Home / Lifestyle / New York Times has high praise for Ireland’s ‘most charming city’

New York Times has high praise for Ireland’s ‘most charming city’

The New York Times sent a travel reporter over to Ireland and have now published an article about the country’s ‘most charming city’.

The article was part of the American newspaper’s ’36 hours’ series which sees them spend a day and a half in a city and take in what it has to offer.

In their latest article, they visited Ireland’s ‘most romantic city’ – Galway.

New York Times article full of praise for Ireland’s ‘most charming city’

The reporter really enjoyed her time in the city and said that it was ‘welcoming and walkable and filled to the brim with old-fashioned pubs and excellent seafood restaurants’.

The review was written by Nell McShane Wulfhart, who really made the most of her time in Galway. Her trip included visits to churches, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, museums and art exhibitions.

Along the way she enjoyed fish and chips, coffee, wine, and oysters and shopped for products ranging from sweets to tweed clothing to craft beer.

Like many tourists and locals, she made the most of her evenings by visiting some of the local pubs and clubs.

While in Galway’s watering holes she experienced live traditional Irish music, enjoyed the comfort of a cosy open fire and eventually dancing the night away at the Roísín Dubh.
She also took the time to hire a bike and cycle along the Salthill Promenade.

McShane Wulfhart was taken by how the modern and vibrant culture of Galway was intertwined with the city’s centuries old history.

She wrote: “Cozy, old-fashioned pubs showcase the city’s ever-growing selection of craft beers, chefs serve up west-of-Ireland ingredients in creative new ways, and almost every building housing a modern cafe or new atelier has a centuries-old story behind it.

Her overall impression of her time in Galway was that it may just be ‘Ireland’s most charming city’.

She added: “It’s not a city in which to hustle; rather, it’s one in which to enjoy a locally brewed pint, relish the excellent seafood and get your fill of views of the rushing River Corrib as it sweeps out to Galway Bay.”

Click here to read McShane Wulfhart’s full review.

Find out more about Galway and the surrounding area.

Take a look at the following video. It was filmed on Galway’s West End and shows off the family run shops, the local pubs and the vibrant community spirit of the area.

Join our community

Visit Ireland More on Irish holidays

Tourist attractions in Ireland

The Blarney Stone
Bru na Boinne
Bunratty Castle
The Burren
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
The Cliffs of Moher
Croagh Patrick
Dingle Peninsula
Garnish Island
The Giant's Causeway
The Guinness Storehouse
Hill of Tara
Lakes of Killarney
The Peace Bridge
Ring of Kerry
Wild Atlantic Way
Personalised Celtic prints. Ireland Calling store

Irish cities


Tourism articles

TripAdvisor's top 10 destinations in Ireland for 2015
Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by the Irish
Top holiday destinations in Ireland - as voted by tourists

Ireland's favourite heritage site
The most romantic city in Ireland
Hidden gems in Ireland

The top ten Irish beaches
Where would Irish people take overseas guests?
Tips for first time visitors to Ireland

What not to do when visiting Ireland
Ireland's top sacred pilgrimage sites
Eight reasons why Irish pubs are Ireland's top attractions

What do you like about Ireland?
Local Irish pubs number one attraction for tourists
Tourists happy with 'value for money' on visits to Ireland

Video - initiative to promote 'Ireland's Ancient East'
Ireland can boast the best 'cliff view' in the world
Most visited tourist attractions in Ireland in 2014?

Industry warned not to 'repeat the mistakes of the past'
Dublin 'favourite worldwide city' for young travellers
Which tourist attractions in Ireland made the Lonely Planet's ultimate guide?

Dublin is one of the world's top three cities say Lonely Planet
Ireland has three of the world's four friendliest cities

About Michael Kehoe

Check Also

Bacon and cabbage flavour Tayto crisps

Taytos celebrate their ‘Irishness’ by adding new crisp flavours to their selection

Ireland’s favourite crisps company has added some new flavours to their selection – and they …


  1. I loved visiting Galway, but I really love Cong which isn’t that far away. Ireland is a beautiful country.

  2. I’m from Galway,I came here 11 -22-61,when people ask me where do I come from always,always say the best part,it’s a young town and I lived twelve and half miles from the city on the Connemara side, a village named Rosscahill,I’m glad you had a nice time

  3. Am a Derryman first and foremost, but Galway I love ….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.