts

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about visiting Galway. 

Can B&Bs accommodate dietary restrictions?

Most B&Bs in Ireland are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions if you communicate them ahead of time. Many B&Bs will offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options to guests as standard fare. 

How many nights do you need in Galway?

Two nights is the perfect amount of time to spend in Galway. You’ll have enough time to see most of the highlights of the city, enjoy some live music, and generally get a feel for the city. 

What is the best month to visit Galway, Ireland?

Although there are never any guarantees when it comes to Irish weather, I’d recommend that you visit Galway during May, August, or September. These are typically months with better weather and more sunshine in Ireland.

For the lowest prices on Galway bed and breakfasts, visit during the low season in November, February, or March. 

Is Galway a walkable city?

Yes, Galway is a walkable city. High Street is the main street that runs through Galway, and large sections are closed to vehicle traffic. 

Is it better to stay in Cork or Galway?

There are distinct advantages to both Cork and Galway, but if you have to choose one I’d recommend that you stay in Galway. 

Which is better to visit: Limerick or Galway?

Between the Irish cities of Limerick and Galway, I’d strongly recommend that you visit Galway. It’s much livelier, has better restaurants, and is better suited to a first or second trip to Ireland. 

Is it better to visit Dublin or Galway?

I’d strongly recommend that you visit Galway over Dublin if you’re planning your visit to Ireland. While the capital is much better known, it’s not as lively or as fun of a city as Galway. 

Street art showing Galway's Latin Quarter.
The Latin Quarter is one of the top places to visit in Galway.

Conclusion: Galway Bed and Breakfasts

Galway is a top place to visit in Ireland, and staying in a B&B offers a great chance to experience this Irish city. You’ll have a place to rest your head and a chance to ask a local for their top recommendations. 

This list includes a collection of modern and classic B&Bs, along with a few unique stays. Depending on your preferences, budget, and style, you might choose a centrally located B&B or stay a little further from the action. 

A Galway B&B is the perfect excuse to try a full Irish breakfast – or a vegetarian/vegan Irish breakfast. Most B&Bs also have additional breakfast items like fresh fruit, yogurt, and breads available. Some B&Bs will serve black coffee and tea, while others have espresso machines and make lattes and cappuccinos.