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3 Reasons Why You Need To Book a Private Walking History Tour in Galway, Ireland


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This one is for our fellow history buffs! If you're planning a trip to Galway, Ireland, and you're as fascinated by history as we are, then you're in for a real treat. Galway is like a time capsule, filled to the brim with centuries of vibrant and captivating history. And guess what? The best way to dive headfirst into its history is by securing a spot on a private walking history tour. Let us give you the lowdown on why you absolutely shouldn't miss this experience!


Galway, The City Of Tribes

History first. Let’s start with some background. Galway, aka "The City of the Tribes," started as a cosy fishing village near the Spanish Arch, where the Corrib River meets Galway Bay. Back in 1169, the Normans rolled into town and gradually took over Connacht by the early 12th century.


By 1232, Galway was under the Anglo-Normans, led by Richard de Burgo. But surprise raids from neighbouring clans led to a lightbulb moment: "Let's build some serious walls!" And they did, despite the small population and primitive tools. By 1270, those walls, including the iconic Spanish Arch, were mostly up, and Galway thrived.


In 1396, Richard II gave a nod of approval with a fancy charter, transferring power to 14 merchant families – the famed "14 tribes of Galway." These tribes had some independence, all while maintaining a friendly connection to the British crown. Today, Galway proudly holds its title as "City of The Tribes," with the tribes' names gracing the city's roundabouts.


Why You Need To Book A Tour In Galway?

As you understand, Galway boasts a dynamic cultural scene that's simply irresistible. Think traditional Irish music that'll make your heart sing, lively festivals that bring the city to life, and a thriving arts community that adds an extra layer of charm. Now, let's see why you should book a private tour and dive deep into this captivating blend of history and culture.


1. Dive Deep into Irish History

Ireland's history is an open book, and Galway plays a starring role in its riveting narrative. Booking a private tour in Galway is like having a backstage pass to a time-travel adventure with an expert guide who knows their history like the back of their hand. You'll be treated to tales of Ireland's past, delivered with a unique West Coast perspective. Galway's significance in the grand tapestry of Irish history will come to life right before your eyes, making your trip an unforgettable educational journey.


2. Discover Galway's Hidden Gems

Sure, you can wander around Galway on your own, but you might miss out on some of the city's hidden gems and most important monuments. A private walking tour is like having a backstage pass to Galway's best-kept secrets. From medieval walls that have seen it all to enchanting churches and quaint lanes, your tour guide will take you to places you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.


3. Get the Inside Scoop from Locals

Every place's heart is woven with its stories, and who better to unravel these tales than the locals themselves? When you book a history tour in Galway, you're not just getting a guide; you're getting a passionate storyteller, a historian, and a true-blue Galwegian all rolled into one. They'll regale you with myths, legends, and stories passed down through generations, giving you a profound understanding of the city's culture and heritage.


Personalised Walking Tours in Galway

But wait, there's more! Unlike crowded group tours, a private tour with Tribes & Tours allows you to set the pace and focus on the aspects of history that interest you the most. Whether you're bursting with questions or want to linger at a particular site, your guide will customise the experience just for you. Plus, our tours cater to groups of all sizes, making them perfect for solo travellers, couples, or families seeking a unique adventure together.


Book your private history tour with us at Tribes Tours of Galway

Galway is a city of arts, theatre, history, and storytelling, and we will show you all these sides of our city. We will walk around the medieval old town and try to tell and debunk as many myths and legends as we can! Here are the details:


  • Small Private Group: €120

  • Medium Private Group: €150

  • Large Private Group: €180

  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Book today. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the city’s history, culture, and hidden treasures. See you in Galway! 🇮🇪


Bonus: Plus, for those looking to maximise their budget, we offer free walking tours of Galway City, where you can discover the city's enchanting history as part of a group on our daily donation based tours.

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