About

Open House, Galway’s Architectural Festival continues to defy the odds, adapt and grow, to show case the best of our Architectural heritage in Galway City and County. After all, Architecture and the built environment are our best asset in attracting visitors and making Galway City and County a very pleasant and vibrant place to live.

Now in our fifth year, Open House Galway takes its place among the Architectural Festival Family worldwide which includes Chicago, London, Lisbon, Helsinki and Dublin, to name a few, held at this time of year. Smaller in scale, Féile Ailtireachta na Gaillimhe brings our rich physical environment into the limelight, and reinforces Galway as the cultural capital of Ireland. Open House allows you to experience great Architecture, both old and new, up close and personal. The Festival affords an insight into many buildings not normally open to the public.

General Information

Entry – all building tours, visits, walking tours, talks, children’s workshops are free
Pre-booking is essential for some events and will be given on a “first come basis”.

  • For Children’s Workshops/Clever Box Club, email mccabekelly@eircom.net, and provide name and contact number.
  • For Mutton Island, email: mccabekelly@eircom.net, and provide name and contact number.
  • For Ballinderry Park, email: gsmyth@galwaycoco.ie or phone 091 509121.
  • For Architectural tour of South Galway, call Margarita at 087 9069191, or email: woodvillegardens@gmail.com.

Cycling Tour – participants are advised to wear high viz jackets and cycling helmets. Bring your own  bike!
Tips on ‘Planning Your Day’:
Some building visits in County Galway are arranged to facilitate visitors going from one to another.
Allow travel time between visits and drive safely – many country roads are narrow.
Please park responsibly.
Many of the country houses are private homes so please respect the wishes and privacy of the hosts.

Inis Oirr – please check ferry times from Doolin (www.doolinferries.com – 065  7074 455) and Rossaveal (www.aranislandferries.com – 91 572050) for the Inis Oirr Trek. Consider making a night of it and enjoy the beauty of Inis Oirr (for accommodation see www.inisoirr.ie)