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Address: Spanish Arch, Galway, Ireland
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Went to Galway for the day to show a friend a different place and one thing we went to see was the Spanish Arch. It was pretty uneventful. It was January and it was VERY cold, so... read more

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Newcastle, Australia
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Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Galway for the day to show a friend a different place and one thing we went to see was the Spanish Arch. It was pretty uneventful. It was January and it was VERY cold, so our interest levels were very low!!!

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Wales, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Spanish Arch is just a landmark people use to meet up in Galway - people don't really think of it as being especially nice as an architectural feature. The Spanish Arch is known by locals as the "Sparch", but on warm days (or just, any day, for students), people will be "Sparching" - they'll be drinking on the green... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an arch. in stone. one of 5 that were built as part of the city defences. there's a park. There's the river. There's the harbor. Behind it is a museum. The arch itself is unimpressive (it looks like any other arch). It's the stuff around it that is interesting. It is pretty at night though when it's lit (and... More 

1 Thank phoenixesrose
Reading, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

just relax, enjoy the sound of the water rushing by. Tended to get a bit busy in the sunshine, well worth finding a quiet spot

1 Thank KathyH1967
Dublin, Ireland
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35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The Spanish arch was once part of Galway City's walls. That's neat. However, there isn't much more to the Spanish Arch than that. Stop by if you want, but it is overhyped. And I know this is a total bad TripAdvisor review, but it really had no "Spanish"-ness to it. I was disappointed.

Thank KevinAJKline
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Nothing spectacular but worth a peek if you're right there just for the history of it. We were there at night and it seemed a little sketchy.

1 Thank AimeeLally
Vancouver, Canada
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

the Spanish arch has its place, it is part of the river walk. you wouldnt make a special stop just for the arch as it is not particular large nor detailed. A piece of medieval history. a good starting point of your exploration of this city.

1 Thank townshipplumbing
Boone, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

It's a good historical thing to see, I guess, but I wouldn't go out of your way to see it. We actually walked by them twice before even realizing that they were the infamous Spanish Arches.

1 Thank erincolleen90
County Waterford, Ireland
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We stopped by Spanish Arch on a damp, grey March morning. The Corrib, swollen by a night of heavy rain, thundered past, ancient stones dripped, gulls screeched overhead, the bay opening up before us, the morning mist shrouded the horizon. City traffic streamed past at my back. Under the Arch, layers of history and experience at my fingertips, info. plaques... More 

1 Thank ddd2016
Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

A lot of Galway's history is derived from this area but is continuously difficult to maintain and keep clean. This area could be so much more as other port cities are. The close by Museum, with lovely "The Kitchen" cafe is a great addition if not a little hidden away. Also close by Nimmos has great food.

1 Thank MikeTuam

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