How to Meet New People in Galway

Galway is known as the ‘City of the Tribes’. And that’s what GirlCrew is about; finding your tribe. These tips can help you find yours. Galway has always been one of my favourite places. I’ve gone on girlie weekends there, had the odd date, hell I even jumped on the train once to head down for the craic! Here at GirlCrew HQ, we know how hard it can be to make friends, especially as an adult. So we have come up some tips on how to meet new people in Galway.

1. Eat all the food

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Galway Food Tours is a 2 hour culinary walking tour of Galway. During the tour you will meet artisan producers and sample their products with experienced guide, Sheena Dignam, giving you insights to their local favourites and treasured ingredients. Everything is on offer from sushi, cheese, mouth watering oysters and some sweet treats too. This would be a great GirlCrew event and you can organise it on the GirlCrew app right now!

2. Recreate the Galway GirlCrew app launch at the Dáil Bar

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Galway was one of the first cities that the GirlCrew app launched in and everyone had so much fun. The Dáil is a gorgeous spot and the central location means it’s the ideal spot to meet new people in Galway. If you’re feeling peckish, make sure you grab some food here too. It’s pub grub done right, and at prices that are very wallet friendly.

3. Go Glamping on the Aran Islands

Ok so *technically* not in Galway city BUT this can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone and make friends. Glamping is the ultimate chill out zone. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and take the ferry to visit the Arran Islands. The atmosphere of the islands is set to leisure and it’s the perfect excuse to relax. Have breakfast on the beach which is known as Frenchman’s Beach, and then at night, watch the stars.

4. Photo Walk

Take inspiration from Nathan Wynne and take some beautiful photos of Galway city. Photo walks are really popular in Dublin, especially street art walks. I’ve heard there is some beautiful street art in the city. These walks are especially great because a lot of the people going are amateur so you can chat away and learn how to take Instagram worthy shots. When it comes to thinking about how to meet new people in Galway, this ticks lots of boxes. First, you get to stroll along with new acquaintances, you get to see the city, and you can always grab a bite to eat afterwards too. Galway Photo Walk Tours can be found here.

5. Head to the races

A trip to Galway would’nt be complete without a trip to the races. The best time of year to head, is of course, in the summer, but they do also have Autumn racing. If you’re really up for the full experience get your glad rags on and head to Ladies Day. Which will see the most glamorous lady scoop a fantastic prize – usually in the region of €10,000.

We know making friends as an adult is tough. So we hope these tips on how to make friends in Galway have helped. Now it’s up to you to get out there. We might be a little biased, but we suggest starting with us. Download the GirlCrew App here and you’ll be well on your way to making friends in no time. Do you have any other tips for how to meet new people in Galway? Let us know in the comments.

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Ellie Smyth

Community Manager at GirlCrew
Community Manager for GirlCrew Dublin, YouTuber and podcast addict. Follow my Tweets on @xLadySmythx

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16 comments

  1. Yes! Have always wanted to visit Galway and your tips read like they’re a good starting point! Thanks for the gorg photos, too!

  2. Photo walk, attending race and culinary tour are awesome ways, they not just help you explore many other things but yes you can find good friends as well. Great post.

  3. This is such a great idea to meet new people. It looks like you all are having so much fun time in doing new adventures. Living your photos.

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