Easter is a significant holiday in Ireland, where the tradition of decorating eggs continues to be a popular pastime. In addition, Irish families often gather for a large Easter feast, featuring traditional dishes like roast lamb, or turkey and find time throughout the day to squeeze as many chocolate eggs in as you can stomach.
Children enjoy the day hunting for Easter eggs, which are typically hidden throughout the home or garden. Overall, Easter in Ireland is a time for celebration, reflection, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Pre-2018, visitors to Ireland for the long Easter weekend may have been surprised by some of our traditions, not least the pubs and licensing laws at the time. It was prohibited to sell alcohol on the holy day, but since 2018, rules have changed. It is now down to the discretion of publicans and owners whether to remain shut.
Of course, there is much more to Ireland, and specifically Galway, than pubs and restaurants!
Galway is home to many beautiful churches that are worth visiting on Easter Sunday. Here are a few of the best:
Galway Cathedral – This impressive structure is one of the largest and most iconic buildings in Galway. Its stunning stained glass windows and intricate carvings make it a must-see for anyone visiting the city.
St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church – Dating back to the 14th century, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church is one of the oldest and most historic churches in Ireland. Its ancient architecture and rich history make it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
The Augustinian Church – Located in the heart of Galway City, the Augustinian Church is known for its beautiful Gothic architecture and stunning stained glass windows. It’s a great spot to attend mass or simply take in the beauty of the building.
No matter which church you choose to visit, Galway is sure to offer a memorable Easter Sunday experience.
For family-friendly activities, there are no shortage of options. Visit the Easter Bunny and his bountiful box of Easter eggs, join in the fun for an Easter Egg Hunt, or if the weather holds up, take a walk along the Salthill promenade to burn those extra calories.
If the sugar and chocolate sees your energy levels dip, then why not take a load off and book one of our tours? Our full-day and half-day tours cover the wide expanse of the Wild Atlantic Way and beyond.
Check out our day tours which include the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Connemara, Cong and Kylemore Abbey.
To make this Easter weekend extra special, we are offering an exclusive discount on a select number of tours. You can use the coupon code ‘easter2023’ when booking to claim your 10% off the tour price.